This Week at Good Shepherd (12/14/20)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in our Risen Jesus Christ,

This week’s “Connection” offers the opportunity to have Christian Formation activities delivered to your home Free of Charge. Thank you for taking a moment to read the information and then consider signing up by December 23rd. It’s designed for households of all age groups.

Let us pray: Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of your servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by your gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Everything Holy comes from the belief that everyday life experience provides us with ample opportunity to transform seemingly mundane moments—like grocery shopping, studying, gardening or working—into something more.

Inviting God into these experiences is formational; moments can become holy.

With the understanding that this is nothing short of a lifelong process, an Everything Holy monthly offering has been created to reach out to West Missouri households of all shapes and sizes in a tangible, experiential way.

Each month participants receive a packet containing unique elements of formation – liturgy, service, education and fellowship – woven together through a subtle theme and keeping multiple learning styles in mind. Additional tangible supplies will often be included that tie it all together. 

Opt-in now.  A Welcome Box will be mailed to you containing materials to create Sacred Space at home. A packet full of formational content will then arrive to your home within the first week of each month.

And, in order to make formation a priority this offering is supported by the diocese at no cost to participants.

An Edict from Youth Bishop Logan Williams of Good Shepherd: From December 6-Decmeber 28 Logan Williams is our Youth Bishop. The first in the history of Good Shepherd. He will issue edicts for us to follow as faithful minister of Jesus Christ.

This week’s edict is: Do something for yourself that brings you joy. Take time to watch your favorite movie or one you’ve wanted to see, read a book, buy yourself a treat, or get your favorite takeout food.

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.

Monday, December 14 at 1:00 PM. Outdoor Funeral for Helen Debniak at Good Shepherd Columbarium.

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 PM, Vestry Meeting. All members are welcome.

Wednesday Noonday Bible Study via Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 pm. Advent Reflection on Peace. Meeting ID is

Wednesday Children’s Story with prayer via Zoom. As always, it’s a time to check with the children of the parish, and prayer for those on their hearts and minds. But now Fr. Galen is switching from Bible passages to reading a book for children for fun. Thank you for joining.

Episcopal 4U has been moved to Wednesday’s.

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

Facebook Live this Sunday.

Holy Eucharist Rite II-Advent IV, Year B, Sunday, December 13 at 10:15 AM. Bishop Martin S. Field will be with us as part of his regular Sunday rotation. This was long planned before the pandemic.

Join us on Facebook Live. 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Canticle 15 Luke 1:26-38. 

Sunday Christian Formation Classes

Zoom Lectionary Study for all. Sunday, December 13-Advent IV. 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Canticle 15 Luke 1:26-38.  FYI: This Zoom link will remain the same till February 14, 2021. God willing and the technology works.!

It’s all about Zoom!

Zoom Technical Support: Contact Kim Snodgrass at or 417-793-0780.

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