What to Expect at Worship

The Worship Service

Our worship service follows a pattern of Gathering, Hearing God’s Word, Sharing in God’s Meal and Being Sent into God’s World to Serve. Many of the words of worship are time-honored words from scripture which, when read and sung regularly, become part of our daily journey of faith. In times of trouble, we recall Christ’s words of comfort, “Peace be with you.” In times of longing, we cry out, “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us… grant us peace!” In transitioning from one day to the next we pray that, “The Lord will bless us and keep us… in his peace.” In so doing, the words of worship become part of our very being.

Holy Communion

Following the tradition of the earliest Christians, Holy Communion is offered weekly at Good Shepherd. In Communion we celebrate “a foretaste of the feast to come.” We believe that Christ’s presence in the bread and wine offers forgiveness of sin, strength of faith and nourishment for the week ahead. Instructions for how to participate in Communion are in the worship service bulletin. Instruction for children who wish to begin receiving the meal may be arranged with the pastor. Communion is open to all people regardless of church affiliation.  If taking the bread and wine is not part of your tradition, you are welcome to come to the altar for a word of blessing.

Child Care and Children’s Message

Children learn about God’s love through watching and participating in worship services.  Children are alway welcome in worship.   We have a GraceSpace toward the front-left of the sanctuary to make family worship easier.  If you feel the need for some time to worship without your child present, child care for infants through age 4 is available during both worship services in the nursery, located down the hallway on the right, across from the restrooms. A special children’s message is offered in worship most weeks.


Restrooms are located through the double doors on the right as you exit the sanctuary. They are on the left side of the hallway, just past the church parlor and across from the nursery. For your convenience a handicap accessible or family restroom is available on the right just past the nursery.

Membership at Good Shepherd

Those who want to learn more about the vision and mission of this community of faith are invited to speak with the pastor or any other member about Growing in Faith Together, or GIFT, a process of faith formation and way to get to know who we are and what we do. Please consider sharing your personal information on the “Welcome to Worship” slip which is found in your bulletin and place it in the offering plate.