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.
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
- Saturdays at 6:00 PM
- Sundays at 8:30 AM
- Service outlines
Sunday 10:00 - 10:30 AM Bible Study
led by Pastor Gaertner
(on all three streaming sites above)
- OS Sunday School weekly online classes
- Children's bulletins
- Sunday School materials
- Concordia Publishing
- Lutheran Hour Ministries
- RightNow Media see note below
- Children's videos by Dr. Nimtz choose the "Family Life" playlist
- 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
- Mon-Fri 8:45 AM
- Wednesdays, 10:00 AM
- Meeting ID: 783-7580-1109
- Password: 032259
- Wednesdays, 6:30 PM (will return after Christmas)
- Meeting ID: 925-4568-0692
- Password: 630310
- 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
- Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 AM in church library (note: this study is in-person only)
- 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, 7:00-8:30 AM
- Meeting ID 581-768-4430
- Password 03225
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 Sunday Adult Bible Study will be streamed 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
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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.
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.
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.
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!”
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