Good Shepherd Lutheran Church meets each Sunday for worship together at 9:30 a.m. The music styles alternate. The first, third, and fifth Sundays are a traditional, liturgical service with organ (and/or other) music. The second and fourth Sundays offer a more contemporary service with a praise band featuring electric and acoustic instruments. A vocalist leads hymns and songs at both services. The Shepherd's Bells and/or guest musicians can provide musical worship as well.
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.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church offers opportunities to both enjoy and participate in music activities.
Wednesday Morning Music Meditation
Good Shepherd’s Music Director, Adam Phillips, provides a weekly Christian meditation time on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Adam (or occasional guest musician) presents 30 to 40 minutes of peaceful music, both vocal and instrumental.
You can watch the meditation in person or on our GSLC Videos page, either during or after the event.
The 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 some performances by the Shepherd's Bells on YouTube. You can also see a recent performance here:
Just what are handbells, you ask? We have 61 bronze bells that are rung in a variety of ways. 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 evening rehearsal) and rejoice as we praise God together with music!
The Praise Band is an integral part of our alternating 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. This rousing group, consisting of four 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.
Mandolin? Violin? Cello? Banjo? Trumpet? These are but a few of the instruments brought together to make a "joyful noise" during the Good Shepherd special concert events. Musical groups vary in size and style, everything from classical to big band jazz to bluegrass. Some groups, like the PSK Band and the Monday Madness Big Band, are well-known and local. Others, like Hillary and Kate, are brought in while on tour.
The Good Shepherd musical community is very diverse thanks to Adam Phillips, our music director. Concerts are free to all; a free will donation is requested to offset the cost for musicians.
Concerts are typically announced on the GSLC web site home page three to four weeks before the event and notices are emailed to an email list of those that have signed up at a previous comcert. Interested? You may sign up for the concert email list (this list is only for concert emails and is not shared with anyone).
Our live attended concerts are back, starting with our 2021 annual Christmas concert (you may watch the concert here). More to follow! We usually request a free will donation at our concerts (they are self-sustaining that way), but if you may also donate toward our concert expenses.