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  • COVID Protocols for In-Person Worship
  • COVID-Safe Communion
  • COVID-Safe Virtual Church Events and Programs: Important Changes
  • ECCR Fundraiser: Upcoming Events
  • Women's Bible Study: Virtual Meetings
  • Bible Study: Glen Rock Inn Meetings
  • Sunday School: Returning virtually this Sunday!
  • Good Shepherd Book Group: September 25 via Zoom
  • Wednesday Prayer Group
  • A Note from the Music Loft
  • Church Sexton: Part-Time Job Search Continues
  • Shepherd's Call: Fall 2021 Edition
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Digital Bulletin

September 12, 2021

Lectionary 24
16th Sunday After Pentecost

Worship on the Lawn
Communion Sunday
Joyful Noise
9/11 Tribute
GATHERING HYMN: Come & See! (By Tom DeLorenzo)

   Come and see come worship me,
   I am your Lord I’ll set you free.
   And from the cross
   I took your sins,
   So come and see
   It’s you who wins.

1 Come and see
   We worship thee.
   Praise to our Lord
   With songs of joy.
   Let’s share the peace
   That God is here,
   Come pray with me.
   So come and See.

2 Take the bread and
   Drink thy wine.
   Lamb of God 
   Please save our souls.
   Your bread and wine is so divine,
   We love you Lord
   You make us whole.

3 Hallelu, Hallelujah
   Our hearts are filled
   With words so sweet.
   As we go out
   So close to thee,
   Let’s say once more,
   Come and see. 

KRYIE Page 138 AND I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me ELW 860


James 3:1-12
1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. 11Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

Psalm 116:1-6
1I love the Lord, who has heard my voice, and listened to my supplication, 2for the Lord has given ear to me whenever I called. 3The cords of death entangled me; the anguish of the grave came upon me; I came to grief and sorrow. 4Then I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray you, save my life.” 5Gracious is the Lord and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 6The Lord watches over the innocent; I was brought low, and God saved me.

Acts 20:32-38
32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.

SERMON: Pastor Jay Unzaga
HYMN OF THE DAY: Remember and Rejoice ELW 454

1 Remember and rejoice,
   renewed by floods of grace.
   We bear the sign of Jesus Christ,
   that time cannot erase.

2 In life, in death, we trust
   in God's most holy name,
   forever traced by water sign,
   and sealed by Spirit flame.

3 We pledge ourselves anew
   to flee the lures of hell,
   to cling to Christ's community,
   in justice, peace to dwell.

4 God, bless us by your grace;
   remind us of your care.
   Renewing Spirit, fill us now,
   inspire our work, our prayer.

5 Remember and rejoice,
   renewed by floods of grace.
   We bear the sign of Jesus Christ,
   that time cannot erase.

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: For Albert Paul Sr., Mike Aguilar Sr., Carol Kessler Egert, Christy Collichio and John Collichio (Friends of the Franzois), Claire Fieldsend, Joe Roddy, Duke Kafafian, 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), the family of Robert John Ferro on his passing, Dorothy Gall, 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.

9/11 TRIBUTE: Pastor Jay will play Amazing Grace on the bagpipes to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11. 





SENDING HYMN: 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.

SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!
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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.

Communion Schedule
Sunday, September 12
Sunday, September 26
Sunday, October 3 (First Communion)
Sunday, October 17
Sunday, October 31 (Reformation Day)
COVID-Safe Virtual Church Events and Programs
Due to the continuing concerns of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, the following events and programs will remain virtual in the Fall. More details will follow for each event and program.

Sunday School will be return virtually via Zoom beginning September 12 at 11AM and be held twice per month.

Confirmation classes will be held virtually via Zoom. Confirmation Sunday will be on June 5, 2022 for the senior class (2 year program).

First Communion classes will be held virtually via Zoom. First Communion Sunday will be on October 3, 2021. This First Communion program is geared towards 6th and 7th graders who did not have a chance to do First Communion in 2020 and 2021. Their classes will be held on September 19 and September 26. Those starting 5th grade in September 2021 will go through the program in the Spring for Palm Sunday 2022. Their Zoom class dates are TBD.
ECCR Fundraiser: Upcoming Events
ECCR (Eastern Christian Children's Retreat)

Food trucks and fairs! Please consider supporting our friends at ECCR through these upcoming events. 

