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New This Week
  • Order of Sunday Service
  • Easter Sunday Altar Flowers
  • Jesus Christ Is Risen Today - Virtual Hymn
  • Virtual Coffee Hour
  • Memorial Garden & Corner Property Landscape Plan
  • Virtual Sunday School
  • Wednesday Prayer Group
  • Shop & Stop Hunger
  • A Note from the Music Loft
  • YouTube: We Need YOU to Reach Our Goal!
  • Procedures for In-Person Worship
  • In-Person Worship Resumes March 21, 2021


APRIL 4, 2021


Pastor Jay Unzaga 
Director of Music Ministries: Peter Calabro
Guest Trumpeter: Joseph Christianson
HYMN: Now, All the Vault of Heaven Resounds ELW 367
1  Now all the vault of heav'n resounds
    in praise of love that still abounds:
    "Christ has triumphed! He is living!"
    Sing, choirs of angels,
    loud and clear!
    Repeat their song of glory here:
    "Christ has triumphed! He is living!"
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
2  Eternal is the gift he brings,
    therefore our heart
    with rapture sings:
    "Christ has triumphed! He is living!"
    Now still he comes to give us life
    and by his presence stills all strife.
    "Christ has triumphed! He is living!"
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
3  Oh, fill us, Lord, with dauntless love;
    set heart and will on things above
    that we conquer
    through your triumph;
    grant grace sufficient for life's day
    that by our lives we truly say:
    "Christ has triumphed! He is living!"
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
HYMN OF PRAISE: Glory to God
FIRST READING: Acts 10:34–43
34Peter began to speak to [the people]: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
TRUMPET SOLO: Thine Is the Glory - Robert A. Hobby
SECOND READING: Colossians 3:1-4
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
HYMN: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
(St. 1, 2) ELW 365
1  Jesus Christ is ris'n today,
    our triumphant holy day,
    who did once upon the cross,
    suffer to redeem our loss.
2  Hymns of praise then let us sing,
    unto Christ, our heav'nly king,
    who endured the cross and grave,
    sinners to redeem and save.
Gospel: Luke 24:1-12
1On the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8Then they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
HYMN: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
(St. 3, 4) ELW 365
3  But the pains which he endured,
    our salvation have procured;
    now above the sky he's king,
    where the angels ever sing.
4  Sing we to our God above,
    praise eternal as his love;
    praise him, all you heav'nly host,
    Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
SERMON: Pastor Jay Unzaga
SERMON RESPONSE: Trumpet Solo: March (from Judas Maccabaeus)- George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Eternal God, in your love and mercy, we lift up in prayer for: Joyce DeAllaume (friend of Lorraine Seifert), the family of Glen Thomas who passed (friends of Lorraine Seifert), Vicki Colicchio, the family of Skip Martens, Wanda Guse, Mary Ferrazzano, Liana Drumm, David Vikner, Cathy Osborn, Troy Hickey and the Hickey family, Susan Vanderbeck, Kenneth and Florence Steimle (Susan Melz's parents), Sean Healy and his family (friends of Bonnie Caterson), Robert John Ferro and his family, Elaine Wilcox, Dorothy Gall, Christy Collichio (friend of Lori Franzoi), Patsy Waugh, Ted Larson, Chris Wenthe, Edith Kent, Dominik D'Anna, Joan Terry, Sharon Ziegler, Andrew Astarita, Evangeline McFall, the Job Search Work Team, essential workers, all those who have COVID-19 and for the country during these difficult times, we commend to you, O God. 
HYMN: Christ Is Risen! Alleluia! ELW 382
1  Christ is risen! Alleluia!
    Risen our victorious head!
    Sing his praises! Alleluia!
    Christ is risen from the dead!
    Gratefully our hearts adore him
    as his light once more appears;
    bowing down in joy before him,
    rising up from griefs and tears.
    Christ is risen! Alleluia!
    Risen our victorious head!
    Sing his praises! Alleluia!
    Christ is risen from the dead!
2  Christ is risen! All the sadness
    of our Lenten fast is o'er;
    through the open
    gates of gladness
    he returns to life once more;
    death and hell
    before him bending
    see him rise, the victor now,
    angels on his steps attending,
    glory round his wounded brow.
3  Christ is risen! All the sorrow
    that last evening round him lay
    now has found a glorious morrow
    in the rising of today.
    See the grave its firstfruits giving,
    springing up from holy ground;
    Christ was dead, but now is living;
    he was lost, but he is found.
Easter Sunday Altar Flowers
White hyacinths and lilies beautifully decorate our altar this Easter to honor loved ones.
Thank you to the following members for their gifts.
In loving memory of our parents and our brothers
By Karen and Ted Larson
In loving memory of Gloria R. and Edward F. Greening
By daughters Ellen and Roberta Greening
In loving memory of my husband, Paul Whelan
By Phyllis Whelan
In loving memory of Lori's parents, Max and Anneliese Feltrin
By Martin, Lori, and Max Franzoi
In loving memory of Taylor Aguilar who is always in our prayers
By Michael and Marianne Aguilar
With Thanksgiving for many Blessings and to Celebrate the Resurrection
By Mary Ferrazzano
In loving memory of my parents
By Lorraine Seifert
In loving memory of my husband, Rudy
By Lorraine Seifert
In memory of a great friend, Bill
By Lorraine Seifert
In memory of our parents
By Dorothy and Tom Folger 

