In last Sunday's Gospel reading, we heard Jesus talk about loving God with all of our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. And that "neighbor" can be next door or a continent away. But what happens if that neighbor is our "enemy"? What then? How do we love someone that hates us? How do we love our enemy?
You are invited to join us for worship as I preach on "Tough Love - Loving Your Enemy". We gather every Sunday at 10:30am. Our address is 1021 East Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91101. I look foward to seeing you.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY... Bring someone you love to church with you! You BOTH will be glad you did!
~ Rev. Rick Eisenlord, M.Div, Pastor Good Shepherd Church Pasadena.
We worship every Sunday at 10:30am. Our address is 1021 East Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91106.
NEED A LITTLE HOPE?
Looking for a little hope? Ready for a smile for the day?
Let's face it, life can bring many storms into our lives. Sometimes we wonder if we will ever get thru it all. Take a break and listen to the latest sermon from Pastor Rick. It's a wonderful combination of humor and inspiration. Give yourself a little "happy break" today and click on the "SERMONS ONLINE" tab above. New sermons are posted every week.
A Pastoral Message
Be The Light! The world needs to hear our message NOW more than EVER!
"Our people are trying to break the bond set by God. That is human conceit rising against God. In this connection we must warn the Führer, that the adoration frequently bestowed on him is only due to God. Some years ago the Führer objected to having his picture placed on Protestant altars. Today his thoughts are used as a basis not only for political decisions but also for morality and law. He himself is surrounded with the dignity of a priest and even of an intermediary between God and man... We ask that liberty be given to our people to go their way in the future under the sign of the Cross of Christ, in order that our grandsons may not curse their elders on the ground that their elders left them a state on earth that closed to them theKingdom of God."
Discrimination based on religion is now the rule of the land as we close our borders, turn away refugees, deport "illegal" undocumented workers and build walls. IS THIS THE LEGACY THAT WE ARE GOING TO LEAVE OUR CHILDREN: First they came for the Muslims and we said nothing because we were not Muslim. Then they came for the Mexicans, but we said nothing because we were not Mexican. Then they came for the gays, but we did nothing because we were not gay... WHEN DOES THIS STOP?
In the Gospel from Matthew, we read of Jesus teaching His followers some very important principles in the Beatitudes:
"Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
1Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
With this in mind, Jesus directs His disciples and followers to take this message of love, compassion and forgiveness, and be the light that the world so desperately needs right now. "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
Please worship with us this Sunday.
We meet every Sunday at 10:30am and YOU ARE INVITED! And please remember:
NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL IN THE EYES OF GOD!
I look forward to seeing you in church this Sunday. Our address is 1021 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91106. You have a hug waiting for you!
~ Rev. Rick Eisenlord, M.Div, Pastor Good Shepherd Church Pasadena
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A LGBT Church and so much more...
Good Shepherd Church Pasadenais an emerging welcoming congregation for all people, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. We believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We affirm that God loves and cherishes all His children, and has shown His love through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us, regardless of your religious or denominational background.
A LGBT Church and so much more...
Our mission is to offer hope and inspiration to those who feel discouraged, who have been discriminated against or who are seeking spiritual fulfillment they are not getting elsewhere. We are God's hands and feet in a world desperately searching for hope and guidance. The Good Shepherd knows His flock and loves us fully. You are deeply cherished for who you are, gay, straight, bi-sexual, lesbian or transgendered. The Good Shepherd wants you. We want you! Please join us, won't you?
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IT'S A POZOLE PARTY FOR VALENTINE'S. SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12. SAVE THE DATE!
Get your taste buds ready for a real treat for Valentine's Sunday. It's a Valentine's Pozole Party at Good Shepherd on Sunday, February 12 immediately following Mass. If you have a special recipe for Pozole, bring it on! This will be a fund-raiser for the church raising much needed money to run the church. $10/meal donation at the door. Contact Pastor Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to volunteer food.
Our Mission at Good Shepherd is to be the heart and hands of God to His flock here on earth. This means we are a church that is PROACTIVE and INVOLVED with the community. 2016 was a busy year for Good Shepherd. Check out below the highlights of our ministry this past year.
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass December 24
Christmas Carol Sunday December 18
Christmas Stockings to Villa Esperanza December 16
Transgender Group started
Planned Christian Yoga for 2017
October to December Internship Program with Sade Kultanen
November 21 HIV Testing van
Started Streaming on Facebook
Rummage sale November 5
Field trip to Dia De Los Muertos October 29
15th Anniversary of 9/11 Sept 11
Transgender Appreciation Sunday Sept 18
Ask The Pastor Anything Sunday Sept 4
Gay Foster Parenting and Adoption by McKinley Children's Center Aug 28
Cancer Survivor Sunday Aug 14. Mass of Healing and luncheon
School Supplies for Children with HIV/AIDS August 7 for Laurel Foundation
Annual Church Picnic July 24
Christmas in July Celebration July 14
Field trip to LA Sparks basketball game July 10
Hot Dog Sunday June 26
Celebrating All Men Sunday/Fathers Day June 19
Article in Los Angeles Daily News on Pastor Rick's statement on Orlando shootings June 13
Long Beach Gay Pride Festival and Parade May 21-22. Good Shepherd featured on TV.
