UPDATED Christmas at Good Shepherd

Traditional Christ Mass

Thursday, December 24th
10:00 p.m. — Musical Prelude
10:30 p.m. — Service Begins
via livestream at gslive.org

View the service leaflet here.

Since about A.D. 430, Christians have gathered around midnight on Christmas Eve for the Christ Mass, a communion celebration in thanksgiving for the birth of Christ. This year Good Shepherd will be celebrating this service, which is conducted in traditional Elizabethan (Rite I) English with scripture readings from the King James Bible, virtually at gslive.org.

Christmas Day Outdoor Eucharist

Friday, December 25th, at 10:30 a.m.
on the Parish Hall walkway

View the service leaflet here.

Join us on Christmas Morning for a simple, spoken, outdoor service of Holy Communion. Be sure to bundle up, and remember to bring a chair and wear a mask.

Christmas Sunday Drive-In Eucharist

SUNDAY, December 27th
4:40 p.m. — Live Musical Prelude
5:00 p.m. — Service Begins

View the service leaflet here.

Jingle Bells, Christmas Trees, and Holly — Get Ready for Good Shepherd’s Christmas Sunday Drive In Service

We have put together a Drive In Christmas Sunday Service, which will allow you to come in your comfy clothes with little ones in their PJs and blankies to celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Although the service begins at 5:00 p.m., live musical offerings will begin at 4:40 p.m., so we’re asking you to arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.  When you enter the parking lot, a vestry member will show you where to park so everyone’s car can face the parish hall (the Flower Guild has plans to transform the area in front of our parish hall into a sacred space with light and decorative touches befitting the season).  To help you participate in the service, Matt, Velinda, Lawrence (with piano), singers, and readers will be at the top of the steps where you can see them, and their microphones will be connected to an FM transmitter so you’ll be able to hear everything live through your car radio (we’ll let you know the frequency when you arrive).

We hope you’ll decorate your cars (Christmas window pictures, reindeer antlers, festive lights, large Santa hats – the tackier the better!)  Also, it would be helpful if you would make a sign to put under your windshield indicating how many in your car would like to receive communion (only the bread will be administered).  In addition to communion, we’ll also bring the offering plate to you – you can stay in your car the whole time!

To help us prepare, please click here to let us know you’re coming, or call Tom Parker, our Parish Administrator, at 252-442-1134.