George Robert "Bob" Long

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George Robert “Bob” Long, 84, of Wichita Falls, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 am on September 18, 2019, at Church of the Good Shepherd with The Very Reverend Brian Chase officiating. The family will receive friends at a visitation in the church parlor following the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.

A son of the late Dorothy (Allison) and Richard Andrew Long, Bob was born on April 16, 1935, in Wichita Falls. He was a 1953 graduate of Wichita Falls High School. He attended Texas Tech University and ultimately graduated college from Texas A&M University in 1958. On October 15, 1955, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Gerry, whom he was married to for 54 years. Bob’s professional career was dedicated to the insurance industry both as an agent and as an adjustor, including a year as President of the Independent Insurance Association of Texas. His work in the community included many years serving on the Boy Scout Board of Directors, achieving the distinguished “Silver Beaver” award. Bob also was an accomplished leather craftsman and enjoyed fishing. He was also a Lay Reader in the Episcopal Church for many years as well as the church vestry.

Along with his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by his wife, Gerry, brother, Richard, sister, Gay Lee, and Son-in-Law, Danny Stamper.

He is survived by daughters, Sharon Hague (Steve) of Lometa, TX, Pam Stamper of Dripping Springs, TX, and son, Scott Long (Ann) of Mansfield, TX. Grandchildren include Ryan Hague, Ethan Hague, Ashley Hague, Matthew Long, Katie Gemmel (Derin), Michael Long and Great Grandchild, Paisley Gemmel. Bob is also remembered by his special friend, Martha Hall. He enjoyed spending time with all of his loved ones.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be sent to The Boy Scouts of America, Hospice of Wichita Falls, or a charity of your choice.

Tributes may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com.

CGS (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Montessori-based Spiritual Formation) - Level 3 Photopost

We’ve been busy all summer preparing our new Level 3 (ages 9-12+) Atrium for our children! All the materials in the space are handmade, so some of the shelves that are still empty will be filled with materials as we continue to make them in the coming months.

We will begin meeting in the atrium next Sunday, September 22 at 9:30!


What a peaceful space for the children! Thanks be to God!


Big Sunday at Church of the Good Shepherd

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A lot is happening this Sunday, September 15, at Church of the Good Shepherd!

First, Bishop Wantland will be visiting us for a whole host of confirmations and receptions. Come out to celebrate all of our new friends and members. Bishop Wantland will also be presiding at a Solemn Pontifical Mass with Incense at the Altar and will be delivering the homily for the day. The service starts at 10:30 and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Second, this Sunday is also Rally Day, which marks the beginning of our Fall Semester. Take a look at all that Church of the Good Shepherd has to offer for spiritual growth and development this Fall on our Christian Education page. In particular, Generations will begin on Wednesday evening, September 18, with a game night, and our children’s ministry starts back up on Sunday, September 22, with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Our Parish Ministry page features the many different ministries that you can become involved in at Church of the Good Shepherd.

Finally, after church this Sunday, we will gather in the Parish Hall for a potluck lunch. Please bring a covered dish to share. The church will provide meat and drinks. After lunch, Fr. Brian will have a short presentation featuring everything that is happening this Fall, and will also have information on the completion of our three-year capital campaign.

See you all there!

Practicum on Christian Prayer

Generations provides an opportunity for spiritual growth and development for everyone—ages 1-100. We eat together. We pray together. We contemplate God's love together. We care for one another and for our community. Generations takes place every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 in the Parish Hall (entrance off of 10th St). All are welcome!

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This Fall, Generations will be offering a Practicum on Christian Prayer and Meditation. The scriptures encourage us quite often to “pray always,” but most of us can’t imagine how we could, or why we would want to do such a thing. Too often we think that prayer is just “asking for things,” causing many Christians to seek for a meaningful inner life from other sources, not realizing the riches that the ancient Christian spiritual tradition has to offer. At Generations this year, we will provide not only the “why,” but also the “how” of Christian prayer.

Fall Generations Schedule

Sept. 18: Outreach/Game Night

Sept. 25: What is Prayer?

Oct. 2: Meditation and Lectio Divina

Oct. 9: Prayer of Simplicity

Oct. 16: Prayer of Presence

Oct. 23: Prayer of the Hours

Oct. 30: Outreach/Game Night

Nov. 6: Spiritual Examen

Nov. 13: Prayer Beads

Nov. 20: Icons and Images

Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 4: Fasting and Alms

Dec. 11: Habituation, Virtue, and Rule of the Life

Dec. 18: Outreach/Game Night

Generations begins with dinner starting at 5:30 on Wednesday nights. Discussion for adults and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children is from 6:00-7:00. Once a month, we have an outreach night, during which we perform a project for a local charity. Contact us if you are interested in helping with dinners. See you there!

