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Good Shepherd is a faith community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Delaware-Maryland Synod. For nearly 60 years we have represented a Word and Sacrament presence at the corner of Taney Ave. and 7th Street in Frederick, Maryland. We focus on reaching out to a challenging world with our gifts of time, talent and treasure. We are a welcoming place for those seeking an experience of God’s presence both in Word and Meal and one in one another. We value learning from the Scriptures and opportunity for fellowship with one another.

Sundays
9:00 am* – Traditional Service
10:00 am – Education & Fellowship
11:00 am* – Contemporary Service with Crossview Band

 

*Nursery/child care is available

Location
1415 West Seventh Street
Frederick, MD 21702-4136
Phone: 301-663-3344
Fax: 301-663-3353

Free Parking available in lot behind the church. Please use the 7th Street Entrance

Pastor’s Sabbatical Reflections

There and Back Again:  A Pastor’s Reformation Sabbatical Adventure

There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Reformation Sabbatical Adventure #12

Iona: Part 2 Ora et Labora – Pray and Work – is a basic part of the practice of Benedictine spirituality that was practiced in the second incarnation of the Iona Abbey religious community from 1200 to the mid-1500’s. It was also key to the efforts of George MacLeod to build community between the rich …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #11

Iona Pilgrimage – Part 1 Iona is a small island at the south end of the island of Mull – amongst the Inner Hebrides islands off the coast of Scotland. Based on archaeological evidence it’s thought to have been occupied since the late Bronze Age (@1000 BC). While the population peeked around at around 500 …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #10

Wittenberg Part 2 I have visited Wittenberg 4 times (I believe) before the week there with our Youth Group and Friends, but it was very meaningful to not just visit for a day or an overnight but to actually live there for a week…so that the Castle Church (where Luther nailed (or at least posted …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #9

Lutherstadt Wittenberg and the ELCA Luther500 Youth Event! Part 1   Since you will no doubt be hearing directly from our youth participants about what we did day by day at the Luther500 Youth Festival, and since only they can tell you what it meant to them I won’t repeat or try to do that. …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #8

There and Back Again – A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #8 With a week of travel to meet our Luther 500 Youth and Friends and then a week with our Luther 500 Youth and Friends I’m afraid I’ve fallen behind a bit with my posts and am hoping to make it up with a couple of …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #7

The Coventry Cross of Nails Community Twice so far on this journey I have stumbled across the Cross of Nails Community. First in the Kreuzkirche (Cross Church) in Dresden, and then as part of the Kirchentag worship at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. Here is the story of the Coventry Cross of Nails …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #6

“Du siehst mich.” You  see me – that was the theme of Kirchentag (literally Churches Day) 2017. The theme comes from Hagar’s name for God in Genesis 16:13 (or 1 Moses as the German bible calls the first book of the bible). It’s the first time God is named in the First (Old) Testament. It’s …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #5

#5 “Listen,” says the Spirit, “for you, for you, for you it was done.”   Yesterday I visited, “Raum der Stille” – Room of Silence – in the Brandenburg Gate. Raum der Stille is exactly what it sounds like it would be. It’s a place of stillness. It was modeled on a similar room that …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Sabbatical Adventure #4

#4 “I am like a lonely bird on a housetop” Psalm 103:7 (from Bread for the Day, May 17)   “Ich bin ein Berliner!” John  F. Kennedy famously said once from in front of the Berlin Wall. It actually means something more like, “I am a donut!” – he should have left the “ein” off, …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Reformation Adventure #3

#3 “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 (from Bread for the Day devotional book reading for May 11 given to rostered leaders in the synod by Bishop Gohl)   Today marks the first day of the rest of my sabbatical …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Reformation Adventure #2

Today we visited Dresden – not so much a Luther site but a place of significant historical significance for Lutherans in Germany and also related to World War II, the Holocaust and what has happened since and I discovered today what is happening now. The first time I visited Dresden in 2003 or so our …

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Reformation Sabbatical Adventure – #1

I’ve always thought that I would enjoy “blogging” or something like it because I like writing and reflecting on life and on my life, but I’ve never quite been able to figure it out or find my “voice.” I think I get caught trying to figure out what is between a personal journal (which I …

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Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church is a faith community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) Church.  

