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Sunday, May 5th

the Third Sunday of Easter

          8:00 AM-- HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE I 
        11:15 AM-- COFFEE HOUR
      11:15 AM-- CONFIRMATION in the YOUTH ROOM
      11:45 AM-- ADULT FORUM in the LORING ROOM    

         FIRST READING: Acts 9: 1-6, 9-19
         PSALM: 30
         NEW TESTAMENT: Revelation 5: 11-14
         GOSPEL: John 21: 1-19

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the Third Sunday in Easter. Easter continues with narratives of the risen Christ. In our reading from Acts, Jesus appears to Paul (still named Saul) on the road to Damascus and changes the story of his life forever. In our gospel reading, Jesus appears to his disciples a third time, helping them to catch an amazing number of fish and making breakfast for them on the beach. In that waterfront encounter, Jesus reconciles with Peter and forgives him for his previous denials. 

Adult Forum in Eastertide continues this Sunday at 11:45. During the season of Easter (through June 2nd), Adult Forum will be exploring different celebrations and practices that shape our understanding of the Paschal Mystery. This week we will explore what is meant by the term "Paschal Mystery" and how the celebration of Passover surrounding the first story of Good Friday and Easter has shaped how we understand Jesus as the Passover Lamb.

Words for Lent Thanks to all who have taken part in and have contributed to our Lenten Devotional Drive. The books we collected were delivered to SSYP on Tuesday of this week. See pictures below.

Building on the Sure Foundation Please be on the lookout for information on our capital campaign to renovate the downstairs restrooms, children's classrooms, and the kitchen. Our goal is to complete the campaign, as well as much of the actual renovations, before the beginning of summer.   

Children & Youth service at 10:00 am on Good Shepherd Sunday Next Sunday, May 12th, we will offer a Rite II service at 10:00 led by the children and youth of our parish. This special Eucharist will allow them an intentional part in liturgical leadership, and it will give Good Shepherd a chance to give thanks for the wonderful Christian Ed ministry at our parish.

See you Sunday! peace, Jay+

The Vestry is excited to announce a capital campaign for the renovation of Good Shepherd's downstairs space, called "Building on the Sure Foundation." The kitchen, the two restrooms, the first and second grade classroom, and the nursery will be rejuvenated. The two restrooms will also be made handicapped accessible.
Please join us on Sunday, May 12th, during coffee hour, to see the work that we are undertaking. Our goal for this effort is to raise $75,000. Please consider prayerfully what you can give, and please make your gift in May or June of this year.
PLEASE NOTE: Renovations have begun on the downstairs restrooms. Downstairs restrooms, as well as the nursery, are not accessible.

Childcare is available Sundays in the Loring Room. During renovations, the restroom across from the Atrium will be the only available facility. 
Marilyn Crone and members of our Outreach Committee delivered books to St. Stephen's Youth Programs for use in their library. This was the culmination of our Words for Lent devotional drive. Thanks to all who made this effort possible. 
On Saturday, April 27th, Good Shepherd confirmands went to the Cathedral of St. Paul to meet with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev'd Michael Curry. Bishop Curry spoke to students about the Way of Love, and how their own lives are a part of Jesus' continuing work in the world. 
Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter, falls on Mother's Day this year. To celebrate, children and youth will help lead us in a Rite II service at 10:00, much like what they use on Sundays when they celebrate Children's Eucharist.
Now the green blade riseth
from the buried grain,
wheat that in dark earth
many days hath lain;
love lives again

that with the dead has been:
love has come again
like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him,
Love whom hate hath slain,
thinking that never
he would wake again;
laid in the earth

like grain that sleeps unseen:
love has come again
like wheat that springeth green.

Hymnal 1982 # 204 Noel Nouvelet
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