Welcome to Good Shepherd’s home on the web!
Please join us online today, as we live our mission together on the west side of Rockford: Living and Sharing Jesus!
Each Sunday during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we post a new worship video – and we also have Zoom Coffee an’ at 11:00 am – contact us to be included.
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Click “Give” below for a safe and secure way to give to Good Shepherd, especially during this time of social isolation.
A Message from Pastor Eric
Dear members and friends,
This is a challenging time for us all. At the beginning of this year, the Coronavirus was hardly on our radar screens. Now, we are in the midst of a literally viral increase in infections in our area and around the country. This summer, we had drive-in worship, and then a few weeks of in-person socially distanced worship this fall. Now in-person worship is on hold until we can get a handle on the virus. We will continue with online worship for the foreseeable future.
Please call or email or text me with any concerns or needs. Leave a message and I’ll call back. In the meantime, reach out to one another, reach out to me. If you need help, ask. We are the church together, even when we are apart.
During this anxious, dangerous time, God says to us, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. My rod and my staff, the comfort you.” God is our Good Shepherd who never lets us out of God’s sight. Jesus is our Friend who walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death and leads us out through solitude and solidarity that restores our souls. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of love who hovers over us, as we swim in the waters of chaos, and throws us a lifeline. We are not alone. We are never alone, for God is with us. And we, fellow members and friends of Good Shepherd, are with you. Below this letter is a link to daily Bible readings and prayers. As you can, please read and pray: pray for our city, our state, our nation, our world. Pray for your church. Pray for one another. Reach out. If you have internet access, join us on Facebook, email, or check our website. Online worship is on Youtube (click here). Together, we will get through this pandemic.
Our church office is open to pay bills, answer mail, and deposit offerings. Money is tight for many – especially for some who are laid off or out of work – but if you can, mail your offering to Good Shepherd. We do not know how long in-person worship could be suspended.
As we continue this journey together through the land of COVID – which has become for many of us a solitary pilgrimage – I pray that God gives you peace, watches over you and all of God’s children, and brings us through this valley stronger and more focused on God’s mission for us: Living and Sharing Jesus.
Pastor Eric Lemonholm
Daily Prayer and Reading
We have Daily Bible Readings that relate to the Sunday Bible readings on our calendar page: click here for our calendar, and click on the reading for each day.
Alternately, you can find the daily readings in a handy list here.
Here is a wonderful resource for daily Bible reading and prayer from our friends from the Lutheran Church of Honolulu:
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
1829 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, Illinois 61103