Daily Devotions
 

For the next several weeks, as we observe the “Stewardship Season”, our daily devotions will be written by members of Good Shepherd.  I (Pastor Heidi) asked these folks to reflect on how the ministry of Good Shepherd impacts their life, whether through relationships they have, worship experiences or other meaningful ways our corporate life touches them.  As you read their powerful testimonies let your mind also explore how Good Shepherd’s ministry has touched YOUR life in meaningful ways.  How has your faith be deepened because of your church home?

Just a reminder that May 23rd is Stewardship Sunday and we are inviting you to return your Estimate of Giving card on that day when you come to worship.  You can also mail your form in, or fill it out on line.  Our goal as a congregation is to increase our giving by $1000 per week in the year ahead. Thank you.  Now enjoy today’s devotion.

Pastor Heidi Johns

 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Our daily devotions will take a different approach from October 19-30 as we focus on Hunger in conjunction with our NEEDS food drive.  Each day we will watch a short video from ELCA World Hunger.  Today’s video takes us to Huntington Station, NY and a Lutheran church that worked to keep it’s food pantry safe and open during the shut-downs caused by COVID-19.  They learned about love and generosity as strong financial support was given to them for their work in the community and they were able to be even more generous themselves.  They learned what it is to be blessed to be a blessing and that you find life by giving it away.

Please watch today’s video and reflect on the questions below: Video Link

As is true for many food pantries, the pantry in the video double their food distribution in the early days of COVID.  What do you think it would be like to have to get help from a food pantry for the first time?  Would you feel shame?  Fear?  Appreciation?  What would it be like to encounter Christ-like volunteers who offered you kindness and hospitality?

We can be the presence of Christ to our neighbors in need in the midst of these challenging times, contributing to NEEDS is one way to do that.

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