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Wednesdays on Windsor


This year, Good Shepherd invites parishioners of all ages to incorporate something new into their regular weekly rhythm: “Wednesdays on Windsor,” a relaxed and engaging evening of food, fellowship, and formation on our Windsor campus. Now the primary time for adult formation on the Windsor campus, these evenings will offer a free, healthy, and delicious chef-prepared meal available between 5:00 and 7:00; time and space for casual visiting and community building; and organized formation offerings centered around Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s The Way of Love.

Our hope is that you will join us for whatever part of Wednesdays on Windsor works for you, whether that be a quick bite with your family, a longer dinner and conversation with parish friends, a full evening of spiritual learning – or any combination of the above. Dinner is available to anyone on campus between 5:00 and 7:00, and adult formation programs will begin at 6:30 – see full schedule below.

5:00p – 5:45p
Children’s Program | EC 204

4:30p – 6:30p
Nursery Open | Nursery

5:00p – 7:00p
Dinner | PLC

5:30p
Healing Service | Nave

6:30p
All offerings will be on the second floor of the Education Center

6:30p
All offerings will be on the second floor of the Education Center
Edge | Edge Lounge
Middle School Youth Group | Youth Corner
Mom’s Evening Book Clue | EC 209
Dads’ Bible Study | EC 211
WOL Discussion Group | Media Room (details below)

October 2 | The Rev. Brandon Ashcraft
Discussion Details

The Bible in the Anglican Tradition: “To read, mark, learn and inwardly digest” Every Prayer Book for the past five hundred years includes a stirring collect that beseeches God to “grant us so to hear [the Holy Scriptures and] read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life.” We know that the Bible is important, but what specifically does our Anglican tradition believe about the Bible? What do we claim about its authority? What does it mean to say that the Bible includes “all things necessary for salvation” as our Articles of Faith profess? What distinguishes the Anglican approach to reading and interpreting Holy Scripture from that of other traditions?

October 9 | The Rev. Dean Lawrence
Discussion Details

We have previously talked about some ways in which Episcopalians do read the bible. On this Wednesday, however, we will discuss some ways that Episcopalians don’t typically read the bible, or at least some ways in which we might discover the limits of the “wide-path” of interpretation.

October 16 | The Rev. Brandon Ashcraft
Discussion Details

Instructed Eucharist:

The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist resides at the very center of our life as a community of faith. And while at its heart the Eucharist is a mystery, answers and explanations do exist for many of the questions and wonderings we have about this ancient liturgy.

For example, have you ever found yourself wondering…

  • Why does the presiding priest wear that big garment that looks like a cape?
  • Why is the cape green on most Sundays, while on others it’s white, blue, red or purple?
  • Why does the priest touch the bread and wine at certain points, while at others she holds her hands over the elements?
  • Why do some people cross themselves at certain points during the service? And how do they know when to do it?
  • Why does the priest or deacon put a little bit of water into the wine when setting the table before Communion?
  • Why do some prayers remain the same each week, while other prayers change?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should join us for an “Instructed Eucharist” on Wednesday, October 16th at 6:30pm during the Formation Hour of Wednesdays on Windsor. We’ll celebrate The Holy Eucharist together, but unlike on a typical Sunday, we’ll offer a “behind the scenes” look, pausing along the way to give the historical, liturgical and theological background for each moment in the service. This will be a fun, interactive experience for people of all ages, including families. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to LEARN more about this sacred ritual, as we walk the Way of Love together.

October 23 | All Saints Party, speaker TBD
Discussion Details

Bless I & All Saints Day Party:

Halloween is so fun it’s easy to forget why it exists in the first place: All Hallows Eve, which paves the way for All Saints/All Souls Day!

This year Good Shepherd is excited to host an All Saints Day Party! This is a wonderful opportunity for our children (and us!) to learn more about the heroes of our faith and those who now sit in heaven.

Join your parish family for games, a saint scavenger hunt, music and snacks/treats. Chef Robert will prepare dinner for our usual Wednesday night gathering time, and we’ll hold a short worship service in the Nave to honor all our saints.

Click here for additional details

October 30 | Interfaith Panel
Discussion Details

In collaboration with IAct of Austin, Good Shepherd will host a Way of Love discussion panel on the spiritual practice of BLESS from the perspective of four different world religions. Simone Flowers, Executive Director of IAct will facilitate, asking questions on how, together, we can bless this community, city and the world. Panelists include: Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Congregation Agudas Achim; Venerable Jue Ji, the Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple; and Imam Islam Mossaad, North Austin Muslim Community Center.

November 6 | The Rev. Kathy Pfister
Discussion Details

Join Kathy Pfister and members of The Hill community for a panel discussion facilitated by Will Jones V. They will discuss the practice of BLESS in the context of mission, service and the development of a second campus congregation.

November 13 | Tailgate Party
Discussion Details

Good Shepherd is focusing on the spiritual practice of BLESS from October 20 – November 13. This practice will culminate with the second annual tailgate party on Wednesday, November 13 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Blessings will abound as all four Good Shepherd institutions gather for a cook off, live music and a little team spirit. Come decked out in your favorite football team’s jersey and have some fun! Before the evening ends, the clergy will bless the meals packed for El Buen.

November 20 | Bless Eucharist
Discussion Details

Join us for a “Rite 3” Holy Eucharist during the Wednesdays on Windsor formation hour on November 20th.

As a follow-up to our recent Instructed Eucharist, this “Rite 3” service is an informal celebration of the Holy Eucharist that follows the structure of a traditional eucharistic liturgy while creating space for creativity. By defining which components of the liturgy are considered essential, the authors of the Prayer Book created a rite that preserves our Anglican tradition of “common worship” while allowing for more Holy Spirit-driven innovation and congregational participation.

For example, in the place of a sermon we’ll have a conversation about the Gospel passage and to mark the last week in our Way of Love season of “Bless,” we’ll share our stories of blessing. Instead of using a set “form “of the Prayers of the People from the Prayer Book, we’ll use intercessory prayers written by a member of the community. We’ll gather around the altar in a circle and pass the bread and wine to each other, and the Eucharistic Prayer will combine familiar, fixed passages with extemporaneous prayers that come out of our experience together.

The heart of the liturgy will be the same, but the overall feel will be more informal, collaborative and intimate. So please join us for an evening of liturgical experimentation and sacrament-centered fellowship and learning! For more information about this offering, contact Brandon Ashcraft at brandon@gsaustin.org.

December 4 | An Evening with St. Nicholas, speaker TBD
Discussion Details

Details to come.