Wild Goose Chase

Thank you to Larry Holmes for sharing this story… I have been an ordained pastor for about twenty years.  Some of you may remember me as that young vicar that worked here with PD during my third year in seminary in ‘96. About two years ago Ilene and I returned to Good Shepherd after I…

Championing Children as They Grow, Even from Afar

Good morning. My name is Katy Peachey, and if you attend Good Shepherd regularly, there is a very good chance that you know me, you’ve heard of me, or you’ve seen me running around. I work with the Children’s Ministry, I’ve served as an Assisting Minister, and growing up I was always in one of…

“Your Story Helped Me,” And Why We Worship On Wednesdays in Lent

“Don’t talk nonsense, dear. We’d forgive most things if we knew the facts.”-Scobie, _The Heart of the Matter_by Graham Greene In Advent and in Lent Christians take on an extra worship service every week.  Why do we bother?  In an already busy time, why would we add one more thing? The Christmas rush of December…

Where Do My Gifts Go?

The Stewardship Team and the Council get a lot of questions throughout the year.  One of the most frequent is: where do my offerings go when I put them in the plate? Churches are funny things.  They are like the unicorns of the world of economics: half one thing and half another. On the one…

Why Worship On Wednesday? Reason #12: I’m a Grandparent

About twice a month Good Shepherd has something we call Worship on Wednesday (WOW), and we’re pretty excited about that way it’s bringing families of all shapes and sizes together. The flow is simple: have a small meal, gather for a story, caring conversations, prayer, rituals, communion, and we serve one another by cleaning up….

Stories of Hope – December 24

Christ climbed down From his bare tree This year And ran away to where There were no rootless Christmas trees Hung with candycanes and breakable stars Christ climbed down From his bare tree This year And ran away to where There were no gilded Christmas trees And no tinsel Christmas trees And no tinfoil Christmas…

Stories of Hope – December 23

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. In that “Emmanuel” literally means “God with us,” this most familiar verse of this Advent carol speaks an important truth that we often gloss over:…

Stories of Hope – December 22

Pre-Christian peoples who lived far north and who suffered the archetypal loss of life and light with the disappearance of the sun had a way of wooing back life and hope. Primitives do not separate the natural phenomena from their religious or mystical yearning, so nature and mystery remained combined. As they days grew shorter…

Stories of Hope – December 21

There comes a ship a-sailing With angels flying fast; She bears a splendid cargo And has a mighty mast. This ship is fully laden, Right to her highest board; She bears the son from heaven God’s high eternal word. And that ship’s name is Mary, Of flowers the rose is she, And brings to us…

Stories of Hope – December 20

Since Adam, being free to choose, Chose to imagine he was free To choose his own necessity, Lost in his freedom, Man pursues The shadow of his images: Today the unknown seeks the known; What I am willed to ask, your own Will has to answer; child, it lies Within your power of choosing to…

Stories of Hope – December 19

Earth grown old, yet still so green, Deep beneath her crust of cold Nurses fire unfelt, unseen: Earth grown old. We who live are quickly told: Millions more lie hid between Inner swathings of her fold. When will fire break up her screen? When will life burst thro’ her mould? Earth, earth, earth, thy cold…

Stories of Hope – December 18

Exspectetur sicut pluvial elquium Domini: et descendet super nos sicut ros Deus noster.  We wait for the word of the Lord as we wait for the rains and our God shall come down upon us like gentle dew. -Monastic liturgy At times, when we struggle, we pray that God would intervene. “Help, God!” we cry….