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picture of the sign above the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center

Update from Jerusalem Princess Basma Center (JPBC)Update from Jerusalem Princess Basma Center (JPBC)

Update from Jerusalem Princess Basma Center (JPBC)

This week we received the Fall 2021 newsletter from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ). One article was about a boy named Ahmad, who was born with a rare genetic syndrome, was granted permission to travel from his home in Gaza to receive evaluation and treatment at JPBC in 2017. During Ahmad’s three-week stay JPBC developed an individual treatment plan and his mother received training in how to carry out the therapies he needed once they returned home. Because Ahmad lives in Gaza, he has been denied the opportunity to return to the Center for re-evaluation and an updated therapeutic plan. His mother has had to rely on the ‘Home Therapy Plan’ she learned four years ago as her only resource to help her son.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, JPBC Virtual Therapy Program was developed to help Ahmad and his family, along with five other Gazan families who previously received treatment in Jerusalem. They now meet regularly with the Center’s therapist online. His mother described the opportunity to update his treatment plan.

During the bombardment of Gaza in May Ahmad and his family moved to the safety of a bomb shelter in a United Nations school for five days during the attack. His mother tells us they were able to return to their home, which was damaged, but not destroyed. What does this have to do with Good Shepherd?

Our 2021 Good Friday Offering in excess of $1,200, plus a match of $1,000 for our diocese was designated to the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center for these types of services that enhances enhancing Ahmad’s life and his neighbors in Gaza. Thank You, good and faithful servants for your financial support each year to AFEDJ. The entire full-color newsletter is on the bulletin board.

A Note from Fr. GalenA Note from Fr. Galen

Disciples of Good Shepherd,

Thank you to everyone who made Sunday Fun Day a Success!

Christian Formation Members hosted a wonderful End of Summer Sunday party on Sunday after the 10:15 service. The hotdogs, chips, beverages, were delicious. Lakeside Nature Center animals were interesting, diverse, and fun. We had sack races, an egg throw, and of course water balloons and guns to cool us off on a warm afternoon. Many conversed, laughed, and shared stories while sitting in the shade. By 2:00 PM it was cleaned up with everyone on their way home. Once again, Thank You to the committee and vestry members to made it all happen.

The Wisdom from The Letter of James

In this Sunday’s lectionary we heard the wisdom and kindness from The Letter of James. He reminded the Messianic Jews of his day to:

“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.”

“But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.”

His words certain apply to us today because we live in the time of lots of talk by people who try to influence us with lots of loud voices. When we live the life of a Christian we listen, debate, and profess understanding the produces God’s righteousness. One way I’ve found effective is by allowing the silence of God to speak to me, then I remember who’s I am and what I look  like when away from a mirror. And should you become too overwhelmed please take some time to read and reflect on the Prayer of Silence from the Monks of Weston Priory in Vermont.

Reading: Prayer of SilenceReading: Prayer of Silence


The wise tell us that God abides in silence — that God speaks in the silent serenity of the heart. Let us not speak of silence: rather, let silence speak to us of God. Together let us enter through the door of serenity the silence of our hearts. The chatter of our fears, our anger, our anxieties — the chatter of our desires and curiosity, of our projected plans and unfinished work — falls away in serenity and makes space, an open space, for a new heart, created in the silence of prayer, created in the prayer of silence. A heart that is free, peaceful, quiet, and calm; a heart that is one — a heart so large and wide that it embraces the God of all and the all of God. The God who in silence speaks all languages, the God who in silence speaks in all creatures, the God who in silence speaks one word, the God who speaks of love.

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image of Portia and Shyloc from the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

“The Quality of Mercy”“The Quality of Mercy”

“The Quality of Mercy”

A post from parishioner, Nancy Marcy.

The piece I quoted in church on July 25 is taken from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. It occurs where Portia demands Shylock be merciful, stating that “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven/Upon the place beneath” (Act-IV, Scene-I). In this way, Portia directly makes an appeal to Shylock to leave Antonio’s life, saying that, as we all pray and plead to God for mercy, to be merciful and kind towards us, likewise Shylock should be merciful and kind to him, and he will get a reward from heaven.

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. 

“The quality of mercy” is a speech given by Portia in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (Act 4, Scene 1).

