Friends of The Good Shepherd,
I hope all is well with you and that you are continuing to experience and share each day the love and compassion of God in your life.
This coming weekend marks an important milestone in the life of our Good Shepherd community. And not only because we have existed as a faith community in Wareham for 150 years, but because the love and compassion of God has been made manifest through our Good Shepherd faith community for 150 year. It has been 150 years of following Jesus in discipleship, of making a positive difference in the lives of the people of Wareham and the greater Wareham area.
What if we had never been here? What would Wareham have been like without the presence of Jesus through our community? What would have happened to those who come here for a hot meal and for groceries? What would have happened to the homeless in the cold winter months? What would have happened to those who need money for gas or to repair their car in order to get to work? Would they have lost their jobs? What would have happened to those who came looking for comfort, needing to hear that they mattered to God and that they were not alone? What would have happened…… Thankfully, we will never know.
All of us came to Good Shepherd because we needed to be a part of this loving and compassionate community. We need each other. We need to hear and be inspired by the message and ministry of Jesus. We need the opportunity to minister and serve, to give back; following the example of Jesus. We need to know the love and compassion of God. God has called us here, even if we’ve been here all our lives. God has called us here because we need to be here in order to live our lives more fully.
What a blessing Good Shepherd has been for so many people over these past 150 years. What a blessing Good Shepherd has been for us. God bless our Good Shepherd community. God bless those whom we have served, and continue to serve, with the love and compassion of God.
Let the celebration begin!
Peace! Pastor Dan