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FEBRUARY 7, 2021


GATHERING HYMN: Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
1  Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing
    my great Redeemer's praise,
    the glories of my God and King,
    the triumphs of his grace!
2  My gracious Master and my God,
    assist me to proclaim,
    to spread through all the earth abroad
    the honors of your name.
3  The name of Jesus charms our fears
    and bids our sorrows cease,
    sings music in the sinner's ears,
    brings life and health and peace. 
Isaiah 40:21-31
21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; 23 who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. 24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. 25 To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. 27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. 30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; 31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1 Hallelujah! How good it is to sing praises to our God! How pleasant it is to honor God with praise! 2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, and gathers the exiles of Israel. 3 The Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. 4 The Lord counts the number of the stars and calls them all by their names. 5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; there is no limit to God’s wisdom. 6 The Lord lifts up the lowly, but casts the wicked to the ground. 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music upon the harp to our God, 8 who covers the heavens with clouds and prepares rain for the earth, making grass to grow upon the mountains. 9 God provides food for the cattlevand for the young ravens when they cry. 10 God is not impressed by the might of a horse, and has no pleasure in the speed of a runner, 11 but finds pleasure in those who fear the Lord, in those who await God’s steadfast love. 20c Hallelujah!
Mark 1:29-39
29 As soon as Jesus and the disciples left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31 He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34 And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37 When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38 He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39 And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
SERMON Pastor Jay Unzaga
HYMN OF THE DAY: There is a Balm in Gilead
    There is a balm in Gilead
    to make the wounded whole;
    there is a balm in Gilead
    to heal the sin-sick soul.
1  Sometimes I feel discouraged
    and think my work's in vain,
    but then the Holy Spirit
    revives my soul again. Refrain
2  If you cannot preach like Peter,
    if you cannot pray like Paul,
    you can tell the love of Jesus
    and say, "He died for all." Refrain
3  Don't ever be discouraged,
    for Jesus is your friend;
    and if you lack for knowledge
    he'll ne'er refuse to lend. Refrain
Eternal God, in your love and mercy, we lift up in prayer: For David Vikner, Cathy Osborn, Duke Kafafian (friend of Lois Scuderi), David Nelson (friend of Lois Scuderi), Troy Hickey and the Hickey family, Susan Vanderbeck recovering from an accident, Kenneth and Florence Steimle (Susan Melz's parents), Sean Healy and his family (friends of Bonnie Caterson), Baby John (born prematurely); Carol Eggert (sister of Janet Kessler) diagnosed with COVID-19; Robert John Ferro and his family, Barbara Owen (Lois Scuderi's sister in-law), Elaine Wilcox, Dorothy Gall, the family of Artie Carlson (Anita Johnson's brother), Joe Greer, Lydia Russo, Christy Collichio (friend of Lori Franzoi), Patsy Waugh, Ted Larson, Chris Wenthe, Edith Kent, Dominik D'Anna, Joan Terry, Sharon Ziegler, 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. 
SENDING HYMN: How Great Thou Art
1  O Lord my God,
    when I in awesome wonder
    consider all the works
    thy hand hath made,
    I see the stars,
    I hear the mighty thunder,
    thy pow'r throughout
    the universe displayed;
    Then sings my soul,
    my Savior God, to thee,
    how great thou art!
    How great thou art!
    Then sings my soul,
    my Savior God, to thee,
    how great thou art!
    How great thou art!
2  When through the woods
    and forest glades I wander,
    I hear the birds sing
    sweetly in the trees;
    when I look down from
    lofty mountain grandeur
    and hear the brook and feel
    the gentle breeze; Refrain
3  But when I think that God,
    his Son not sparing,
    sent him to die,
    I scarce can take it in,
    that on the cross my
    burden gladly bearing
    he bled and died to
    take away my sin; Refrain 
SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord!
Thanks be to God!
During these unprecedented times we thank you for supporting our church and our online ministry financially. You may mail checks to the church office, make electronic arrangements with your bank, or use our online giving option by clicking the button above. If you are not able to support the church financially, we 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!
Annual Church Meeting
We will hold our annual church meeting via Zoom on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11am after online worship. Please respond to the poll to help us organize the distribution of the 2020 annual report.
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Year-End Giving Statements for
2020 Tax Reporting
Tax reporting statements detailing contributions made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church during 2020 were sent out the weekend of January 31, 2021. Please verify that you have received your report and review for accuracy and completeness. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Susan Melz at 201-207-8975 or
Ash Wednesday Service
Join us on February 17, 2021 at 7:30 PM on Facebook Live for an online Ash Wednesday service. Ashes will not be distributed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Pastor Jay invites you to be present with him online for the beginning of the Lenten season.
Communion Sunday
On February 28, 2021, Pastor Jay will have a virtual Communion Sunday during the online worship service. If you would like to receive communion, set up your elements at home and follow Pastor Jay's guidance via Facebook Live.
Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, ELCA Worship would like to share the work being done this month by The Center for Congregational Song. They have curated a list of hymns and songs from the Black Church and will highlight one hymn or song each day during the month of February on Facebook. The full playlist will also be available on YouTube. View the playlist by clicking the Black History Month button.
Good Shepherd Book Group
The chosen book for the first 2021 Good Shepherd Book Group virtual meeting is Red State Christians by Angela Denker. Written by an ELCA pastor, the book has been described as "a corrective to easy answers and growing polarization, Red State Christians works to dissolve lazy stigmas while calling us all to be better". Three copies of Red-State Christians are available in the BCCLS (Bergen County Cooperative Library System). It can also be ordered online on various sites.  

