Good Shepherd Anglican Church is a member of the Anglican Communion, a Fellowship within the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, consisting of those duly constituted Dioceses, Provinces and regional churches in communion with the See of Canterbury, upholding and propagating the historic Faith and Order as set forth in the Old and New Testaments and expressed in the Book of Common Prayer and under the authority of Bishop Jack Iker and The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas.
To Know Christ and Make Him Known to Others.
We are an Anglican Parish seeking to worship God in all aspects of our lives; striving to reach out to our community and beyond to spread the good news of God in Christ.
WELCOME The Good Shepherd Parish family welcomes you and yours into our Christian fellowship this morning! We sincerely hope you feel at home and among friends. Please sign the guest card found in the box on the pew in front of you and introduce yourself to the priest. If you would please fill out & wear a name tag, we would love to greet you by name!
WE WELCOME YOU TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION. All persons who have been baptized with water in the name of The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit, have been admitted to Holy Communion in their own church, and accept the teachings on the Holy Eucharist on pp 859-860 of the Prayer Book are welcome to share Holy Communion with us. Those who have not been admitted to Holy Communion may come forward to the altar rail for a blessing. Simply cross you arms over your chest as you kneel to receive a blessing. Please know that we are honored to have you worshipping with us today!
JESUS SAID, "LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO ME, AND DO NOT HINDER THEM, FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BELONGS TO SUCH AS THESE." Matthew 19:14. In keeping with the words of Jesus, all children are welcome at all services at Good Shepherd Anglican Church. A Cry Room, equipped with TV and Speaker, is provided should your little one become distressed. Thank You!
ANOINTING FOR HEALING AVAILABLE AFTER EACH SUNDAY MASS. Good Shepherd offers a team of clergy and/or lay intercessors who are honored to hear & pray for your requests for intercessions for needs of body, soul, or spirit. Simply linger after the Mass is over, and look for them at the prayer desk located on the “Gospel” side (left of the altar as you look from the nave of the church. You are welcome to stay and pray.
ALMS BOX RECIPIENT IN DECEMBER IS CAMP CRUCIS, Please be generous in your Alms Box contributions this month. And, Thank You.
“ADVENT!” 4 WEEKS OF JOYFUL WAITING!! In today’s Gospel reading from John 3:23-30 the Baptizer points away from Himself to “The Bridegroom”. Who is the “Bridegroom”? And, BTW, “who is the bride”?
IN CHRISTIAN FORMATION CLASS TODAY: “What Time is It?”, (Part 3)- TIME for DESTINY!
The 4 “Last Things” of Advent are: Death ; Judgment; Hell & Heaven. [Check your clocks!]
‘GREENING OF THE CHURCH’: A SPECIAL EVENT…TODAY! After Christian Formation class, those who are willing to stay and decorate the Church for Christmas will enjoy a hearty lunch, then “report for duty” to Mrs. Sara Smith, who will direct our beautification project! Stay…and Enjoy!
ADVENT MEDITATION BOOKLETS AVAILABLE TODAY. Pick up YOUR copy before you leave today! Enjoy!
AN “ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE” IS ON THE BACK OF YOUR “Suggestions for Keeping Advent” insert. A full celebration of Christmas Eve/Christmas Day begins 12/24 at 5pm. NOTE ALSO: Sign ups for Christmas Eve food/drink for receptions in parish hall.
NEXT SUNDAY: A SPECIAL TREAT: WORSHIP IN OUR HISTORIC CHAPEL! The 4th Sunday in Advent (12/24) we will celebrate Mass across Fall Creek Hwy. in our Chapel…at 9:15, as usual. Our chapel, built in 1868, is one of the oldest public buildings in Hood County.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
12/17 THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT: Mass; Refreshments; CF: “4 Last things”: DESTINY!
12/17 “GREENING THE CHURCH”, w/ the Altar Guild
12/18-12/22 MORNING PRAYER in the Chapel; 8 a.m.
12/18 SANDWICH MINISTRY: Each Monday, 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall
12/19 TUESDAY MORNING MASS & Bible Study
12/19 PRAYER SHAWL MEETING: 10a.m. in the Parish Hall.
12/20 WEDNESDAY EVENING MASS & DINNER: 6:30 p.m. in chapel; dinner on the town
12/24 (part one): Advent IV- 9:15 Mass will be in our historic Chapel!
12/24 (part two): Christmas Eve- two masses…5pm & 10:30 pm… in the Main Church
12/25 FEAST OF THE NATIVITY: “Christmas Day”; Monday- Low Mass at 9 a.m.