Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Sun Prairie, WI

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Psalm 103:2-5

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Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

3416 Swansee Ridge
Sun Prairie, WI 53590-9495

Phone: 608-837-3308
Fr. Mike's Cell: 608-354-2866

Vicar’s Verve

Father Mike Tess - Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Sun Prairie, WI

Father Mike Tess

June 2015
Vicar’s verve
Happy Summer Good Shepherd,

We are officially in the season of Pentecost in June or “Green time”. This “Green time” will be quite long, and it leads us all the way to the end of the church year, and the Advent season. This long church season comes on the back of some of our most important feasts. The Feast of the Ascension and Feast of Pentecost. These important feast set us up for the long work of summer and fall. The feast of the Ascension is where Christ ascends back to God the Father, and the Feast of Pentecost is where we receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit. It is with the Holy Spirit that God promises to always be with us: We will be given every thing we need to serve God, and share his message and love. The fire of the Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit is what makes that possible.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, council, understanding, fortitude (strength), knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. (More reverence than scared fear). I believe the long work of the season of Pentecost comes in us sharing the message of love and community, and the work of being the body of Christ in the world. The reason I believe this is our prime time to do this work, is because the weather is nice. We are out and about. In Wisconsin we barely talk to each other for the winter season. I literally say about a dozen words to our neighbors from November thru February. We tend to be more places and around more people during the nice weather, and we use the gifts God gives us to change someone’s life. I am not talking about standing on corners preaching about God. I am talking about telling family, friends, and colleagues about what your faith means to you, and/or how it changes how you look at the world.

I believe our rally around our finances is just another example of how God binding us together and making us stronger and more prepared for the kingdom work God has planned for us. Have an awesome summer. Enjoy the warm weather and tell someone what God and Good Shepherd mean to you and how that fills your heart and life.

Have a blessed Season of Pentecost.

Fr. Mike

Come Worship With Us

Sunday Services
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I – Traditional Language
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Family Service and Sunday School (Nursery available)
Weekday Services
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