OS@home

Livestream

Livestreams of services can be found on this site as well as at Facebook and Youtube. When there is an upcoming video it will appear below this paragraph.  

Attendance

We would love to know about your participation in worship. Let us know each week when and how you participated in worship by filling out our Worship Attendance Form.

LiveStream for Worship Services - Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 8:30am

 

Bible Study - Sunday Morning

 

What to Expect at In-Person Worship on Saturday and Sunday

Our Shepherd Lutheran Church offers in-person worship services Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 8:30am and 11am. We also continue to offer the live-streaming of our worship services. Anyone who is in an at-risk population, sick, or uncomfortable at this time is encouraged to continue to participate in the digital format of our worship services. In all moments, our faith and confidence will remain in our Lord as we seek His kingdom and His righteousness.

Here are some of the procedures that we follow to help ensure the safety of the people who participate in worship at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Cleaning Procedures

A sanitizing team ensures that the sanctuary, atrium, and bathrooms are consistently cleaned. 

Offerings

The offering plate are not passed during the worship service. Plates are placed on pedestals in the rear of the sanctuary. 

Sharing of the Peace

We have suspended the sharing of peace that would encourage physical contact or moving around. 

Coffee Hour

There is coffee hour served.

Nursery

The nursery is open.

Holy Communion

Continuous Line Distribution

Distribution through a continuous line will avoid the need to sanitize the communion rail between each table assembled. People in the line will maintain an appropriate physical distance of six feet from the households before and after them. 

The pastors and any assistants perform hand hygiene (with hand sanitizer) immediately before distributing Holy Communion. The pastor and assistants wear face covering during distribution.

For the Reception of the Lord’s Body

During this return to corporate worship all receiving the Lord’s Body are expected to do so with an outstretched hand instead of receiving host on the tongue 

For the Reception of the Lord’s Blood

The Blood of Christ will be distributed through the use of individual cups and the chalice. 

Other Opportunities for Communion

We provide opportunities on Sunday afternoon for people to receive Holy Communion. This will be a time for people, outside of the larger gathering of our weekend services, to receive the gifts of God. A pastor will be available at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoons around 12:15pm if you make an appointment with the church office during the week.

Sunday Morning Education Hour

The Sunday morning Bible study, Sunday School, and Youth studies will continue in their online-only formats. 

We want you to know that Our Shepherd remains committed to caring for our community during this time of upheaval. If you or someone you know in our congregation needs help with rent/mortgage, utilities, or other basic expenses, please let Pastor Gaertner or Pastor Woodfin know about the need. Our congregation has formed a “Love for Others” fund which is designed to help people in our congregation bridge out of crisis. 


 

Our Shepherd Online Streaming Sites

Links to Streaming Sites:
Worship Livestream
(on all three streaming sites above):

Sunday 10:00 - 10:30 AM Bible Study
led by Pastor Gaertner
(on all three streaming sites above)

Children's Info and Videos
High School Bible Study
Bible Study Materials for Home Use
  • Sunday Bible Study 10 AM Online via Zoom (Meeting ID 916-7274-5752; Password OSteens)
  • Concordia Publishing
  • Lutheran Hour Ministries
  • RightNow Media please note: materials on RightNow are not always consistent with Lutheran doctrine. If you have questions, please contact a member of the pastoral staff
Morning and Evening Prayer
  • Mon-Fri 8:45 AM
Video Library of all Worship Services Bible Studies, and Prayers
Bible Studies (via Zoom.us)
 
Adult Bible Study led by Dr. Nimtz
in-person and online
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 AM
  • Meeting ID: 783-7580-1109
  • Password: 032259
Women's Bible Study led by
Rev. Gaertner - in-person and online
  • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM (will return after Christmas)
  • Meeting ID: 925-4568-0692
  • Password: 630310 
Women's Lifelight Study
led by Phyllis Chewning
in-person and online
  • Thursdays, 9:30 - 11 AM in church library (note: this study is in-person only; masks and social distancing)
  • Meeting ID: 927-2603-6638
  • Password: Lifelight 
Men's Bible Study led by Fred Gerds
  • Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 AM in church library (note: this study is in-person only; masks and social distancing)
Men of Integrity led by Dr. Nimtz
in-person and online
  • 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, 7:00-8:30 AM
  • Meeting ID 581-768-4430
  • Password 032259
High School Teen Bible Study led by Hannah Walsh

We live-stream our worship services on FacebookYouTube, 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.

Monday - Friday Pastor Woodfin or Pastor Gaertner provide a live devotion at 8:45am that can be watched on Facebook or YouTube. 

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

Sunday School Playlist

Bible Study: Our Shepherd’s Adult Bible Study on the Gospel of Matthew will be streamed at 10 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

 

DAILY OPERATIONS
Office hours are not fully being maintained. Call 248.646.6100 or email according to the list below, and we’ll talk.

Pastor Gaertner: 
Pastor Woodfin: 
Dr. Mark Nimtz: 
Dave Priskorn: 
Katie Priskorn: 

All board and committee meetings, and all Bible studies, are finding their own ways to meet interactively online. 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 ://ourshepherd.net/next-steps-church/">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 https://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.

CONNECT
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.  

SERVE

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.

Basic things we can all do to help other people:
  • 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.

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.

IN CLOSING
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:

“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