Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is around the corner! Registrations are now being accepted. You may download the form here and send it along with your payment to the church office at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 466 Elm Street, Monroe, CT 06468.
Vacation Bible School will be held at Good Shepherd from August 5th to 9th. Each day professionally trained/background checked counselors from Camp Calumet in New Hampshire will be at GSLC to lead songs, games, craft projects, skits, music and more to help kids have fun as they deepen their faith. Camp is held each day from 9:00 to 4:00, with early pick-up/drop-off options. The fee is only $100. Children from other churches and those who do not belong to a local faith community are more than welcome as well!
If you have any questions please call the GSLC office at (203) 268-7596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th Sunday of Easter (John 13:31-35)
In the resurrection of Jesus, God has reached beyond the limits of space, time, evil and death. Today, our risen Lord walks with us toward the time when God will live on earth with all people as pictured in today’s Revelation text. This is just one of the ways God is making all things new. We looked at newness last Sunday in the words of Jesus. There in the Jerusalem temple he declared that all who hear his voice and follow him will never perish. He gives them eternal life. No one can snatch them out of his hand. Then he declares that God and he are one. You may remember Phillip asking Jesus to show God the Father to the disciples. Jesus answered – those who have seen me have seen the Father. The Father and I are one. What Jesus says and does is exactly what God says and does. This is very advanced thinking read back into the mouth of Jesus after his resurrection by the writer of John’s gospel. However, things were not so clear before Jesus’ death. (more…)
4th Sunday of Easter (John 10:22-30)
God has forever been promising to make all things new. Jeremiah the prophet said it long before Jesus: “The days are surely coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” We believe that promise was fulfilled in the man Jesus who was so much like God that we call him Son of God. The name “Jesus” means God saves. (more…)
3rd Sunday of Easter (John 21:1-19)
The resurrection of Jesus is so difficult for us to grasp that we need to hear the story again and again in different ways and at different times in our lives. Children and youth perceive the risen Christ differently from young, middle and older adults. None of us actually sees a body before us. I’ve often wondered if one of the original disciples had an iPad and took a picture of the risen Christ what he would have seen. (more…)
2nd Sunday of Easter (John 20:19-31)
We’ve all known someone whose appearance has changed so drastically that we didn’t recognize them. It can happen if you remember someone as a child and you don’t see them again until they are an adult. It can happen through the aging process after a long illness. Or it can happen if you’re not expecting to see a friend in a remote place. (more…)
Easter Sunday (Luke 24:1-12)
We have gathered here today to celebrate an unnatural, unbelievable event – the Resurrection of Jesus from death. Resurrection is not of this world. We know how this world works. We’re born, we live and then we die. As one person said, “If the dead don’t stay dead, what can you count on?” Resurrection breaks all the rules. Even though we often kick at the rules, at least we know them and they provide us some comfort. Resurrection upsets everything. Those who know the story shouldn’t be surprised. (more…)
Palm Sunday (Luke 22:1-23:56)
What one thing will you take with you from this passion drama? Allow me to offer a suggestion. I owe these thoughts to Robert Capon, pastor, theologian, and author of 25 books.
It’s all about power, left-handed and right-handed power. (more…)