Under your law we live, great God, Help us as good citizens to respect neighbors whose views differ from ours, so that without partisan anger, we may work out issues that divide us, and elect candidates to serve the common welfare; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Lord, keep this nation under your care. Bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Help us elect trustworthy leaders, contribute to wise decisions for the general welfare, and thus serve you faithfully in our generation, to the honor of your holy name; through Jesus Christ the Lord.
Give to Where Most Needed
There are numerous stories in the Bible where God called men, women, and even children to step out in faith and follow him. In each instance, God was looking for those who were willing to set aside their personal comforts and interests to follow him and share in his ministry. The choice, however, was theirs. Many others, unfortunately, found the cost of discipleship too much to bear and turned back.
Prayer for the day
During the war a church in Strasburg, Germany, was totally destroyed; but a statue of Christ which stood by the altar was almost unharmed. Only the hands of the statue were missing. When the church was rebuilt, a famous sculptor offered to make new hands; but, after considering the matter, the members decided to let it stand as it was—without hands. My friend, if the gospel we preach does not have a social application, if it will not work effectively in the work-a-day world, then it is not the Gospel of Christ. I look at my hands, Lord Jesus, and ask You to use them this day. Make me conscious of the needs of those who hurt.
From the Old Testament prophets through Jesus himself, we are called on to give of our time and our talents and our treasure to those who have so much less than us. At Good Shepherd, we take service to the least of these our neighbors seriously. We trace our beginnings to the Oxford Movement, which had as one of its priorities Christian service — being The Hands of Christ — and today we maintain a vibrant mission ministry. Every June, we send youth and adults into the Appalachians for a week of physical and spiritual mission work. Throughout the year, we conduct food drives and fund drives for local, national and international ministries. And we periodically participate in special days of service. He calls on all of us as individuals to serve the least of these. And Good Shepherd is blessed to be the spiritual home to an abundance of Christians who gladly serve as The Hands of Christ to the world. On this page, you will find snapshots of some of those people. Finally, if you know people in our parish who serve as The Hands of Christ, we would ask you to let us know, so we can celebrate their ministries.