Growing Faithfully

We Grow Faithfully by gathering for weekly worship, giving generously out of what has been entrusted to us, and learning together so that God’s love may shape the way we live.

Worship Services

  • Sunday Worship – 9:30 am on Zoom

Prior to COVID-19 our Worship Life included:

  • Dinner Church – Occasional time of table fellowship centered around word and meal
  • Summer Outdoor Worship – Look for 2021 dates in the Spring
  • Wednesday Evening Advent and Lenten Services

Music Program at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Worship is that time when our congregation comes together as one to offer praise to God, express our gratitude for grace and renew our resolve to walk together with Christ.  Psalm 100 tells us to make a joyful noise, not perfect or flawless, but joyful.  Our music program aims to uphold the best of our Christian heritage and promote the best of what is written in our time. There are numerous opportunities for sharing musical gifts.  Desire and commitment are more important than special training or expertise.  We have a place for singers and instrumentalists of all ages, talents and levels who wish to commit to our endeavor.

Good Shepherd Choir

The Good Shepherd Choir is for adults and teens interested in musical leadership during worship.  The choir leads the congregational singing of hymns and liturgy and presents anthems during worship throughout the program year. A less formal pick up choir enhances worship during the summer months.



Memorial Handbell Ringers

This ensemble participates in our worship approximately every 4-6 weeks during the program season.  We have a 5-octave and a 2-octave set of Schumerich handbells in addition to a 4-octave set of Suzuki handchimes which allows us to explore a wide variety of handbell materials.  Experience in reading music is helpful.  Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00.

Junior Handbells

In this ensemble, the beginning ringer learns to become comfortable with music reading, with ringing handbells, and with participating in worship.  The goal is to give ringers a solidfoundation in bell ringing which will for further their skill development. They present music in worship on an occasional basis.

 

Instrument Ensemble

Our Instrumental Ensemble is an intergenerational group of players of wind and string instruments who assemble for special festival services to accompany our hymns and offer voluntaries before and/or after worship.  Rehearsals are set up to accommodate the needs of specific services.

 

Other Musical Opportunities

  • Good Shepherd enjoys the liturgy “Of the Lands and Seasons” and assembles a folk ensemble to support these occasions.

  • During the summer season a variety of vocalists and instrumentalists offer solos and small ensembles. Musicians of all skill levels are invited to this ministry.

Faith Formation

Faith formation at Good Shepherd moves us beyond the worship services and encourages us to engage in our faith in other aspects of our lives.  Young and old alike are invited into our programs.  There is a place for you.

Confirmation

Confirmation, or Affirmation of Baptism, is a special step a life of faith.  Students in seventh and eighth grade participate in classes, work with mentors, engage in service projects and reflect on worship in ways that seek to deepen faith. We explore questions on many aspects of faith, including how we think about and interpret scripture, who Jesus is, how we think about God as Trinity and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and world today.  If you would like more information please contact Pastor Kathy Ierien.

 

Sunday Church School

School age children are invited to a time of sharing, connection and prayer each Sunday morning at 10:45 on zoom.  Call office for the link.

Little Sprouts

Our youngest children (preschool) meet at 9:00 on Sunday mornings for singing, stories and connection.  Call the office for the zoom link

 

Together in Prayer

A new experiment for the congregation.  Meet on Zoom or in person the first Sunday of the month after the service to share God Sightings and mutual prayer.

Everyone is invited!

Good Shepherd Reads

A group of avid readers gathers periodically to read and discuss current books relating to contemporary church and societal issues. Our current selection is The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.

Discussion will be on Nov 8 and Nov 15 after worship on Zoom

Tuesday Bible Study

All are invited to join this virtual, lay-lead Bible study group. Very casual and participatory.  Join as you are able.  Tuesdays from 3-4 pm.  Call office for Zoom link.

Current Lesson Plan:

In Good Company – Stories of Biblical Women

Living Generously

For a time such as this: Generous living inspires more generosity. When we give with courage and intent, things become possible that we may not have imagined.