We gather regularly for the worship of our Lord Jesus Christ, not because He needs our service, but because we need Him. The divine services of the Lord’s Word and the Lord’s Supper are at the center of our life together. They are coupled with many opportunities for daily devotion and prayer within the congregation. Christ ministers to us in the Divine Service, calling us to repentance for sin and bestowing upon us His gift of forgiveness. By His forgiveness we learn to live in the freedom of His salvation and the joy of loving service to others.
Sunday Divine Service at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday Midweek Divine Service at 7:00 p.m.
During Advent and Lent, we gather together for special midweek services, held each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. A meal is served prior to these services, beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Our Communion Practice
At Good Shepherd we follow the historic Christian practice of Closed Communion (sometimes referred to as Close Communion). This practice is commonly misunderstood, and therefore sometimes leads to offense. We have no desire to offend you! However, we cannot be unfaithful to the instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ when it comes to the Lord’s Supper.
Here is the Communion Statement which is published each week inside our bulletin. It briefly explains the practice. If you’ll be joining us, please feel free to contact Pastor Schuermann ahead of time. Seriously! He’s ready and willing to chat with you about receiving the Supper here, either right away or after a period of instruction in what we believe, teach, and confess:
The Lord’s Supper is joyfully received here today. At the altar, our Lord Jesus Christ delivers His True Body and Blood into our mouths. His gift of Body and Blood, given in, with, and under the bread and wine, forgives our sins, strengthens our faith, binds us to the Lord, and unites us with each other.
Members of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations have publicly confessed this sacred gift and its blessings, and so are encouraged to commune. Other guests wishing to join our confession and receive this Holy Sacrament are encouraged to speak with Pastor Schuermann before communing for the first time. Whether you’re a member in good standing of an LCMS or AALC congregation or not, if you have not received communion from Pastor Schuermann before, please speak with him before the Divine Service. We ask that you please respect this, our belief and practice.
Anyone not receiving the Sacrament today is welcome to come forward to the rail to receive a blessing from the pastor. Please stand or kneel with your arms crossed over your chest, as a sign of your desire to receive a blessing.
Again, if you have any questions about our communion practice, or anything else regarding Good Shepherd, please contact us! Pastor would love to help you with any questions you might have.