The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
It is Good Shepherd Sunday, and the familiar twenty-third Psalm is echoed throughout our worship. Our Lord went through the valley of the shadow of death in our place, leading from death to eternal life. There is work to do before we get to eternity, for following our Shepherd entails confessing our faith even when death’s shadow falls on us. It means vigilance against wolves attacking amid Christ’s flock, as Paul warns in the First Reading. But in his vision, John tells us that Christ is now the victorious Lamb on His eternal throne. We can be confident that what we believe by faith we shall know by experience in the unending joy of the Father’s house.
First Acts 11:1–18 (God convinces Peter that Gentiles may be baptized into the one Church.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/acts/11/1-18?_ga=2.165461306.485124414.1652105314-257035986.1643645019
N. T. Revelation 21:1–7 (John sees a vision of the new Jerusalem, adorned as a bride for her husband.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/revelation/21/1-7?_ga=2.165461306.485124414.1652105314-257035986.1643645019
Gospel John 16:12–22 (Jesus prepares the Twelve for His absence for “a little while.”) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/john/16/12-22?_ga=2.165461306.485124414.1652105314-257035986.1643645019
Reader: Jaime Hawthorne
May Mission of the Month
Dottie’s House provides housing assistance and programs for women and children dealing with domestic violence in Ocean County NJ, serving all of NJ. Dottie’s House is a long-term, comprehensive program offering a multitude of services to the residents who live there including weekly case management, supportive counseling, domestic violence groups, and therapeutic art classes for the children. They reside in fully furnished apartments, equipped with everything necessary to complete their homes and are able to take everything with them when they successfully graduate from the program. Your donation will help families receive ongoing support on a daily basis to ensure their recovery as they work towards independence and a life free from violence. Today we are privileged to have Karen Kirton with us to share some first hand information.
Worship in the Woods
Has resumed! We meet Sundays at 9:00 am in our Outdoor Prayer Chapel, or indoors due to bad weather.
What's Been Happening
Bible Class Resumes
Monday Bible class has resumed at 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Room. Please join us!
Baby Bottle Boomerang Is ON!
Please pick up your baby bottle today! The annual Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraiser for the Open Door Pregnancy Center goes through the end of June (the 26th). Please be sure to fill your baby bottle with cash and coins, you will be surprised how quickly it fills up. Checks are to be made out to “The Open Door”. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year.
Church Life Photos
We have dedicated one of our bulletin boards to church life and memories. If you have photos of any events or happenings with Good Shepherd then please email them to email@example.com or pop them in the church office mailbox. 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, and Robert Mueller. Contact information is listed on the board in the foyer/Narthex.
What's Happening Soon
Thank you for your continuing support!
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
Hospitalized: Dorothy Meyer
Under Doctor’s Care:
J.R. Aldarelli, Carlee Allfrey,
Alice Blaze, Kieran Dillane,
Judy Gruendling, Dale Kaster,
James McCaffrey, Linda McKelvey,
Helen Norris, Tammy Pausz,
Susan Rentas, Bernadette Roman,
John Shand, Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: Situation in Ukraine, Kim DeAngelo, James McNellis, Robert H. Mueller, the Murray family, and Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Kate Gruendling Kelly Handy
Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Acts 16:9–15 (Paul and Luke stay with Lydia after her Baptism.)
Revelation 21:9–14, 21–27 (Nothing unclean will ever enter the heavenly Jerusalem.)
John 16:23–33 (Because of Christ’s victory, we can pray directly to our Father in heaven.)