In Search of a New BishopIn Search of a New Bishop

In search of a new bishop

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of West Missouri.

Finding and selecting candidates to become the ninth bishop of West Missouri will take time. “We need plenty of time to consult, discuss, and discern what gifts, skills, and priorities the Holy Spirit is asking West Missouri to seek in our next bishop,” says Standing Committee President the Rev. Jonathan Frazier, rector of St. Peter & All Saints Episcopal Church in Kansas City.

In the meantime, the diocese still needs a bishop to act as the ecclesiastical authority, provide pastoral support to clergy, ordain priests and deacons, and offer guidance through our bishop search. The solution is for the diocese to employ a temporary bishop, more formally known as a ‘bishop provisional,’ to serve during this process. “The Standing Committee has been working with the Presiding Bishop’s office to find a slate of candidates suitable to be our bishop provisional. We will discern and put forward our recommendation to the diocese well before the Annual Diocesan Convention in November,” says Fr. Jonathan.

The Standing Committee hopes this summer to announce and introduce the selected candidate in New Spirit. A vote will be taken on the appointment of the bishop provisional at the Diocesan Convention, which will be asked to ratify the Standing Committee’s selection. Ratification would take place by a simple majority vote. If the candidate is not affirmed by the Convention’s vote, the Standing Committee will start the process over again.

In the absence of a bishop, the Standing Committee acts as the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese to ensure the day-to-day work of the diocese continues.

Once the bishop provisional is in place, he or she will guide us in building trust, improving communication, and resolving “systems” issues, as well as some healing.  We can then begin discerning the Holy Spirit’s direction for the diocese and the detailed work of finding our next bishop.

The Standing Committee has developed an outline Transition Plan, the plan is available/posted on the right hand side of the elevator. “We want to ensure that all members of the diocese have the chance to make their voices heard and the opportunity to take part in the selection process,” Fr. Jonathan said.

The Week Beginning March 1, 2021 at Good ShepherdThe Week Beginning March 1, 2021 at Good Shepherd

Dear Sisters and Brothers Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

Pray-Fast-Give, A 2021 Lenten Resolve

This year we encourage everyone to Pray-Fast-Give as our way of observing Lent. Prayer and Meditation Booklets and practices are available in numerous ways this year at Good Shepherd. A few are included below.

Connection: Smile, infect others with yours

A beaming and generous and encouraging smile can make others smile too. It will lit up your insides regardless if you’re well rested or weary. Smile at others and nearly everyone you encounter will acknowledge it in some way. Many nod, some eke out a “hi” but few return a smile; and rarely one so bright. Powered by a stranger’s warm greeting will energize you for the rest of the day. This week smile at a stranger, infect others with yours and experience the difference it makes in the world.

What would it be like if we were more intention about blessing others with spontaneous smiles?

Save the Date

March 12 – Movie Night – Into the Wild

Members of the Christian Formation Committee has selected Into the Wild as our March 12th, 7 PM Zoom movie discussion. You may watch it on Netflix or by obtaining a copy at your local Mid-Continent Public Library. View the movie at your leisure before the night of the meeting. It’s an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same title by Jon Krakaurer.

Links from the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri

Black History Month Weekly Video on Julia Haywood Cooper

Heartland Ultreya is Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Information via this link. 

Reminders for the Good of the Order

Easter Lilies may be ordered through episcopalcogs.org or by calling 452-0745.

Walking the Labyrinth is available in our parish hall during office hours or when you decide to enter.

A Blessing Jar for the household is a good idea. Kim Snodgrass reminds us that at the start of 2020 Rev. Natasha Stewart introduced a Blessing Jar to her family. The idea is simple. Once a week at dinner, have family members write down one thing they were grateful for and place it in the jar. Then read them at an Easter Sunday meal or other special occasion. 

Educational Connections and Zoom Links

Weekday Services, Events, and Education

Noonday Prayer at Noon via Facebook Live Monday through Friday.

Compline at 8 pm via Facebook Live Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday. Not on Wednesday; instead, Wednesday Eucharist for Households.

Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM via Facebook Live – Booklets are available in the church at all times.

