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  • Order of Sunday Service
  • Virtual Coffee Hour
  • Virtual Sunday School
  • Church Sexton: Part-Time Job Search
  • Good Shepherd Book Group (DATE CHANGE)
  • COVID-Safe Communion
  • Wednesday Prayer Group
  • A Message from the Parish Nursing Ministry
  • A Note from the Music Loft
  • Shop & Stop Hunger
  • YouTube: We Need YOU to Reach Our Goal!

JUNE 6, 2021

PRELUDE: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing- arr. Natalie R. Blanton
GATHERING HYMN: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing ELW 807
1  Come, thou Fount of ev'ry blessing,
    tune my heart to sing thy grace;
    streams of mercy, never ceasing,
    call for songs of loudest praise.
    While the hope of endless glory
    fills my heart with joy and love,
    teach me ever to adore thee;
    may I still thy goodness prove.
2  Here I raise my Ebenezer:
    "Hither by thy help I've come";
    and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
    safely to arrive at home.
    Jesus sought me when a stranger,
    wand'ring from the fold of God;
    he, to rescue me from danger,
    interposed his precious blood.
3  Oh, to grace how great a debtor
    daily I'm constrained to be;
    let that grace now like a fetter
    bind my wand'ring heart to thee.
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
    prone to leave the God I love.
    Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it;
    seal it for thy courts above.
HYMN OF PRAISE: I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me ELW 860
2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1
13Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. 5:1For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Psalm 130
1Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; 2O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. 3If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? 4Yet with you is forgiveness, in order that you may be feared. 5I wait for you, O Lord; my soul waits; in your word is my hope. 6My soul waits for the Lord more than those who keep watch for the morning, more than those who keep watch for the morning. 7O Israel, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love; with the Lord there is plenteous redemption. 8For the Lord shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
Mark 3:20-35
[Jesus went home;] 20and the crowd came together again, so that [Jesus and the disciples] could not even eat. 21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. 28“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” 31Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
SERMON: Pastor Jay Unzaga
HYMN OF THE DAY: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God ELW 504
1  A mighty fortress is our God,
    a sword and shield victorious;
    he breaks the cruel oppressor's rod
    and wins salvation glorious.
    The old satanic foe
    has sworn to work us woe!
    With craft and dreadful might
    he arms himself to fight.
    On earth he has no equal.
2  No strength of ours
    can match his might!
    We would be lost, rejected.
    But now a champion comes to fight,
    whom God himself elected.
    You ask who this may be?
    The Lord of hosts is he!
    Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
    God's only Son, adored.
    He holds the field victorious.
3  Though hordes of devils fill the land
    all threat'ning to devour us,
    we tremble not, unmoved we stand;
    they cannot overpow'r us.
    Let this world's tyrant rage;
    in battle we'll engage!
    His might is doomed to fail;
    God's judgment must prevail!
    One little word subdues him.
4  God's Word forever shall abide,
    no thanks to foes, who fear it;
    for God himself fights by our side
    with weapons of the Spirit.
    Were they to take our house,
    goods, honor, child, or spouse,
    though life be wrenched away,
    they cannot win the day.
    The kingdom's ours forever!
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: Lindsey (diagnosed with cancer; friend of Jackie Tenore), Carol Voss, Joe Roddy, Duke Kafafian, Vicki Colicchio, the family of Skip Martens, 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, 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.
1  Some bright morning when
    this life is over, I’ll fly away
    To that home on God's
    celestial shore, I’ll fly away
    I’ll fly away, oh glory,
    I’ll fly away in the morning
    When I die hallelujah
    by and by, I’ll fly away
2  When the shadows of this
    life have gone, I’ll fly away
    Like a bird from these prison
    walls I'll fly, I’ll fly away. Refrain
3  Oh how glad and happy
    when we meet, I’ll fly away
    No more cold iron shackles
    on my feet, I’ll fly away. Refrain
4  Just a few more weary days
    and then, I’ll fly away
    To a land where joys will
    never end, I’ll fly away. Refrain
SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!
POSTLUDE: Lead Me, Guide Me- Doris Akers (1923-1995)
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Church Council Announces
New COVID Protocols for In-Person Worship
Welcome back to in-person worship. As of March 21, 2021, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church resumed in-person worship. The Church Council voted on the following new COVID protocols on April 12th to be 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
Virtual Coffee Hour
Join us for virtual coffee hour every Sunday after service via Zoom from 11-11:30AM. Grab your favorite coffee, tea, or snack and congregate with fellow members after worship to socialize.

Meeting ID: 780 0374 5075
Passcode: 0QsCin
Virtual Sunday School
Sunday School is currently virtual.

Recurring Zoom LINK
Meeting ID: 916 1772 2051
Passcode: 877494

Sunday School Schedule
June 6, 2021 at 11AM
June 20, 2021 at 11AM
September 5, 2021 at 11AM
October 3, 2021 at 11AM
November 7, 2021 at 11AM
December 5, 2021 at 11AM
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.
Good Shepherd
Book Group
The chosen book for the next Good Shepherd Book Group virtual meeting is An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff. This inspirational New York Times bestseller chronicles the lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.

A book group Zoom discussion is scheduled for Saturday, June 5 at 7:30 PM.

Meeting ID: 915 9434 9269
Passcode: 728128
COVID-Safe Communion
Pre-packaged communion cups will be offered on Sunday, June 27. The pre-packaged cup consists of 100% grape juice and one unleavened wafer in a sealed container. The top of the cup reads: "This is My body broken for you, take, eat; do this in remembrance of Me." We will have communion once a month in June, July and August. If everything goes well, we will go back to having communion every Sunday in September.
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 Message from the
Parish Nursing Ministry
"Hi all. I hope that all is well. The pandemic has changed the world. I would like to encourage everyone to take the COVID vaccine. If you have any questions or you need help signing up for the vaccine, I would like to help if I can. You can email me at or call me at 201-925-2070. I do work 9AM-5PM. I would love to speak with you." -Bonnie Caterson, RN
A Note from the
Music Loft
I am excited to announce that Eric Lampmann, flutist, will be returning to play for service on June 20. Be sure to attend our wonderful Father’s Day service to hear him! Works by Telemann, Fauré and Vivaldi.

In July, organist Davis Badaszewski will be returning and filling in for me in my absence. Davis is a wonderful young organist, and is home for the summer on his way to grad school at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he will be studying organ with Todd Wilson. I have had the great pleasure of taking a masterclass with Mr. Wilson at one of the AGO conferences I’ve attended, as well as hearing him in concert. I’ve known Davis since he was 16 (“going on 30”!). What an amazing talent!

Lisa Steinberg, violinist will be returning in August (date TBD) and playing Antonio Vivaldi’s “E’state” (“Summer”). Keep your eye out for date (coming soon).
Many special musical treats await you in the coming weeks and I look forward to continue seeing more and more of you in attendance!

The Digital Organ Recital premiered on May 2, 2021. If you missed it, click HERE to watch the virtual recital comprised of preludes from digital services during the COVID pandemic.

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, preferably before 3PM. Our office hours are 9AM-3PM. We are especially looking for cereal, beans, rice (small bags), diapers and wipes.
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