What to expect

What to expect

Worship at Good Shepherd takes place at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday morning.

What do you do in worship?

Lutherans believe that God comes to us through Scripture, preaching, and Holy Communion. These are the central aspects of our worship. Be prepared for us to read and pray and sing a lot of Scripture!

Every part of worship is included in the bulletin you receive at the door: the prayers, what to say and when, the hymn numbers, when to sit down and when to stand up. This article has a good overview of what we do in worship, if you’d like to learn more.

Holy Communion

We do have communion every week. If that makes you uncomfortable, you do not have to receive it every week: you can come up as often or as little as you would like. We would invite you to come up and receive a blessing, though, even if you don’t want communion that week.

All baptized Christians are welcome to Holy Communion, no matter your church background or the length of time since you have been in church. We can accommodate you if you have allergies to gluten or would prefer to receive only the bread or only the wine–just let your communion servers know what you need.


We use a variety of songs in our worship service, ranging from traditional hymns to spirituals and gospel songs to other contemporary Christian music. We use both the piano and the organ, although in the summer most of our music is led from the piano. Our choir helps to lead worship and is sometimes joined by soloists or other musicians.

Special Services

In addition to Sunday worship (which can range from ordinary Sundays to holy days like Easter), we have the following special services each year:


If you have questions about baptism, or anything else you’ve read, please contact the church office (412-276-2446).