And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
3416 Swansee Ridge
Sun Prairie, WI 53590-9495
Fr. Mike's Cell: 608-354-2866
Vicar's Verve by Father Mike
Blessed Lent Good Shepherd,
We begin our Lenten journey on March 5thwith the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. We are having two services in English at noon and at 6:30 p.m. and two services in Spanish at 11:00 a.m. and at 5:00 p.m.
We will have a variety of ways for our church family to enter into Lent this year. There are Lenten journey posters in the narthex for you to mark off the days as we march toward Easter.
Our soup and bread series will feature the two diocesan deacon candidates sharing a series on the creeds. We will again being putting sand in the baptistery as a sign of our entering into the desert. We will be using our Rite one service (King James English also called the traditional service).
We will also be participating in the city wide read and discussion of the book called "Seedfolks" by Paul Fleischman. I will be discussing it at the last soup and bread on Wednesday, March 12th. Copies of the book will be available mid March at church.
We will have stations of the cross every Friday until Good Friday at church at 7:00 p.m. There are also Lenten devotionals available in the narthex from Episcopal relief and development in English or Spanish which will help with reflection on our lives and journey.
We will have confirmation and communion preparation classes starting this March. Confirmation class is for anyone who wants to be received into or confirmed into the Episcopal church. I have put together a great program over an 8 week course that will cover the scope of who we are as Episcopalians. A new foundations class will be starting in late spring.
The church has been so busy that I feel I really need Lent this year. It is a time to slow the pace a little and to focus on where distraction is seeping in and to strengthen my tie to God and Christ.
I think there are so many blessings and great things happening at Good shepherd. It is a very exciting time for us. This makes it all that much more important that we keep our focus on Godís love. I always try to keep the Lenten tradition of giving something up or doing something extra. This year I am going to try and spend an extra 5 minutes each day intentionally praying for the members of Good Shepherd and for the special needs of the church. I encourage you to do a Lenten discipline as we enter into the journey.
I pray that your Lent is holy, and that you are well and blessed. You are in my prayers in an extra special way this Lent.
God bless, Fr. Mike
Come Worship With Us
|8:00 AM||Holy Eucharist, Rite I – Traditional Language|
|10:00 AM||Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Family Service and Sunday School (Nursery available)|
|Tuesday||6:45 PM – Adult Bible Study|
|Wednesday||6:30 PM – Healing Service with Holy Eucharist|
|Saturday||5:00 PM – Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Contemporary Language|
Father Mike's Office Hours
|Drop in or by appointment|
|Tuesday||Afternoons by appointment|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 12:00 PM|
|Evening hours by appointment only|
|Please call 608-354-2866 to schedule an appointment|