The Return of Light

Christmas is the return of light
the return of light,
The birth of the Sun -
S-U-N or S-O-N -
the word-play is apt,
the pun well-put.
For in the northern hemisphere
at that point in the earth's seasons
the days have shortened
until the few hours of day
are but twilight
nothing can grow
all is in stasis
the slumber of darkness.
(The people yearn
for the return
of the light
Maranath a
Maranath a
they sing.)
But then dawns that
turning point of the year
the return of the sun
the return of light
the sun dawns
the daylight lengthens
a star bursts forth
the angels gleam
those in darkness have seen great light
a stable glows.

From Crossings, Susan Palo Cherwien
This Sunday's Readings
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:41-52

5:30 pm worship will resume next Sunday, January 6.

The church office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1.  We wish you all a Happy New Year!

Light Dawns in a Weary World: Epiphany Lessons & Carols - Sunday, January 6 at all three worship services.

Cross-Generational SME: Epiphany - Sunday, January 6, 9:30-10:30 am - All 4th graders through adults are invited to join together for a time of coloring, sharing stories of our Advent journeys, coffee and hot chocolate.

Baptismal Seminar - Monday, January 7, 6:00-7:00 pm - If you are considering Baptism at Good Shepherd, make plans to attend this baptismal seminar.  For more information, contact Pr. Marsha.

Book Study with the Pastors - Tuesdays, January 8 - February 5, 9:30 am, Underwood North - Join the pastors for discussions on Take This Bread by Sara Miles. This engaging memoir explores a faith centered on feeding the hungry, in both physical and spiritual ways.

Worship on Wednesdays (WOW) with Pizza Dinner - Wednesday, January 9, 5:15 pm, Fellowship Hall -  This worship service is geared towards families with small children, but all are welcome!  

Preschool Open House and Art Show - Thursday, January 17, 6:00-7:30 pm  - Interested in learning more about Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool? Join us for our annual open house! Registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins on January 11 for returning and church families and January 18 for new families.

More information about upcoming events is available in 

The winter edition of The Shepherd's voice is now available online.

Health and Healing  for  Lupe Reyna, friend of Kris Sloman; and Emily Sloman.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Chipochashe Mpofu and Likwa Mpofu.

Chipo always smiling, is 26.  During her 9 years in our support system she gained confidence and worked hard in school.  She was enrolled in hairdressing classes but left vocational school in 2014.  She is married and has 3 small children.  She expressed to the mission team in 2017 that she would someday wish to return to complete her course in hairdressing.  We continue to hold her in our prayers.  Her Mail For Mnene partner is the Sloop family. 

Likwa will be 20 in January.  He was taking Form 5 classes at Marirazhombe secondary school, waiting for his "O" level test results.  He visited with our 2017 mission team at Vic Falls.  In 2006 Annie found him and his 2 siblings searching for food outside the Mnene hospital.  Since joining our support program in 2006, his health has improved, he works hard in school and he is well cared for.  His Mail For Mnene partners are the Mac and Suzanne Lewis and Rusincovitch families. 
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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