Special Events at Good Shepherd
Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God who destroyed the power of evil in this world with His life and sacrificial death during the Hebrew Passover around A.D. 30. He Himself said that He would rise in three days. Three days after His death His disciples found the tomb empty and then saw Him alive. Originally this celebration was called the Pascha, which comes from the Hebrew word for "Passover." English Christians began to call it Easter around the 12th century.
What should I expect at Sunday Easter Service?
The Easter service is not that different from any other Sunday service. We begin with a hymn of praise. As in all our services, we confess our sins and receive the promise of forgiveness. We listen to two Scripture readings that describe the resurrection and what it means. We confess our faith with the ancient creeds. The pastor gives a message that teaches the meaning of the resurrection and its implications for us today. We give our offerings to support the preaching of the Gospel and the love of Christ. The pastor leads the congregation in a general prayer the needs of the church. We celebrate the Lord's Supper which Jesus gave to the disciples on the night of the Passover. The service concludes with additional hymns and prayers. The total length of the service is about one hour.
All visitors are very welcomed to attend and participate or just observe! The only thing we ask is that you refrain from receiving the Lord's Supper until you've had the opportunity to learn what we believe and teach. Those who have had these instructions at another sister church are welcome to join in communion.
The Easter Vigil on Saturday evening is similar to the Sunday service however we don't have the additional music that we have on Sunday.
Christ in the Passover
Wednesday, April 16th at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 16th! We will be sponsoring a “Christ in the Passover” service. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper during the celebration of Passover. In the first Passover God led His people out of Egypt in the Exodus. David Garretts, from Jews for Jesus, will show us how the Passover points us to Jesus. David is the father of GSLS teacher Virginia Vanderhyde. We will have two services at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m.
Journey to Easter
Saturday, April 19th from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m.
Good Shepherd will be hosting a Family Easter Event on Saturday, April 19th. This event includes the Journey to Easter, an interactive journey through the Passion Week; Easter Egg Hunts; games; crafts; and snacks. This is an open-house style event. Come between the hours of 9 a.m. - Noon; visit the various activities; and bring friends and neighbors with you. The Journey to Easter will leave every 10-15 minutes, there will be an egg hunt every half-hour, and the games and crafts will be open throughout the morning. Donations of filled plastic Easter Eggs and bags of wrapped candy are still needed!
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