**Wednesday Eucharist for Households via Facebook Live: Wednesday at 6:00 PM from Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel via Facebook Live

Wednesday Noonday Bible Study via Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 pm. Living the Way of Love, Day 8-15. Meeting ID is https://zoom.us/j/91477770100

Episcopal 4 U – Each Wednesday at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile at jkile@att.net for an invitation

Facebook Live this Sunday.

Sunday Christian Formation Class-Lent III, Year B, Sunday, March 7 at 9:00 AM. Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, I Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22. Join us via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/93045831122

Holy Eucharist Rite II-Lent III, Year B, Sunday, March 7 at 10:15 AM – Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, I Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22. Join us on Facebook Live  

It’s all about Zoom!

Zoom Technical Support: Contact via email Kim Snodgrass or call her at 417-793-0780.

This Week beginning 1/24/21 at Good ShepherdThis Week beginning 1/24/21 at Good Shepherd

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,

Monday is the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. Let us recall the Contemporary Collect for him.

St. Paul the Apostle: “O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.” Amen.

Connection: Thank you for reading about Paul telling of his conversion to King Agrippa in Acts 26:9-21. Paul was blinded because he was so determined to arrest and kill followers of Jesus. Thankfully we’re not in that same place. Today we are more likely to be ignored or smiled at politely by the general public. It’s Paul’s words in verse 19 that I find inspirational, “After that, King Agrippa, I am not disobedient to the heavenly vision.”

Being faithful to God’s heavenly vision as a member of Christ Body gets me up and going in the morning, allows me to focus throughout the day, and at night a time of reflection. In Eucharistic Prayer C (pg. 368), we’re reminded, “In him (Jesus), you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you (God). In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death until life.” In other words, like Paul, we have been transformed into a new person. Think about the freedom this has brought you in life. Share that reality with someone you trust, then be ready to say it to the King Agrippa’s you encounter during the day allowing Christ light to shine through you. 

Quote of the Week: Jesus became who we are (humans) so we could be what he is. A new member of God’s family through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Yesterday’s Annual Meeting was a Success: Thank you, Brad Hale and Chris Kirby, for an excellent Good Shepherd Annual Meeting via Zoom.  Your expertise let members either in person or virtually participate. Laura Sawin-Armato, Carye Williams, and ministry leaders your reports were excellent. Nina Edwards and vestry member’s, your confidence in our financial plan is second to none. Once again, a team of people did their best for the good of all.

Congratulations to Good Shepherd’s New Vestry Members Phyllis Cameron, Susan Eveland, Kathy Potter, and Mike Wilkinson. Chris Kirby, Sr. Warden, Jill Hedge, Jr. Warden.

Thank you to Marie Ebert, Mary Dodson, Marilyn Lane, and Steve Nelson for your valuable gifts as vestry leaders in so many different and diverse ways.

Collecting Dried Palms for Ash Wednesday: Thank you for bringing your dried palms to church, placing them in the wicker baskets in the foyer or by the chapel before February 11.

Souper Bowl of Caring January 11-February 7. Please help us restock our BPS Room with canned vegetables, canned pasta, Jell-O or pudding packs, peanut butter, popcorn, granola bars, tortillas, small packs of raisins, pancake or cake mixes, or financial contributions. As of Friday, 250 pounds of food already collected. Well done! The BPS Box will be by the chapel for your food contribution.

Educational Connections and Zoom Links

Weekday Services, Events, and Education

Noonday Prayer at Noon via Facebook Live Monday through Friday.

Compline at 8 pm via Facebook Live Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday. Not on Wednesday; instead, Wednesday Eucharist for Households.

Christian Formation Meeting: Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. Contact Judy Kile to be connected.

Wednesday Noonday Bible Study via Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 pm. Mark 8:14-10:31. Meeting ID is https://zoom.us/j/91477770100

Wednesday Eucharist for Households via Facebook Live Only: Wednesday at 6:00 PM from Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel via Facebook Live

Wednesday Episcopal 4 U at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile for an invitation.

Circle of Friends Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:00 AM. All are welcome via Zoom at: https://zoom.us/j/99608591532

Facebook Live this Sunday.

Sunday Christian Formation Class-Epiphany IV, Year B, Sunday, January 31 at 9:00 AM.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, I Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28. Join us via Zoom  https://zoom.us/j/93045831122

Holy Eucharist Rite II-Epiphany IV, Year B, Sunday, January 31 at 10:15 AM.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, I Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28. Join us on Facebook Live  

It’s all about Zoom!

