Visitation at Good Shepherd – Part Three

New Ventures Visitation Pastor The second component of our plan for Visitation Ministry is to call a new, part-time Visitation Pastor. This pastor will primarily visit homebound members, but they will also be available to follow-up with folks who have been sick or in the hospital, after PT and I have already seen them. While…

Visitation at Good Shepherd – Part Two

Visitation by Pr. Tim and Pr. Marsha A central component of our call to ministry is pastoral care. We want to be there for you in times of trouble and times of joy. This is our God-given responsibility…and we enjoy it! The first part of our plan for Visitation Ministry is that PT and I…

Visitation at Good Shepherd – Part One

“…let him who until now has had the privilege of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together I’ve served Good Shepherd for a year now, and as I reflect on what I have learned so far, one area of ministry that…

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

This week, we begin our celebration of “Seasons of Creation.” Each week, we will offer a suggestion of a book or movie that is a good accompaniment to that Sunday’s theme: earth, sky, mountain, or humanity. This week’s theme is “Earth.” Named one of the greatest science books of all time, Silent Spring is a…

The Practice of Prayer

When Brian and I were engaged, we went on a pre-marital retreat, and before each meal, the leaders asked for a volunteer to pray. Those of us who were comfortable praying in public took care of the first few meals, but by the second day…well, you could hear the crickets. At one meal in particular,…

Mahalia Jackson, “Queen of Gospel Song”

Our featured reformer for the month of February is Mahalia Jackson. She was a singer of American gospel music, known around the world for her ability to delight and move. Her music had texts drawn from biblical themes and was heavily influenced by the blues. While she had offers to sing other types of music,…

Celebrating Faithfulness: Reformation 2017

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this Sunday (!), we have an opportunity to worship together with Roman Catholics to commemorate the occasion. There will be an ecumenical service this Friday, Oct. 27, at 7:00pm called “From Conflict to Communion: a Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation” at St. Thomas More Catholic Church…

Your Kingdom Come…and Cookies.

Yesterday, I took cookies to some police officers. I felt a little silly. I’m a professional, after all. What was I doing schlepping through Kroger looking for baked goods mid-afternoon? Weren’t there more important things to be doing in this world of larger-than-life problems on the day after the terrorizing massacre in Las Vegas? Giving…