2019 Archives - Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

2019 Christmas Services

Join us this Christmas season for any one, or all, of our 2019 Christmas services. For more information, please refer to the following pages: Blue Christmas : Sat, Dec 21 @ 5 PM Family Christmas Eve : Tue, Dec 24 @ 5 PM Candlelight Christmas Eve : Tue, Dec 24 @ 9 PM Christmas Day : […]

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive; Eliminate the Negative

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive; Eliminate the Negative Advent 1, Year A Becky Robbins-Penniman One of the greatest coping mechanisms we use to handle our lives is to assume, at least at the “big picture” level, that today will be pretty much like yesterday. Like yesterday, today red will still mean stop and green will mean go. […]

Give Him Praise

Give Him Praise Pentecost 18, Proper 23, Year C Deacon Cindy Roehl   I cannot start this sermon without sharing with you what a few of us from Good Shepherd experienced this weekend. Pastor Becky and I were joined by your delegates for convention and a few others from here at Good Shepherd and we […]

This is Our Father’s World

This is Our Father’s World St Francis and Blessing of the Animals Pentecost 19, Proper 24, Year C Becky Robbins-Penniman Today we are celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who lived about 800 years ago. He changed the church, and the world, then. His message may be even more relevant now. Of course, […]

Constitution Day

Constitution Day Pentecost 14, Year C Deacon Cindy Roehl Today is Constitution Day a national holiday to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. As a result of the American Revolution the Thirteen Colonies won independence from Great Britain, becoming the United States of America. As a result of that revolutionary […]

Not Again. What Do I Say This Time?

Not Again. What Do I Say This Time? Labor Day Pentecost 12, Year C Becky Robbins-Penniman I had a great preaching teacher in seminary, Dr. Paul Harms. Dr. Harms said that none of our parishioners was at all interested in the process that we used in coming up with our sermons. I am quite sure […]

Building a Temple for the Chosen People

Building a Temple for the Chosen People Pentecost 11, Year C Becky Robbins-Penniman For at least 10,000 years we’ve been dividing ourselves into armed camps, absolutely certain that we are right, they are wrong, and we must vanquish them. As we do this, we tell ourselves a story about OUR kind: WE are THE chosen […]

Can We Kill Our Way Into Heaven?

Can We Kill Our Way Into Heaven? Pentecost 10 – Proper 15, Year C Becky Robbins-Penniman Shall we kill our way into the Reign of God? In Monday’s Tampa Bay Times, there’s a link to an essay by Jesse Kelly, a Marine Corps veteran from Texas who asserts that all “good Americans” (a term he […]


Pentecost 9, Year C Deacon Cindy Roehl A small boy riding a bus home from Sunday school was very proud of the card he had received, which had a picture and a caption that read, “Have Faith in God.” Then to his dismay the card slipped from his hand and fluttered out the window. “Stop […]


Pentecost 8, Proper 13, Year C Fr. Bob Wagenseil Way back in the 1990s, I was appointed by my Bishop, the Bishop of Long Island, to serve as Archdeacon of Queens; and part of that job description took me on a pastoral visit to Liberia West Africa. I spent ten days in that beautiful nation […]