The narthex at Good Shepherd, part of the 1988 addition, is a space for gathering at the entrance to the sanctuary. It functions as a place of transition for people to greet one another and prepare for worship. It also is used as a gathering place for the formation of liturgical processions, including wedding processions and processions before funerals and memorial services.

The congregation as a whole gathers there to move in procession into the sanctuary for services such as Palm Sunday. Meetings of the Congregation Council, church committees and Adult Forum are also held there, utilizing a large conference table, purchased from a local bank and donated by congregation member Mike Voltmer.

The narthex provides overflow seating which allows people to hear and participate in services in the sanctuary. Furnishings and art integrate both the practical and spiritual functions of this entry space.

Figure of the Good Shepherd

Completed in 1988, this piece was carved by Nils Kjome from a walnut tree. The log was sawed by Amish sawyers from the Prosper, MN area. In addition to the carved figure, the words “The Lord Is My Shepherd” are inscribed on the piece. This work, dedicated to the memory of Nils’s brother, Michael, was one of the several projects carried out in connection with the congregation’s 30th anniversary and dedication of the new addition. It hangs on the north wall of the Narthex.

Woodcut Print

Eckheart Woodcut PrintHanging above the guest bookstand near the main entrance in the Narthex is a woodcut titled Flagellation. It was donated to Good Shepherd by Douglas Eckheart in 1970.

He completed it while a student in Professor of Art Cyrus Running’s class at Concordia College, 1963-64.

The assignment was to create a work based on a biblical theme. Eckheart won a Lutheran Brotherhood competition award for his work.