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

ACNA Provincial Assembly

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.

Approaching the Triune God: Mystery, Liturgy, and Sacrament

A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, 2019

Homily Text: Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah (UZZ-EYE’-A) died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim (SER’-A-FIMM); each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory." And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!" Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven." And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."

The Feast of Pentecost

Whitsunday, Commonly Called Pentecost

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course: Part 2

Women of the Good Shepherd (WOGS) with First Step

Solemn Mass with Incense and Baptism for the Holy Feast of Pentecost (Whitsunday)

A Week in Pictures: Special Convention and Ascension-tide

Special Convention 2019

Bishop Co-Adjutor Elect: Ryan Reed

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Ascension-tide at CGS: Evensong and Mass

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Adult Formation Course, Part II

"That They All May Be One": Homily for the Sunday after Ascension (Easter 7)

This Week’s Announcements and Mass Schedule

Catechists Formation Course: The second half of our formation course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification will be taking place June 2-8. We are looking for individuals to provide lunches. If interested, please fill out the half sheet and place it in the offering plate.

Catechists Formation Lunches: We are looking for volunteers to provide lunches for our catechists-in-formation from June 2-June 8. Lunches will only be for about 10 people. Please fill out the form if you are interested.

The Feast of Pentecost: The Feast of Pentecost, celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, is next Sunday, June 9.  We will be having several baptisms that day. Come celebrate our baptismal candidates and the birth of the church with us!

 Adult Sunday School: Beginning on Pentecost Sunday (6/9), we will be beginning a new cycle of Adult Sunday School. Fr. Brian will begin teaching a catechesis class in the Parish Hall for all of our candidates for confirmation and baptism, as well as for anyone who may be interested in learning more about the foundations of our faith. John Glaze will begin teaching a class in the parlor on the Ten Commandments. All are welcome!

 This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 6/5 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz and Martyr, d. 754; also commemorating the Martyrs of Uganda, d. 1885 (transf. 6/3); St. Norbert, Archishop, d. 1134 (transf. 6/6); St. William of York, Archbishop, d. 1154 (transf. 6/8).

Prayer Vigil

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The chapel at Church of the Good Shepherd will be open during office hours for prayer and meditation all day Thursday and Friday, in anticipation of the Special Convention this Saturday, when a bishop coadjutor will be elected for the Diocese of Fort Worth. All are invited to come and pray as they will. The chapel will close with Mass at 4:30 on Thursday for the Feast of the Ascension, and the on Friday with Mass at 4:30 for the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady.

A Week in Pictures: Fifth Week of Easter

Church Picnic

Last Day in the Atrium

Installation of Dcn. Randy Rogers as Chaplain for Daughters of the King

Mass for the Fifth Week of Easter:

Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, together with the Installation of Dcn. Randy Rogers as Chaplain for the Daughters of the King, as well as a graduation blessing. The homily, “The Romance of the Gospel,” begins at 24:10 and the homily text is Rev. 19:1, 4-9.

This Week’s Announcements

Geraniums: The geraniums which will decorate the church on Pentecost Sunday will be available for purchase for $10 a piece. Geraniums will not be available for those who have not paid.

Catechists Formation Course: The second half of our formation course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification will be taking place June 2-8. We are looking for individuals to provide lunches. If interested, please fill out the half sheet and place it in the offering plate. 

This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 5/22 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating the St. Alcuin of York, Deacon and Abbot, d. 820 (transf. 5/20); St. Helena, Confessor and Empress, d. 330 (transf. 5/21); St. Vincent of Lerins, Priest, d. 450 (transf. 5/23); Venerable St. Bede, Priest, d. 735 (transf. 5/25).

Weekly Summer Schedule

Worship

o   Sunday Morning: 7:30 Said Mass

o   Sunday Morning: 10:30 Sung Mass (Childcare available)

o   Wednesday Evening: 4:30 Mass

Grow

o   9:15: Sunday Morning Breakfast

o   9:30: Adult Sunday School (Parlor and Parish Hall)

o   4:30: Wednesday Liturgical Catechesis

Care

o   There are many ways to get involved at Church of the Good Shepherd. Ask us about our Care Ministries: Choir, Acolytes/Readers, Ushers, Altar Guild, MOGS, Children's Ministries, Prayer Daughters, Parish Ministry and more!

