Worship

Dec 16 2016 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Dec 18 2016 - 8:00am - 10:30am

Advent Jazz Worship

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 8:00am - 10:30am

Praise God with the music of the soul, which is jazz. Our annual Advent Jazz worship service returns Sunday morning, December 18. The ancient Advent stories foretelling Christ's birth are interspersed with modern jazz interpretations offered by an instrumental trio and vocal ensemble. Guest speakers from Lutheran Volunteer Corps will tell of their work in the Chicago area. Jonathan Oblander is joined by soloists and jazz musicians to bring jazz worship to our Sunday morning worship. Come enjoy this spontaneous praise!

Worship Schedule

Regular Worship
8:00 a.m. Worship/
9:10 a.m. Sunday School
for age 3 through adult
10:30 a.m. Worship (attended nursery available)
11:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour

Summer hours Memorial Day - Labor Day
Summer Worship: 9:30am

More worship details

When to arrive

Most people arrive only a few minutes before worship. Pastor Kathy is found in the lobby 15 minutes before worship with a warm smile to greet you. Greeters and Ushers can help answer your questions.

We have two worship services, at 8:00am and 10:30am from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Summer worship is at 9:30am only. A time for coffee and conversation is found after the second worship service when there are two.

Jazz Prayer: Christmas Carol Celebration

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

While most Jazz Prayer gives time for reflection on the words and melodies, this month will give lots of time for audience participation. December Jazz Prayer is filled with Christmas Carols set to a jazz beat. Instrumental riffs will feel like the Charley Brown Christmas. Wear your Santa hat and join the fun! Read more »

Worship Content

The two worship services are very similar. At either one you'll experience most of the same music and hear the same sermon. Both share a tone of reverent informality. The 8:00 service tends to be a bit quieter and more meditative, the 10:30 service livelier (9:30 in summer). Children are welcome at both services, but you'll find more children at the later service.

Communion is offered every Sunday at both worship services. Every baptized Christian, from young children to adults, is welcome to receive communion.

In our worship, we seek to glorify God and inspire people. As we worship, we speak to God and about God using a variety of Biblical metaphors: father, mother, shepherd, rock, light, guide, and many more. Such language expands and deepens our relationship with God. And we speak of people using language that we hope includes and honors all human beings as equally beloved children of God.

Music in worship

Good Shepherd enjoys music! For leading congregational singing and providing special music we have two choirs - a senior choir and a gospel choir. There's also a contemporary worship band, Circle of Friends, that includes vocalists, keyboard, guitar, drums, tambourine, flute, harp, and even washboard to play jazz, rock, pop, rhythm and blues, country, swing, and more. In addition, members and friends of the congregation often volunteer as soloists and instrumentalists.

Celebrations in worship

From time to time, worship experiences might include a drama, dance, an opportunity for individual healing prayers, the celebration of a ministry, a baptism, reception of new members, farewell for someone leaving, or a special blessing extended to a person or group.

For some practical details about what to expect at worship, read our Visitor Information.

Attitudes Towards Differences: The Riddle Scale

Good Shepherd rests securely in the "Nurturance" section of the Riddle Scale when it comes its welcoming stance towards GLBT people. We assume that diversity in sexual orientation within our community is indispensible. We view differences with genuine affection and delight and are advocates of those differences. See where you are on the attached Riddle Scale.

Christmas Poinsettias

Help fill the sanctuary with poinsettia plants in red, white and pink to celebrate this joyous Christmas season! Sponsor plants by ordering online or by using the order form in your Sunday bulletin starting November 27. Plants you order can be taken home after Christmas Day service or left to be enjoyed until Epiphany. Deadline to order: December 11.

Sunday Announcement and Epistle Submission

To have the Assisting Minister make your announcement, click here: Announcement and Epistle Submission Form and complete the form by Tuesday midnight.  This link is also available in the Forms tab on our homepage! Approximately 3 announcements will be chosen each Sunday. The same form gathers items for the Epistle and Wednesday ENews. If you do not use computers, you may submit your handwritten requests for announcements or Epistle items to the church office by Tuesday.

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