Thursday, March 19, 2020

Update from Good Shepherd (March 19, 2020)


ALL PUBLIC SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL APRIL 6.  We will assess our situation after Palm Sunday.

Services will be broadcast on Facebook Live.  Share this with friends.
     Sundays at 10:00 AM
     Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

Our Lenten schedule continues.  The overriding theme for our Lenten Vespers, a prayer service, is The Crucified King.
March 25 The Crucified King
April 1 The King Mocked
Vespers will be on Facebook Live at 7:00 PM.  You can find it here, or by searching for "Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church."  Make sure you click to the one in Novi.

        General thoughts regrading the Church, its services, and pastoral care during a health scare such as the coronoavirus, I refer you to some thoughts I had written earlier.  You can find them at my blog here, under the title, "A Pastoral Concern: The Church Militant, Pastoral Care, and the Coronavirus."
        Regarding worship, particularly home devotions and prayer during this time of quarantine, you can refer to this letter which offers encouragement, advice, and resources for worship at home.  
        Home Devotions: A link to provide materials for home devotions and prayers is here.

        Online Worship:  You can join in our services via Facebook Live (Sundays, 10 AM and Wednesdays 7 PM).  You can find it here, or by searching for "Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church."  Make sure you click to the one in Novi.  We also hope to have a YouTube channel to provide archived services.  As always, sermon manuscripts are posted on this blog.  You can use the search bar to find a particular date, day of the Church Year, or Scripture reference.
        Person-to-person care: Pastor Schroeder will be in his office to offer private devotions, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion to members in small groups or to individuals.  You may come in without appointment at these times: Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00 AM - Noon and 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  You may also set up an appointment at any time.  Visits by appointment can be done either at church or at your home.
        In case you contract COVID-19:  Please contact Pastor Schroeder.  He will alert the congregation so that your fellow members may pray for you, and he will keep everyone informed of your condition.  If possible, Pastor Schroeder will visit you during your quarantine.  At the very least, he will keep in contact with you and provide devotional materials.  If you want to ask for intercessions for loved ones, we will certainly remember them in our prayers, too.  If your loved one has no pastor, ask if they would like Pastor Schroeder to visit them.  

          This will be suspended for the time being.  We plan on distributing these through the hospital later in the year.  For now, keep any teddy bears you may have purchased.

Intercessions that are requested prior to the bulletin’s printing will be included in the bulletin.  Requests may be made prior to the service as well.
>  For Rawland Storm who continues treatment for cancer
   >  Supplication during the COVID-19 pandemic

In our prayers....
While we offer up prayers for specific requests in our services, petitions and intercessions can be offered up throughout the week for continued concerns.  Please continue to remember these in your prayers:
>  Josie Shipe, niece of Bob & Susan Shipe, now diagnosed with ataxia,  a degenerative disease of the nervous system
>  Jan Papson, who continues to suffer from the effects of cancer at home
    >  For Roland & Nancy Schneider, parents of Dan Schneider, who are currently quarantined regarding the possibility of the coronavirus

Office hours at Good Shepherd have adjusted during the COVID-19 quarantine.  Lisa will be here Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  

Look for Good Shepherd on Facebook.  Then “LIKE” us for updates and other postings.  Be sure to share posts with friends.

We desire as many as possible to rejoice in the Gospel which we proclaim and confess.  Share the information from our weekly email blast, links to our web page, and even to the pastor's blog to let others know that we have a space in our congregation for them!

God bless you.

In Christ,
Pastor Schroeder
SUNDAY SCHOOL -- suspended until further notice
ADULT BIBLE CLASS -- suspended until further notice

DIVINE SERVICES -- Sundays at 10:00 AM
 (Facebook Live only)

LENTEN VESPERS -- Wednesdays at 7:00 PM (Facebook Live only)


Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church
41415 W. Nine Mile Road
Novi, Michigan  48375-4306
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