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...
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...
Christmas Worship Services 2015

Christmas Worship Services 2015

Celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus at Good Shepherd Church!   Saturday, December 19, at 5:30pm A Christmas Hymn Sing   Sunday, December 20, at 9:30am (1 Service Only) A service of Lessons and Carols. This is a service based on scripture readings and corresponding hymns/anthems and is often heard in various forms during the Advent and Christmas season.   Sunday, December 20th at 7:00pm Blue Christmas Service   Thursday, December 24th Christmas Eve Worship (with Holy Communion) 4:00pm — Family Service 8:00pm — Candle Light Service   Sunday, December 27th at 9:30am Worship with Holy Communion (1 Service...
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...