Good Shepherd Sunday

"Christ: Our Sheepfold, Our Shepherd, and Our Sacrificial Lamb": Easter 4 Homily

This Week’s Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week (5/15) at Generations we will be having a game night! All are welcome to come and join us. Dinner and games start at 5:30.

Church Picnic: Our annual Parish Picnic will be held on May 19, after church. The church will provide the burgers, dogs, and drinks. Please come with a side to share. With good weather, we will have outdoor games and a bouncy house for the kids. The church picnic marks the end of our Spring Semester, and the beginning of our Summer schedule.

Catechists Formation Course: The second half of our formation course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification will be taking place June 2-8. We are looking for individuals to provide lunches. If interested, please fill out the half sheet and place it in the offering plate.

Bishop Iker’s Golf Tournament: We are building a team for Bishop Iker’s Golf Tournament, which will be taking place on Friday, June 8 this year. If you are interested, talk to Pop or Rick for tickets.

Facebook: Like and follow us on Facebook, and if you have not done so already, give us a good review as well. Facebook is a great way for us to get in contact with new people, and the best way for us to do that is for you to like and share our content. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

 This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 5/15 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating the Martyrs of Sudan, d. 2011 (transf. 5/16).

Easter 3 Homily and Photopost

Rediscovering our Identity in Christ: Homily for Easter 3

Historic Church Tour and Bingo Photos

This Week’s Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week (5/1) at Generations we will be discussing chapter 7, pp. 102-114, from Liturgy of the Ordinary by Rev. Tish Warren. Dinner starts at 5:30. Suggested donation of $5/family for dinner.

Church Picnic: Our annual Parish Picnic will be held on May 19, after church. The church will provide the burgers, dogs, and drinks. Please come with a side to share. With good weather, we will have outdoor games and a bouncy house for the kids. The church picnic marks the end of our Spring Semester, and the beginning of our Summer schedule.

Catechists Formation Course: The second half of our formation course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification will be taking place June 2-8. We are looking for individuals to provide lunches. If interested, please fill out the half sheet and place it in the offering plate.

Facebook: Like and follow us on Facebook, and if you have not done so already, give us a good review as well. Facebook is a great way for us to get in contact with new people, and the best way for us to do that is for you to like and share our content. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

 This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 5/8 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. Julian of Norwich, Mystic, d. 1417; also St. John of Beverley, Bishop, d. 721 (transf. 5/8); St. Gregory Nazianzus, Bishop, d. 389 (transf. 5/9).

  

Calling a Bishop Coadjutor for the Diocese of Fort Worth

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As many of you know, Bishop Iker will be retiring at the end of this year. We are all very grateful for his leadership and ministry among us. At a Special Convention, which will be held at St. Vincent’s Cathedral on June 1, the Diocese of Fort Worth will elect a Bishop Coadjutor to assist Bishop Iker until he retires at the end of this year, after which the coadjutor will become the next bishop of our diocese. The Nominating Committee has just this past week released the names and profiles of four nominees. The profile of each nominee has been posted below (click on each image for the respective document). Our parish’s delegates would be interested to hear from our parishioners, and if anyone has any thoughts they would like to express regarding these nominations please feel free to contact us. More information on the process and timeline of important dates and events may be found here at the diocesan webpage.

Historic Churches Tour

Historic Churches Tour: Saturday May 4, 10:00-3:00

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Wichita County Heritage Society Presents: Historic Church Tour of Wichita Falls

Did you know that we have hundreds of years of history residing within our local churches? Many have been around since the beginnings of Wichita Falls! Tour five of these historic structures, learn about their history, and be awed by their architecture. Participate in this one day event:

Saturday, May 4th, 2019
10 am - 3 pm


Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 day of the tours

Advance tickets available at the following locations: All Wichita Falls United Supermarkets, United Market Street, Wichita County Heritage Society & Kell House Offices (900 Bluff St.) and online: https://squareup.com/store/wchs.

Start your tour at any of the participating locations; you will receive a tour booklet and map with your admission. We are proud to showcase the following historic churches on this special day:

Church of the Good Shepherd

1007 Burnett Street

First United Methodist Church

10th & Travis Streets

Floral Heights United Methodist Church

2214 Tenth Street

New Hope Presbyterian Church

2201 Speedway Avenue

St. Paul Lutheran Church

1417 Eleventh Street

For questions or more information, contact us at 940-723-0623 or wchsoffice@yahoo.com

All proceeds benefit the Wichita County Heritage Society

Catechists Formation Course

Catechists Formation Course, Part 2: June 2-8

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian formation program for children 3-12 years old in which a trained adult helps awaken children to their personal response to God. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, “hands-on” space for children called an atrium in which both the child and the adult can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Christian faith as revealed in the Scriptures and Liturgy.

