The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
We live in a world filled with uncertainty, and much of this uncertainty is so personal. Who we are and what it is that gives our lives identity, meaning, and purpose go to the very heart of the questions for our times. Today, Paul reminds us that we belong to the Lord. Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Being the Lord’s own is what shapes our self-understanding and defines how we relate to one another. All the things that divide us on earth and how we are tempted to identify ourselves by preference or desire are overcome by the Lord, who suffered for us, died to save us, and lives to set us free. This love makes it possible for us to see others as our brothers and sisters in Christ.
O.T. Genesis 50:15–21 (Joseph reassured his brothers that he forgave them.)https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/genesis/50/15-21
N. T. Romans 14:1–12 (No matter what we belong to God.)
Gospel Matthew 18:21–35 (How often must I forgive my brother?)
Mission of the Month is Back!
The September Mission of the Month will be Hurricane Relief for those affected by Laura and any other storm that may happen this month. The exact recipient is yet to be determined (Synod's Disaster Response, District's Disaster Response, or a local affected congregation). Thank you for your donation as we remember the support we received after Sandy.
We are currently offering two Services in our air conditioned nave: a 9:30 Livestream Service that you can watch on our church Facebook page, or later in the day or week on our Facebook page or website; and an 11:00 Spoken Service which has some traditional music from a CD. We are not handing out or using paper of any kind. We are requiring face masks (we have extras by the front door if you need one) and social distancing (every other pew is closed). We have hand sanitizer at the front door and at each restroom door. We do not pass an offering plate; instead, it is located in the back of the nave for you to deposit the offering you have brought. At the end of the 9:30 Service, sanitizing wipes are distributed so that each person can wipe down the area around where they have sat. With all of these procedures, each Service can accommodate 50 people (only 10 to 15 people are currently attending each Service). At the end of each Service, people are dismissed from the back pews first, then the middle pews, and finally the front pews. Please join us as we safely rebuild our Services!
We are currently offering Communion according to our usual schedule: at 9:30 on the first and third Sunday, at 11:00 on the second and fourth Sunday, and at both Services on the fifth Sunday. However, our procedure is slightly different. Communion is now set up on a table in front of the first pew which Pastor moves to the front of the center aisle. The bread and the wine are prepared in individual disposable containers in two trays of our Communion ware. After Pastor consecrates the elements, people are invited to come forward in a single line, six feet apart from each other. They pick up a container of each of the elements and return to their seat. When all have returned, we all commune together as Pastor says, "Take, eat, the body of Christ..." and "Take, drink, the blood of Christ..." At the end of the Service, people dispose of their empty containers into the receptacle located in the back of the nave by the offering plate. Please join us as we once again share in the gift and blessing of this Sacrament.
Senior Connection will be meeting on September 16. This gathering will take place on the grounds outside at 11:00 am. A representative from Complete Care will be providing games and food. Please come out and enjoy!
Men of Faith Resumes!
Beginning on Wednesday, October 7, at 5:30 PM, the Men of Faith will resume meeting in the church basement (not the kitchen!) so that we can observe social distancing. Pastor will have pizza for us, and we will catch up with each other about our lives and families for the last six months. We will also plan out the rest of the year and look forward to 2021. Men of the church over 18 and friends, please join us (and wear a mask, of course).
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 Barbara Bellamy Henry Benson
Alice Blaze Sheryl Borkowski Leah Farina
Vicky Forte Paul Giannantonio Punna Khanna
Jeanie Lyness Daniel McCallum Linda McKelvey
John Shand Dennis P. Smith Jr
Harler Jean Visbeck Ray Visbeck
Special Needs: Doris Mingay, the Murray family, Ilona Poitras, the Visbeck family, and the Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Christopher Garrigan Justin Gruendling Kelly Handy
Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Isaiah 55:6–9 (Seek the Lord while He may be found.)
Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30 (Let your lifestyle be worthy of the Gospel of Christ.)
Matthew 20:1–16 (The last will be first and the first will be last.)