The O Antiphons

The O Antiphons are musical settings of seven names or phrases that describe the coming Messiah. On November 11, we sang of Wisdom. This Sunday, we sing about God of Might. In the coming weeks we will sing about the Branch of Jesse, the Key of David, the Dayspring, the King of Nations, and Emmanuel. We're singing these verses to the tune Veni Emmanuel, which is a French processional song that dates to the 15th century. We know it best as the beloved Advent hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. We'll sing one verse each week leading up to Christmas.
 
This being my first year at Good Shepherd, I'm learning the rhythms and traditions of this congregation. I'm also giving myself some challenges as we plan and prepare for worship. When Pastor Tim mentioned to me that we would live with these O Antiphons for the seven weeks leading up to Christmas, I wondered how we might make each week special and unique.

I've amassed a pretty large collection of organ and piano music over the years. (Anyone who helped me move will attest to this fact.) As I started looking at music for Advent, I realized how many different settings of Veni Emmanuel I have. It turns out we can hear a different setting each Sunday. So one of the challenges I've given myself is to play a different arrangement of Veni Emmanuel each week. Last week, we heard a piano setting by David Lanz from his collection Christmas Eve. In future weeks, we'll hear other arrangements.

Thanks, everyone, for your partnership in the musical and worship life of Good Shepherd. I invite comments and conversation any time, and I'd love to meet up for a Diet Coke if you ever want to talk!

John D. Jahr

This Sunday's Readings
Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16
Hebrews 10:11-25
Mark 13:1-8

Stewardship Sunday    We will formally collect commitment cards at all worship services. Pledge online via Realm or bring your pledge card to church. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Budget Forum  at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary   Join us for a presentation of the 2019 preliminary budget, an important step in our budgeting process and a chance to get your questions answered.

Shop the Preschool Book Fair Online
Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support our preschool! Shop books for infants through adults at www.scholastic.com/bf/gslp through November 20. 

Celebrating 15 Years of Helping Families in Transition through Family Promise  
Good Shepherd will be hosting guests in our church November 25 - December 2. Learn more and sign up to serve at  bit.ly/GSLCFamilyPromise,
password: homeless.

Advent Festival
Sunday, December 2, 12:15-3:00 pm in Fellowship Hall  $15/household includes catered lunch, wreath making and a chance to explore how we can let our light shine in the lives of others this Advent season. Register online now or at the registration table in the Narthex on Sunday.

Volleyball  
Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall Youth and adults are invited to join pickup games anytime, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  

Mnene Christmas Greetings & Gift Collection
Send Christmas greetings  to our orphans and friends in Mnene. Blank Christmas cards can be picked up in the Narthex. Return cards by Sunday, December 2.
The Mail For Mnene table for collecting Christmas gift packages  will be in the Narthex Sundays through December 2. Donations marked "Mnene Postage" can be dropped in the collection plate or Narthex mail slot. 

Congratulations to Pr. Carolyn Remaklus! She is now an ACPE (Associate Certified Educator), so she will now train other chaplains as well as continuing to serve as a chaplain.  

Thank you to Brian Ballantine  for his presentation of  Hospice 101 , sponsored by Stephen Ministry, earlier this week. If you missed it, you can  watch it online .

More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's  
Health and Healing for  Esther Fleagle, Barb Newcomers mother; Cheryl Johnson; Stacie Norris; Cheryl Kruse; Susan Lucas; Barbara Dunn, cousin of Lois Walker; and Arlie McLaren's grandmother. 

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Belinda Mavigire and Patrick Ndlovu.

Belinda, 22, is a tall young lady with bright eyes that mirror her ever-present smile.  You can easily pick her out from group pictures as she often enjoys wearing bright hats.  She had been staying with Annie but moved back to stay with her Grannie.  She helps take care of the homestead, harvesting maize and ground nuts.  Mnene staff are working with her to pursue post secondary education.  Her Mail For Mnene partner is Bob and Robin Kirk.
 
Patrick, 23, is no longer active in our GSLC support program.  He struggled to stay in school.  During our 2015 mission trip he asked to take a course to become a driver but never arrived to take the final test.  It is believed that he succumbed to the lure of the gold panning craze, which has caused a "wild west" atmosphere in the district outside Mnene.  We continue to hold him in our prayers.


Visit the Wittenberg Information Center in the Narthex for photos of this week's orphans and  more information on the Mnene Ministry.
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