Coronavirus Update

How our ministry is changing and continuing in a time of pandemic

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Like faith communities around the U.S. and the world, Good Shepherd is in the process of retooling our ministries to continue to offer spiritual support and to point to Christ’s presence in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Governor Baker’s order means that we will not be hosting in-person gatherings at the church until at least May 4th, the Church is more than a building, and we remain committed to our mission to grow, nurture, and make disciples in Christ wherever and however we can. Scroll down to find a schedule of online offerings, our most recent congregational communication, and some spiritual resources.

While we’ll do our best to keep this page up-to-date, the best way to make sure your information is current is to sign up for our newsletter and visit our Facebook page.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7

Online Schedule

We’ll do our best to keep the Zoom links current. If you have trouble, check our Facebook page or weekly enews for the most current information. If that doesn’t work, call the church office at (508) 366-7095 x.111.

Sunday

9:00 am Facebook Live Service

Download the bulletin

We’ll post the recorded service by noon HERE in case you didn’t catch it live.

NEW DIRECTION MUSIC

With these songs we are reminded how Jesus has power over death and that we will be resurrected by him into eternal life. Especially during these very challenging times that we are living in right now we need to remember that God always has a plan for us. He will always be there with us to help us weather any storm that we may come across. ~Randy Gomez

Coffee Hour & Adult Forum

Join via Zoom at 9:45 am

Monday

9:30 am: Monday Morning Bible Study

Tuesday

12 noon to 1 pm: Connect & Pray via Zoom

Thursday

2 pm Midweek Class Join Zoom Meeting

 Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, & Easter Vigil 

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will both stream live from our Facebook page beginning at 7pm.
The recorded service will be posted to our Youtube channel by 9pm.

We are pre-recording our Easter Vigil, and will have a watch party on Facebook Saturday at 7pm.
The pre-recorded service will be available on Youtube by noon on Saturday.

Visit our Holy Week page for at-home faith formation resources.

New Direction Holy Week Playlist

“As we listen to these songs we remember how Jesus loved us so much that he willingly gave His life for us on the cross.”

Easter Sunday

We’ll live stream our Easter morning worship at 9am on Sunday. The service will be available by noon on our Youtube channel as well!

New Direction Easter Playlist

“These songs remind us how powerful God is.  Through His resurrection we can see that even death has no power over Him and that we too will one day rise up with Him eternally.”

Recent Congregational Communications

Weekly News, April 5, 2020
Pastors’ Message, including Holy Week schedule. Updated schedule and other news.

Weekly News, March 29, 2020
Pastors’ Message, including Holy Week schedule. Updated schedule and other news.

Weekly News, March 22, 2020
Pastors’ Message, including news that we will be closed through Holy Week. Updated schedule and other news.

Pastors’ Letter, March 16, 2020
Good Shepherd updates cancellations to include April 5th and all public gatherings.

Pastors’ Letter, March 13, 2020
Good Shepherd cancels public worship; moves to livestream through March 22nd.

Spiritual Resources

Each year, members of Good Shepherd put together a Lenten Devotion. You can find that here: 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS Lenten devotion Book 2020.

A number of pastors hustled near the beginning of this outbreak to produce a resource that’s particularly good for families at home, containing intergenerational activities and prayers for the next eight weeks: Pandemic Hope Devotional.

ELCA Lutheran blogger Timothy Seitz-Brown outlined some possibilities for family devotions that will help weather the shelter-in-place orders so many of us are living under.

Virginia Theological Seminary has put together a Coronavirus Resource Pack that includes suggestions for psalms to reflect upon and prayers to offer.

We’ll keep posting more here as we find it!