WHAT TO EXPECT TO FIND AT OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
We, at Good Shepherd are from a varied ethnic and cultural background. However, we are all of a like mind. We have an ongoing love for our God and great appreciation for what our Savior, Jesus Christ did for us through His death on the cross, where he took our sins upon himself and was crucified. He exited the tomb thereby opening up for us the opportunity to eventually join him in the mansions of heaven to be with him.
So often people do not know what is expected of them as far as what to wear at a church service—too often this lack of knowledge keeps them away. There is no dress code presented or specified in the Holy Scriptures and likewise there is not one at Good Shepherd either.
At Good Shepherd, on any given Sunday you will see jogging shoes, sandals, heels, jeans, ties, slacks and/or dresses. The manner of dress is left solely to the individuals comfort and concern for the message he or she is receiving from our gracious and loving God. We are more concerned that you took the time to come and listen to that message.
We feel that dress must remain a personal matter, based on your comfort, with the knowledge that we have a loving God who accepts us as we are.
Our Worship Service
Every church has its own style of worship, but we feel that after becoming accustomed to ours in a couple of services, you will find our way of praising God uplifting and beneficial to your spiritual wellbeing.
Each worship service is printed in our service folder, which you will receive from our greeter or usher as you enter our church. Scripture lessons are printed in the folder and Bibles are at all the pews, however you are welcome to bring your own Bible to follow along if you prefer.
Each service is begun with the singing of a hymn or an immediate call to worship, asking for God to be with us during our worship service. We publically and jointly approach God with the acknowledgement of our sins and ask for and receive forgiveness for them.
Scripture lessons are presented from the Old Testament, the Epistles and the Gospel; each preceded by a short introduction by Pastor Deters placing the relevance of the passages to our service and daily lives.
The sermon is presented by the pastor with uplifting instruction and guidance through the many trying issues facing us today in these difficult times. Sermons are Bible based, as we firmly believe that the Bible is the only true and infallible Word of God and the only help and instruction we can receive to carry us through to our heavenly goal.
We respond to this word with offerings, prayers and praise for the good news we receive from our gracious and loving God that he has and will give us the strength we need.
Throughout these various portions of service are additional prayers and hymns to his glory. Then we gratefully receive His blessings for a safe journey home.
When will the offering be taken? How much am I expected to give? Do they expect visitors to give? These are often nagging questions for visitors. This should not be your concern. You may wish to learn more of our ministry and service before you bring your offerings to God thru our church. Again, we are glad that you took the time to come and worship with us.
We are taught thru the Bible that our gifts to God should reflect our belief that everything we have is from him thru his loving kindness. It teaches us that thru our offerings we worship and honor him. As these contributions are gifts to God, no one attempts to regulate the amount of the gift of any individual.