Worship Service Information and Schedule

Weekly Worship

NOTE:  Worship services are online at the Good Shepherd YouTube channel.   The YouTube link is here.

Sundays, 9:30 am – Worship Service online using the Order of Worship and hymns from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) hymnal.  

Sunday Outdoor Communion Services & Children’s Sermons
at Spilde’s Walnut Grove

September 13 and 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

The SignUpGenius link to attend the outdoor communion services is here.

Online worship will still premiere on YouTube at 9:30 a.m.; these outdoor services will complement that worship and will not be broadcast. The services will be short and will include prayer and the communion liturgy. We will gather in the large, shady walnut grove west of the Good Shepherd parking lot. Our neighbors, Craig and Jeanette Spilde, are graciously letting us use their land. In case of inclement weather, the service will be canceled.  Notice of cancellation will be posted on the website and Facebook by 10:00 am the day of the service.

Families with children are welcome to attend. The children’s sermons in August will be offered at these services rather than online. Kids will be asked to stay with their families for the short time of worship but if children do interact with other children outdoors, that is a lower risk activity for transmission of the virus. Kids are very unlikely to come too close to an adult wearing a mask!  

Musicians are welcome to offer acoustic music during the service. Sign up to do that on SignUp Genius.

We are doing the best we can to make church activities COVID-19 responsible, but as with any activity in this fluid situation with sometimes limited controls and information, we encourage individuals to consider what level of risk they may be exposing themselves to as they engage in outdoor worship. Please feel free to consult with our staff about any questions or concerns.

Because we care deeply about everyone’s safety and wellbeing, a number of measures are being taken to limit possible exposure to COVID-19:

  • Each service will be limited to 100 people. You are asked to sign up using SignUpGenius or by calling the church office. This will allow us to physically distance and will allow for contact tracing should that be needed.
  • There will be limited access to indoor restrooms (one household at a time in the building).
  • You are asked to bring your own chairs. There will be folding chairs at the church for those who need them.
  • Everyone over the age of 5 will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be available for those who do not bring them. (Kids aged 2-5 are encouraged to wear a mask.)
  • When you arrive, please check in with an usher so that we can have an accurate record of attendance.
  • There will be no congregational singing. The congregation will share in spoken responses, quietly, while masked.
  • Communion will be offered using a single-serve cup with a small piece of bread and wine (or gluten free bread and grape juice). Physical distancing will be practiced as individuals and households are ushered to the table. Communion will be distributed without physical contact.
  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs to stay home.
  • Please be advised that the CDC recommends that those at high risk for a more severe COVID-19 illness (people over 65 and those with underlying conditions) avoid gatherings.
  • We are inviting members to sign up to serve as ushers.

Thank you for helping us to gather in a way that is safe and inclusive for our community. All are welcome! If you cannot attend, we can extend the table of Holy Communion to you. Please be in touch with Pr. Amy about options that might work best for your situation.

A welcome to children by Pastor Amy:  It is hard work to worship with kids but it such important work that helps them and the whole church. The presence, energy and noise of children are most welcome here.  A nursery attendant is also available to be with children in the Nursery.  Activity bags are available in the nursery.

Sacraments at Good Shepherd

imagesimagesThe Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is committed by its statement of purpose to “worship God in proclamation of the Word and administration of the sacraments and through lives of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, witness, and service.” The ELCA celebrates two sacraments, Holy Communion and Baptism. Both are celebrated as a means of awakening and confirming faith. Both were instituted by Christ himself. Both contain physical elements, bread and wine for Holy Communion and water for Baptism.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion, known also as the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, was instituted by Jesus Christ on the night before his betrayal. In this sacrament the risen Christ is present, giving his body and blood as food and drink in the bread and wine. This real presence is a mystery, a presence that remains ‘hidden’ even though visible elements are used in the sacrament.

The liturgy of Holy Communion in the ELCA, represented in the worship books of the church, has been used by generations of Christians. An ordained pastor presides as the congregation gathers in song and prayer, confessing the need for God. The Scriptures are read and preached. People profess faith and pray for the world, sealing prayers with a sign of peace. An offering is gathered for the poor and for the mission of the Church. The table is set with bread and wine.

At Good Shepherd, we celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday morning and on Wednesday evenings during special seasons. All are welcome to come and receive the body and blood of Christ in the bread and wine. Those adults and children who prefer a blessing may indicate by crossing their arms. For worshipers who have difficulty coming forward for the distribution, the pastor and assistants serve Communion in the pews.

Communion is celebrated in several ways, by coming forward down the center aisle and receiving the elements or by kneeling as one is able at the communion rail behind the altar allowing communicants to face the congregation seated in pews.

Ushers direct worshipers to the Meal which is served by intinction. Those distributing the Sacrament speak the following words: “The Body of Christ given for you; The Blood of Christ shed for you.” The bread is gluten-free; in addition to wine, grape juice is available. Communicants form a manger with both hands and extend them to receive the body of Christ. They then dip the bread into the wine chalice or goblet containing grape juice. Members of the congregation’s Ministry Teams and Altar Guild assist the pastor with serving Communion.

The pastor brings Communion to those in nursing homes once a month. The pastor brings Communion to those who are homebound once each quarter. Communion Visitors bring Communion to homebound members the other months of the year.



The introduction to the service of Baptism states the following in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal:
God, who is rich in mercy and love, gives us new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. By water and the Word, God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. We are united with all the baptized in the one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and joined in God’s mission for the life of the world.

Baptism provides participation in Christ’s death and resurrection, new birth, forgiveness of sins, reception of the Holy Spirit, membership in the church, and entrance into the reign of God.

Baptism was instituted by Jesus Christ when he himself was baptized by John the Baptist. A person is baptized once so the act does not need to be repeated. Candidates for baptism are of all ages. Some are adults and older children who declare their faith and desire Baptism and others are young or infant children.

Both adults and infants benefit from having baptismal sponsors. The primary role of the sponsors is to guide and accompany the candidates. They help the baptized join in the life and work of the community of believers.

An ordained minister presides at the Baptism, usually celebrated within a congregation. At Good Shepherd, the baptismal font, located in the front of the sanctuary, is filled with water. The minister performs the ceremony with a laying on of hands, praying, pouring of water over the head of the recipient, signing with the cross, and anointing with oil. Other symbolic acts also are used such as the giving of a lighted candle to the family. In Baptism people become members not only of the Church universal but of a particular congregation. Therefore all baptisms are entered into the permanent records of the congregation and certificates are issued at the time of the administration of the sacrament and provided for the family.