Palm Branches for Palm Sunday
On Sunday morning, April 5, join the celebration and share the good news that our King has come! Print out and color this palm branch, then place it on your front door or in a window of your house to celebrate Palm Sunday.
We are "social distanced," but united in Holy Spirit-given faith. We are also united in our mission to share the love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let's make a special effort to be connected as we begin this holiest of weeks. Post a photo on Facebook or Instagram of you holding your palm branch with the tag #WeAreOSStrong.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Here are some updates about worship, Bible study and Sunday School, communion, general operations, and supporting Our Shepherd and each other through this unique time in history.
We’ll be live-streaming our worship services on Facebook, YouTube, and on our OS@home page . You do not need a Facebook, Youtube, or Google account to see the live stream, or to access the recording later on.
Previous worship services and daily devotions can viewed at our YouTube channel. If you click on "Playlists" you can select the worship service playlist or the devotions playlist.
Monday - Friday Pastor Woodfin or Pastor Gaertner provide a live devotion at 8:45am and 8:45pm that can be watched on Facebook or YouTube.
Children's bulletins can be found at the Visual Faith website. This website also has a number of useful faith tools for adults.
Click below to watch all services on:
Orders of Service
Our Shepherd is publishing a guide for each worship service. The guide will include readings, songs, hymns, and any responsive readings contained in the services. You can access the guides by going to www.ourshepherd.net/resources/news. We’ll also include the PowerPoint slides within the livestream itself.
Recordings of Worship Services
All worship services are available as recordings on YouTube and Facebook after they are completed. You do not need Facebook or YouTube accounts to access these videos. You’ll be able to see them by following these links:
(YouTube has the best interface for quickly finding videos of worship services, devotions, and Bible studies)
Playlists of Worship Videos
The video below is the most recent worship service we have uploaded to YouTube. In the upper right corner of the video you will find an icon with a fraction number. Click on this icon and you will find a playlist of our previous worship services.
NURTURE: BIBLE STUDY, CONFIRMATION,
and SUNDAY SCHOOL RESOURCES
Bible Study: Our Shepherd’s Adult Bible Study on the Gospel of Matthew will livestream at 9:45 AM. A recording of the class will be available afterward. Please see instructions under “WORSHIP” above to access either the livestream or the recordings.
Bible Study Playlist from YouTube
Sunday School: Please visit Faith Lutheran’s website, which offers excellent resources for various age groups. Click on https://faithtroy.org/at-home and scroll down to find the videos geared toward Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, and High School age groups.
There are also several excellent video lessons for kids (and all age groups) on RightNow Media. Our Shepherd has an account which allows our members to access their complete library for free. Use this link to sign up: https://rightnowmedia.org/account/invite/ourshepherd
Confirmation: At-home resources will be provided directly to Confirmation families.
In the midst of constantly changing CDC recommendations, we’re determining how to provide communion in a way that is safe to the pastoral staff, and safe to our community. We’ll keep you posted.
Office hours are not possible during the Stay-at-home, Stay-safe order from our governor. Call 248.646.6100 or email according to the list below, and we’ll talk.
All board and committee meetings, and all Bible studies, are finding their own ways to meet interactively online until at least April 13. If you are part of a group which regularly meets at Our Shepherd, please contact the group leader.
You can sign up for the Two-Minute News email by visiting our Next Steps page on our website.
If you desire a personal conversation with a pastor or staff member, please call or email! We look forward to talking with you, praying with you, and sharing this experience in ways that point to Christ and bring us closer to Him.
SUPPORT – OS and Each Other
We continue to support our faculty and staff, and operation costs continue. Please plan to support the ministry of Our Shepherd purposefully and proportionately. There are three ways to give:
- Online at http://ourshepherd.net/give/.
- Text the word "give" to 248.430.4403 and follow the link to complete
- Mail your check to Our Shepherd, 2225 E. 14 Mile, Birmingham MI 48009
We understand that in some cases, income has been affected by the COVID-19 situation. If you need assistance in the form of groceries, or from Our Shepherd’s Love for Others Fund, please contact one of the pastors in confidence at 248.646.6100. Your fellow members have generously given to provide resources in times of need.
We’ve got members and friends who do not use the Internet as their main source of information. If you know someone like this, please give them a call and let them know about the opportunities we’re providing to virtually gather together and hear God’s Word of comfort and strength.
- We encourage you to check on neighbors, family, and friends to make sure no one is forgotten.
- The pastoral staff will still visit those who need pastoral care, especially emergency hospital visits, as we are able and allowed. We will call ahead to our homebound members and friends to make sure they would welcome a visit.
- If any member or family of the congregation is in need of anything urgent, including groceries, medication, or help from the Love for Others fund, please call the church office at 248-646-6100.
- Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay-Home / Stay-Safe .
We will keep you informed as we move forward through these interesting times, knowing that our Heavenly Father will never leave us nor forsake us, and that it is often in great challenges that the light of His love shines brightest. Please pray for all those who have been affected in ways large and small by the coronavirus.
We are temporarily apart, but never alone! Let’s all continue to reach out and connect through technology, telephone calls, and perhaps even old-fashioned pen and paper, knowing that our Creator, Savior, and Sustainer God is always with us, and promises to never leave us nor forsake us. This loving encouragement in Hebrews 10:23 applies to us today, just as it did in the time of the early church:
“Let us hold steadfast to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful!”
We love you all! We miss being with you, and we know that when we are able to come together again, it will be a time of great joy and thanksgiving to God. We’ll see you all online.
Your safety and health are important. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us.
Pastor Gaertner (
Pastor Woodfin ( )
Pastor Vieregge ( )
P.S. When Martin Luther was dealing with The Black Death plague, he wrote these wise words that can help inform the way we approach things happening in our world right now...
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash no foolhardy and does not tempt God."
Luther's Works Volume 43 pg 132 the letter "Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague" written to Rev. Dr. Johann Hess