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    ReadThe Shepherd's Voice
    Sunday, January 29, 2023

    What's Happening Today

    As We Gather

    Why do the Beatitudes resonate with us? Yes, we who follow Christ are poor in spirit, we hunger for righteousness, and we know some persecution; but so do others, those who follow other gods. The difference is that, at the deepest level, God has promised blessings while we experience all those human emotions and take what action we think best. Those blessings come to us by grace, simply because God has chosen us, without any merit or worthiness in us. We are not worthy, just as God’s Old Testament people did not merit His attention, but we and they received it nonetheless. God has chosen to make us worthy by sending His Son in our place. In today’s Readings, He explains what pleases Him. Only Christ lived the perfect life, but the Gospel certainly moves us to respond to God’s choosing us, as best we can, in love and service.

     

    Today’s Readings

    O.T. Micah 6:1–8 (The Lord indicts Israel, and asks for justice and kindness.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/micah/6/1-8?_ga=2.40299874.1182523261.1674490414-257035986.1643645019

    N. T. 1 Corinthians 1:18–31 (Paul contrasts God’s folly with worldly wisdom.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-corinthians/1/18-31?_ga=2.40299874.1182523261.1674490414-257035986.1643645019

    Gospel Matthew 5:1–12 (Jesus explains that God’s blessings abound for people of faith no matter their circumstances.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/5/1-12?_ga=2.40299874.1182523261.1674490414-257035986.1643645019

    Reader: Matt Martz

     

    Our Christian Sympathy

    is extended to the family and friends of our Pastor Emeritus Paul Voitko, who died the evening of January 24th. The Funeral Service was held here at Good Shepherd yesterday. May the God of all comfort strengthen all who mourn with the hope and promise of the resurrection and reunion in heaven.


    Seasonal Insight

    Our chancel is vested with green paraments to indicate the life that Jesus gives to His followers.

     

    Worship in the Woods

    We will be meeting in the Sanctuary at 9:00am for the duration of the winter. Feel free to join us for a brief spoken Service with communion.


    Sunday School

    January 8th was our first Sunday for Growing God’s Kids, our new Sunday School program. Kids ages 3-12 are welcome to join us from 9:00-9:45 in Room C to learn about God in fun and interactive ways. Please contact Kristine DeGaetano at 732-406-9533 or Dani Sloan at 732-608-1641 if your child is interested in attending or you are interested in helping! We are so excited to kick off a new year and new program. Spread the Word!

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      Saturday, March 18th  •  11:30 am – 6:00 pm (EDT)
      Every Saturday
      Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
      708 Route 88, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ, 8742
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        Sunday, February 12th  •  11:30 am – 5:30 pm (EST)
        Every Sunday
        Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
        708 Route 88, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ, 8742
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          Friday, February 3rd  •  6:30–8:00 am (EST)
          Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
          708 Route 88, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ, 8742
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            Wednesday, February 1st  •  7:00–8:30 am (EST)
            Every Wednesday
            Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
            708 Route 88, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ, 8742
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              ReadThe Shepherd's Voice
              Sunday, January 22, 2023

              What's Happening Today

              As We Gather

              The land where the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali settled was repeatedly overrun by the armies of other nations. It was the invasion route into the Promised Land, the route for conquerors God allowed to punish errant Israel. But another “alien” would come one day on another mission: Isaiah used the land as a metaphor for our Lord’s coming to begin a new rule in our hearts. He would be as light in the darkness and joy in the harvest. His coming to save us by going to the cross was so different that it seemed to be folly. Yet, to those who came to know our Lord personally, like the disciples in today’s Gospel, there was no question but that they would follow this man. Today’s worship is an opportunity to rejoice over the light, joy, and salvation Christ brought from heaven to this dark, sad, and fallen world.