Zoom Technical Support: Email Kim Snodgrass or call 417-793-0780.

The Second Sunday After the EpiphanyThe Second Sunday After the Epiphany

The Second Sunday After the Epiphany

January 17th, 2021

The Holy Eucharist: Rite II

The Word of God

Prelude: Hymn #439 What wondrous love is this

Processional: Hymn #7 Christ, whose glory fills the skies

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

Old Testament: 1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.  At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” [Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Psalm 135:1-5, 12-17

1 Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways.

3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4 You press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.

5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made;
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

14 My body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.

15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.

16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! how great is the sum of them!

17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

Hymn #535 Ye, servants of God, your master proclaim

The Epistle: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Hymn #324 Let all mortal flesh keep silent

The Gospel: John 1:43-51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Hymn #324 Let all mortal flesh keep silent

The Sermon—The Rev. Galen Snodgrass

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer C

The Lord be with you.

And also with you

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.

And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

   Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

   Hosanna in the highest.

The Celebrant continues

And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

Lord God of our Fathers and Mothers; God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah,

Rebecca and Rachel; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Breaking of the Bread

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

Hymn #324 Let all mortal flesh keep silent

Let us pray.

Eternal God, heavenly Father,

you have graciously accepted us as living members

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,

and you have fed us with spiritual food

in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.

Send us now into the world in peace,

and grant us strength and courage

to love and serve you

with gladness and singleness of heart;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Blessing/Dismissal

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Hymn #812 WLP I, the Lord of sea and sky



Please pray for The Anglican Church of Australia and Christ Episcopal Church, Lexington


1/20  Jennifer Hamilton, David Neilson

1/22  Phyllis Paulsen


We pray for these expectant parents: Natalie & Nathan Kincaid.


Isabel Deibler, Cameron Ham, Geddes Paulsen, Hazel Shippee.


Vincent Armato, Gary Cram, Craig Elliott, Lucas Kahn, Cole  Sherry, Doug Snodgrass, Korinne Takeyama, Kellan Travis and Christopher Willey.

“One learns about Christian character and the moral life — through common practices like the liturgy. Practices and rituals help the story of one’s life take shape. One learns that as a Christian one is here to be a glorifier of God: one’s whole life depends upon that.” —Stanley Hauerwas

Readings for This Week

Monday: Isa. 44:6-8, 21-23

Tuesday: Isa. 44:9-20

Wednesday: Isa. 44:24—45:7

Thursday: Isa. 45:5-17

Friday: Isa, 45:18-25

Saturday: Isa. 46:1-13

Good Shepherd Annual Meeting

This years 2020 Annual Meeting will be Sunday, January 24th beginning at 10:15 AM after the 9:00 service. You may attend in person by registering with Laura Sawin-Armato in advance to ensure social distancing. Or you may join by Zoom via the listed link. What is required at this meeting is the election of four new vestry members, the presentation of the 2021 budget approved by the 2020 vestry. We’ll have copies of reports available in print and virtually. Plus, we would like to acknowledge members who’ve done extraordinary ministry during the year.

Vestry Candidates are Phyllis Cameron, Kathy Potter, Susan Eveland, and Mike Wilkinson.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Fr. Galen.

The Zoom link is:  https://zoom.us/j/95905674107

Episco-pen-pals of the Northwest Metro Deanery

Meredith Seaton, NW Metro Youth Coordinator, has invited members of our deanery to join the movement through Episco-pen-pals. Those who sign up will share our good news with each other! With this sign up you will be paired with a pen pal. You will be provided addressed postcards the week of February 14, 2021. Fill out your card with your news of the week both good and if you could use advise or prayers. Share what makes you happy, hopeful, and your interests. It’s amazing the effect a nice note can make. You will receive a packet of addressed postcards for you to fill out and mail. If anyone in your congregation would like to participate please follow this link https://wemoyouth.formstack.com/forms/episcopen_pals This is open to youth and adults. I will try and group parishes together depending on how many participants sign up. 

