There are numerous stories in the Bible where God called men, women, and even children to step out in faith and follow him. In each instance, God was looking for those who were willing to set aside their personal comforts and interests to follow him and share in his ministry. The choice, however, was theirs. Many others, unfortunately, found the cost of discipleship too much to bear and turned back. God, however, is deeply invested in the growth and transformation of his followers, and part of that growth involves being challenged and stretched. They stepped out in faith and left behind the things they were comfortable with. In doing so, they learned from his teachings, witnessed his miracles, and went out into the world, equipped, empowered, and entrusted to preach the gospel and do what he did Luke ; Luke They became more and more like Jesus every day and became participants in his ministry to the world. Following in the footsteps of Jesus, therefore, is the essence of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Responding to the call is the first step to becoming more like him.
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Give to Where Most Needed
Under your law we live, great God, Help us as good citizens to respect neighbors whose views differ from ours, so that without partisan anger, we may work out issues that divide us, and elect candidates to serve the common welfare; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Lord, keep this nation under your care. Bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth.
Who We Are
From the Old Testament prophets through Jesus himself, we are called on to give of our time and our talents and our treasure to those who have so much less than us. At Good Shepherd, we take service to the least of these our neighbors seriously. We trace our beginnings to the Oxford Movement, which had as one of its priorities Christian service — being The Hands of Christ — and today we maintain a vibrant mission ministry. Every June, we send youth and adults into the Appalachians for a week of physical and spiritual mission work. Throughout the year, we conduct food drives and fund drives for local, national and international ministries.
During the war a church in Strasburg, Germany, was totally destroyed; but a statue of Christ which stood by the altar was almost unharmed. Only the hands of the statue were missing. When the church was rebuilt, a famous sculptor offered to make new hands; but, after considering the matter, the members decided to let it stand as it was—without hands.