Advent & Christmas 2016

Advent & Christmas 2016

Advent First Sunday of Advent — November 27, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent — December 4, 2016 Third Sunday of Advent — December 11, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Advent — December 18, 2016 — Lessons & Carols Sunday Service based on corresponding Advent and Christmas scripture readings and hymns/anthems Only 1 service at 9:30am Blue Christmas Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at 7:00pm A special worship service of prayer, scripture, and song for those who mourn, struggle, and feel alone during the holidays Christmas Christmas Eve Worship Services — Saturday, December 24, 2016 4:00pm — Family Service 8:00pm — Candlelight Service Christmas Day Worship Service — Sunday, December 25, 2016 Only 9:30am service this day! First Sunday of Christmas — Sunday, January 1, 2017 Only 9:30am service this...
Sharing Tree 2016

Sharing Tree 2016

Once again this Advent, Good Shepherd Church will have a Sharing Tree in the Narthex. The tree will be in place on the first weekend in Advent (November 26-27, 2016), and it will be “decorated” with tags that suggest gift wishes for our friends at Zumbro Valley Health Center and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. In past years, our Good Shepherd family has been very generous, so we thank you in advance for your continued support!...
Blue Christmas 2015: An Invitation

Blue Christmas 2015: An Invitation

Not Always Merry & Bright Christmas can be a painful time for some: it may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; or it may be a time that has always been difficult. On radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, the constant refrain about getting together with family and friends reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation–all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. Our spirits sink as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. * * * A Light Shines For these reasons, Good Shepherd Church offers a special “Blue Christmas” service on December 20, 2015, at 7:00pm. Come out and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle–and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome. The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and...
Blue Christmas – An Invitation

Blue Christmas – An Invitation

Christmas can be a painful time for some people. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pains of isolation–all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. Our spirits sink as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. For these reasons, Good Shepherd Church offers a special “Longest Night” service on December 21st at 7:00pm. Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle–and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome. The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and...
Advent Mid-Week Worship

Advent Mid-Week Worship

Join Good Shepherd Church for mid-week worship to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ Child. Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm on December 3, 10 & 17, we will gather for a brief worship of song, scripture, and prayer, using the Holden Evening Prayer Service as our...