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New This Week
  • Order of Sunday Service
  • Virtual Coffee Hour
  • Spring Clean-Up Mornings Successful
  • Virtual Sunday School
  • Digital Organ Recital Premiere
  • Good Shepherd Book Group
  • 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!

MAY 2, 2021


GATHERING HYMN: Alleluia! Jesus is Risen ELW 377
1  Alleluia! Jesus is risen!
    Trumpets resounding in glorious light!
    Splendor, the Lamb, heaven forever!
    Oh, what a miracle God has in sight!
    Jesus is risen and we shall arise.
    Give God the glory! Alleluia!
2  Walking the way, Christ in the center
    telling the story to open our eyes;
    breaking our bread, giving us glory:
    Jesus our blessing,
    our constant surprise. Refrain
3  Jesus the vine, we are the branches;
    life in the Spirit the fruit of the tree;
    heaven to earth, Christ to the people,
    gift of the future now flowing to me.
HYMN OF PRAISE: I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me ELW 860
1 John 4:7-21
7Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. 15God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19We love because he first loved us. 20Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
Psalm 22:25-31
25From you comes my praise in the great assembly; I will perform my vows in the sight of those who fear the Lord. 26The poor shall eat and be satisfied, Let those who seek the Lord give praise! May your hearts live forever! 27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; all the families of nations shall bow before God. 28For dominion belongs to the Lord, who rules over the nations. 29Indeed, all who sleep in the earth shall bow down in worship; all who go down to the dust, though they be dead, shall kneel before the Lord. 30Their descendants shall serve the Lord, whom they shall proclaim to generations to come. 31They shall proclaim God’s deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying to them, “The Lord has acted!”
John 15:1-8
[Jesus said:] 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
SERMON Pastor Jay Unzaga
HYMN OF THE DAY: Jesus Loves Me! ELW 595
1  Jesus loves me! this I know,
    for the Bible tells me so;
    little ones to him belong,
    they are weak, but he is strong.
    Yes, Jesus loves me,
    yes, Jesus loves me,
    yes, Jesus loves me,
    the Bible tells me so.
2  Jesus loves me! he who died
    heaven's gates to open wide;
    he will wash away my sin,
    let his little child come in.
3  Jesus loves me! he will stay
    close beside me all the way;
    when at last I come to die,
    he will take me home on high.
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: Jared Moore, who passed (cousin of the King family), Joe Roddy, Duke Kafafian, the family of Nancy Carlson (Anita Johnson's sister-in-law), Joyce DeAllaume (friend of Lorraine Seifert), the family of Glen Thomas (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.
SENDING HYMN: This Little Light of Mine ELW 677
1  This little light of mine,
    I'm goin'-a let it shine;
    this little light of mine,
    I'm goin'-a let it shine;
    this little light of mine,
    I'm goin'-a let it shine,
    let it shine, let it shine,
    let it shine.
2  Ev'rywhere I go,
    I'm goin'-a let it shine;
    ev'rywhere I go,
    I'm goin'-a let it shine;
    ev'rywhere I go,
    I'm goin'-a let it shine,
    let it shine, let it shine,
    let it shine.
3  Jesus gave it to me,
    I'm goin'-a let it shine;
    Jesus gave it to me,
    I'm goin'-a let it shine;
    Jesus gave it to me,
    I'm goin'-a let it shine,
    let it shine, let it shine,
    let it shine.
SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord!
Thanks be to God!
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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
Spring Clean-Up
Mornings Successful
The accumulation of rubbish at the rear of our driveway is evidence of two successful Saturday clean-ups. It will be removed next week by the DPW; several barrels of clippings and tree-fall were already taken to the landfill. We accomplished a lot: planted, trimmed and mulched around the sign on the corner, trimmed most of the ewes, ilexes, forsythia and cherry laurels on our property, tidied the long-disregarded shed area, swept the composted pine needles and leaves off the shed roof, swept stairwells, fixed the fence, raked, raked, raked, and made good progress installing the new window well covers. Yikes!

Give these workers a big hand:

Jon “talk-while-you-trim” Osborn
Rob “fiddler-on-the-roof” Bayer
Chris “another-dump-run” Podd
Art “scissor-hands” Waltking
Erik “man-for-all-seasons” Seifert
Maurice “menace-with-a-rake” Willoughby
Rosemary “pick-up-more-sticks” Deering
Pastor “leading-the-flock” Unzaga

Thanks for a job well done,

Claudia “cat-herder” Gentner
Virtual Sunday School
Sunday School resumed virtually on April 4. The meetings will continue to be held via Zoom every two weeks until the end of June.

The next date for Sunday School will be May 2 at 11AM.

Recurring Zoom LINK
Meeting ID: 916 1772 2051
Passcode: 877494
Digital Organ Recital
Premieres May 2, 2021
Peter Calabro, our Director of Music Ministries, will be premiering a digital organ recital on May 2 at 4PM. The recital is approximately one hour and is comprised of preludes from digital services during the COVID pandemic. See the complete compilation list below.
  1. Chaconne-George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) 
  2. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme “Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying”- J. S. Bach (1685-1750) (chorale) & Max Reger (1873-1916)
  3. Fugue in C Major, BuxWV 174- Dieteric Buxtehude (1637-1707), pedal part by Peter B. Calabro
  4. Faith of Our Fathers & O God, Our Help in Ages Past- Michael Burkhardt (b. 1957)
  5. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (Comfort, Comfort, Now My People)- Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
  6. O Come, Divine Messiah- Jean-François Dandrieu (1682- 1739) César Franck (1822-1890)
  7. Vater unser im Himmelreich “Our Father, Who Art in Heaven”- J. S. Bach (BWV 737) & Georg Böhm (1661-1733)     
  8. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (from Cantata 147)- J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  9. Fugue in G Major (“alla giga”), BWV 577- J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  10. Prelude and Fugue in C Minor (fugue)- Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  11. Largo (from Four Seasons L’Inverno “Winter”)- Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), arr. Peter B. Calabro
  12. Valet will ich dir geben, “All Glory, Laud and Honor”, BWV 736- J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  13. Concerto in G Major, BWV 980 (from Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in B-flat major, RV 381)- J. S. Bach (1685-1750), arr. for organ by Elena Barshai
  14. Concerto del Signor Albinoni (III)- Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748)
  15. Chaconne- Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665), arr. Peter B. Calabro
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, May 22 at 7:30 PM.

Meeting ID: 915 9434 9269
Passcode: 728128
COVID-Safe Communion
Good Shepherd is happy to announce that pre-packaged communion cups will be distributed on May 23, 2021 for Pentecost Sunday. 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 May, 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
Reminder, that my Digital Organ Recital is this Sunday, May 2 at 4:00pm on YouTube! See the announcement earlier in this email for more details.

So glad to see many people coming to worship services that I haven’t seen in so long. Love the singing! Hope to see even more of you in the coming weeks. We are still here, faithful and strong! 

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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