               

              Today’s Readings

              O.T. Isaiah 9:1–4 (Light and joy will replace gloom and sadness.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/isaiah/9/1-4?_ga=2.7601138.1533527955.1673885322-257035986.1643645019

              N. T. 1 Corinthians 1:10–18 (There should not be divisions in the one Church.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-corinthians/1/10-18?_ga=2.7601138.1533527955.1673885322-257035986.1643645019

              Gospel Matthew 4:12–25 (In Galilee, Jesus calls the first four disciples.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/4/12-25?_ga=2.7601138.1533527955.1673885322-257035986.1643645019

              Reader: Ed Mohlenhoff

               

              January Mission of the Month 

              Epiphany Lutheran Church, which traces its beginning to the oldest and only historically black Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) church in Jackson, Miss., burned down in the early morning hours of Nov. 8. They are now without a permanent facility to worship God due to this evil act of arson. Please consider donating to help them rebuild.

               

              Seasonal Insight

              Our chancel is vested with green paraments to indicate the life that Jesus gives to His followers.

               

              Worship in the Woods

              We will be meeting in the Sanctuary at 9:00am for the duration of the winter. Feel free to join us for a brief spoken Service with communion.

               

              Free Stuff Table-Last Call!

              Please browse and help yourself. Take something for your family or friends.


              Sunday School

              January 8th was our first Sunday for Growing God’s Kids, our new Sunday School program. Kids ages 3-12 are welcome to join us from 9:00-9:45 to learn about God in fun and interactive ways. Please contact Kristine DeGaetano at 732-406-9533 or Dani Sloan at 732-608-1641 if your child is interested in attending or you are interested in helping! We are so excited to kick off a new year and new program. Spread the Word!

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                29
                Sunday, January 29th, 4 pm (EST)
                Good Shepherd Old Bridge
                1. published a newsletter

                  ReadThe Shepherd's Voice
                  Sunday, January 15, 2023

                  What's Happening Today

                  As We Gather

                  When Jesus asked His two potential disciples what they were seeking, it was a most important question. People look for power and importance for themselves, relief from certain circumstances, and a host of other agenda items. But our Lord came with one overarching goal: He was needed as light for this dark world (as Isaiah wrote) and the only one who could take away the sin of the world (as John the Baptist announced). After seeking Christ’s help in our sinful condition, we hear that other great question, “Who do you say that I am?”—and when each of us answers it, then, as Paul told the Church in Corinth, we have all the spiritual gifts we need to ask the people around us, “What are you seeking?”

                   

                  Today’s Readings

                  O.T. Isaiah 49:1–7 (God’s Servant is to be light for the nations.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/isaiah/49/1-7?_ga=2.166476350.1039239099.1673277538-257035986.1643645019

                  N. T. 1 Corinthians 1:1–9 (God called you into the fellowship of His Son.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-corinthians/1/1-9?_ga=2.166476350.1039239099.1673277538-257035986.1643645019

                  Gospel John 1:29–42a (Jesus invites two disciples to stay with Him.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/john-1-29--42a?_ga=2.166476350.1039239099.1673277538-257035986.1643645019

                  Reader: Jeff Largiader

                   

                  January Mission of the Month 

                  Epiphany Lutheran Church, which traces its beginning to the oldest and only historically black Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) church in Jackson, Miss., burned down in the early morning hours of Nov. 8. They are now without a permanent facility to worship God due to this evil act of arson. Please consider donating to help them rebuild.

                   

                  Seasonal Insight

                  Our chancel is vested with green paraments to indicate the life that Jesus gives to His followers.

                   

                  Worship in the Woods

                  We will be meeting in the Sanctuary at 9:00am for the duration of the winter. Feel free to join us for a brief spoken Service with communion.

                   

                  Free Stuff Table

                  There’s new stuff available, so please browse and help yourself. Take something for your family or friends.


                  Sunday School

                  January 8th was our first Sunday for Growing God’s Kids, our new Sunday School program. Kids ages 3-12 are welcome to join us from 9:00-9:45 to learn about God in fun and interactive ways. Please contact Kristine DeGaetano at 732-406-9533 or Dani Sloan at 732-608-1641 if your child is interested in attending or you are interested in helping! We are so excited to kick off a new year and new program. Spread the Word!