Weekly Email from Our Rector, Fr. Galen

The Week Starting April 5th, 2021 at Good Shepherd

Dearest Sisters and Brothers of our Risen Lord, Jesus the Christ.

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia!

Thank You to Laura Armato for all her hard work in preparing and printing the multiple bulletins for Holy Week.  Thank You to the members of Good Shepherd Altar Guild for all the extra time and energy in ministry of service during this beautiful church season. Thank You to David Talbot and the B&G members who make our grounds beautiful. Thank You Christian Formation members who helped the Easter Bunny get special treats to our children. Thank You Brad for the countless hours spent in keeping us connected virtually. Let us pray that we can grow into our new normal for Easter 2022 ( April 17). Well done good and faithful servants.

Fr. Galen+

Connection: A new life in the Risen Jesus.

“We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” These words from Paul’s Letter to the Romans applied in his day. They certainly apply to us in 2021.

We are now living as a freed people in harmony with God because we have died with Christ. Jesus died to sin one time for us. Now we are to spend the next 50 days considering ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus. As for me this feels empowering and invigorating. The burden from my shoulders is lifted, whiling trading up for a yoke with God’s son. I hope you feel as relieved as I in the week ahead.


Communion to Go Kits can be picked up during normal office hours which are Monday and Wednesday to Friday from 9-3. Saturday from 8 to 7.

Tuesday, April 6 is Election Day at Good Shepherd.

The church office will be closed this day because of a local election. Thank you for voting, but please stay away from the building until Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM.

Rogation Day-Beating of the Bounds Outdoor Church Activity for Members of all ages.

Gary Gee is planning a wonderful 30–40-minute outdoor event at Good Shepherd on Sunday, April 25 beginning at 11:45 AM. Bishop Martin Field, Fr. Don Compier, and Deacon Brock Slabach will be joining us for this historical and enjoyable event.

Old image referencing rogation-tide

Gary reminds us, “It is an amazing source, with the idea of planting seeds even in your own home as a family activity, has old black and white art/etchings, and a concept I was astounded to read. The concept is Holy Neighborliness. It takes such simple things as produce to a level we would not normally think about. I saw it as a perfect example of activities for young to old and teaching Christian love at the level Bishop Curry calls us to. There is a poem for those who love literature as well.”

This gives us insight on the changes from the 1928 BCP (Book of Common Prayer) to our 1979 BCP on Rogation Days. It has a writing from St. Francis. It also has a piece of poetry which would need some historical context before sharing. The language is Southern colloquial in nature and could be considered offensive.

Thank you for taking a few moments to click on the two links above to find out more about the history of rogation day.


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 through Friday.

Wednesday Noonday Bible Study will not be meeting April 7. Join us as we begin reading the Book of Philippians on April 14.

Wednesday Eucharist for Households via Facebook Live: Will not be held this week. Instead join a Compline Broadcast at 8:00 PM.

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

Circle of Friends Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM. All are welcome. https://zoom.us/j/99608591532

LiveStreams this Sunday

Sunday Christian Formation Class, Easter II, Year B, Sunday, April 11 at 9:00 AM – Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133, I John 1:1-2:2, John 20:19-31. A study guide will be coming later in the week. Join us by Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/93045831122

Holy Eucharist Rite II-Easter II, Year B, Sunday, April 11 at 10:15 AM – Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133, I John 1:1-2:2, John 20:19-31. Join us on Facebook Live and/or YouTube

It’s all about Zoom!

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