The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
We continue to focus our attention on Jesus’ resurrection. We see that Jesus is the stone that was rejected by the religious leaders. He was crucified and killed by them. Yet God raised Jesus from the dead, making Him the cornerstone, the foundational stone upon which all the other stones in the building are aligned and built. As we build upon the foundation and cornerstone of Jesus, we are conformed and aligned to Him.
First.: Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60 (Stephen remains faithful in the midst of death.)
N.T.: 1 Peter 2:2–10 (Built on Jesus, we are a chosen people.)
Gospel: John 14:1–14 (Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.)
Reader: Jeff Largiader
May Mission of the Month
Generator for GSLC: This month’s Mission is set out to fund a generator for Good Shepherd. This generator will make sure the sump pumps still work in the event of a power outage/flood, thus preventing the basement from flooding. The generator will also be used to keep the fridge and freezer running. This way Good Shepherd will always remain up and running. Any extra monies would go into the General Church Fund.
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Bob and Louise Lusardi in celebration of Parker’s first birthday.
Worship in the Woods
Has resumed at 9:00 am, hopefully outdoors in our Outdoor Prayer Chapel by the white cross. Join us for an abbreviated, informal Spoken Service with Communion.
Our chancel is vested with and gold paraments to indicate the joy of Jesus' royal triumph over death!
Free Stuff Table-Has New Stuff
Please browse and help yourself. Take something for your family or a friend.
Bible Class News
Has resumed on Mondays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the Fellowship Room. We have begun a study of Prayer: A Biblical Spirituality. Please join us and learn how to pray better.
Guiding Statement Congregational Meeting
There will be a Meeting on May 21 after the 10:00am service to explain the Call process for a new Pastor. The Meeting will also discuss the acceptance of the Guiding Statement which is printed below. There will be only ONE service that day at 10:00am. Please make the time to be with us for the service and the Meeting.
The ultimate Guiding Statement for the Christian Church is the Great Commission of
Jesus Christ given in Matthew 28:18-20: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to
Me. Therefore, by going, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything I have taught
you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." We have translated that to
As children of a gracious God who know Jesus Christ by faith,
we make Him known by our words and deeds
What does this mean?
By children of God, we mean that we are the recipients of the great love of God the Father (1
John 3:1). Born separated from God (Ephesians 2:1-15), He has now adopted us into His
family (John 1:12-13). Our adoption was paid for by the sacrifice of God's own Son, Jesus
(Hebrews 2:10-15), and applied to us by Baptism (Galatians 3:26-27). Ever grateful, we always
think of ourselves as His children (Mark 10:13-16).
By knowing Christ, we mean having a personal relationship with Him -- just as "knowing a
person" means having a relationship with them (John 17:3). Knowing Christ is more than
knowing about Christ, which the demons do (James 2:19). It is personal, intimate, and life-
changing (Matthew 11:28) -- the greatest blessing this life has to offer (Philippians 3:7-11).
By faith, we mean "trust" -- we take God at His word (Romans 4:1-3). Biblical faith is more than
believing in God -- it is believing God (Hebrews 11:1). This is what made Abraham, and makes
us, acceptable to God (Romans 3:21-22, 28). This faith makes us righteous before God and
eternally saves us (Romans 4:13). Such faith is a miracle, created by God Himself (Ephesians
2:8-9), and sustained by His Word (Romans 10:17) and Communion (Matthew 26:26-28)
By making Him known, we mean our witness to people around us, near and far (Acts 1:8).
Our relationship to God as His children, and our faith in Christ as our Savior, are to be shared
with people, not kept to ourselves (Matthew 5:14-16). Jesus makes God known to us (John
1:18); we can't help but make Him known to others (Acts 4:20).
By words and deeds, we mean that what we do is consistent with what we say (James 2:14-
16). Saying one thing while doing another is hypocrisy, which Jesus strongly condemns
(Matthew 23:13-32). Likewise, our words of witness need to be attached to our deeds. Actively
helping someone without mentioning Jesus is an incomplete witness (Romans 10:14-15).
"(We are) confident of this: that He who began a good work in (us) will carry it on to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6).
P L E A S E J O I N G O O D S H E P H E R D L U T H E R A N C H U R C H
A S W E H O N O R A N D C E L E B R A T E T H E R E T I R E M E N T
O F OUR B E L O V E D P A S T O R
Rev. Christian Schonberg
F R I D A Y , J U N E 3 0 T H , 2 0 2 3
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Dinner Reception - Adults:$48 per person, Children: $10 per child
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W I T H Y O U R O N L I N E P A Y M E N T
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
Under Doctor’s Care:
Carlee Allfrey, Ida Angiola,
Ernest Johnson, Joe Kosmich,
Kenneth Pausz, Tammy Pausz,
Kate Rubin, John Shand,
Joe Sroka, Harler Jean Visbeck,
Nancy Widman, Paul Wylam,
Special Needs: James McNellis, Jennifer Mirra, the Murray family, and the Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Daniel Gewecke Katie Gruendling
Kelly Handy Jonathan Kaster
Matthew Orgill Mason Remondelli David Schauer