This Week at Good Shepherd
Monday, March 12 - Education for Ministry (EfM) - 6:30 pm. A college-level exploration of scripture, Christian history, and theology and introduction to the practice of theological reflection. More information about EfM is here.
Wed., Thurs. and Friday - Morning Prayer, 7:15 am. Using the prayer book service and the daily lectionary, we begin our day in the presence of God.
Wednesday, March 14 - Vestry Meeting, 7 pm. All members of the parish are welcome to attend. Meets in upper parish hall.
Thursday, March 15 - Hidden Brook Contemplative Prayer, 7 pm. Candlelight, prayer, poetry, chant, and silence. A holy pause in your busy week.
Friday, March 16 - Pastoral Response Team, 11 am. We pray noonday prayer and consider how best to respond to the needs and joys of the parish and the community. Meets in the parish office.
Sunday, March 18 -- 5th Sunday of Lent
~ 8 am Contemplative Eucharist. Mr. Will Harron, preaching, and The Rev. Clarence Butler, presiding.
~ 9 am - Children's formation. K-3rd grade on the stage; 4th-5th grade in the parish office.
Adult Gospel Study. We gather in the lower hall for study of the gospel of the day.
~ 10 am Holy Eucharist with music. Mr. Will Harron preaching, and the Rev. Amy McCreath, presiding. Youngish Adult potluck & Refreshments following.
The church office is open Tuesday mornings (9 am to 1 pm) and Thursday afternoons (noon to 5 pm). Pastor Amy and Deacon Ken are also available most days of the week by appointment.
coming up @ cgs
Lent@CGS - Our theme this year is “Called to Hope.” Through Bible study, prayer, and trying on a different spiritual practice each week, we will follow Jesus’s lead in turning from the temptation to despair in hard times to the cultivation of a rooted and shared hope. All are invited to post artwork, poems, prayers, and other items regarding the call to hope on the board in the back of the sanctuary.
Holy Week & Easter @ CGS -- Holy Week is the annual invitation to walk through the story at the heart of our shared faith. Plan now to participate in these holy days of worship, fellowship, and reflection:
Palm Sunday (March 25):
Jerusalem Marketplace, 9 am. Purchase olive oil and other Palestinian goods in support of our sister parishes; Sign up on the Wall of Opportunity to bring a favorite dessert.
Palm procession and Passion Liturgy, 10 am. No 8 am service.
Maundy Thursday (March 29):
Community Dinner, 6 pm. Bring a friend to this simple, beautiful meal where we live into the command to love one another.
Maundy Thursday Liturgy, 7 pm. We are invited to wash one another’s feet, as Jesus did for his friends. Service ends with the Stripping of the Altar.
The Night Watch, 8:45 pm to 7:00 am Friday. Sign up to spend an hour during the night keeping watch in the church, as the disciples did in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Good Friday (March 30):
Reflections and silence, noon to 3 pm. Come for the whole time, or for a hour or so. Reflections on Jesus’s last words with silence in between for prayer and meditation.
Good Friday Children’s Gathering, 4 pm. Pastor Amy shares the story of this day, a craft, and hot cross buns for K-5th grade children.
Good Friday Solemn Liturgy, 7 pm. Scripture, song, meditation, and veneration of the cross.
Holy Saturday (March 31):
Greening of the Parish, 9:30 am. Help the altar guild polish silver and set up for the vigil.
The Great Vigil of Easter, 8 pm. A joint service with the Haitian Baptist Church, this is the ancient, beautiful liturgy that calls us from darkness to light and proclaims the Resurrection. Festive reception following.
Easter Day (April 1):
Easter Day Eucharist with Baptism, 10 am. Usually our largest service of the year, we proclaim the Resurrection, ring bells, sing our hearts out, and welcome lots of friends and visitors. Egg hunt and refreshments afterwards.
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