St. Martin's Summer-- In medieval England, a warm autumn was called a St. Martin's Summer, roughly meaning that summer's weather persisted until St. Martin's Day, November 11th. As the Good Shepherd Green allows higher attendance, greater spacing, and natural ventilation, we hope for a few more Sundays of St. Martin's Summer. Our Regathering Committee has scheduled Sunday, November 1st, All Saints Sunday, as our final outdoor service for the season. As you consider your opportunities to worship and how best to engage safely, please consider this transition. If the old name holds true, we can hope for two more beautiful Sundays.
All Saints Sunday-- next Sunday, November 1st. In addition to our worship at 9:00 and 10:30, we will gather at 10:00 in the Memorial Garden to offer thanks for the great cloud of witnesses, especially those buried at Good Shepherd and others named by our parish community. If you would like to remember someone by name, whether you are present or not, please contact the parish office by Wednesday, October 28th.
Confirmation Recognition and Celebration-- All Saints at 10:30 am. Though our bishops do not offer the sacramental rite of Confirmation at this time, they encourage us to recognize those who would have been confirmed but for the pandemic. On our last Sunday on the Good Shepherd Green, we will recognize, celebrate, and pray for our 2020 confirmands. A festive and intentionally-cautious coffee hour will follow on the GS Green.
Updated at All Times and All Places-- in the next week, we will publish a new version of our regathering committee's plan. Beginning November 8th, we will offer a few amendments as we consider the changes and caution winter will demand this year.
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Sunday, October 25th -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I*
9:00 am in the church and online
10:30 am on the Good Shepherd Green
Sunday School at 10:00 and 10:30 in the Loring Room
Wednesday, October 28th -- 7:00pm-- Festive Evensong
for the coming of All Saints, for two voices and violin
in the church and online
Sunday, November 1st -- All Saints Sunday
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church and online
10:00 am All Saints prayers in the Memorial garden
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I on the Good Shepherd Green
with recognition and celebration of Confirmands
*Sunday, we will celebrate Eucharist at both 9:00 and 10:30. A mixed offering was intended based on information we heard in our parish survey. However, offering both Holy Eucharist and Morning Prayer on the same day proves overwhelming for our musicians, who are already working valiantly to lead our worship. Beginning in November, we will offer Morning Prayer the final Sunday of each month.
Please sign up in advance to attend worship in person.
We are limiting the number of attendees at each worship service, far beyond the guidance issued by the Commonwealth and Diocese of Massachusetts. We can only accommodate those not registered as space and distancing allow.
October 25 at 5:00-- in-person, outdoor meeting for High School weather permitting
November 1 at 5:00-- no meeting due to All Saints Day
November 8 at 5:00-- meet on Zoom* for Middle and High School
November 22 at 5:00-- meet on Zoom* for Middle and High School
*We will update this schedule regularly, including dates and online vs. in-person opportunities to gather
Angels Ascending and Descending:
Handicapped Accessibility at Good Shepherd
The outdoor portico, which will offer ground-level access to the elevator, is now framed. Here you see the progress as well as the proud construction workers.
Click here to view Angels Ascending and Descending, a plan to achieve 100% accessibility at Good Shepherd. At a total cost of $500,000 and with a beautiful, compassionate proposal secured, your Vestry asks you to consider prayerfully your support of this plan.
We continue to receive support and pledges while construction is underway.
Frumentum-- Communion at Home for older and at-risk parishioners
Frumentum, from the Latin word meaning wheat, is an ancient practice of the church, bringing items of Holy Communion to those separated from the life of the church, so that all can receive bread and wine on Sundays simultaneously.
With the blessing of our Bishop, Good Shepherd will offer Frumentum to members of our parish who cannot attend public gatherings for the foreseeable future. Volunteers from Good Shepherd will deliver consecrated bread and wine to you, or you can pick up items at the church, keep them in your home, and receive them on Sunday mornings while taking part in our online worship.
Please contact the Rector directly to request Frumentum, by calling the parish office or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Initially we will consecrate bread and wine for delivery on Sunday, September 13, so that Communion will be available beginning Sunday, September 20. Please specify the number of people who will receive so that we can deliver enough consecrated bread and wine for approximately four Sundays. Subsequent deliveries will occur next month.
Additional information about keeping the sacrament in your home and how to receive items will be provided to those who request Frumentum.