Worship & Prayer
“Worship is the heart and pulse of the Christian Church.In worship we celebrate together God’s gracious gifts
Our Day School
Good Shepherd Day School offers a unique educational opportunity for children to cultivate their intellect and
Music ministry here focuses on the song of the gathered assembly. The songs we sing in worship are richly diverse,
Service to Others
Out of faith flows service and giving of oneself to others, following the example of our Lord Jesus Christ. Opportunities
Welcome To Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & Day School
“Serving Christ by spreading his Word and sharing his love with all people.”
Welcome, and thank you for visiting Good Shepherd Lutheran Church online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.
A Word From Our Pastor…
I remember when our children were younger, Deborah and I loved to travel with them, but only if we were prepared for the journey. Preparation consisted of packing enough food and drink and mad-libs and other games to get us from one end of the trip to the other. If we planned ahead and packed what we needed – our journey, while still tiring, was tolerable.
This week, our Lenten journey begins. By now you know how much I like the image of journey. As Christians and members of Good Shepherd church, we are moving from where we are to where God would have us be. We are changing from what we are into what God would have us be. Lent is about our journey, and about the way God has promised to be faithfully present as we travel onward.
The bulk of Luke’s Gospel consists of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem that begins in on the Mount of Transfiguration and stretches all the way to the cross that awaits him there. Nothing can detain Jesus from the way he has chosen nor redirect him toward some other destination.
We tread the wilderness of Lent, tempted as Christ was, while seeking to depose the false gods that seek to own our souls. We, too, face the gods of the easy fix, quick success and win at all costs. Sometimes it is our tendency to live in the past, blind to the new things that God is doing in our presence. We fail to take God at his promise – to trust that we will find strength for the journey.
We enter a wilderness of difficult transition with the promise of God’s faithfulness, but we long to know if the journey will succeed. Will the results at the end prove the worth of the pain we must endure? “I am your Shield,” God declares. The Hebrew for “shield” comes from the same root as the word for “garden” or “enclosure.” Though we rest secure in no other place or destination, we have a place in God.
I hope and pray that we are all prepared for the trip ahead. May God bless our Lenten journey through the wilderness to the joyous homecoming of Easter morning!
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