Welcome to Good Shepherd
We give thanks to God for your presence here today, because we believe you are here by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. God may be calling you to this congregation, or God may be calling you here so you can have a better understanding of where you need to be. In either case, we hope and pray you are reminded of God’s Love and Grace today.
We are a Christ-Centered Congregation, meaning we look to God’s work in the world first through the life of Jesus. Jesus is the light to our path and the hope for the world. The worship you are about to experience is formatted in such a way that brings Christ to the center of our hearts and minds. You will notice four distinct parts: Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending.
A brief overview:
We gather in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by doing one of two things: giving thanks for our baptism or confessing our mistakes and errors as a group. We are reminded of God’s forgiveness and asked to prepare ourselves to hear the Good News of God’s work in the world yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Next, we hear the inspiring word of God made Holy in our hearts and minds. These ancient stories, parables, and lessons are timeless. Retelling and hearing scriptures are the way we come to know how God works in the world in order for us to understanding how God is working in our lives.
Christ has set a place for each of us at the heavenly banquet. Together as a congregation we have a “foretaste of the feast to come” by offering bread and wine to all, because this is God’s table and all are welcome. This meal is significant, because it is the place where we know Christ to be present for us.
We close our time together by being sent back out into the world to integrate our experience, tell of God’s love, and be the loving presence of God to family, neighbor and stranger. To be sent means to own our calling as Christ’s disciples, and to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
In short, we: Learn of God’s Love, Live in God’s Love, & Share God’s Love