Worship Theme for January 14

Everyone who is baptized has a calling in God’s world.

Read 1 Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139; I Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1: 43-51

Prayer of the Day: “Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and  the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”

Worship Theme for Sunday, January 7

Baptism of Our Lord

As Jesus rises from the waters, the Spirit, the breath of God, descends like a dove. Jesus, having held his breath under the water, rises as a model of death and life for us, breathing in the life of the Spirit. He is a risen and claimed by God as the beloved with whom God is pleased.

Scriptures readings: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

Prayer of the Day: “Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”

Regular Sunday Schedule Resumes

The regular Sunday schedule returns to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre this Sunday, January 7.  Worship services at 8:30 & 11:00 am; and for this Sunday a kids-friendly, casual worship service at 9:45 am. Confirmation classes are also at 9:45 am. The Epiphany season begins!

December 24 – 25 Worship Services

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, will offer the following worship services to celebrate The Nativity of Our Lord:

Sunday, December 24 :

9:30 am – Fourth Sunday in Advent Communion Service

3:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service

7:30 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service (Special music 7:10 pm)

Monday, December 25:

10:00 am – Christmas Day Communion Service

Sunday, December 31:

9:30 am – First Sunday of Christmas Communion Service

Worship Theme for December 17

On this Third Sunday of the Advent season of the church, our theme is one of rejoicing. It is a time to restore our faith in the promises of God.  Though God’s promises have not been completely fulfilled, we are closer to them today than yesterday.  We light the “pink” candle on our Advent wreath to announce our rejoicing.

Scripture readings: Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28.

Prayer of the Day: “Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” Amen

Worship Theme for Sunday, December 10th

The Second Sunday of the Season of Advent continues with the theme of preparing the way of the Lord – in our hearts, in our lives, in the world.  We are called to re-order our lives so that nothing would get in the way of the Lord’s coming. We say it to one another in worship, in order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.

Between our regular worship service. This will be an opportunity to make a fun calendar together to mark the days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Scripture lessons: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85; 2 Peter 3:8-15; Mark 1:1-8

Prayer of the Day: “Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son.  By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. ” Amen

Worship Theme for Sunday, November 26

From the church’s perspective, this day is the end of the church year when we acknowledge that “Christ is the King”. In the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.

Scripture readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24; Psalm 95: 1-7; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Prayer of the Day: “O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the riches of your grace. Give us the wisdom to know what is right and the strength to serve the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”