Dec 082015

CGS WreathThe Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange invites the public to attend Sunday services during this special time of year. We are in the season of Advent, which extends over four Sundays. Advent began on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, Nov. 29 and will end on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24.

The word advent itself means “arrival” or “an appearing or coming into place.” The celebration of Advent is both a commemoration of Christ’s first coming and an anticipation of His second coming. On Christmas Eve until Epiphany, we will celebrate the twelve days of Christmastide.

Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas is Jan. 6, 2016 this season and celebrates the visit of the three kings and wise men to the stable.

Advent Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., we offer a formation program focused on families with parents and children learning and participating together. At 9:30 a.m. every Sunday throughout the year we gather to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with beautiful music with our Choir. 

On Sunday, Dec. 20 @ 9:30 a.m., referred to as Advent #4, the public is invited to enjoy our Annual Christmas Pageant and Wassail Party immediately following in the Parish Hall. There will be no 8 a.m. service on Sunday Dec. 20.  Our Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 will begin with Christmas Carols @ 4:30 p.m. followed by a special service with the Choir and Band @ 5 p.m. The Christmas Day service with a spoken Eucharist will begin at 10 a.m.

Additionally, the public is invited to stop by the Church any Wednesday to enjoy our free lunch program called the Shepherd’s Table beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Bingo. 

“All are welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd”, invites Reverend Diana Rogers.

For more information about the Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other community-based programs, such as our monthly Book Club, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Healing Eucharist, call the Parish Office @ (203) 795-6577, email us @ thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website @ www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and/or visit our Facebook page for frequent pictures and postings.

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