The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
An old Jewish prayer begins, “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe.” To call God “King” is to acknowledge Him as the highest ruler over all. Earthly kings never created the subjects of their rule out of nothing as has the one Creator God. So much higher and more exalted than any earthly sovereign king is God. In the Old Testament, God gave His people kings for their nation. But unlike the rulers of other nations, Israel’s kings were to rule in God’s name and after His heart and will and word. They were to rule God’s people like shepherds tending sheep, like David of old. Few, however, were faithful to their calling. Through a king named Zedekiah, God both condemned the former faithless kings and promised the future righteous Branch of the great King David. In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus, God’s Son, having compassion on people as a shepherd has compassion on the sheep. Because of Jesus’ blood and righteousness, you have a King that cannot fail. He cares for you and will deliver you safely to your eternal home.
O.T. Jeremiah 23:1–6 (The righteous Branch) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/jeremiah/23/1-6?_ga=2.237194696.91659334.1626107285-402095793.1559144528
N. T. Ephesians 2:11–22 (One in Christ) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/ephesians/2/11-22?_ga=2.237194696.91659334.1626107285-402095793.1559144528
Gospel Mark 6:30–44 (Jesus feeds the five thousand.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/mark/6/30-44?_ga=2.237194696.91659334.1626107285-402095793.1559144528
Reader Matt Martz
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Charlotte Visbeck in memory of Nicholas Visbeck.
To Vicar Jeffrey Campbell, who is filling in for Pastor Schonberg this morning. May God bless him as he brings us God’s Word and leads us in worship. Pastor Schonberg will be back in the office on Wednesday (July 21).
July Mission of the Month
We are blessed in the LCMS with pastors and leaders well-equipped by our two world-class seminaries. Every gift to the LCMS Joint Seminary Fund supports both seminaries as they continue preparing future messengers of God’s forgiveness. Every donation helps LCMS seminaries and is an easy way to make a lasting difference.
Free Stuff Table
Now loaded with the “Crosses of Lent” in the foyer/narthex. Check it out and help yourself.
COVID friendly Busy Bags are available on the table in the foyer/narthex for children who would like an activity to do during the Service. These were printed, packaged, and sanitized in the home office of one person. Feel free to take one for your child(ren) and take them home with you. As these are a one-time use type of activity, they should not be returned or left at the church. Thank you.
Check out this drone footage of Good Shepherd!
What's Happening Soon
Meditation Platform Project
Brandon Erlenmeyer is a member of the church congregation and has been working really hard on his Boy Scout journey. Thankfully he is VERY close to earning his Eagle Scout rank. All he has left is 1 merit badge (which is 95% completed) and his service project. For Brandon’s project, he is working in conjunction with 2 Girl Scouts in Point Pleasant on building a mediation area at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The area will consist of a raised platform in front of the white cross and will allow everyone the access to meditate, pray, and reflect. Brandon’s portion of the project is to create the platform with benches for visitors to sit on. Brandon is looking for donations of any kind: monetary (cash, check, Venmo, even gift cards), supplies, volunteers when the time comes and lots of prayer! Please reach out if you have any questions to 908-783-9895 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your support!
What's Been Happening
There are currently a few tasks around the church and church grounds that need some tending too. It takes a lot of work and a lot of hands to keep things in good shape. Please take a look at the list below and assess if there is something you would be able to help with. With your help we will be able to get our church in tip top shape in no time.
1. Replace all 11 shades in the Sanctuary (Lowes accordion shades).
2. Caulk and weather strip around/ between the main doors and Christian Education Building doors.
3. Paint two ceiling tiles in Pastor’s Office.
4. Replace or wash light covers in Fellowship Room.
5. Reattach bottom of left sink cabinet and replace (or cover) counter between stove in upper basement.
6. Paint red door and white panel by choir loft and paint cross on elevator tower.
7. Adopt-a-Spot (see below).
8. Repair southwest column on porch and paint all posts.
Any questions regarding these repairs please see a trustee. Thank you!
Now that the growing season has "sprung" upon us, it's time to keep up with the weeds around our church building. It would be wonderful if one or two people or families would "adopt-a-spot" and maintain it into the Fall. There are five spots that need attention:
1. South end of our Christian Education Building (where the garbage bins are located)
2. Left of the entrance to our Christian Education Building (our Nursery School entrance)
3. Between the south side of the original church building and the ramp (please kill the vine)
4. West side of the original church building (between the main and back doors)
5. Inside the courtyard
6. North side of the church building, along Route 88 (definitely more than one person/family)
You don't need permission or to tell anyone (unless you want to). Just show up and make the weeds disappear. We'll even reimburse you for minor expenses. Thank you!
Remember Our Homebound and Elderly
Please remember our homebound and elderly in prayer or with a card or phone call: Annaliese Benson, Fran McCallum,Robert Mueller, and Rev. Paul Voitko. Contact information is listed on the board in the foyer/Narthex.
This Week at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
In Our Prayers
To add someone to our list, please fill out a pink Prayer Request Form and submit it to Pastor or the Church office. Also, please let us know when we can remove names. Prayer requests submitted without a pink form are removed after one week. If we have removed a name in error, please resubmit the name and accept our apologies. Thank you.
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster, Prague
Pastor Matt Lytikainen and the Kairos Network
Under Doctor’s Care:
John Aldarelli Alles Blaze
Kieran Dillane Ruth Gilmore
Ray Kuri, Sr Jeff Luckenback
James McCaffrey Daniel McCallum
Linda McKelvey Erna Meyerle
Susan Rentas Bernadette Roman
Mena Schollenberger John Shand
Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: Garrett T. Midgett II, Robert H. Mueller, the Murray family, Jack Pausz, and Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Justin Gruendling Kate Gruendling
Kelly Handy Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Genesis 9:8–17 (The covenant of the rainbow)
Ephesians 3:14–21 (Prayer for spiritual strength)
Mark 6:45–56 (Jesus walks on water.)