Souper Bowl Of Caring – Good Shepherd Collection

Even though we may not be meeting in person for services, we would still love to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring again this year over Super bowl weekend.  The Super bowl is currently scheduled for Sunday, February 7, 2021.  The youth will be asking for monetary donations as well as food donations.  Please plan to either give monetary donations (by mail or electronically) or bring food donations to the church. 

  • Canned vegetables
  • canned pasta
  • Jell-O or pudding packs
  • peanut butter
  • Popcorn
  • granola bars
  • Tortillas
  • small packs of raisins
  • pancake or cake mixes
  • or financial contributions

All proceeds will benefit the Good Shepherd Backpack Program.  Please help to make this an even bigger success this year!

Northland Assistance Center says…

Northland Assistance Center would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your holiday giving.  We are also in need of: individual instant oatmeal packets, individual instant hot choc packets, tuna helper, canned chicken noodle soup, jelly, ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce. Call Nancy Tennant, 816-421-2243 with any questions.

From Bishop Curry —

And now in the name of our loving, liberating, and life-giving God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

In another time of national crisis, another time of danger for our nation, in 1865 on March the fourth, Abraham Lincoln concluded his second inaugural address with these words:

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

Lincoln knew in that moment, in the moment of a national crisis, a moment of great danger, that such a moment was a moment of decision, when a nation, when a people must decide who shall we be? What kind of nation, what kind of people shall we be? A hundred years later, Martin Luther King faced the same reality. Who shall we be? The civil rights movement was waning. The great victories that had been won had been won. And yet now questions of poverty and economic despair and disparities raised an awesome specter on the nation. We were at war.

We were at war in another country, but there was war on our streets. The nation was deeply divided. Cities burned. There were riots. Riots at national conventions of political parties. The future of the nation was in question, and it was at that time that Dr. King realized that in moments of danger, a decision must be made. And he titled his last book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community. I believe as he believed, as Abraham Lincoln believed, as I believe you believe, that we must choose community. Chaos is not an option. Community is our only hope.

The truth is Dr. King spoke often of all that he did and labored for was for the purpose of realizing as much of the Beloved Community of God as it is possible on this earth. He spoke of Beloved Community, the Bible, the New Testament, Jesus spoke of the kingdom or the reign of God. Jesus taught us to pray, and to work, and to labor for that Beloved Community, that reign of God’s love in our time and in our world, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth just as it is in heaven. Those are our marching orders from Jesus himself.

I am a follower of Jesus of Nazareth because I believe that his way of love and his way of life is the way of life for us all. I believe that unselfish, sacrificial love, love that seeks the good and the welfare and the well-being of others, as well as the self, that this is the way that can lead us and guide us to do what is just, to do what is right, to do what is merciful. It is the way that can lead us beyond the chaos to community.

Now, I know full well that this may to some sound naive, to others, idealistic, and I understand that. And yet, I want to submit that the way of love that leads to beloved community is the only way of hope for humanity. Consider the alternative. The alternative is chaos, not community. The alternative is the abyss of anarchy, of chaos, of hatred, of bigotry, of violence, and that alternative is unthinkable. We have seen nightmarish visions of that alternative. We saw it in Charlottesville just a few years ago when neo-Nazis marched through the streets of an American city, chanting, “Jews will not replace us.” That alternative is unthinkable. We saw it in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where a public safety officer knelt with his knee on the neck of another human being. A child of God, just like he was, and snuffed out the breath of life that God gave him. The alternative is unthinkable.

And we have seen it this past Wednesday, when a monument to democracy, the Capitol of the United States of America was desecrated and violated with violence by vandals. Lives were lost. A nation was wounded. Democracy itself was threatened. My brothers and sisters, this way of love that Jesus taught us when he said, “Love the Lord your God, and your neighbor as yourself.” This way of love that Moses taught even before Jesus. This way of unselfish, sacrificial love, it is the way to redeem a nation, to save a world. It is the way of hope for us all. But do not make the mistake of thinking that I speak of a sentimental and emotional love.

Jesus spoke of love most consistently the closer he got to the cross. This way of love is the way of sacrifice, the way of unselfishness, the way of selflessness, that seeks the good of the other as well as the self. And that is the way of the cross, which is the way of life. And if you don’t believe me, ask another apostle of love. Not Dr. King, not Abraham Lincoln, ask Archbishop Tutu. Ask one who has given his life for the cause of God’s love in the way of Jesus. Ask him; ask Nelson Mandela in your mind. Ask them what love looks like. They knew that the way of love was the only way that could guide South Africa from what could have become a bloody nightmare and civil war to the way that could build a nation.

