Forest Hill & 43rd Street
Richmond, VA 23225

To Know Christ and to Make Him Known


Church of the Good Shepherd

The Rev. Dr. Ross M. Wright, Rector

Ann M. Boelzner, Director of Music

Darlene Spires, Administrative Secretary




Good Shepherd Happenings

Ross Writes: Congratulations to Patricia Vesely for the publication of Friendship and Virtue Ethics in the Book of Job (Cambridge University Press)! “Friendship is a moral responsibility.” she writes. After examining the moral contours of friendship in the classical world, she precedes to a close reading of a series of passages from the book of Job to show how “friendship is both an ethical imperative for those living together in community and an essential component of the good life.”  This massively scholarly study of Job and friendship, based on Tricia’s PhD dissertation at Union Presbyterian Seminary,  is loaded with applications for our life together at Good Shepherd.

Congratulations to Brian Sutton for the publication of his Numerical Analysis: Theory and Experiments(Siam). It would be folly for me to venture a description, so we’ll rely on the publisher’s description: “This textbook develops the fundamental skills of numerical analysis: designing numerical methods, implementing them in computer code, and analyzing their accuracy and efficiency.” Brian told me that this is a text book aimed at undergraduates and that it took eight years to complete.

 Congratulations to Al Goethals for his latest book, Realignment, Region, and Race: Presidential Leadership and Social Identity (Emerald Points, 2018), which explores “the place of racial dynamics in American politics from Abraham Lincolns to Donald Trump.” Al deploys his expertise in psychology, politics, and leadership studies and makes a number of astute observations about the role religious life in racial dynamics. Al is head of the Jepson School of Leadership University of Richmond.

Why Sing and Pray the “Songs of Jesus” Today?: The Psalms – Sunday, April 28: The psalms were the songs that Jesus would have read, prayed and sung in his own day. Together they comprise the book of the Hebrew Bible most commonly quoted in the New Testament. The class will begin its study by asking: “Why Should Christians Today Bother with These Ancient Songs?” On May 5 and May 12, we will discuss the quite different content of the 150 songs found in the book of Psalms, and in a final session on May 19 we will examine how the church could claim that one can find Christ in the Psalms when a particular group of psalms known as the “imprecatory psalms” or “psalms of vengeance” seems so contrary to “turn the other cheek” ethic that Jesus advocated. Throughout the course, the class will have an opportunity to sing hymns found in various Christian hymnals that were based on the various psalms we will be discussing. Joe Coalter

A service of Morning Prayer is held every Tuesday beginning at 8:15 AM and ending promptly by 8:45. This informal service offers an opportunity to begin the day with praise and thanksgiving. In addition to the standard parts of the service, there is an opportunity to join together in offering intercessory prayers for those in need, as well as to offer thanksgiving for our many blessings.

 Announcing the Dream Group summer schedule! Join us as we explore the meaning of our dreams and how God may be leading us in our lives. No prior knowledge or experience with dream work is necessary. We shall meet from 6:00-7:30 in the parlor on the following Friday afternoons: May 24; June 21; July 12; July 26; August 9. Contact the church office for more information.

Our Summer Dinner and book discussion are BACK! Ladies, please join your Good Shepherd friends for a pot luck dinner and discussion of the book Educated by Tara Westover. Hope you can make it on Wednesday June 19th, at 6:00 p.m. at the home of one of our members. Contact the church office for more information.

Educated is an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. This is a tale of survival and struggle.

Liberation Lunches: We are in need of donations for the lunches prepared for the Liberation House. We need juice boxes, snack bars, individual serving size bags of chips, pretzels or other snacks. Please mark donations for “Liberation Lunches” and place in cupboard under the big window in the kitchen. Thank you for your continued support of this outreach program.

The first Sunday of each month the “loose offering” (i.e., funds not designated as a regular pledge offering) will be contributed to the discretionary fund for “relief of the poor” and “such pious and charitable uses as shall be thought fit” by the rector (Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church). The fund allows me to offer acts of mercy to the needy and to extend Good Shepherd’s ministry beyond the provisions of the budget. You can contribute by writing a check to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and designating it “Rector’s Discretionary Fund.” RW

We are invited to participate in the activities of nearby parishes and churches. Click here to learn more.  Nearby Opportunities

This Week at Good Shepherd:

May 14, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m. – Bulletin deadline

May 16, Thu., 7:15 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal

May 17, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

May 18, Sat., 11:15 a.m. – Liberation Lunches

May 19, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Holy Eucharist Service

11:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study: “Songs of Jesus” with Joe Coalter

(See note above.)

Looking Ahead:

May 21, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

May 23, Thu., 7:15 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal

May 24, Fri., 7:15 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

May 26, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist (The Sixth Sunday of Easter)

11:00 a.m. – Adult Christian Education

May 5 May 12
May 19 May 26
Lector I M Hodge D Tuimavana J Bradley S Dodson
Lector II B Swineford S Bray N Hardin B Ernst
E Minister H Coalter H Coalter B Swineford S Reamy
Intercessor H Coalter H Coalter B Swineford S Reamy
Presenters S Pauls
D Tuimavana
A Ernst
B Ernst
V Curtis
N Thompson
J Bradley
A Hymes

Greeters E Bradford
A deButts
N Thompson
V Welshman
A Starr
A Hymes
T Swineford

Ushers R Allen
R Swineford
J Vaughan
S Pauls
M Starr
K Yartz
S Neblett
H vanHueveln

Crucifer H Bergman J Brown E Swineford R Simmons
Servers S Bergman
W Simmons
H Bergman
B Wilson
H Bergman
B Wilson
H Bergman
W Simmons

Nursery J Yartz N Hardin A Houghtaling D Fulcher