What to Expect
Good Shepherd communicates God's Word in a way that 21st century people appreciate and understand. Our pastors use contemporary anecdotes and intriguing illustrations to give messages of God's grace and guidance. The relevance of these Bible-based messages will guide you with new insight for the week ahead. At the same time, the reverence of our church setting provides a transcendent worship experience to give you greater joy and strength.
- Classic hymns
- Contemporary accompaniments
- Historical texts
- Modern messages
Our services follow the liturgical church year, which is divided into two main parts: The festival half, which covers the life of Christ, typically begins about December 1 and ends about May 30. Each church year begins with Advent and the promises of His coming, the birth of Jesus, His ministry, His suffering, death, resurrection, ascension and Pentecost. The non-festival half, which emphasizes the Christian’s life of response to Christ, typically begins about June 1 and ends about November 30.
If you are concerned about your children in worship, please know that we understand that children have short attention spans and often make some noise. We expect that. We televise the service in the narthex and parents are welcome to take their children out there as well during one of our services.
We ask that if you are not a member of another WELS or ELS church or if you have not received the Lord’s Supper at Good Shepherd before, to please wait until you have had an opportunity to talk about Holy Communion with a pastor. We follow this practice as an act of love; love for you and your spiritual welfare, love for God’s Word which encourages us to participate in Holy Communion with those who share our faith. We do encourage our guests to remain for the Communion portion of the service and to use the time during the distribution for prayer, meditation on God’s Word, or hymn singing.