And it was not sentimental. Remember truth and reconciliation. They had to face painful truths. They had to do what was just and what was merciful. They had to do what the prophet Micah said, that the motivation and the guide was love. Archbishop Tutu said this:

Love, forgiving, and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones is not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back or turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness of the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse for a while. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring forth real healing. Superficial reconciliation only brings superficial healing.

This is the way of love that can heal our hurts, that can heal our land, that can help us to become one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. So, I would ask you to do two things. I’m asking you to make a commitment, a renewed commitment, to live the way of love as Jesus has taught us and to do it by making a commitment to go out and bless somebody. Bless somebody you disagree with. Bless somebody you agree with. But to go out and bless somebody by helping somebody along the way. Go out and bless somebody by listening to their story and their life. To go out and be an instrument of God’s peace, an agent of God’s love.

And then I would ask you to pray. Pray for this nation but pray with some specificity. Pray that we may have the wisdom and the courage to love.

God of grace and God of glory,
on thy people pour thy pow’r.

Crown thine ancient church’s story,
bring her bud to glorious flow’r.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the facing of this hour
     – Harry Emerson Fosdick, God of Grace and God of Glory

With malice toward none, with charity toward all. With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right. Let us strive to finish the work, the work that we are in. To bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan. To do all which may achieve and cherish, a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

God love you. God bless you. And may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.


Sunday, Jan 17


              10:15                   Phil Graham R1

                                         Marie Ebert R2

                                         Tom Lanio  POP

Altar Guild Kathy Potter —Team III

Flowers Tom Kincaid —Birthdays


Sunday, Jan 24


10:15 Carye Williams R1

Gary Gee R2

Mary Wilkens POP

Altar Guild Vicki Nelson —Team IV

Flowers Sandy Boustead —Dorothy Scobee


7:00 p.m. – Wednesday, Episcopal 4 U, via Zoom

9:00 a.m.  –  Christian Formation, Sunday, via Zoom

10:15 a.m. Sunday morning via Facebook Live


Marie Ebert, Senior Warden

Steve Nelson, Junior Warden

Nancy Marcy (Clerk)

Mary Dodson, Phil Graham, Brad Hale, Jill Hedge, Chris Kirby,

Marilyn Lane, Pam Lipari, John Starns, Susan Stensrud


The Rt. Rev. Martin Field, Bishop of West Missouri

The Rev. Galen Snodgrass, Rector

Laura Sawin-Armato, Parish Administrator

Judy Kile, Education

Laura Williams, Youth Director

David Talbot, Sexton

Tiffany Olsson, Nursery Attendant

Nina Edwards, Treasurer

Gary Gee, Pledge Secretary

Pat Muldoon, Editor, The Shepherd’s Voice

Brad Hale, Communications/Website Administrator

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

4947 N.E. Chouteau Drive, Kansas City, MO  64119-4815

Phone: 816-452-0745

Business office hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Website: www.episcopalcogs.org

Email: office@episcopalcogs.org

This Week at Good Shepherd (1/4/21)This Week at Good Shepherd (1/4/21)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,

Thank you once again for your financial generosity for the Christmas Eve Outreach Plate Offering. Gary Gee reports that a total of $1,385.00 was donated, $632.50 to Healing Pathways, $702.50 to Northland Shepherd’s Center. Your generosity is for our local neighbors that will ease their burdens. You are a good and faithful congregation. 

Let us Pray the Collect for Epiphany: O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who live and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

On Wednesday we’ll be celebrating the twelfth day of Christmas, The Epiphany, from the comfort of our homes. But please note there will be a mid-week Holy Eucharist broadcast at 6:00 PM from Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel. This service is virtually only through via Facebook Live.  There’s no need for the Altar Guild to set up. I will take care of it just like on Holy Name Day last week.

As you’ve just recited, we acknowledge the opportunity to gaze into the eyes of the baby Jesus. We come face to face with the glory that God has placed in him. And like the Magi, a time to fall on our knees and offer him our humble devotion one more time during this season of Christmas. Why?