This approach to Christian formation began in 1954 when Sofia Cavalletti, a scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator, founded the Good Shepherd Atrium in Rome, Italy. For 60 years the program has spread through parishes and schools of different denominations around the world.

This year’s course will deepen both the participant’s spiritual experience with God’s grace and his /her understanding of scripture and liturgy while also concretely preparing the participant to develop and facilitate an atrium for 3-6 year old children.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

† To offer meditation on scripture and education in church liturgy correlated to the Catechism

† To deepen personal relationship with Christ.

† To offer guidelines and assistance for creating a prayer space for 3-6 year olds, preparing an album of presentations, and making materials which introduce children to God and the church.

† To explore the religious nature, the most vital religious needs and the developmental characteristics of the 3-6 year old child.

† To broaden the adult’s ability to observe the children, to listen with children to scripture, and to deepen our enjoyment of God’s presence.

RETREAT LEADER

The formation retreat will be led by Kay Brizzolara, a certified CGS formation leader. Ms. Brizzolara is the religious education director for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Amarillo, Texas where she offers catechesis to children ages 3 – 13. She holds a BA from Yale University, an M.A. from Cambridge Uni- versity, a certificate in Theology from The University of the South (Sewanee), and a Certificate in Youth Ministry from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. She has over twenty-three years of experience as a catechist in CGS programs in church and school settings.

CERTIFICATION

Upon completion of the ninety hour retreat, participants will receive certification through the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

CHILDCARE

A nursery may be available for the children of participants. Participants are asked to please pay $2.00 per hour per child to the nursery worker for the childcare which they use. Please note your childcare needs on the registration form.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

The retreat course fee is $175 for non-members and $50 for members of the Church of the Good Shepherd. Fees may be paid at the beginning of each session. Fees and registration forms as well as questions about the course should be addressed to:

Fr. Brian Chase
Church of the Good Shepherd
1007 Burnett Street
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301

fr.brian@shepherdinthefalls.com
970-723-5493

A Registration Brochure may be downloaded here.


 

Easter Photos with Easter 2 Homily and Announcements

Photos from the Children’s Liturgy of Light on Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil Photos

Easter Morning Celebration

Sin and the Necessity of Christ: Homily for Easter 2 (Low Sunday)

This Week’s Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week (5/1) at Generations we will be discussing chapter 7, pp. 102-114, from Liturgy of the Ordinary by Rev. Tish Warren. Dinner starts at 5:30. Suggested donation of $5/family for dinner.

Bingo: We will be having Bingo in the Parish Hall on the Friday, May 3-- $2 a card, $25 prizes. All are welcome, and bring friends!

Historic Churches Tour: The Wichita Falls Heritage Society will be hosting a historic churches tour from 10-3 on Saturday, May 4. Church of the Good Shepherd will be one of the churches featured. We are seeking volunteers to help welcome visitors to our beautiful church and represent our parish. If you’re interested in helping with greeting, guiding, or cookie baking—contact us.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course: Church of the Good Shepherd will be hosting the second half of our Catechist Formation Course this year from June 2-June 8. In order to keep costs down, we are seeking volunteers who would be willing to provide lunches for our catechists (fewer than 10 individuals). If interested, contact us.

Episcopal Nominees for the Diocese of Fort Worth Announced: The Diocese of Fort Worth has announced four nominees along with information on the process of electing a new bishop. Nominee bios may be found here.

This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Feast of St. Mark:  Wednesday, 4/29 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use).

Feast of Ss. Philip and James:  Wednesday, 5/1 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use). Also commemorating St. Alphege of Canterbury, Bishop, d. 1012 (transf. 4/19); St. Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop and Doctor, d. 1109 (transf. 4/21); St. George, Martyr, d. 304 (transf. 4/23); St. Mellitus, Bishop of London, d. 624 (transf. 4/24); St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor, d. 373 (transf. 3/2).

Triduum and Easter Videos

Here are some videos of our big Holy Week and Easter services! More photos and videos will be posted throughout the week.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia!

Our Maundy Thursday liturgy, featuring a Solemn Mass with Incense, the Mandatum (Washing of Feet), Precession to the Easter Sepulcher, and the Stripping of the Altar.