Pastor Rick Presents Workshop on Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community to Santa Anita Family Services May 20
Mothers Day Celebration of ALL Women Luncheon May 8. Woman of the Year Award
Healthy Cooking Class May 1
Easter Celebration with the Easter Bunny March 27. Pancake Breakfast. Easter Baskets for the kids. Confirmation Sunday.
Easter Baskets to Villa Esperanza March 14
Good Shepherd Choir sings at Memorial service at Villa Esperanza February 23
A Mass of the Heart Valentines Day Feb 14
Sweetheart Bingo Feb 13
Distributed Good Shepherd door hangers to neighboring housing units January 30
Bowling outing in Pasadena January 23
Confirmation classes begin January 16
Line Dancing Class January 10
Calling All Millennials...
You can make a difference in someone's life. We can make a difference in YOUR life! Join us at Good Shepherd as we carry out the ministry of Jesus Christ to His people.
As you can see from the listing above, 2016 was a busy year for Good Shepherd. And 2017 is shaping up to be an ever better year! If you are tired of the "all talk no action" routine of most other churches, then give Good Shepherd a shot. Roll up your sleeves and be prepared for a wonderful journey and walk of faith! We are a small church with a BIG HEART!
You have a hug waiting for you.
~ Rev. Rick Eisenlord M.Div, Pastor Good Shepherd Church Pasadena
Our address is 1021 East Walnut Street, Pasadena CA 91106. We worship every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. We look forward to seeing you!
DID YOU MISS LAST SUNDAY'S SERMON?
No problem! Now you can listen to recent sermons by Pastor Rick online RIGHT HERE ON THIS WEBSITE! Click on the SERMONS ONLINE TAB ABOVE and enjoy! New sermons will be posted each week.
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GOOD SHEPHERD IS NOW LIVE STREAMING OUR WORSHIP SERVICE ON FACEBOOK!
We are now live streaming our worship service on Facebook! The live stream begins at 10:30 AM every Sunday. Check it out! Go to Good Shepherd Church Pasadena on Facebook and be prepared to be inspired!
We Are Good Shepherd....
Good Shepherd and Pastor Rick Featured In Article in the Daily News...
To view the Daily News article on the internet, CLICK HERE.
Good Shepherd was a big hit at the Long Beach Gay Pride Festival and Parade.
On May 21-22 we told people about Good Shepherd and the love of God... and we got TV coverage to boot!
On May 21-22 was the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade - and Good Shepherd was there! We proclaimed as loudly as we could that it is NOT A SIN to be LGBT and Good Shepherd was there to proclaim the message of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
We have a story to tell - one of grace and acceptance. It is important for the LGBT community to see a church like Good Shepherd AND ITS PASTOR be present and active in community activities, not just mouthing empty words of welcome. We not only told people about Good Shepherd, we handed out FREE BIBLES, placing the Word of God directly into festival goers hands. We also handed out brochures about Good Shepherd and our programs at the church.
It was an exciting afternoon as Good Shepherd participated in the Long Beach Gay Pride Parade. Thousands lined the parade route.
What makes this even more exciting is that GOOD SHEPHERD WAS FEATURED IN THE CBS CHANNEL 2 AND KCAL CHANNEL 9 TELEVISION REPORTING OF THE PARADE! To see a clip of the TV coverage, click on the video clip below.
The Bible and Homosexuality...
What does the Bible REALLY have to say about homosexuality?
We have been alerted to a great little website that tackles the issue of homosexuality in the Bible. The explanations are clear and concise, and there is even a great little video to watch that really helps. All of this will give you ammunition when you get into that next argument with someone who is trying to clobber you over the head with Bible passages. Show them YOU KNOW YOUR BIBLE! CLICK HERE to check it out! Many thanks to Robert Burnham for the heads-up!
GoodShepherd Internet Project - Reaching OUT To the World!
We are very excited to announce plans to expand our presence on the internet. We are currently working on 6 major areas:
1. Social Media. We now have a presence on:
Tumbler (gd.shep.tekboy.com) and
2. MeetUp. The Good Shepherd Women have their own MeetUp Group happening. The link for that MeetUp Group is: http://www.meetup.com/Women-of-Good-Shepherd-Church-Pasadena/.
3. Live Streaming of the Good Shepherd Worship Service. Coming soon! Every Sunday you will be able to tune into the Good Shepherd Twitter account to watch a live stream of the Good Shepherd Mass.
4. iTunes Podcast.Pastor Rick is now on iTunes with his brand new podcast "My Gay Church". The podcast series will highlight news, interviews and topics affecting the Christian LGBT Community.
Directions: Go to the iTunes store and head to the Podcast section. Click on the search box and enter: My Gay Church. You will then be directed to the podcast by Pastor Rick. BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE SUBSCRIBE BUTTON! Apple will then automatically notify you when new episodes of My Gay Church are available. But you need subscribe! New podcast episodes will be broadcast every Tuesday. Be sure to catch all the fun! AND IT IS FREE!
5. Sermons Online/Good Shepherd Website. People can now go to GoodShepherdPasadena.com, click on the Sermons Online tab, and listen to Pastor Rick’s sermons! There is also information on the website concerning upcoming activities at Good Shepherd.
6. Email Blasts. Our email blasts go out to over 1000 individuals with the latest news and info on our activities.
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