In memory of Beverly Harms
By John, Eric and Sarah

In memory of loved ones
By Linda Scarpa

Easter Virtual Hymn
The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians shared an Easter Virtual Hymn arranged by Kevin J. Hildebrand to celebrate the Easter season! Click on the photo to watch the video on YouTube.
These are unprecedented times! Especially now, we thank you for supporting our church and our online ministry financially. Your checks may be mailed to the church office or you may make electronic arrangements with your bank, or use our online giving option by clicking the button above. We also invite you to support our ministry by liking, sharing and subscribing to our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Thank you for your financial support, your online testimony and your constant prayers. God is with us all the time!
Virtual Coffee Hour
Starting Sunday, April 11, 2021, we will have a virtual coffee hour after service via Zoom from 11-11:30AM. Grab your favorite coffee, tea, or snack and join fellow members after worship to socialize.

Recurring Zoom LINK
Meeting ID: 949 2488 1773
Passcode: 075209
Memorial Garden & Corner Property
Landscape Plan
Downed trees
During the Annual Meeting, Eric Seifert, Chair of the Property Committee, introduced a plan for expanding our memorial garden, replacing the trees, and landscaping our corner.

Our primary objectives:

  • To honor the memory of those whose cremains are in that earth
  • To wisely and sensitively use the memorial gifts we have received and those we will receive to please the congregation and those whose loved ones are resting there

Among the many guiding principles that were defined by the committee and reflected by the landscape designer we engaged, here are a few:

Expand the memorial garden capacity, provide seating, protect from street noise, traffic, and excessive sun, create a sense of serenity and privacy, keep as much of the monument and established plantings as possible, make a focal point such as a water interest, plant trees to replace those that were removed, support multiple uses of the property, feature both sanctuaries, suggest handicap access to the old church, be mindful of affordability and sustainable on-going maintenance costs, and propose a phased approach.

The committee collaborated closely with Greg Imhoff of Visionscape and we are excited to show you this concept! Click to see a video "fly-over" of the current plan.

The next step is to get your feedback. Then we must identify landscape construction companies, solicit bids, and check references. At that point, with a clear understanding of the cost and timing, funding the project will, of course, be a considerable task. We know that, for many members of our congregation, this is an important undertaking that is close to their hearts so we are confident it's within our capacity to accomplish.
Virtual Sunday School
Sunday School will resume virtually starting April 4, 2021 at 11AM. The virtual meetings will be held via Zoom every two weeks until the end of June.

Recurring Zoom LINK
Meeting ID: 916 1772 2051
Passcode: 877494
Wednesday Prayer Group
Join us every Wednesday at 9 AM for prayer, fellowship and faith-based conversation via conference call. We will use the platform so you can just dial this number and join the group.

Dial-in number: (720) 740-9870
Access Code: 30 42 378

Come & see, we have a place for you!
Shop & Stop Hunger
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said: "For I was hungry, and you fed me..."
We continue to support our friends at St. Paul's food pantry in Paterson. During this pandemic, the need has increased by about 30%. You can join in this ministry by shopping for a few items when you are at the store and dropping them off any day at church, preferably before 1 PM. We are especially looking for cereal, beans, rice (small bags), diapers and wipes.
A Note from the
Music Loft
Hope to see you all for Easter! Joseph Christianson will be joining us on trumpet and I’ve made an incredible arrangement of the Sinfonia from Bach’s Easter Oratorio for our prelude. It was Joe’s idea to do this with trumpet and organ and it really sounds amazing for an arrangement of this grand piece. Be sure you are there early to hear it. This is one of my favorite pieces in all the world, especially movements 1 and 3. I could listen to “Kommt, eilet und laufet” over and over all day. My dream would be to bring a whole orchestra and combined choir to GS and conduct the entire oratorio. Listen HERE.