A book group Zoom discussion is scheduled for Saturday, March 27 at 7 PM. More details to follow.
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!
A new tradition is upon us! Once a month, we will be sharing recipes in our bulletin to encourage creativity and a sense of community within Good Shepherd. We are currently seeking volunteers to contribute a savory or sweet recipe along with a photo to share with the congregation. To participate please email a typed version of your recipe along with a photo of the completed dish to If you recreate the recipes, share a photo with us on Instagram by tagging @GoodShepherdGR and using the hashtag #TheShepherdsKitchen.
February 2021 Submission

Apricot Filled Coconut Bars

Courtesy of Dorothy Gall
Apricot Filled Coconut Bars
3 cups flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ¼ cups butter
¾ cups chopped walnuts
¾ cups coconut
24 ounces of apricot jelly preserves (preferably Smuckers)

Set the oven to 400 degrees F. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add flour and blend until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in coconut and walnuts. Turn half of batter onto a greased jelly roll pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread with apricot jelly preserves (may also use raspberry jelly). Top with remaining crumb mixture, covering jelly completely. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely and cut into bars. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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.
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In-Person Worship Suspended Indefinitely

Dear Fellow Members of Good Shepherd,

I hope this correspondence finds you and your loved ones in good health and spirits this Advent Season. 

Now that the first vaccines to treat the coronavirus are available, it is my prayer that this reality will be a distant memory for many of us this time next year. However, this vaccine will not be widely available for some time and we must consider the best ways to ensure the health and well-being of our congregation in the interim.

After weeks of thoughtful and difficult deliberation among the members of the In-person Worship Task Force and the Church Council, it has been decided that at Good Shepherd, we will follow the advice of the Office of the Bishop of the New Jersey Synod and pause in-person worship effective immediately. 

Our worship service will be held exclusively online going forward until further notice. The Worship and Music Committee and the Church Council will re-evaluate this position in late January and make a recommendation at that time whether to permit in-person worship or continue only with the online worship service.  

An online Christmas worship service will take place on Christmas Eve at 4PM. Additional information will be provided over the next week about this service.   

Wishing you and your families and loved ones a safe and Merry Christmas.

Maurice Willoughby
for The Church Council