The Shepherd's Voice
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One of the stunning things about Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel is the distance Jesus is saying we might go for reconciliation. It is about 80 miles from the north side of the Sea of Galilee (where He spoke these words) to Jerusalem, which would be 160 miles roundtrip just to seek peace and reconciliation with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We remember today that there is no distance too great to seek reconciliation. Indeed, Jesus came from heaven to earth so that we might be reconciled with God. Jesus traveled to the cross to make peace by His blood. What an amazing gift to us, which we can give to others.
Today's Readings (Please click on the reading to view)
O.T. Isaiah 58:3–9 (God urges mercy and compassion to those in need.)
N. T. 1 Corinthians 2:1–16 (Paul proclaims nothing but Christ crucified.)
Gospel Matthew 5:13–20 (You are the light of the world. Let your light shine.)
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Pastor and Melinda Schonberg, in honor of Emily’s wedding today.
to Rev. Dr. Anthony Steinbronn, our District President, for filling in for Pastor Schonberg today, who is at his daughter’s wedding. Pastor will be back in the office on Wednesday, February 19. May God bless Pastor Steinbronn as he brings us God's Word and leads us in worship today.
February Mission Of the Month- Edie Rose O' Neill
Edie Rose O’Neill, the three-month-old only child of Redbank residences Bridget and Justin O’Neill, is currently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,recovering from a liver donation. . Your donation will be used to support Edie's family medical expenses. Bridget is taking an unpaid leave of absence from work and Justin has been a stay-at-home dad taking care of Edie around the clock. Please pray for her and all involved.
February Mission Donations
St. Gregory’s Pantry: personal products-shampoo, toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes, etc.
Misfit Angels: personal products, socks, blankets, granola bars, gift cards
Please sign up to Serve on the sheet in the foyer/Narthex.
What's Been Happening
Free AARP Tax Preparation
On Mondays, until April 13, IRS Certified Tax Counselors will prepare and e-file Federal and State income tax returns. They will also assist with Property Tax Rebate. This is a free service. AARP membership is not required. Please call 732-664-7481 for more information and to make an appointment.
January Mission of the Month
Donations for the Mile Square Church in Hoboken came to $702.00! Way to go! Thank you!
What's Happening Soon
Lent Begins on February 26
Join us for our annual Ash Wednesday Services on Wednesday, February 26, at 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM as we begin a spiritual journey to help prepare us for Easter. Our focus this year will be: "Meet Jesus' Closest Friends", otherwise known as "apostles". Who were they? What did they do? How were they like us? How were they different? Find out how God built His kingdom through "unschooled, ordinary men", and how He builds it through you.
Ash Wednesday Soup Lunch
Instead of our traditional Soup Supper on Ash Wednesday (which has been increasingly difficult to host), we will be offering a Soup Lunch at Noon on February 26, immediately following the 11:00 AM Service. Please join us for both Service-n-Soup, and sign the sheet if you can bring anything.
Midweek Lenten Services
Starting on Ash Wednesday, February 26, and continuing through Wednesday, April 1, join us for our special Lenten Services at 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM as we explore the lives of the apostles, Jesus' closest friends. Holy Communion will be offered at each Service. There will be a special Service on Wednesday, April 8, at 11:00 AM for those who cannot attend the evening Good Friday Service.
Sundays in Lent
Lent is a time for repentance and change as you are drawn closer to Jesus. Beginning on Sunday, March 8, Pastor will explore "The Dangers of Church". Joining the body of Christ is not as safe as people think it is. Now that the Church has become an "institution", it is "catering" to its "customers", all of whom have differing expectations. What is the expectation of Jesus? Is this the kingdom He established? Join us for this significant conversation!
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
Family Ministry Teams and Leaders
Community Outreach Teams and Leaders
Those Who Mourn: Family and friends of Mildred Sepulveda.
Under Doctor’s Care:
John Aldarelli Barbara Bellamy Barb Burley
Ken Burley Henry Benson Alice Blaze
Dan Boettcher Pat Boettcher Sheryl Borkowski
Ginny DeRosa Kieran Dillane Mary Elliott
Leah Farina Vicky Forte Paul Giannantonio
Virginia Hackel Crystal Herring Jessica Kramer
Jeanie Lyness Daniel McCallum Linda McKelvey
Nancy McNab Bill Meade Bruce Mohlenhoff
John Mullins Edie O’Neil Brian Phillips
Cheryl Scherer Carl SchubauerJohn Shand
Dennis P. Smith Jr Gloria SmithHarler Jean Visbeck
Ray Visbeck Najwa Wallschlaeger
Special Needs: The Murray family, the Schleifer family, and those living in parts of Australia currently affected by the wildfires.
All who serve to keep us safe.
Christopher Garrigan Justin Gruendling Kelly Handy
Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli Erick Schoenberger David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Exodus 24:8–18 (Moses goes up to Mount Sinai.)
2 Peter 1:16–21 (Peter recounts seeing Jesus’ transfiguration and hearing God’s voice.)
Matthew 17:1–9(Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, and John.)