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  • Order of Sunday Service
  • We're updating the GSLC database! Have you filled out your survey?
  • COVID Protocols for In-Person Worship
  • COVID-Safe Communion
  • God on the Road: Follow Pastor Jay's Journey on Facebook and Instagram @GoodShepherdGR
  • Parsonage Repairs
  • Bible Study: Returns September 17
  • Sunday School: Rally Day Sign-Up on September 12
  • Church Sexton: Part-Time Job Search Continues
  • Shepherd's Call: Summer 2021 Edition
  • Good Shepherd Book Group
  • Wednesday Prayer Group: Returning August 25
  • A Note from the Music Loft
  • Shop & Stop Hunger. Your continued support to St. Paul's is appreciated!
  • YouTube Subscriptions: We reached 70% of our goal!

JULY 18, 2021

GATHERING HYMN: All Are Welcome ELW 641
1  Let us build a house
    where love can dwell
    and all can safely live,
    a place where saints
    and children tell
    how hearts learn to forgive.
    Built of hopes and
    dreams and visions,
    rock of faith and vault of grace;
    here the love of Christ
    shall end divisions:
    All are welcome, all are welcome,
    all are welcome in this place.
2  Let us build a house
    where prophets speak,
    and words are strong and true,
    where all God's children dare to seek
    to dream God's reign anew.
    Here the cross shall stand as witness
    and as symbol of God's grace;
    here as one we claim
    the faith of Jesus:
3  Let us build a house
    where love is found
    in water, wine and wheat:
    a banquet hall on holy ground
    where peace and justice meet.
    Here the love of God, through Jesus,
    is revealed in time and space;
    as we share in Christ
    the feast that frees us:
4  Let us build a house
    where hands will reach
    beyond the wood and stone
    to heal and strengthen,
    serve and teach,
    and live the Word they've known.
    Here the outcast and the stranger
    bear the image of God's face;
    let us bring an end to fear and danger:
5  Let us build a house
    where all are named,
    their songs and visions heard
    and loved and treasured,
    taught and claimed
    as words within the Word.
    Built of tears and cries and laughter,
    prayers of faith and songs of grace,
    let this house proclaim
    from floor to rafter:
Ephesians 2:11-22
11Remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
Psalm 23
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. 2The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters. 3You restore my soul, O Lord, and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake. 4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is running over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
30The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 53When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
SERMON: Rev. Dean Brown
HYMN OF THE DAY: I Love to Tell the Story ELW 661
1  I love to tell the story
    of unseen things above,
    of Jesus and his glory,
    of Jesus and his love.
    I love to tell the story,
    because I know it's true;
    it satisfies my longings
    as nothing else would do.
    I love to tell the story;
    'twill be my theme in glory
    to tell the old, old story
    of Jesus and his love.
2  I love to tell the story:
    how pleasant to repeat
    what seems, each time I tell it,
    more wonderfully sweet!
    I love to tell the story,
    for some have never heard
    the message of salvation
    from God's own holy word.
3  I love to tell the story,
    for those who know it best
    seem hungering and thirsting
    to hear it like the rest.
    And when, in scenes of glory,
    I sing the new, new song,
    I'll sing the old, old story
    that I have loved so long.
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: The family of Roy Deysher on his passing (Bonnie Caterson's brother), Lindsey (diagnosed with cancer; friend of Jackie Tenore), Carol Voss, Joe Roddy, Duke Kafafian, Vicki Colicchio, Wanda Guse, Liana Drumm, David Vikner, Cathy Osborn, 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, Dorothy Gall, Christy Collichio (friend of Lori Franzoi), Patsy Waugh, Ted Larson, 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.
SENDING HYMN: God Be With you Till We Meet Again ELW 536
1  God be with you till we meet again;
    by good counsels guide, uphold you,
    with a shepherd's care enfold you;
    God be with you till we meet again.
    Till we meet, (till we meet,)
    till we meet, (till we meet again,)
    till we meet at Jesus' feet;
    (till we meet,)
    till we meet, (till we meet,)
    till we meet, (till we meet again.)
    God be with you till we meet again.
2  God be with you till we meet again;
    holy wings securely hide you,
    daily manna still provide you;
    God be with you till we meet again.
3  God be with you till we meet again;
    when life's perils thick confound you,
    put unfailing arms around you;
    God be with you till we meet again.
SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!
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We're updating the GSLC database!
If you haven't already done so, please take less than five minutes to complete our survey. We are in the works of updating our database and obtaining the newest information on our members would be most helpful!

In an effort to make sure Good Shepherd's database is current and up-to-date, we are sending this form to all members with an email. Members without an email will be contacted directly by church staff or volunteers.

Be assured we will never share this information outside of church.

