Worship Services

Sanctuary lampGood Shepherd Lutheran Church normally holds two worship services each Sunday. The first service is a traditional, liturgical service with organ (and other) music at 8:00 a.m. The Shepherd's Bells and/or the Festival Singers may provide musical worship as well. The second service (10:30 a.m.) is a contemporary praise service with drums, electric instruments and a vocal group leading hymns.

Christmas and Easter are both joyful occasions at Good Shepherd. Christmas services are typically held on Christmas Eve, with Easter services following the normal Sunday worship schedule. Please see the Event Calendar for details.

In addition, there are Wednesday evening services held (at 7:00 p.m.) for the Advent and Lenten seasons. The Wednesday services are often preceded with a Soup Supper (soup, salad, bread and dessert) sponsored by a group such as the elders or bell choir. Please see the Event Calendar to confirm the schedules.

Music

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church offers opportunities to both enjoy and participate in music activities.

 The Shepherd's Bells

GSLC Shepherd's Bells

The Shepherd's Bells are the adult bell choir of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  We ring music to the glory of God with great delight using 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells, 4 octaves of chimes and an assortment of other percussion instruments, when the composition calls for it.  Sometimes we ring music written for bells and organ, or flute, trumpets, or voices.  As one of our  ringers puts it, the music is "awesome!"  The bell choir rehearses between 6:00 – 7:30 on Thursday evenings.  Visitors are most welcome to our "open rehearsals" to watch and listen.  The bell choir rings about once a month in both services on Sundays.  Contact the director, Joan Barnett, if you'd like to know when the bell choir will be ringing next. Here is a link to a recent performance on YouTube.

Bell images

Just what are handbells, you ask?  We have 61 bronze bells that are rung in a variety of ways, shown at the left in this neat graphic! [Courtesy of The Raleigh Ringers]  Handbells are "traditionally" rung with one bell in each hand -- the largest of our bells weighs 7 lbs. 2 oz. and the smallest weighs 8 oz.  Handbells also can be played with mallets (suspended or while the bells are resting on the padded tables), can be linked together to form a "bell tree", and can be plucked (a sound that sounds almost like a cello pluck, with the bass bells).  More than one bell can be held in each hand too (called "two-in-hand" or "three- in- hand")  It's all great fun, and wonderful music!

If you're interested in hearing the bell choir play, please come to a worship service (or a Thursday rehearsal) and rejoice as we praise God together with music!

 

The Shepherd's Choir

The Good Shepherd choir enhances the Sunday traditional worship services. The choir typically rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings. Everyone who enjoys singing is welcome, although some musical experience is helpful. The choir is directed by Adam Phillips.

 

Praise BandPraise Band

The Praise Band is an integral part of our 10:30 a.m. Sunday contemporary worship service. This rousing group, consisting of four singers and an equal number of multi-talented musicians, leads the congregation in song to praise our Lord. You don't need to know the words to the songs - they are all up on the screens.

 

 

Instrumental Ensembles

Praise Band musiciansMandolin? Violin? Cello? These are but a few of the instruments brought together to make a "joyful noise" during the Good Shepherd worship services and special concert events. The Good Shepherd musical community is very diverse, thanks to Adam Phillips, our music director.