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Sunday, September 1st

the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

                           hosted by Dianne and Bob Denk
         OLD TESTAMENT: Jeremiah 2:4-13
         PSALM: 81
         NEW TESTAMENT: Hebrews 13: 1-16
         GOSPEL: Luke14: 1-14

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. This will be the final Sunday when we gather to celebrate Eucharist at 9:00 am. Summertime Coffee Hour follows each week downstairs. Next Sunday, 9/8, we return to our regular schedule.

In the Hebrew Scriptures, we read from the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah wrote after the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians. His words encouraged people not to give up on their hope in God, and to hold to the faith of their ancestors whom God loved and liberated. 

In the New Testament, we continue reading from Hebrews. Our reading this Sunday helps us to see that we serve God in all that we do... in offering hospitality, in caring for prisoners, in honoring our own marriage promises. Sometimes, in doing these things, we are serving God unexpectedly.

In Luke's gospel, Jesus goes to the house of a Pharisee and confronts the standards of hospitality that he sees. Instead of honoring someone in order to be honored, he encourages us to be humble and inclusive, inviting the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Because they cannot repay us, Jesus says, it is there that we find enduring blessing. 

Good Shepherd springs back to life on September 8th! On Sunday, 9/8, we return to our school-year schedule. In addition, 9/8 will be our annual Blessing of the Backpacks at 10:00 with "Sundae Sunday" and Church School Registration following the 10:00 Eucharist.

Carl Klein is departing as our Organist/ Choirmaster. Please see the news below, and join me in thanking Carl for his years of service at Good Shepherd.

Have a wonderful and blessed Labor Day weekend. If you are in Waban, see you at Good Shepherd.

peace, Jay+

Join us Sunday, September 8th, as we celebrate Carl Klein's tenure as the Good Shepherd Organist/ Choirmaster. 
Carl Klein's time as our Organist/ Choirmaster at Good Shepherd is coming to an end. No newsletter blurb can appropriately sum up all that Carl has brought to us during his time here, but allow me to begin with a word of thanks. He has served Good Shepherd for nineteen years, and we are grateful for all that he has brought to our parish during this nearly two-decade-long tenure. Carl is an excellent musician and a fine organist, and we are thankful for his ministry here. The last few years he has been working full-time at Fisk in Gloucester, which has given him a new path for using his expertise. Please join me in wishing him God’s richest blessings in the next chapter of his life and work. 

Because of an upcoming trip to Germany and Sweden to see and hear organs, Carl has chosen to have his last Sunday on September 8th. While this does mean that the choir and larger parish will be back after Labor Day for his last Sunday, it also means that his final Sunday is coming quickly! We will honor him at a festive Coffee Hour, and I would ask you to be here in order to celebrate his last Sunday at GS. 

While I know that this news comes as a shock, know that plans are in place to keep the music ministry of Good Shepherd thriving. We are committed to excellent music in the Anglican tradition, and we are committed to our choir’s vital role in worship. That will not change. Plans will be announced once we have had a chance to honor and thank Carl on September 8th.

I ask your prayers for Carl, for all of our musicians, for our Good Shepherd parish family, and for me as your rector as we take this next step.Thank you for all that you do for Good Shepherd. thanks, peace, Jay+
Our capital campaign for the renovation of Good Shepherd's downstairs space, "Building on the Sure Foundation," is making good progress. The kitchen, the two restrooms, the first and second grade classroom, and the nursery, are being rejuvenated. The two restrooms are also now handicapped accessible.
Both fundraising and renovations are progressing well. Our goal for this effort is $75,000, and at present we are almost to our goal. Please consider prayerfully what you can give, and please make your gift or pledge soon.
The children's classrooms, now renovated, are ready to welcome back the children of Good Shepherd. We will begin a new Church School curriculum called Love First on September 8th. 
All my hope on God is founded
He doth still my trust renew
me through change and chance he
guideth, only good and only true
God unknown, he alone

calls my heart to be his own.

Hymnal 1982 # 665
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