What to Expect AT WORSHIP NOW
Worship is a little different these days. We have a robust virtual service ministry, and we also offer outdoor and indoor worship with Holy Communion a few times a month. A video on our Worship page gives you an idea of what indoor worship is like right now, and a video at the bottom of this page will take you on a Virtual Sunday Visit, featuring a message from Pastor Johann, a campus tour, a sermon about our namesake, the Good Shepherd, and an anthem by our Sanctuary Choir.
The next few paragraphs describe Good Shepherd's Sunday mornings as they were before the pandemic -- and what we expect them to be like again.
What to expect . . . again
On any Sunday, you’ll find people at Good Shepherd of all ages from households of many sizes and configurations. Most are from Herndon and Reston, but many others travel greater distances to be part of our worshiping community.
Our worship services are held at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. during the school year. During the summer, worship services are at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. SUNDAY/PRAISE services take place in the Fellowship Hall on the second and fourth Sundays of the month; other services are held in the sanctuary.
Whether virtually, in-person, or in the future, we look forward to getting to know you.
We have no dress code or particular expectations about attire. Some folks will be in suits and ties, while others will be more casually dressed. Our most casual, come-as-you-are worship happens during our SUNDAY/PRAISE gathering. No matter when you join us, we’re simply delighted that you have come.
Our worship services are shaped by the liturgical tradition of the Christian church. Holy Communion is celebrated in at the 8:00 service on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month and at the 11:00 service on the first, third, and fourth Sundays. The second Sunday of each month features the Order of Matins from the 1941 Lutheran Hymnal at the early service. SUNDAY/PRAISE is informal and features contemporary music.
When you worship, you’ll be asked to give us a little information about yourself on our Welcome Card. And please introduce yourself to our pastors and others.
To the parents of young ones, here are few suggestions for worshiping with your children: Relax! God put the wiggles and giggles in kids; don’t feel that you have to suppress them in His house. All are welcome! Sit toward the front where it is easier to see and hear what’s going on. Quietly explain the parts of the worship service and actions of the pastor, ushers, communion assistants, etc. Sing the hymns and songs, pray, and voice the responses out loud. Children learn worshipful behavior by copying you. If you have to leave the worship service with your child or stand up and walk around the back of the sanctuary, feel free to do so, but please come back! And finally, if you so choose…
We have a staffed nursery for children (infants through age four), as well as a parents’ room next to the nursery, where parents can stay with their young ones who may need a break from the service. This room is also a comfortable and private place where mothers may nurse their babies. Parents may drop off their children in the nursery for all or part of the service after signing in with our nursery attendant.
After the 8:00 a.m. service, you are invited to visit with others for coffee and casual conversation in our Fellowship Hall. From September to June, you might join in one of our many adult classes at 9:30 a.m. We even have one that’s simply entitled “Walk-In Bible Study.” You’ll be most welcome in any class you attend.
Whether virtually, in-person, or in the future, we look forward to getting to know you. When we do resume full activities on campus, we'll have in-person classes that help you become further acquainted with Good Shepherd and what it means to be a member. Right now, though, we hold our Connections Classes through an online platform.
Our Connections Classes will give you an overview of Good Shepherd: what it means to be a member; the value we place on service and on continual growth through Bible study (for all ages) and on establishing strong bonds within our church community. We spend some time talking about what Lutherans believe. We wrap up these classes with a session dedicated to getting to know you better and helping you find a place to connect with others.
We also encourage you to explore our various Life Groups, many of which continue to meet virtually or outdoors, weather permitting. Read more about Life Groups here.
Have a question?
Give us a call, at 703-437-5020, or contact us by filling out this form.
Virtual Sunday Visit
Join us for a virtual sunday visit
This video features a welcome from Pastor Johann, a campus tour, a message about the Good Shepherd (our namesake), and an anthem ("The King of Love My Shepherd Is") by our Sanctuary Choir. If you'd like to just see the virtual tour, go to our Virtual Tour page.
We hope you enjoy this visit. Share it with friends and family who might want an idea of what a Sunday visit at Good Shepherd is like.