Our Good Friday liturgy, featuring the Solemn Collects, the Reproaches, the Veneration of the Cross, and the Procession to the Easter Sepulcher.

The Great Easter Vigil, featuring the Blessing of the New Fire, the Exsultet, the Sarum Prophecies, Baptism, and Solemn Mass with Incense.

Easter Morning liturgy, featuring a Solemn Mass with Incense and the flowering of the cross.

Palm Sunday Photos and Homily

Palm Sunday Pics!

The Altar all dressed up for Palm Sunday!

The Altar all dressed up for Palm Sunday!

“All Glory, Laud, and Honor to Thee Redeemer King…”

“All Glory, Laud, and Honor to Thee Redeemer King…”

Handmade figures for our the Level 2 (ages 6-9) Catechesis of the Good Shepherd presentation on the Cenacle (the Last Supper in the upper room). For more information on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to  www.cgsusa.org .

Handmade figures for our the Level 2 (ages 6-9) Catechesis of the Good Shepherd presentation on the Cenacle (the Last Supper in the upper room). For more information on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to www.cgsusa.org.

Homily for Palm Sunday: Finding Our Story in Christ’s Passion

Complete Holy Week Services and Times

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

 Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 am

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, celebrating the Triumphal Entry with the Blessing and Procession of Palms. Hosannas quickly turn to cries of "crucify" with the solemn reading of the Passion Narratives.

Holy Monday Mass: Monday, April 15 at 4:30 pm

A small Mass for Monday in Holy Week will be held in the Crypt Chapel, featuring the recitation of the Passion Narrative from Mark 14.

Chrism Mass: Tuesday, April 16 at 10:30 am at St. Vincent’s in Bedford, TX

A staple feature of Holy Week is the Chrism Mass celebrated by the bishop of the diocese, at which all the clergy of the diocese gather for the yearly blessing of Holy Oils. The Chrism Mass this year will be celebrated at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, TX. Bishop William Wantland will be the celebrant and preacher. It’s in the middle of the day and requires travel, but is is wonderful experience and is worth the trip!

Holy Tuesday Mass: Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 pm

A small Mass for Tuesday in Holy Week will be held, also in the Crypt Chapel, featuring the recitation of the Passion Narrative from Mark 15.

Holy Wednesday Mass: Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30 pm

A small Mass for Wednesday in Holy Week will be held, also in the Crypt Chapel, featuring the recitation of the Passion Narrative from Luke 22.

Tenebrae: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm

The Tenebrae is the ancient, monastic Matins and Lauds offices of Maundy Thursday. At this sober service of psalms and lessons, the faithful are led to meditate on the death of Christ as candles are slowly extinguished one by one throughout the service.

Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 pm

Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Triduum (The Great Three Days) and celebrates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, the Washing of the Disciples' Feet (The Maundy), and the Betrayal of Christ in the Garden. The service ends in with the rites of the Stripping of the Altar and the procession to the Altar of Repose.

Good Friday : Friday, April 19 at 12pm and 6pm

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of our Lord. The Good Friday liturgy begins with a silent procession and the reading of the Passion Narrative. This is followed by the Solemn Collects, the singing of the Reproaches, and the Veneration of the Holy Cross. Our noon service will be a simple, said service said directly from the prayer book. Our evening service (6pm) will be sung service with all the smells and bells. All are welcome at either.

The Liturgy of Light for Children: Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 am

In a special, abbreviated, mock version of the Easter Vigil service, designed specially for children, we will celebrate the light of the risen Christ, while reflecting on the Liturgy of Light that will be celebrated by the whole church later that same Saturday evening.

This presentation was developed as part of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Defined on the CGS website as, “an approach to the religious formation of children [that] is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.”). They are suitable for children up to about age 10, although older siblings are welcome, too.

The Great Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 pm

The Great Easter Vigil is the first celebration of Easter. It is a very ancient liturgy that begins with the Lighting of the New Fire, the procession of the Paschal Candle, the reading of the Prophecies, the Blessing of the Baptismal Font with Baptisms, the first Mass of Easter, and the return of the Alleluia! Join us for an unforgettable and joyous celebration.

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 am

Come celebrate the resurrection with us! Our Easter Sunday morning sung service is beautiful with classic Easter Hymns, the flowering of the cross, and plenty of “Alleluias”! Join us afterwards for an Easter egg hunt, outside if the weather is good or in the Parish Hall otherwise.