What To Expect At Worship
The Good Shepherd congregation is a welcoming, diverse community of all ages, and we invite you to join our service any Sunday, starting at 10:45am. We welcome visitors and new members and want you to feel at home. And, if you have any questions, just ask!
You will notice that on the left side of the church there is a “Pray-Ground” for our youngest worshipers, where they can play with quiet toys while sitting near their parents during the service. On the right side of the church, there is special space to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
Music is a vital part of our worship experience, and you will notice traditional hymns, contemporary Christian music, and songs from around the world incorporated into our worship. Members of the congregation share their musical talents during service, both instrumentally and vocally. We always welcome any new musicians to join us; we rehearse around 10:15am each Sunday. Contact our Music Director, Rita Pihra-Majurinen, for more information.
You will notice that having members actively involved in worship is typical; many members volunteer to read from the Scriptures. During the sharing of the peace, many worshippers enjoy leaving the pews to shake many hands, but some worshippers prefer to stay in the pews. We are generally a friendly group, but everyone can stay in their comfort zone for the peace.
Communion and Offering
We have Holy Communion every Sunday, and all are welcome, whether or not you are yet a member or a confirmed Lutheran. Participants approach up the center aisle and may take bread only or bread and wine or grape juice. On the way up to Communion (or at any convenient time), worshippers may drop a donation in the plate near the front of the center aisle (members have envelopes, but guests may donate without an envelope). Members typically return to their pews down the two side aisles. After Communion, some like to go the front right corner of the church to light a candle for special private prayers before returning to their seats.
Closing and Coffee Hour
For the final song of the day, children offer all worshippers hand instruments to use for percussion to accompany our singing. Following worship, all are welcome to the adjacent Soul Café for refreshments and socializing.
Interested in Sunday School?
Before worship most Sundays, at 9:30am, we have Sunday School for both children (four age groups: pre-k/kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, and grades 5 and 6) and adults. Adults meet in the small lobby outside the sanctuary, and children meet in the Soul Café (second red door from the corner). If you are a newcomer, we will direct you to the right place.