A Liturgical Church
First, the word "Liturgy" means service. Christ Himself is serving His people through His means of salvation. He conveys His Word to us in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, as well as through readings and the preaching and teaching of His Ministry. It is CHRIST'S Liturgy or service to which we come for help and mercy in our ongoing time of need.
Second, Christ serves us through Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution and His Holy Supper of His Body and His Blood in bread and wine. This too is Christ's Liturgy or service to His people.
Finally, it is proper that the Lord's Liturgy or Service to us should involve a certain order, decorum or conduct. We are, after all, coming for the Service of our Bridegroom and King. Christ Himself is truly present, ushering His people from the font of Holy Baptism to the foretaste of The Wedding Banquet of the Lamb in His Kingdom, which has no end.
Wonderful things are happening in the Lord's Service to us. And where such wonderful Mysteries are taking place, the Church behaves a certain way. We follow an order of service which is generally the same each week, though the trained eye and ear will note a vibrant change as the Church passes through Her seasons. At one time, Her colors, songs and readings will reflect certains times and events in the Life of Our Lord, from His First Advent and Nativity through His Death, Resurrection and the sending of His Spirit at Pentecost. At other times, the changes are more subtle, as when the Church passes through the summery seasons of the Sundays after Trinity.
The Church is never stagnant, nor is Her Liturgy. The very Life of Christ coarses through Her, and so, not only as she passes through Her yearly cycle of festivals and Sundays, but the Church also experiences change from one generation to the next, as faithful Christians continue living from the Savior's Gifts, anticipating His return. Our services are conducted in English here at Good Shepherd, though Lutherans in times past once heard and sang God's Word exclusively in German. Some Lutheran Christians hear and sing that Word in Spanish, Russian, Latvian, Korean, Swahili, as well as German and many other languages. As the Lord gathers His faithful from the ends of the earth, they come confessing the same Faith with in their various tongues and cultures.
Each generation and culture will leave its mark, but these are left of necessity and are made with care - the way a respectful young bride may alter the setting of her Great Grandmother's wedding ring. In the Church, change is not properly made indescriminately or carelessly. It is not made frivolously, in a vain attempt to keep up with the times, capitalize on some fad or attract the fickle and short-lived interest of a fallen world. A young bride values her wedding ring. She knows its history. If she must secure some part of the setting to safeguard the diamond, she does that, with due respect to the inheritance, and in the freedom of knowing that whatever change she makes is to preserve the precious stone. So also, the church cherishes what She has received and is ever mindful to make changes slowly and carefully and only as needed. She has been entrusted with a rare gem, even the Gospel of Christ Jesus, Who serves in Her midst with His Word and His Sacraments.
Sunday Service times are 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Bible Class are at 9:15 a.m.
We use the Lutheran Service Book.
We are located in the Ross Barnet area of Northwest Rankin County, Mississippi, around 11 miles to the east of Jackson.
No need to dress up, though most people wear clothing appropriate to God's House.
We also pray Matins every morning at 8:30 a.m. while school is in session.
Vespers is prayed every Wednesday at 7 p.m., year round! During Advent and Lent, the pastor preaches a sermon. At other times, less formal instruction from God's Word or our Lutheran Confessions is provided!
If you have questions about our communion practice, please click here. You may also call and speak to our pastor at (601) 992-4752, or email him. Or simply talk to one of our members. We'd love you to come, and want you to feel most welcome!