Because on Thursday, January 7 we’ll be moving into another “green season” in the liturgical calendar. A time of growing. Which is difficult to imagine with a thin layer of snow on the ground and temperatures near or below freezing. Yet it is true. We will spend from January 7 till February 16 nurturing our faith while the snow and cold are just outside our doors. What ways have you’ve grown in Epiphany’s of the past. What are the ways you’re growing with Jesus in the fertile soil of your heart and mind?

Pray for our vestry candidates: Phyllis Cameron, Kathy Potter, Susan Eveland, and Mike Wilkinson for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in wisdom and discernment.

Good Shepherd Annual Meeting: Will be held on Sunday, January 24th beginning at 10:15 AM via Zoom. You may attend in person, if you wish, but you must call the office to reserve your seat. Otherwise please join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95905674107 Please make sure you’ve downloaded the latest Zoom updates before Wednesday, January 20th.

Note: Thank you for sending your ministry reports to Laura ASAP.

Educational Connections and Zoom Links

Weekday Services, Events, and Education

Noonday Prayer at Noon via Facebook Live Monday through Friday.

Compline at 8 pm via Facebook Live Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday.

*****Virtual Epiphany Eucharist via Facebook Live Only: Wednesday at 6:00 PM from Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel through my laptop viaFacebook Live

Wednesday Noonday Bible Study via Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 pm. Gospel of Mark 1:1-3:12. Meeting ID is https://zoom.us/j/91477770100

Episcopal 4 U at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile at jkile@att.net for an invitation.

Zoom Ultreya: A Cursillo Online Gathering: Saturday, January 9 at 10 AM. We will share fellowship and music as we safely gather. Support each other, invite friends. Contact Roberta Coons for your Zoom invitation at rcoons9@hotmail.com

Facebook Live this Sunday.Holy Eucharist Rite II-The Baptism of our Lord, Year B, Sunday, January 10 at 10:15 AM. Genesis 1:1-5, Psalms 29, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11. Join us on Facebook Live  

Sunday Christian Formation Classes

Zoom Lectionary Study for all. Sunday, January 10 at 9:00 AM:The Baptism of our Lord, Year B. Genesis 1:1-5, Psalms 29, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11. FYI: This Zoom link will remain the same till February 14, 2021. God willing and the technology works.! https://zoom.us/j/93045831122

It’s all about Zoom!

Zoom Technical Support: Contact Kim Snodgrass at kimsnodgrass79@gmail.com or 417-793-0780.

Neuroscience and the Fruit of SpiritNeuroscience and the Fruit of Spirit

Neuroscience and the Fruit of Spirit by Fr. Bryan Spoon is a guide for understanding the physiological basis for spirituality and ethical behavior. Drawing from his own experience as an Episcopal priest and hospital chaplain, Fr. Bryan offers a dialogue between modern neuroscience and the Bible to reveal the physiological changes that occur when life is centered on love, joy, peace and other fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). He shows how our spiritual practices can reshape the brain and lead us to health and wholeness. All the author’s royalties from the book will benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital.

This is a really cool book. Virtue meets theology meets neuroscience meets personal growth. As one makes the journey through the book, one learns how fundamental dispositions that lead to a life living the fruit of the Spirit are made possible by this remarkable brain of ours. With exercises at the end of each chapter, this is a book that can be truly transformative. You will not simply know more about yourself, you will be more fully the self that God intended.”

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, PhD – Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics

Fr. Bryan will also be presenting on this topic at Forma21: Embodying Spiritual Practices.  Forma is the Network for Christian Formation for the Episcopal Church and beyond. The Forma21 gathering from January 26-28th will include opportunities for leaders to experience community and learning through curated worship, wisdom, and workshop offerings. More information about Forma21 is available here.  Fr. Bryan’s website contains many neuroscience resources to help you learn, teach, or preach how God’s love, joy, and peace.

You can find Neuroscience and the Fruit of Spirit on Amazon.

The Rev. Bryan Spoon is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.  He ministers as a pediatric staff chaplain at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.  Both he and his wife Elisabeth are ordained priests within The Diocese of West Missouri and graduates of Virginia Theological Seminary.