Shepherd’s Grove

Holy Week at Shepherd’s Grove

At Shepherd’s Grove, we were blessed with an outstanding Holy Week this Easter thanks to the tireless work of our staff and congregation. Beginning on Palm Sunday and ending with Easter Sunday, the time was filled with anticipation and excitement, to reflect upon the most important week of the year. The celebration began when our own Voices of Hope Children’s Choir graced the stage on Palm Sunday, waving palm branches over the procession, followed by a dynamic flow of vocal arrangements. Added to our already robust musical offerings was the powerful sound of bagpipes. What an amazing gift! Good Friday at Shepherd’s Grove was interwoven with moving words of Scripture during our Modern service, followed by the gift of Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Hour of Power Choir and conducted by our very own Don Neuen. Both services were well attended by our congregants and supporters of Don’s recent retirement.

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Live by Faith

“Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight.”
– 2 Corinthians 5: 6-7

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Take courage…

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’” -2 Timothy 1:7 I want to encourage you. Don’t be afraid. Take courage and do the next right thing. Don’t be afraid of your future; God is there. Don’t be afraid of global politics; God knows what’s coming. Don’t be afraid of the doctor; God will be with you no matter what. Don’t be afraid of tiger moms, or bridezillas, or your boss. Don’t be afraid of an AA meeting or of a professor. Don’t be afraid of that girl whose number you’ve been wanting for a long time. Don’t be afraid of surgery. Don’t be afraid of confession. Don’t be afraid of conflict. Don’t be afraid of a break up. And don’t be afraid of a break down. God has your back. You can trust that God has not given you a spirit

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No or yes…

“Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear – not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ Otherwise you will be condemned.” -James 5:12 Jesus is omnipresent through those of us who believe. In other words, we put skin on God. That doesn’t mean we’re God or that we’re perfect. We’re going to make all our same mistakes, right? We’re going to age, we’re going to sin, we’re going to mess up, and we’re going to trip and fall. Yet, still within us, alongside our spirit is the Holy Spirit that makes Jesus present everywhere we go. Therefore, we always want God to break open the clouds and reveal himself to us. It may be by just saying, “Hello, I’m here.” Or, by revealing himself in our dreams. Or, maybe he’ll do the burning bush thing again;

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