Food Truck event at ECCR, 700 Mountain Avenue in Wyckoff
(Sept. 21st, 4:30-6:30; Must order ahead!): Beefsteak or Fish & Chips
For details click here.

Fall Fair at Cedar Hill Church parking lot: 422 Cedar Hill Avenue in Wyckoff
(Date: Wednesday, October 6th, 3:00pm-7:00pm; Rain date: Wednesday, October 13th): The traditional fall fair is scaled down, but many of the treats (pumpkins, Dutch cheese, fall plants, food trucks) are here.
For details click here.

The Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat is a private, non-profit organization created to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Good Shepherd has been supporting ECCR staff and residents for over 6 years.
Women's Bible Study
Starting in October we will begin a unique Bible study using Women of the Bible: 52 Bible studies for Individuals and Groups, by Jean E. Syswerda, as a guide. Each chapter presents a different woman from scripture. A two page narrative on the woman with key scriptures is followed by a study using stimulating questions for discussion.

An interested participant recently wrote: "The book arrived yesterday and I've been looking it over. Some of the names I've never heard before: Rizpah, Huldah and others. Some I've forgotten about until I read the contents: The Queen of Sheba, Potiphar's wife and others. This will be a real learning experience for me."

The group will meet every other week beginning on October 11th at 7:30PM via Zoom. Any questions? You can reach out to Lillian Ostrander, Carol Voss or Dorothy Gall. You will need to purchase the book to fully participate in the Bible study. We are all very excited about this new group. Please join us. 

Zoom Link: Click Here

Meeting ID: 820 6419 7551
Passcode: 666675

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Bible Study at the Glen Rock Inn
Join Pastor Jay and fellow congregants for Bible Study at the Glen Rock Inn. Meetings will be held every Friday beginning October 15 at 12:30PM.
Sunday School
Sunday School will return virtually this Fall starting September 12 at 11AM and be held twice per month. More details and exact dates to follow.

Zoom Link: Click Here
Meeting ID: 916 1772 2051
Passcode: 877494

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 on Saturday, September 25 at 7PM via Zoom. See the invitation below.

Zoom Link: Click Here
Meeting ID: 915 9434 9269
Passcode: 728128

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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 Note from the Music Loft
I would like to thank the choir members for their recent replies to my inquiry about restarting choir again for the Fall season. Many people showed positive responses and are anxious to return to singing, a feeling I share. I am open to hearing from those who have not yet replied. I am hoping we can proceed although nothing is firm yet. 

Today, I would like to talk about a methodology for learning new hymns and generally improving your singing ability. Learning new hymns should be fun and easy, even for those who find it challenging. The first step is to decide you value the skill of singing. It makes it easier to first break it down into its components. One key component of singing is that singing is similar in so many ways to talking; something you already know how to do.

Here are some musical and vocal terms that apply equally well to talking; words, meaning, rhythm, articulation, expression, tonal inflection, dynamics (softer or louder), phrasing, projection and breath control. Where singing is different from talking is that you must match a specific pitch and rhythm as well as generally use more long sustained tones as opposed to short clipped tones.

So, what can you do to improve? Start by analyzing what you are best at and what needs improvement. Today’s basic lesson is that if you only take what you are already good at and make it even better, I guarantee the hard parts will become much easier. Using the above example, most people are already good with words, so it makes sense to get even better with words as first on your to-do list.

Go over all the words in advance (speak them out loud) for the appointed hymns. This will allow more energy to concentrate on the components that may not come as easily. Maybe a particular line in a hymn stands out to you. Sing it several times so you can be sure that line is solid. You can also look up the hymns online and become even more familiar with them before you come to church. That’s easy and fun to do too. 

Always remember to keep God in mind, first and foremost. He delights in your robust singing of praises and responds with his infinite love and mercy.
Blessings to all,
Peter Calabro
Director of Music Ministries
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:
Fall 2021 Edition
The Fall 2021 Edition of Shepherd's Call was mailed the first week of September.

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

The Winter edition will be released sometime in December.
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.
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