Christmas Services

Special Christmas Events & Services at Good Shepherd

Saturday, December 15th at 5:00 pm & Sunday, December 16th at 10:00 am

(8:30am - Traditional Advent Worship) 
Christmas Musical Presentation “What a Glorious Night!" Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will present a program of Advent and Christmas music featuring our Shepherd’s Voice Choir, Handbell Choir, Kid’s Choir and Praise Band with special piano and organ music from John Douglas and Gary Lichthardt. Choral writings of Dan Forrest and Craig Courtney will be featured, along with the program title song, “What A Glorious Night” by Sidewalk Prophets, presented by all choirs. Scripture lessons, and congregational carols will tell the story of the birth of Jesus, our Emmanuel - God with us!  
Pastor Steven Maske will deliver an Advent homily entitled, “Rejoice! The Lord of Peace Comes to You”.

Friday, December 21st at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

Good Shepherd Preschool Christmas Service
The wise men, angels, shepherds and animals all notice the bright star in the sky, and wonder, “What could this mean?” The preschoolers will ‘follow’ the star until at last it leads them to baby Jesus. Songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star”, “We Three Kings”, and “There Was a Little Baby” will be presented by the preschool chorus, and Pastor Maske will share a brief message during the service. God’s blessings to you as you ready your hearts and homes for the newborn Savior!

CHRISTMAS EVE - Monday, December 24th

Pastor Maske’s Messag­­e will be “Shining in the Darkness” - Isaiah 9:2-7

1:00 pm - A Traditional Christmas Celebration
A Christmas Eve Music Celebration worship service with the Lord’s Supper featuring the Good Shepherd Brass Quintet and organist Gary Lichthardt. We will sing and listen to many of our favorite carols plus listen to special music from the quintet. We welcome back Brandon Berg, David Weaver, Jackson Teetor, Jameson Ford and Matthew Maske.

3:00 pm - A Family Christmas Candlelight Celebration
Our most popular service for family worship, featuring Christmas music from the contemporary style. John Douglas will lead the music along with the GS Praise Team, and the Kid’s Choir.
(Childcare Available 0-3yrs)

7:00 pm - A Traditional Christmas Candlelight Celebration “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!”
This is a beautiful, reflective Christmas Candlelight Communion Service celebrating the Savior's birth. Shepherd's Voice Chorale will sing along with the Handbell Choir directed by Gary Lichthardt. Traditional organ music will be featured along with Elgin’s own Jennifer Silk performing on violin and viola.

CHRISTMAS DAY - Tuesday, December 25th 

Pastor Maske’s Message will be “Jesus: God Living With us!” - Isaiah 9:2-7

10:00 am - Christmas Day Festival Worship (one service time)

We will worship with traditional Divine Service III from Lutheran Service Book with Holy Communion celebrating the nativity of Jesus. Come and sing the song of the angels, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” and many of the classic Christmas Day hymns.  Gary Lichthardt will be at the organ, leading the music. 
“Oh Come, let us adore Him! Christ the Lord!”

See the full Advent Sunday and Wednesday Sermon Schedule.