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:

Observing Holy Week

Every year, I ask myself (and many of you), how can we best observe Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday? If you’ve been attending Good Shepherd for a while, these services have probably become as familiar as a well-worn sweater or comfortable pair of shoes. We use the tried and true liturgies of our rich Episcopal Church tradition, and we also try to keep them fresh by approaching them differently each year.

So, what’s up for this year? 

Palm Sunday: We will have the blessing of the palms outside and process to the front of the church singing: “All glory, laud and honor, to Thee redeemer king!” We will then experience the dramatic reading of the Passion – the events of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion – with the congregation taking the role of the crowd, an ancient tradition.

Maundy Thursday: 7:00 p.m. Song fest and Holy Communion. If you like to sing and have a favorite hymn to suggest, this service is for you. With help from the choir, we will enjoy the rich musical tradition  of our hymnal in the first part of the service, then participate in a quiet, somewhat more intimate experience of communion than usual: we will all stand together  around the altar for the eucharistic fellowship and share the bread and cup with each other.

Good Friday: 6:00 Stations of the Cross in Forest Hill Park, followed by supper in the parish hall. Those who participated in this service last year will remember how striking the story of the crucifixion becomes when experienced outdoors, in a series of slow, meditations (stations), with art work created by members of the Good Shepherd family.

Easter Brunch Sign Up: There will be a sign up sheet at coffee hour. All contributions are appreciated. Please consider one of the following: Breakfast casserole, ham biscuits, coffee cake, fruit, deviled eggs, potatoes, grits or whatever your heart (or appetite) desires. Set up will be Saturday morning March 31st. Contact M. Coreth, if you can help.

St. Monica’s Guild – Palm Crosses, Thursday, March 22 – 7:00 p.m.: St. Monica’s Guild will meet next Thursday in the kitchen to make crosses for Palm Sunday.

The Good Book Club: Sunday, February 11, we launched The Good Book Club at Good Shepherd. Join us on Sunday mornings at 11:00 as we work our way through Luke’s Gospel during Lent. We are joining Episcopal churches all over the country who are participating in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. The Good Book Club website (goodbookclub.org) lists the daily readings, as well as available resources to support you as you read the scriptures.

Ross Writes: The Good Book Club is an opportunity to study the Gospel of Luke during Lent and the Acts of the Apostles during Easter with other members of the Good Shepherd community. Here are some reasons for participating:

The Good Book Club is ideal for those who are new to studying the Bible in  a group.

It promotes both individual reading and study with others and can be used for family devotions at meal time as well as at church.

It provides resources for understanding the Bible and applying it to daily life.

Studying the Bible in community is one of the best ways to connect meaningfully with others in the congregation.

You may jump in any time during Lent and the Great Fifty Days of Easter.

In addition to the weekly Sunday morning gatherings at 11:00, we shall offer other Good Book Club small group gatherings during the week. Contact the church office for information.

Caritas Intake Program: A sign-up sheet will be available this Sunday March 11, for helping with the women’s Caritas intake program at St. John’s United Church of Christ. We are providing snacks Monday April 2 and May 7 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. K. Lehman

Dream Work: Join us as we unlock the messages of our nightly dreams by using the Haden Institute method for group dreamwork. All are welcome. We shall meet in the church parlor near the 43rd Street entrance on the following Friday evenings: 3/23, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Contact Suzanne at suzannereamy@gmail.com with any questions.

Easter Flowers – Orders due Sunday, March 25 Easter Flower orders are due Palm Sunday, March 25. Orders may be emailed to the church office; they are $10 for each flower ordered. PLEASE make checks out to Good Shepherd Altar Guild and give to A. deButts. Please include the following information: In Memory of _______, In Thanksgiving for _______; Your name as you want it listed in the bulletin _______.

Snow Closings: In most cases the parish office will be closed if the school decides to close. We post weekday and Sunday closings on WTVR, Channel 6 and on our Facebook Page – Good Shepherd Episcopal Richmond.

The Ten Commandments in Verse: I use this format when teaching the Ten Commandments to children and young people at Good Shepherd Episcopal School chapel. I first heard it from The Rev. Robert Massie, a former colleague at Grace Church in New York. RW

  • Above all else love God alone
  • Bow down to neither wood nor stone
  • God’s name refuse to take in vain
  • The Sabbath rest with care maintain
  • Respect your parents all your days
  • Hold sacred human life always
  • Be loyal to your chosen mate
  • Steal nothing, neither small nor great
  • In truth report your neighbor’s deed
  • And rid your mind of selfish greed


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:

Mar. 19, Mon., 7:00 p.m. – Vestry Meeting in the library

Mar. 20, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

Mar. 21, Wed., 7:00 p.m. – Choir Practice

Mar. 22, Thu., 5:00 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study in the Church Library (4:45 – Prayer time)

7:00 p.m. – St. Monica’s Guild in the kitchen for Palm Crosses

Mar. 23, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

6:00 p.m. – Dream Group in the church parlor (See note above.) Bring your dream journal.

Mar. 25, Palm Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – Blessing of the Palms, Dramatic Reading of the Passion, Holy Eucharist

11:00 a.m. – Adult Class participation in The Good Book Club

Looking Ahead:

Mar. 27, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

Mar. 28, Wed., 7:00 p.m. – Choir Practice

Mar. 29, Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Song Fest & Holy Eucharist

Mar. 30, Good Friday, 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

6:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross in Forest Hill Park/followed by supper

Apr. 1, Easter Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

11:00 a.m. – Easter Brunch

Mar 4 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25
Lector I B Swineford H vanHueveln M Lyell H Coalter
Lector II K Lehman D Fulcher C Pauls S Pauls
E Minister H Coalter C Coreth K Ashley S Reamy
Intercessor H Coalter C Coreth K Ashley S Reamy
Presenters K Day
D Day
J Barton
W Chapman
S Reamy
L Wright
R Swineford
T Swineford

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

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

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

Nursery J Rayfield N Hardin A Houghtaling J Yartz