Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

                        Venice, Florida 

 
 
 

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
             Venice, Florida 

 



Good Shepherd is part of the national Episcopal Church. Click on the links to the national church website, the Episcopal News Service, and a video by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church on the Way of Love. It is this way that grounds us as individuals and a community. This way guides and leads up in relationship with God, each other, and our world.

 

Welcome!

As you look over our information, and check-out our services, we hope you will soon sense that we are a community that genuinely desires to welcome all. We seek to act this way, because our God acts this way towards each of us - loving us unconditionally.

Good Shepherd is a diverse community that includes individuals new in the Christian faith as well as those well established in their faith. Some are just beginning to understand spiritual truth, while others are gaining a deeper knowledge of spiritual matters and experiencing a more intimate connection with God. Many of us are retired, and some of us still work for a living. We are professionals and tradesmen, gay and straight, conservative and liberal…and all points in between. It is our belief in, and experience of, the eternal deep unconditional love of God for all humanity that binds us together as one.

As an outflow of God’s love, we strive to seek justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all people. We work to restore individuals, communities, systems, and institutions to the vision God intends for them; seeing God’s Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. To accomplish this, we continue to grow as a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers.

Our foundation as Episcopalians is grounded in Scripture, reason, and tradition. Through reason we continue to seek after truth wherever it may be found in God’s universe. We firmly hold to our Christian beliefs, yet also with open hands, knowing that further knowledge and insight may guide us into a fuller understanding of what we believe. We do not settle for pat or easy answers. We believe, and yet we also sometimes doubt. We encounter light and hope, and at the same time, we acknowledge the reality of suffering and darkness in our world and within ourselves.

Sunday is our principle weekly worship service and is called the Holy Eucharist, also known as The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass. There are two Sunday services: a quieter spoken (Rite I) service, and a (Rite II) service with singing and music. Our Episcopal worship is based in the treasured words of the Book of Common Prayer, with familiar prayers and text that guide us from season to season throughout the church year.

As we gather, it is ultimately the life of Jesus, and the eternal love of Christ that guides us in our lives individually and as members of our community. May you find light and love and hope in spending time with us.