Good Shepherd Sunday, Children's Eucharist, Mothers' Day

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Sunday, May 11th

the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Good Shepherd Sunday

        8:00 AM-- HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE I 
      11:45 AM-- ADULT FORUM in the LORING ROOM    

         FIRST READING: Acts 9: 36- 43
         PSALM: 23
         NEW TESTAMENT: Revelation 7: 9- 17
         GOSPEL: John 10: 22- 30

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Easter. Good Shepherd Sunday brings with it a special joy, as it is our patronal feast (i.e. the date on the calendar that marks the name of our parish church). This year it is also Mothers' Day, a day for us all to give thanks for the mothers who have influenced and shaped us.

This Sunday at 10:00 Good Shepherd will offer a festive Rite II Eucharist led by the children and youth of our parish, which is shaping up to be a lovely opportunity to worship and celebrate. 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. Practice now: "And also with you!"

Building on the Sure Foundation Please be on the lookout for information on our modest capital campaign to renovate the downstairs restrooms, children's classrooms, and the kitchen. This Sunday at Coffee Hour, the Vestry will present information about renovations of the downstairs space, and we will raise a cup of cheer to the effort. 

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 follow up on the term "Paschal Mystery" and see how it has influenced the liturgy and music that we use.

Agape Celebration May 22 Our final Agape Celebration of the school year, at 6:00 in the Common Room.

Sunday, May 26th the Feast of St. Seersucker, the bi-annual feast of the patron saint of summer. Dress in your finest seersucker. 

Pentecost Sunday, June 9th Pentecost Sunday, on which we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, falls fifty days after Easter-- this year on June 9th. This year we will celebrate the graduation of our seniors, say thank you to those who have supported Christian Education during the year, and gather on the Good Shepherd Green for our parish picnic. Mark your calendars! And wear red.

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. 
This past Sunday, children prepared for the coming Sunday's liturgy when they will help to lead our worship. 
Good Shepherd is in search of its next Coffee Hour chair. Would you be willing to schedule coffee hour for us? It is a valuable ministry and supports the wider life of Good Shepherd on Sundays. Please speak to Fr. Jay or Biz Bracher. 
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.
The King of Love my Shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his,
and he is mine forever.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
and yet in love he sought me;
and on his shoulders gently laid,
and home rejoicing brought me.

So through all the length of days,
thy goodness faileth never:
Good Shepherd may I sing thy praise
within thy house forever.

Hymnal 1982 # 645 
St. Columba
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