Coming soon - a midweek Advent worship series.
Every family has a set of values. Some families value time together. Others value experiences like camping or vacations. Many families value youth sports and other programming for their children. At the end of the season of Pentecost, we plan to return to the Gospel of Mark for Pentecost 16-23 to see, first of all, what Jesus values. Are our family values in line with Jesus’ values? Are our church’s values consistent with what Jesus cares about? Walk with Christ this Pentecost season as a family of believers as we deepen our understanding of our Family Values.
- Pastor Marques Nelson
P16 Mark 7:31-37 Our family cares for people with disabilities
P17 Mark 8:27-35 Our family expects hard times
P18 Mark 9:30-37 Our family welcomes children
P19 Mark 9:38-50 Our family protects children
P20 Mark 10:2-16 Our family values healthy marriages
P21 Mark 10:17-27 Our family gets our priorities straight
P22 Mark 10:35-45 Our family serves the world
P 23 Mark 10:46-52 Our family follows Jesus
We hope this series is a blessing to your congregation! Coordinating artwork is available in the shop.
Our next worship series at Good Shepherd is on the book of Ephesians – This is (y)our life. The epistle lessons from the eighth Sunday after Pentecost through the fifteenth Sunday walk through the book of Ephesians. Below is our congregational preview for the series:
The book of Ephesians is an incredibly practical book for Christians at every stage of life. Here we see what the Christian life looks like, and what it doesn’t look like. Over the next 8 weeks, we will explore Paul’s letter to the Ephesians as if we were paging through a family photo album. We’ll see how we were adopted as God’s children (baby photos), how we are united as one family (the group family picture), we’ll also page through graduation pictures, wedding photos, a military ID, and more. This is your life! Yet, thankfully, because we’re all in this together – this is OUR life. We encourage you to read through the book of Ephesians in your personal devotions in preparation for this practical worship series – This is (y)our life.
- Pastor Marques Nelson
July 15 Ephesians 1:3-14 Adopted (baby pictures)
July 22 Ephesians 2:13-22 United (family pictures)
July 29 Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 Focused (graduation photos)
August 5 Ephesians 4:17-24 Modeling (portfolio)
August 12 Ephesians 4:30-5:2 Imitating (doppelgangers)
August 19 Ephesians 5:15-20 Following (concert pictures)
August 26 Ephesians 5:21-31 Loved (wedding photos)
September 2 Ephesians 6:10-20 Equipped (military ID)
I pray that this series can be a blessing for you as you share God's Word with God's people! You can find coordinating artwork for "This is (y)our life" in the shop.
At Good Shepherd we have a mission that can be summed up like this: Worship, Learn, Love. It’s easy to understand how we are strengthened by Jesus in word and sacrament at a worship service and how we desire to learn more about his word in Bible studies, but what about love? What’s love got to do with it? What does love even mean today? This sermon series for the season of Easter comes from the epistle lessons in 1 John. John will show us what love really is and how it impacts and helps us in our everyday lives.
What’s love got to do with it?
Easter 2 1 John 5:1-6 When I feel like a failure?
Easter 3 1 John 1:1-2:2 When my relationships are complicated?
Easter 4 1 John 3:1,2 When my family is messed up?
Easter 5 1 John 3:18-24 When my conscience won’t shut up?
Easter 6 1 John 4:1-11 When there are so many interpretations?
Easter 7 1 John 4:13-21 When I’m scared?
You can order the coordinating artwork for the "What's love got to do with it?" series in the shop.
Why did he keep moving toward the cross? Was it an accident that Jesus was crucified? The tragedy of the century? Surely, he should have known this was coming. Surely, he could have avoided the pain, the suffering, the death. But that’s the point, Jesus knew all along he was going to die. That was the eternal plan of the Father, that the holy Son of God would suffer and die for a world of sinners. However, Jesus also knew that death would not be the end. The payment for sin would be accepted and he would rise to life again and defeat death itself, for us. Join Jesus this Lenten season as he relentlessly walks toward the cross, because he knew he was going to die.
The Gospel lessons for Lent in Year B are all connected by this one fascinating revelation – Jesus knew all along that he was going to die, and that impacted everything he did, for our salvation. At Good Shepherd in Cedar Rapids, we’ll follow this theme throughout the Sundays of Lent.
Because He Knew He Was Going to Die
Because He Knew He Was Going to Rise
Lent 1 Mark 1:12-15 He preached the good news of the kingdom
Lent 2 Mark 8:31-38 He prepared his disciples for the cross
Lent 3 John 2:13-21 He put his house in order
Lent 4 John 3:14-21 He promised salvation through faith
Lent 5 John 12:20-33 He drew all people to himself
Palm Sunday Mark 11:1-10 He rode into Jerusalem
Maundy Thursday Mark 14:12-26 He gave us his body and blood
Good Friday Mark 15:33-39 He suffered Hell for you
Easter Mark 16:1-8 He silenced all our fears
You can order the coordinating artwork for the "Because He Knew" series in the shop. (coming soon)
- Transfiguration Sunday expansion pack for the Because He Knew Series
- Because He Knew Series for Sundays in Lent
- Holy Week expansion pack for the Because He Knew Series
During the midweek Lenten services we will be studying the Book of Hebrews using the series from Northwestern Publishing House "Jesus is Our Great High Priest" with this coordinating "Blood of the Lamb" artwork.