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CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, MAITLAND, FL Revealing Christ's Love
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Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

SERMONS
PODCAST
WEBSITE
YOUR VESTRY
Senior Warden, Susie Pelham
Junior Warden, 
Joe Small

Dee Barroso
Sue Burley
Catherine Davey
Gloria Grant
Debora Lisle
George Madill
Scott Ricker

Treasurer,
Susan Burley
Clerk,
Karen Sarno
SCHEDULE OF 
WORSHIP SERVICES & PROGRAMS

Mondays - Thursdays
Food Bank
10:00 am to Noon

 
Tuesdays
Noonday Prayer

Noon in the Chapel

Wednesdays
Tabitha's Treasures
Prayer Shawl Ministry
10:30 am in the Prayer Ministry Room
Noonday Prayer 
Noon in the Prayer Room
Fellowship Under the Word
Men's Study: Fr. Cameron's Office at 6:30 pm 
Women's Study: Prayer Room at 6:30 pm
Young Adults Group
6:30 pm in the Upper Room


Thursdays
Fellowship Under the Word
10:30 am - Noon Men's and Women's Bible Study in the Prayer Room 

Noonday Prayer
Noon in the Chapel


Saturdays
Holy Eucharist 
5:00 pm in the Chapel

Sundays
Holy Eucharist 
10:00 am in the Church
Breakfast
8:30 am in the Parish Hall 
Adult Christian Formation
9:00 am in Roberta's Hall
Youth
Monthly events schedule coming soon!
BIBLE READING AND PRAYER/DEVOTIONAL AIDS
(desktop, tablet, phone apps)
YouVersion Bible (different translations, audio)
Morning Prayer (Mission St Clare)
G
lo Bible (different translations, maps, illustrations, commentary)
Daily Bread Daily Devotions
U
pper Room Daily Devotions
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Diocese of Central Florida
Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center
Episcopal Relief & Development
Voice of the Martyrs
Compassion International
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CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Revealing Christ's Love:
Caring for the sheep
Searching for the lost
WEEKLY REFLECTION
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness;…
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me….
Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth,
a sinner from my mother’s womb. Psalm 51

Friends,
Such agony and brokenness is expressed in our reading this week from Psalm 51 (a portion of which is found above.)
 
Lent is a somber season. Will we ever have joy again? Yes, we will. On Easter Day. But before then, we will walk with Jesus to the Cross.
 
In John 12:23 and 27, Jesus says that His hour has come. He says His soul is troubled.  He knows what lies ahead – the mocking, whipping, abandoning by His closest friends, and the horrible crucifixion and death. He tells us that a grain of wheat must die to bear fruit, meaning He must endure death to bring us eternal life. Previously, he told us that if we are followers we must deny ourselves and take up our crosses. That definitely is not a joyful picture! 
 
Lent is a period of self-examination, confession, and prayer. The paradox is that the more we die to ourselves through confession and prayer, the more joy we will experience on Easter Day. We need Lent.  It is a time to invite the Holy Spirit to reveal the dark recesses of our hearts where sin, sinful habits, and willfulness lurk.
 
The Lord offers us multiple ways to confess and receive the Lord’s forgiveness: (1) We can, with confidence, approach the throne of grace directly through prayer and receive forgiveness. Hebrews 4:16; (2) We can confess our sins to each other.  James 5:16. Small groups of members committed to loving and holding one another accountable are a safe place to be vulnerable about our faults, sins, and weaknesses; (3) If we have hurt someone, we can seek his/her forgiveness. Matt. 5:23-24; (4) We can confess our sins before a priest and receive forgiveness. John 20:21-23; Matt. 16:18-19. 
 
The thief (Satan) comes to steal and kill and destroy us, but Jesus came to give us abundant life. John 10:10.  The work of confession and repentance brings healing and the abundant life which Jesus earnestly desires for us. He stands ready to heal us of our soul-sickness and burdens of sin. Take Him up on His offer and receive the joy which is ours on Easter Day!
 
Shalom,
Nina Bolton
Candidate to Holy Orders (Diaconal Field Ed at Good Shepherd)
PARISH NEWS & EVENTS
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND HERE
ROOM CHANGE: YOUNG ADULTS NOW MEETING IN UPPER ROOM. MEN'S BIBLE STUDY NOW MEETING IN FR. CAMERON'S OFFICE
MAGNIFY THE LIVING LORD - VOLUME 8
 
"Witnessing for the Lord can be as simple as relaying to someone who is experiencing a problem how God helped you with a problem of your own.  Even if you fumble with the words, by sharing that incident God will be able to use your witness to encourage that person to come to Him.  It is up to you to ask God to provide you with such opportunities." (Paraphrased from Forward Day by Day)
                       
Writing for Magnify the Living Lord – Vol. 8 may be such an opportunity for you. Previous volumes can be found online HERE

Please email your stories to Joy Sutton HERE  If you would rather just tell about a happening instead, please phone the Parish Office with your contact information and Joy will call you back and will write it for you. 
DIOCESAN NEWS & EVENTS
A THANK YOU NOTE FROM OUR DIOCESAN MISSIONARIES
THE REVEREND STEPHEN AND MARY DASS
Dear vestry and members of Good Shepherd,
We received a list of contributors from the diocese. We want to thank you for your prayers and support. It gives us ample confidence to serve the Lord in the streets of Sao Paulo knowing that we have your church constantly lifting us up in your prayers. Once again, thank you and God bless you and the ministry of your parish.
Yours in Christ
Stephen & Mary Dass
Sao Paulo Mercy Ministry

Here is a link to the latest posting from Fr. Stephen
Clergy
The Rt. Rev’d Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of Central Florida
The Rt. Rev’d William Folwell, The Rt. Rev’d John Howe, and the Rt. Rev’d Hugo Pina-Lopez, retired Bishops
The Rev’d Sarah L. Bronos, Rector
The Rev’d Cameron MacMillan, Curate
The Rev’d Dick Costin, Deacon
 
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Christ Church, Fort Mead
St. Andrew’s Church, Fort Pierce
 
The Nation and Those in Authority
The President, Governors, Representatives, Congressmen and women, and the Mayors of Casselberry and Eatonville
 
Prayers for Healing and Other Needs
Gloria, Frances, Caroline, Sallie, Tom, Nikki, Christine, Mildred, Philip, Bobby, Sally, Barbara, Tom, Bill Janine, Betsy, Troy, Mary, Hillary, Miranda, George, Joan, Jose, Charlotte, Sammi
 
Military Personnel and Families
Kate Pierce, Brigit Kincaid, and Dennis Glasgow
 
Our College and Seminarian Students
Karissa Ashcraft, Laura Harris, Stephen Gant, Donny Lisle, Ray Lisle, Debora Lisle, Abbei Moye, Kyra Ashcraft, Rose Thatcher, Nicole Folsom, Jim Louttit, Nina Cassady-Bolton, Gordon Sims
 
Our Diocesan Missionary
The Reverend Stephen and Mary Dass, and the street children of Brazil
 
Birthdays
Sallie Smith, Amy Mulford, Hannah MacMillan
 
Praise and Thanksgiving
For the birth of Keith and Meg Folsom’s grandson, Townsend
 
Safe Travel
Barbara Rawls, George Bronos
 
If you have any prayer requests please visit our website and complete the Prayer Request Form. 
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