This is a short form, consisting of only 15 fill-in-the-blanks, that should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Please click on the Database Form button and fill out the required fields. They are marked with an asterisk. Any additional information is appreciated.

Thank you!
COVID Protocols for In-Person Worship
The following COVID protocols are observed during worship services:

  • Sign in upon entering the church (pre-registration no longer required)
  • Face covering required at all times while on premises (nose and mouth)
  • Physical/social distancing required
  • Windows will remain open during worship service
  • Singing and recitation permitted 
  • Congregants may sit in any designated seating area

Please exit the church immediately after the conclusion of the worship service. Congregants wishing to converse with fellow worshipers are encouraged to do so on the front lawn area.

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

For the Church Council,
Maurice Willoughby
COVID-Safe Communion
Pre-packaged communion cups will be offered on select days. We plan to return to weekly communion in September.

Summer Communion Schedule
Sunday, July 25
Sunday, August 15
Sunday, August 29
God on the Road
God on the Road is a motorcycle trip that Pastor Jay goes on every year. This year Pastor Jay is starting his journey up the East Coast on July 17 for a week, looking for stewards of God working on the road. Watch our video below to learn more and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to join in on the journey: @GoodShepherdGR.
Parsonage Repairs
An exciting change is happening at the parsonage! After many years of deterioration, the parsonage driveway walls will be rebuilt in the next few days. We can't wait to show the results! We'll be sure to share photos and updates of other projects as well as we continue to make changes around the church property.
Bible Study
Bible Study begins September 17! Join Pastor Jay and fellow members at the Glen Rock Inn every Friday at 12:30PM. More details to follow.
Sunday School
Sunday School is finished for the Summer, but will return in-person this Fall every Sunday starting September 19 at 10AM.

Sign-up for Sunday School will take place on Rally Day, September 12.

We're excited to return to our traditional curriculum!
Church Sexton: Part-Time Job Search
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glen Rock, NJ is seeking to fill the role of Church Sexton (Custodian & Maintenance).

The Sexton is the caretaker of the church. Responsibilities include the general maintenance of the building and grounds to ensure a safe, attractive, and welcoming environment. Maintenance requires on-going cleaning and sanitizing of the interior of the church, performing light construction, electrical, plumbing, masonry, painting work, and making or overseeing repairs as needed. The Sexton is also responsible for setup and cleanup of the building for services and other congregational functions. Ladder-climbing and lifting are frequently required.

The Sexton reports to the Chairperson of the Property Committee of the Church Council, and takes work direction for specific activities from the Church Administrator.

The Sexton should be a self-starter who can take direction and follow a schedule of required activities as well as have attention to detail, security and safety. A driver’s license is necessary. This is a part-time, 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday role, that includes 1 week vacation and 3 sick days per year. A drug screening and background check will be required.

Please respond to indicating your interest and experience.
Shepherd's Call:
Summer 2021 Edition
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! We're excited to announce the return of Shepherd's Call.

In June, the Summer 2021 Edition of our quarterly newsletter was mailed.

Share a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@GoodShepherdGR) with the hashtag #GoodShepherdGR with your copy in hand!

The next edition will be released in September.
Good Shepherd
Book Group
The chosen book for the next Good Shepherd Book Group virtual meeting is When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life by Squire D. Rushnell.

"It is not by accident that you just picked up When God Winks. Whether you call it synchronicity or coincidence, what brought you to this book today is worth remembering. In fact, you may have suspected all along that there is more to coincidence than meets the eye. These seemingly random events are actually signposts that can help you successfully navigate your career, relationships, and interests. Squire Rushnell shows us that by recognizing our "God Winks," we can use the untapped power of coincidence to vastly improve our lives. The author applies his compelling theory as to why coincidences exist to fascinating stories in history, sports, medicine, and relationships involving both everyday and famous people including Barbra Streisand, Charles Schulz, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Mark Twain, and Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson."

A book group discussion will be held in September. Location and time TBD.
Wednesday Prayer Group
Wednesday Prayer Group is taking a short Summer break
and will return on Wednesday, August 25.
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 Note from the
Music Loft
“Gone fishing”

I will be on vacation during the month of July. Davis Badaszewski will be our temporaray organist while I'm away. I would like to leave you with this thought in light what for many of us, has been a profoundly disturbing past year.

“Do not be afraid”. Spread courage, not fear.

All my hope on God is founded
who will all my trust renew,
who through change and chance will guide me,
only good and only true.
God unknown, God alone,
call my heart to be thine own.

Peter Calabro
Director of Music Ministries
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. Our office hours are 9AM-3PM. We are especially looking for cereal, beans, rice (small bags), diapers and wipes.
YouTube: We Need YOU to Reach Our Goal!
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