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Sunday, October 6th

the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost


         OLD TESTAMENT: Lamentations 1: 1-6
         PSALM: 37: 1-10
         NEW TESTAMENT: II Timothy 1: 1-14
         GOSPEL: Luke17: 5-10

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. We have returned to our regular schedule with Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00 am, and our choir leads the music at the 10:00 Eucharist.

In the Hebrew Scriptures, we read from the Lamentation of Jeremiah. Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC. Many Jews were carried into slavery to Babylon, some escaped to places like Egypt, and a few remained in Jerusalem amid the destruction. Jeremiah's Lamentation reads as a poetic dirge regarding the destruction he  witnessed firsthand, and that he continues to see in front of him.    

In the New Testament, we begin reading II Timothy. This reading includes a reminder of how faith sometimes lives across the generations. Paul recalls to Timothy the faith that lived in his mother and grandmother before him, and he offers this as an encouragement.  

In Luke's gospel, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. He responds that just a tiny measure of faith, as small as a mustard seed, can grow into something overwhelming and positive. He also pushes them to believe that faith should push us, not to credit ourselves for the growth and positivity that it engenders, but to believe that what it achieves in us is simply the duty of every Christian. 

Adult Forum returns this week. We continue a four-week series called "God's Biography." We will look at the evolution of divine understanding before and during the Monotheistic Tradition, best helping to understand how we came from a "God of vengeance" to a "God of love." This week we will look at the emergence of modern monotheism, which had taken root more broadly in the time of Jesus. It is here that true monotheism helped to put behind some of the previous superstitions of henotheism. Join us at 11:45 in the Loring Room. 

Blessing of the Animals, this Sunday, 2:00 pm, on the newly renovated Waban Common. This year we will join our friends at the Union Church across the street for a community-wide celebration of the Feast of St. Francis.

We are 97% in our fundraising goal Building on the Sure Foundation. If you have not yet given, please consider your contribution soon so that we can complete the effort and celebrate the improvements that your generosity has brought.

See you Sunday!

peace, Jay+

Language in Motion, the new Spanish-language Montessori school at Good Shepherd, will be hosting an Open House tomorrow, Saturday, October 5th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The Waban community as well as the Good Shepherd community is invited to come and see the benefits that this program offers. As part of the festivities, Animal Craze, a traveling farm, will offer a petting zoo for children. Everyone is invited to take part.
BUILDING ON THE SURE FOUNDATION-- We are at 97% of our campaign goal! If you have not already, please hep us cross the finish line and celebrate the improvements this effort has brought. 
Introducing Kevin Vetiac, our 1st-3rd Grade Church School Teacher

A message from Martina Stippler and Fr. Daniel Bell:
Beginning this Sunday, Kevin Vetiac will be joining us as Church School Teacher for 1st-3rd grade. Kevin is excited to serve the children and families of Good Shepherd and support our Love First program. Kevin is the Administrator for the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston and Music Director of The Crossing, a largely young adult congregation of the Cathedral. Kevin grew up in the Boston area and graduated from Boston College in 2005, where he was on staff for many years. He has also worked for the Chestnut Hill School Creative Arts Program. Last year, Kevin earned his Master of Divinity degree at Boston University School of Theology summa cum laude and was a Dean's Fellow Scholar. In addition to his passion for Christian education and worship, Kevin is a wonderfully talented singer, having joined a Gospel choir when he was just thirteen. Please extend a warm welcome to Kevin! -Martina and Fr. Dan, on be half of the CE Committee
Children's Eucharist
Sunday, October 20th 
at 10:00 am

Twice each year, our children/ youth lead our Eucharistic celebration. The service combines contemporary language, our parish's children, and Good Shepherd liturgical customs. Contact Fr. Dan if you can help or to sign up your child/ youth.

How lovely is thy dwelling place,
O Lord of Hosts, to me!
My thirsty soul desires and longs
within thy courts to be;

my very heart and flesh cry out,
O living God, for thee.

paraphrase of Psalm 84

Hymnal 1982 # 517
Brother James' Air

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