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Prayer for the Parish:
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Book of Common Prayer, p. 817.
The Good Sheep: Who are the people of Good Shepherd?
A recent parish survey reports that energy and satisfaction at Good Shepherd are high. We are excited about being part of a community that draws us forth to live the Gospel in the world. The energizing factor is that we believe we are doing God's work – that
we are a mission-focused congregation.
The survey also shows that there is genuine caring and a sense of hospitality within the community. The parish is open and inclusive, bringing together people from many different walks of life. This is a place where uniformity of theological belief and scriptural understanding is not expected; rather, we believe that we all are on our own personal journey. Good Shepherd engenders an atmosphere of care and concern for those in time of personal need.
Working together to meet the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves is key to who we are. We do not need to be or think the same in order to do the work we are called to do. In fact, embracing our differences is a large part of how we live into our unique call to do ministry, locally and beyond. Our mission focus and openness to spiritual growth create excitement and allow for all to serve; we believe this is evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in our midst.
Good Shepherd is active in the Diocese of East Tennessee as well as interdenominationally. Our EYC is involved in diocesan youth events, such as Happening, Knoxville Episcopal Youth, and Diocesan Council for Youth Ministry (one EYC-er was a delegate to the National Youth Convention). Some of us serve on diocesan committees, and we have hosted diocesan-wide training sessions (Godly Play, Altar Guild). Through our outreach, we also work with churches from other faith traditions. These partnerships have taught us about how little our differences matter when we are helping others.