How We Worship
Baptism & Communion
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered to all baptized persons of any background, who hunger for the forgiving, empowering presence of Jesus Christ in their lives. Holy Communion is offered at all of our regular worship services, with the exception of Services of Holy Baptism.
As Lutherans, we practice baptism of infants through adults and believe that baptism is a gift from God, not the result of human work or decision. When babies or small children are baptized, one of the pastors meets with parents and sponsors (sometimes called godparents) to discuss the meaning of baptism and begin a "baptismal journey" with God that will last the child's whole life. For adults, preparation for baptism will usually mean the Journey with Christ process.
We also offer opportunities for people to affirm their baptisms as they learn and grow--emphasizing this in middle school with a two-year confirmation program for 7th- and 8th-graders. Older youth and adults may affirm their baptisms when they become members of the church or on another occasion.
Holy Communion and Children
Any children or adults are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing instead of the bread and wine/juice. So when is the right time for children to begin receiving the body and blood of Jesus in bread and wine? "Just before they start feeling left out." Different churches have a variety of practices. If children are already communing when they come to Good Shepherd, they are welcome to continue; "all baptized persons" includes baptized children of any age. When children start expressing a desire to participate in this "family meal," parents are encouraged to schedule a meeting with us so that they can prepare for and celebrate their First Communion, which happens on an individual basis at Good Shepherd, based on each child and family.
Email us to inquire about Baptism, Affirmation of Baptism, or a child's preparation for Holy Communion.