Cultivating Faith

Homily for Ninth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 15, Year C)

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Homily Text: Luke 12:49-56

Jesus said, "I came to cast fire upon the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother- in-law." He also said to the multitudes, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, 'A shower is coming'; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, 'There will be scorching heat'; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?"

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach to the spiritual formation of children. At Church of the Good Shepherd, we believe that children can have an active and meaningful relationship with God, and we seek to create an environment in which the child can foster that relationship with God and fall in love with the deepest mysteries of the faith. The environment and the materials within it are called the atrium. The atrium is a place of quiet contemplation for the child, and the materials are a means of prayer and meditation. Each of our catechists have received at least 90 hours of formation and are certified by the United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

We believe that there is no better approach to the spiritual formation of children, which is why we have dedicated so much to this ministry and want to make it available to as many children in Wichita Falls as possible. Our Atria are open every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 11:15 and every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 during the school-year. If you are interested, or would like to take a tour of our atrium, please contact us.

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NURSERY
(INFANTS THROUGH 3 YEARS OLD)

Kimberley Telemamacque and Stephanie Igeoanugo
Open- year round in the lower level of the Parish Hall
(brick building on 10th Street next door to the church)

 

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
LEVEL I (3 YEARS OLD - 6 YEARS OLD)

Sarah Sparks, Angie Horany, and Rhiannon Beesinger
The Sheepfold Atrium, In the lower level of the Parish Hall
 (brick building on 10th Street next door to the church)


CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
LEVEL II (6 YEARS OLD - 9 YEARS OLD)

Sarah Cobb
The Meadow Atrium, In the lower level of the Parish Hall
 (brick building on 10th Street next door to the church)
 


CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
LEVEL III (9 YEARS OLD - 13 YEARS OLD) 

Amy Chase
In the lower level of the Parish Hall
 (brick building on 10th Street next door to the church)

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Concerning Faith: Its Definition and Practical Implications

Homily for the Eighth Sunday After Trinity (Proper 4, Year C)

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Homily Text: Hebrews 11:1-3; 8-16

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval. By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear… By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Let the Peace of Christ Rule in your Hearts

Homily for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity (Proper 13, Year C)

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Homily Text: Colossians 3:12-17

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The Spiritual Formation of Children at Church of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach to the spiritual formation of children. We seek to create an environment in which the child can foster a relationship with God and fall in love with the deepest mysteries of our faith. We will have space for children of all age groups this Fall, and you don’t have to be a member of the church to participate. If you are interested in learning more or in joining us with your children, please Contact Us.

The Lord's Prayer: A Challenge and a Vocation

Homily for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 12, Year C)

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Homily Text: Luke 11:1-13

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." And he said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation." And he said to them, "Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; and he will answer from within, 'Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything'? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Learning Peace with Mary and Martha

Homily for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 10)

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Homily Text: Luke 10:38-42 As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, Jesus entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her."

Christ: Adam's Good Samaritan

Homily for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 10, Year C)

Homily Text: Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live." But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii (DEN-AIR-E-E) and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Full Mass for the Second Sunday after Trinity

Full Mass for the Second Sunday after Trinity (Proper 8, Year C)

Homily Title: The Imago Dei and Boiled Ox (Dcn. Randy Rogers)

Homily Text: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 The Lord said to Elijah (EL-EYE’-DJAH), "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus (DAM’-ASK-US); and when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael (HA’-ZE-EL) to be king over Syria; and Jehu (JEE’-HOO) the son of Nimshi (NIM’-SHY) you shall anoint to be king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat (SHAFF’-AT) of Abelmeholah (EH’-BEL-MA-HOH’-LA) you shall anoint to be prophet in your place." So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat (SHAFF’-AT), who was plowing, with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, "Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you." And he said to him, "Go back again; for what have I done to you?" And he returned from following him, and took the yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah, and ministered to him.

First Sunday after Trinity

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Full Mass for the First Sunday after Trinity

This Week’s Mass Schedule

Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist:  Monday, 6/24 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use). Sung Mass with Incense.

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 6/26 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, d. 444 (transf. 6/27); also St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Bishop and Martyr, d. 202 (transf. 6/28).

Vigil Mass for the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul:  Friday, 6/28 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use). Sung Mass with Incense.