What is Taize Worship? Yes, it is a type of worship, but its name comes from a village in eastern France. Since 1940 Taize has been the home of an ecumenical community of brothers whose prayer three times a day forms the center of their lives. Today Taize is a place where visitors of all ages and backgrounds come on pilgrimages and to participate in prayer and reflection. Their unique style of music and worship bridges denominational and cultural barriers.
Initially the community was made of brothers from various Protestant denominations, but today it includes many Catholics also. Today there are 100 brothers of Taize representing every denomination and race and culture. The brothers live on every continent and among the poor and downtrodden. Since the fall of communism thousands of young people have come to Taize from Eastern Europe. Between Christmas and New Year, the community holds a Pilgrimage of Trust in a European capital. In a recent meeting 100,000 young people were in attendance.
The Taize service is a non-threatening, welcoming form of worship. People enter a darkened church, lit only by candles. The icons and candlelight create a welcoming and contemplative atmosphere. Quiet singing, short songs repeated again and again promotes meditation. Bible readings are offered by readers seated among the congregation. And there are silences, some short, some long, time to meditate, time to hear God speak to you in the quiet of your heart. There is a time just to sit and be, to reflect on whatever word or phrase in a particular Bible reading touches our heart and this gives us time to meditate on it. It is a time to hear God speak and a time to let one's burdens down in the quiet of His Presence.
Icons also contribute to the beauty of worship as symbols of the Incarnation giving the eyes a spiritual message as the Word is a message to our ears. Icons take us back to a time when the Bible was not in the hands of the people and most were illiterate, yet the visual images were powerful conduits of the gospel of Jesus the Christ and they remain so today.
Please come and join us.
The Social Ministry Team maintains a constant drive to collect food for the Lutheran Social Services ministry's New Life Center Food Pantry in Uniondale and the Helping Hands of Huntington.
Needs have been especially critical in recent months. Food may be left in the narthex of the church any Sunday for regular delivery to replenish the shelves of the pantry.
In addition, the Social Ministry Team will be collecting socks and underwear for adults and children during the month of April. These will be distributed through the New Life Center in Uniondale.
Our Congregational Pictorial Directory is almost two years old and is in need of an update. We have many new families in or midst and and the directory is an easy way to connect name to faces. We will be be providing an opportunity to have new family and individual photos taken at the end of May or beginning of June, so look for announcements Photos will be taken after church for several weeks and updated made for the directory during the early summer.
Even with the hope of the resurrection we all experience pain and sorrow when a loved one dies. Sharing the burden of grief with other mourning members of Christ's body can lead to deep healing and a renewed sense of hope.
During the months of January Healing Together will take place on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.in the church's prayer chapel
Please watch this space for scheduling in the new year.
The group is convened by Pastor Olsen.
"You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy..." Psalm 30:11
Good Shepherd has a ministry to the seniors residing in the Town of Oyster Bay Shepherd Hill Apartments. It is an opportunity for our seniors and other interested members to simply join persons living on the other side of our parking lot to share some time and have a light lunch together. Either pizza or sandwiches and salad are served along with a dessert. A $3 donation is suggested.
Come join with us each Thursday at noon. Please see the Church Calendar for exception to those dates.
Fellowship on Sunday does not just encompass fellowship with God, but also fellowship with one another, chatting with old friends as well as making connections with new ones.
A coffee hour sign-up sheet is located in the narthex of the church. Please feel free to fill in you name on one of the empty lines if you would like to host a coffee hour to celebrate, make a remembrance, say "thank you," or just host as a family. This is an easy way for you to be involved in the life of the congregation if you are not able to be part of the various ministry teams and groups such as the choir, and social organizations of the congregation.
Don't be afraid if you have never hosted before. There are easy-to-follow instructions and people to assist you and help you get started. We sincerely hope you find yourself free to add this fellowship to your life's schedule.
"Lectio Divina" is a format of Bible Study that incorporates reading/listening, meditation, prayer, and contemplation. Each week a chapter or portion of a book of the Bible is studied and often overlooked words are brought to life opening new perspectives of God's Word. We have also delved into some of the Apocryphal Books and non-canonical writings found in the Dead Sea Scrolls to gain an understanding of the early church.
Why not join us? Find out some of the things you've missed or may never have known. You will walk away with a greater understanding of the Church, Your Faith. and Your relationship to God.