Author Archive: gsaustin

Food for thought: a message about loss

This past Sunday, May 14, we concluded Sunday formation for this program year. Our final adult formation offering, Lost and Found, was a three-week speaker series exploring loss as a part of the human experience, as well as the Easter promise of being Found in Christ. The third and final speaker, Dr. Pittman McGehee, Jr., concluded the class […]

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Choral Debut: The Lord is my Shepherd

CHORAL DEBUT The Lord is my Shepherd Composer: John Conahan On April 20th, The Combined choirs of Good Shepherd and Texas State University debuted an anthem commissioned especially for Good Shepherd Church and choir, in celebration of Building the Beloved Community, and written by nationally recognized composer John Conahan. While most versions of Psalm 23 tend […]

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Personal Reflection: Being Christian… in our world

  BEING CHRISTIAN… IN OUR WORLD THE PASSION OF EMMETT TILL The Rev. Morgan S. Allen Friday-before-last I attended an unexpected church service at the Moody Theater, with an even more unexpected preacher…Mr. David W. Chappelle. Now, if you don’t know who Dave Chappelle is, he’s a comedian, and I take no responsibility for the range […]

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Personal Reflection: Being Christian… in our world

  BEING CHRISTIAN… IN OUR WORLD Bobby Chesney, Parishioner Charles I. Francis Professor in Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Not long ago, at Communion Café, we sang the spiritual “Down by the River.” It’s not a song I’d given thought to before, but as we sang the refrain again and again (“ain’t gonna study […]

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Personal Reflection: Being Christian… in Austin

  BEING CHRISTIAN… IN AUSTIN Christina Castelli, Parishioner – The Hill I don’t really feel qualified to write about “Being Christian”. It sounds so goshdarn confident. It sounds like I’ve got it all figured out; like I’m always comfortable promoting my Christianity; like I know how to be a shining beacon on a hill in […]

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Personal Reflection: Being Christian… at my work & school

  BEING CHRISTIAN… AT MY WORK & SCHOOL Olivia Cahill, Youth Parishioner Children walk hand in hand down the long red carpet. The pitter patter of their feet is overshadowed by the joyful lyrics of “Seek Ye First” that escape from their mouths. Gentle reminders from wise teachers keep the little ones quiet when the piano stops […]

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Personal Reflection: Being Christian… at Good Shepherd

  BEING CHRISTIAN… AT GOOD SHEPHERD Sue Dockery, Parishioner Christianity involves struggle, effort, and determination. My belief is that committed and compassionate Christians are what our community, country, and world need most today. To love and be loved; to give and have that gift used; to listen, hear, and be heard; to see and be seen as […]

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Personal Reflection: Being Christian… with myself

  BEING CHRISTIAN… IN MY HOME Julie Reynolds, Children’s & Family Minister A few years ago, I learned the following statistic: On average, Children’s and Family Ministers only have 40 hours per year with the kids they teach, while parents have more than 3000 hours with their children every year. “Home” has the unique opportunity […]

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Personal Reflection: Being Christian… with myself

  BEING CHRISTIAN… WITH MYSELF The Rev. Morgan S. Allen I did something to my back while weedeating late last year, and the painful muscle clinches returned a couple weeks ago. As a result, I spent a rare, full day alone, and doing next to nothing outside of scarfing leftover pizza; eating Blue Bell straight […]

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Women’s Retreat 2017

On the weekend of February 24-26, over 50 women of all ages from The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and Good Shepherd on the Hill gathered in the beautiful Texas Hill Country at The Retreat at Balcones Springs, for a weekend of rejuvenation, relaxation, exploration of faith, and building of friendships and community. Indeed, the […]

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