Tonight, for Good Friday, we have cellist, Sarah Carter returning to join us. She will be playing Gabriel Fauré’s Pie Jesu as well as many other beautiful pieces. Hope to see you then as well!

Here is a bonus prelude based on tonight’s hymn “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded." It’s by the same composer as my Maundy Thursday prelude in a similar ornamented style. Cool view from underneath the keys. BTW, in case GS ever starts thinking of going out of the pipe organ business, those keys are real ivory (thick and luxurious) and it is illegal to either sell or dispose of them! 

Peter Calabro
Director of Music Ministries
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Procedures for In-Person Worship

Reserve a spot
Use this online reservations form within 48 hours of the worship service

If you don't have online access, make a phone reservation by calling the church at 201-444-6598

Arrive at worship

  • Plan to arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 AM
  • Enter through center doors to the church (the ramp is available for entry if needed)
  • Wear a mask and maintain social distancing
  • Keep your coat with you; windows will be open
  • You will be seated as you arrive; you must enter together if you want to be seated together; seating will be from front to back
  • Use hand sanitizer that is provided as you enter the narthex
  • Ushers will verify your reservation
  • Pick up a bulletin at the entry to the sanctuary
  • Wait at the entrance to the sanctuary until you’re invited forward by an usher who will direct you to your seat
  • Flow of traffic will be marked on the floor of the sanctuary (enter down main aisle; exit by side aisle); all movement to be controlled by ushers’ direction

During worship

  • Please, singing and massed recitation cannot be permitted
  • Currently there will be no communion

Following worship

  • Exit as directed by ushers, from back to front
  • Each side will exit via the nearest exit
  • Offering plates will be placed by exit doors
  • Please maintain social distancing while on church grounds

Restroom use

  • One single-person, handicap-accessible restroom outside of Fellowship Hall will be open

If you become ill

  • For the protection of your fellow worshipers, please notify the church if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 after attending in-person worship by calling the church office at 201-444-6598
In-Person Worship Resumes
March 21, 2021

March 10, 2021

Dear Members and Friends of Good Shepherd,

Lenten Season Greetings to you and your families. I am happy to report that the Church Council voted this past Monday to adopt the recommendations of the In-Person Worship Committee and open the sanctuary for in-person worship starting Sunday, March 21st.
I would like to personally thank Carol Voss, committee chair, and the other members of the committee, Art Waltking, Chris Podd, Claudia Gentner, Doreen Remmen, Pastor Jay Unzaga, Jon Osborn, Lillian Ostrander, Pat Spencer and Vin Colicchio for their hard work.

It is our hope that this will be welcome news for many especially during this holy season.
Reservations for Sunday Service will be available:

(1) via the Good Shepherd website;
(2) via a link in the Life @Good Shepherd digital bulletin; or
(3) by phoning the church office at 201-444-6598 and leaving a message.

As COVID-19 is still very much a concern, the protocol for in-person worship will remain as it was prior to the pause of in-person worship in December 2020. In this way, we will also be able to do contact tracing should someone become ill after they attended church.
The health and well-being of our whole community is top-of-mind for the committee. Everyone’s cooperation would be greatly appreciated in observing the following protocols:

● Capacity will be limited to 25% or 70 persons.
● Windows will be open.
● Entry to the church will be from the front door; exit via the side aisles.
● Attendees will be required to check-in upon entry for contact tracing purposes.
● Facial covering will be required.
● Priority will be given to those who make a reservation to attend church services in advance. Others who have not reserved a place will be accommodated if seating capacity has not been reached.
● Ushers will seat members of the same family/group together, socially/physically distanced from other attendees.
● Unfortunately, communion will not be able to be provided at this time.
● Silent responses to the liturgy and silent prayers will be observed.
● In addition, attendees should refrain from singing.
● Access to the church building will be limited to the sanctuary and narthex and the individual restroom below the narthex.
● Everyone is expected to exit the church directly after the service.

Check your email for the survey sent by the In-Person Worship Committee on March 10th. The email is from GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH with the subject line, “Ready to return?/ March 10, 2021/Survey”. This survey will help us better understand the needs and desires of the congregation. Please check your spam folder if you do not find the email in your inbox. We’d be grateful for your responses as this feedback will be used in planning for future in-person worship gatherings.

We look forward to seeing some of you on March 21st. How we have looked forward to this day! Let’s continue to pray for God’s guidance and blessing as we take these steps.

For the Church Council,
Maurice Willoughby