Worship is central to the life of Good Shepherd. We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday, inviting all the baptized to share the Lord's Supper with us, sharing our belief that Christ is present in, with and under the bread and the wine. The Sunday worship service begins at 10:00 am throughout the year.
Sunday worship services include Marty Haugen's Now the Feast and Celebration and Tree of Life liturgies, seasonal variations of settings from the Lutheran Book of Worship and Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and occasional worship services with more contemporary Christian songs.
Ash Wed. and Maundy Thurs. services are rooted in the gentle, haunting beauty of music from Taize, contemplative songs of prayer that feature easy-to-learn, thoughtful refrains, based in words of scripture. Marty Haugen's Holden Evening Prayer serves as Lenten Vespers. On Palm Sunday we offer Walt Wangerin's Cry of the Whole Congregation, a deeply moving, participatory drama involving the entire congregation. The Good Fri. service centers on readings from the story of Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion.
Easter Sunday is a Resurrection Celebration sharing powerful scripture readings and the best of traditional and contemporary song. The Christmas Eve candlelight service is composed entirely of Christmas carols.
Children in the Worship Services
At Good Shepherd we delight in the presence of children and welcome them to worship with us. We know that infants and toddlers are bound to make a certain amount of noise, especially when they become finicky or cranky. Those noises don't bother us; we're here to help you raise up your children in the faith, and the best way for kids to learn how to worship God is by sharing worship with us. However, a staffed nursery for infants through preschoolers is available at all Sunday worship services and on Christmas Eve, for times when parents need help.