Join us for Advent!
Does 8 am fit in your Sunday schedule better? This small, intimate service omits the hymns and runs about 40 minutes, creating space for fellowship. With our new director of music, however, we now sing the service music – the Kyrie, Hymn of Praise, Psalmody, and Lamb of God.
Ephesians 1:11-23 New International Version (NIV)
11 In him we were also chosen,[a] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[b] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Get a little midweek perspective and pause tomorrow evening (Wednesday, June 19th)! Head “over the hill” to Alta to join Shepherd of the Mountains and friends for this half-hour meditative service of song and silence. The gracious St. Francis of the Tetons is hosting. Enjoy fellowship on the other side of the Tetons before or after!
The drive on Wednesday, June 19th will run from 11AM until 5:30PM and on Thursday, June 20th the drive will run from 7:30AM until 12:00 NOON. With the longer drive, our goal is now to collect 115 units of blood. Please help us reach this goal by making an appointment at www.vitalant.org or by calling 1-877-827-4376. The Need is Constant, The Gratification Instant.
Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church is thrilled to host an ecumenical reception and presentation for our community with special guest Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President & CEO of LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services) on Monday, May 20th. The event will be held at the church at 750 Seneca Lane (Indian Trails subdivision). The reception will begin at 4:30 pm; the presentation will start at 5:30 pm.
LIRS was founded in 1939 to serve uprooted people during World War II, and today is nationally recognized for its leadership working with and advocating for refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations.
Vignarajah brings both personal experience and professional expertise to her work with LIRS. After fleeing a civil war in Sri Lanka, she attended public schools in Baltimore before earning degrees at Yale, Oxford, and Yale Law School. She served as Senior Advisor at the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry, and then worked in the White House as Policy Director to Michelle Obama.
“As a community, we have local knowledge about immigration and refugees – I have learned so much from Rotary presentations by Elisabeth Trefonas, and from “The Quiet Force” film and panel discussion,” the pastor of Shepherd of the Mountains, Inger Hanson, shares. “LIRS excites me because of its impact on a national level – especially its advocacy for policy reforms. I also appreciate the organization’s comprehensiveness, working on the laws for the future as well as being engaged on a gritty level making things better now – offering hope and welcome to those in need now. I can’t wait to learn more.”
Join us on Monday to hear directly from Vignarajah on a number of topics, including family separation, the humanitarian crisis at the border, and the historic drop in refugee arrivals.
For more information on LIRS, see www.lirs.org
Pastor Inger will be leading the opening devotion and volunteering with Teton Habitat’s Women Build 2019 event this Saturday, May 4th (affectionately known as Star Wars Day). Come join!
Shepherd of the Mountains is excited for Holy Week. This Sunday (April 14th) we celebrate Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion at our regular 8 AM and 10 AM services.
For Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, we will share evening worship services with the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole. PCJH is hosting Maundy Thursday (April 18th); Shepherd of the Mountains is hosting Good Friday (April 19th). Both services are at 7 PM.
Easter Sunday (April 21st) we worship at our regular 8 AM and 10 AM times.