Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise within thy house for ever. – Hymn 645
At baptism we’re asked “Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?” We respond, “We will, with God’s help.”
Loving God together in worship has been shaped in the Anglican tradition for the last 467 years by The Book of Common Prayer. (“Common” doesn’t mean “not fancy,” but “in common” — the way we pray together.)
Our worship style at Church of the Good Shepherd is, for the most part, traditional. We have two Sunday morning services: the 8:00 service has long been Rite I without music, and the 10:30 service is Rite II with choir and procession.
Important in our church life are special services and liturgies: our confirmations, baptisms, weddings and funerals, the celebration of a Christmas Midnight Mass, the symbolism of a Maundy Thursday foot-washing service, and the joyous festival of the Easter observance. On December 12, the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, as well as at other times during the year, we worship in two languages, English and Spanish. Every Eucharist is said with some Spanish.
Our ordained staff go out into Silver City to bless the animals brought to Gough Park, to bless the bicyclists at the start of the Tour of the Gila, and to impose ashes on Ash Wednesday.
Each Sunday the congregation sends out eucharistic visitors to those who are homebound so that they, too, may share in the bread and cup, the holy gifts from God.
The congregation shows its commitment to the church and to each other by supporting special events and in supporting the church financially.
Music is an important part of our worship life. For the most part it, too, is traditional. Choir and organ regularly support congregational singing, sometimes with other instrumental accompaniment. Our handbell choir plays on special Sundays. We used to feature a Taize worship service each month, and we anticipate resuming this Taize-style music and healing.
The apostles’ teaching? Loving God in learning is a feature of parish life.
The church has a corner in the back for children through age twelve during the 10:30 service. Other children’s activities happen at times. We also hold an adult Bible study and discussion between services, starting at 9:15 a.m.
Fellowship and Groups
The parish sponsors “Fifth Sunday” breakfasts, where there is one service for everyone at 9:30 AM, followed by a breakfast potluck.
We also have a bookshop, monthly “First Saturday” garage sales and an annual church bazaar, all of which donate to church activities. Lunches are held every Wednesday after mass. During Lent there are speakers from other area churches and organizations on these Wednesdays.