Whether you are passing through our city or looking for a church home,   we are delighted to have you worship with our family in faith at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

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Sundays
9:00 a.m.* – Traditional Service

10:00 a.m. – Education & Fellowship
11:00 a.m.* – Contemporary Service with Crossview Band*Nursery/child care is available

Location
1415 West Seventh Street
Frederick, MD 21702-4136
Phone: 301-663-3344
Fax: 301-663-3353

Free Parking available in lot behind the church. Please use the 7th Street Entrance

 

Our Mission:

  • To invite all people to know the unconditional love of Christ
  • To share Christ’s love through words and deeds
  • To empower people to serve Christ in the world

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There and Back Again: A Pastor’s Reformation Sabbatical Adventure #12

Iona: Part 2 Ora et Labora – Pray and Work – is a basic part of the practice of Benedictine spirituality that was practiced in the second incarnation of the Iona Abbey religious community from 1200 to the mid-1500’s. It was also key to the efforts of George MacLeod to build community between the rich …

Youth Germany Trip

Scavenger Hunt Fun!!

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Scavenger Hunt Day 9 – Love

The finale of the Luther 500 Festival, was a performance of Luther the Rock Opera.  What a fun and creative summary of Martin Luther’s life.  After the show, some of us headed for home.  Others stayed to further explore Germany.  Before we parted ways, we chose our last Fruit of the Spirit – love.  We …

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Scavenger Hunt Day 8 – Self Control

Our last full day in Wittenberg, we challenged ourselves to a high ropes course.  It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed the fellowship and team building the experience offered us all.  We ate lunch with some youth from Oakland and even learned to felt.  And.. because it was Day 8 of our Fruits …

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Scavenger Hunt Day 7 – Faithfulness

Today we visited the towns of Eisenoch and Erfurt.  Eisenoch is the home of the Wartburg Castle where Frederick the Wise protected Martin Luther after Pope Leo X excommunicated him.  It was also where he translated the New Testament.  In Erfurt we saw St. Mary’s Cathedral where he was ordained and visited the Augustinian Monastery …

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Scavenger Hunt Day 6 – Gentleness

We spent the day in Wittenberg.  It started with a tour of the Luther House – where we saw his actual Bible (complete with his notes and underlines.)  Afterwards we toured the town on bikes.  Of course we searched for today’s Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness. You can participate in our Fruits of the …

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Scavenger Hunt Day 5 – Peace

We visited Berlin today.  There we saw the usual tourist stops: Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Memorial to Murdered Jews, of course the Berlin Wall, but we were also able to have prayer time in St. Mary’s Church.  The Martin Luther statue below is just outside the church.  While we were exploring, we also searched …

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Scavenger Hunt Day 4 – Joy

Tuesday was a nice day – no travel.  We instead were able to really get to explore Wittenberg a bit.  We learned about Lucas Cranach (and his snake with bat wings,) toured the town of Wittenberg, and searched for joy in our Fruits of the Spirit Scavenger Hunt.  We invite you to check out our …

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Scavenger Hunt Day 3 – Kindness

Monday was the third day of our Fruits of the Spirit Scavenger Hunt and we searched for Kindness.  It was another day of travel – about 4 hours by bus from Rothenburg to Wittenberg, but Wittenberg will be home for the  Festival.  So now we can unpack our bags and only hop on a bus …

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Scavenger Hunt Day 2 – Patience

Yesterday the fruit of the spirit we searched for was patience.  As is often the case in travel – things didn’t go perfectly smoothly.  There was a lot of traffic on the way to the Philadelphia airport.  Our flight was delayed and when we finally pushed back and thought we were on our way, the …

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Scavenger Hunt Day 1 – Generosity

Our youth began their journey to the Luther 500 Festival in Wittenberg, Germany yesterday. Each day we will share our experience through a Fruits of the Spirit Scavenger Hunt. Even with the travel, traffic and delays, we were able to find examples of generosity.  We will post our findings on our Facebook page and we …

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It’s almost here… The Luther 500 Festival 

Tomorrow 20 youth and adults will begin their journey to Germany to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Please pray for their travels to be safe and their faith inspired.  We will post each day and we welcome you join us in our Fruits of the Spirit scavenger hunt.  So check in daily to …

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