Happy Sunday. We are glad you are here. Join us in celebrating the joy of Jesus and the freedom he gives during worship at 10 am. You can participate online or in-person. However you participate, our prayer is that you will be encouraged and uplifted through your participation in our worship. Thank you for being part of our faith community.
On the heels of Jesus, the crowds are growing and expecting more from Him. But he is looking to Jerusalem and His cross. Here in our gospel reading from Luke, Jesus is confronted with the sin of covetousness and he addresses this sin with a parable of a fool interested only in this life and wealth. Jesus is going to the cross even for this sin prevalent in every culture and lifetime. Jesus Christ is our only hope not just in this life but in the next no matter how much we are worth, or how much we think we are worth.
Vicar Jeff will be sharing today’s message. There is no sermon outline for this week.
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Verse of the Month
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.Ephesians 6:10–11, ESV
Join us on September 11 starting at 10 am to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. Worship will include the blessing of the backpacks, so make sure to bring your kid’s backpacks for this special day. We will also be recognizing our 2022-23 Children’s Center Staff along with our Sunday School Teachers. Following worship, we will be hosting a picnic outside. We are looking for help to organize the picnic. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help us organize.
Sunday School Begins September 18
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 18 at 9 am for the beginning of the new Sunday School Year. Registration will begin on August 21.
Volunteers are needed. Contact Audrey at email@example.com for more information.
Mission Tithe Support
10% of offerings received at Good Shepherd are tithed to support other ministry organizations. We recently updated the organizations we support and our tithe now goes to:
- The LCMS New Jersey District
- Lutheran Church Charities
- Gary and Sue Kessler (missionaries to Belize)
- The Kairos Network
- Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Feel free to click on any of the links to learn more about these organizations.
Positions Available at Good Shepherd Children’s Center
Good Shepherd Children’s Center has positions available and is now hiring. To inquire, please call 732-679-8887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways to Financially Support Good Shepherd
Visit gs4nj.org/give to donate. You can donate with a credit card or have the funds debited from your checking account. You can also set up automated giving set up on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or twice-monthly basis.
Another option to give is text to give. Text any dollar amount to 84321. We will reply with a link to a quick, self-guided setup process to tie your mobile phone to our church, your donor account, and a payment source.
As always checks can also be mailed. Visit our contact page for our mailing address.
If you already shop at Amazon, it is easy to support our ministry. Instead of going to amazon.com to shop, just add “smile.” before amazon.com. So the link will be smile.amazon.com. Any time you make a purchase at this link 0.5% of your purchase will go to the charity of your choice. It may not be much, but it adds up over time and as more of us make use of this service. Please keep in mind that you need to use the smile link every time you make a purchase. If you go back to using the regular Amazon link or use the Amazon app, we will not get a donation with those purchases.
Shop with Scrip
Scrip gift cards are available immediately following the Sunday worship in the Narthex. There are many cards to choose from and specific gift cards if you want. Be sure to ask what other cards are available. There are hundreds to choose from. We are grateful for all who have purchased these cards in support of our ministry. Be sure to stop and pick up a few cards.
Daily Bible Readings 2022
The Good Shepherd Daily Bible Readings are now available for 2022. Join us in reading through the Bible in 2022. There are three reading each day. There are no readings on Saturday or Sunday. Use those days to catch up or to reflect upon previous readings.