Episcopal Church
of the Good Shepherd

336-625-5234

goodshepasheboro@gmail.com

505 Mountain Road

Asheboro, NC 27205

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Regular Worship Services

Sundays: Holy Eucharist at 8:00am (Rite I), 10:30am (Rite II)

 

Wednesdays: Healing Eucharist (with Anointing Oil) at 12:05pm

First Sundays: Communion at Brookdale at 2:00pm

 

Second Sundays: Contemporary Eucharist at 6:00pm

The Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of Christ's body and blood, is the principle act of Christian worship in the Episcopal Church. The term "eucharist" is derived from the Greek word for "thanksgiving." Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper when he shared the bread and cup of wine at a sacred meal with his disciples, identifying the bread with his body and the wine with his blood, and instructing them to "do this" in remembrance of him. 

 

All those who seek a deeper relationship with Christ, regardless of denomination, tradition, age, gender, or marital status are invited to receive the sacrament. Learn more about our tradition and beliefs.

Holy Eucharist Rite I 

Every Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - Chapel

The "Rite I" liturgy reflects the language and the piety of the Elizabethan era and the original Book of Common Prayer. Rite I is very similar to the 1928 version, and uses old English (thee, thou, etc), along with some classic, old-timey hymns.

Holy Eucharist Rite II 

Every Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - Sanctuary

Our primary Sunday service with a full choir during the program year (Sept-June). The "Rite II" liturgy uses contemporary English and reflects more contemporary theological and liturgical sensibilities.   

Healing Eucharist (with Anointing)

Every Wednesday, 12:05 p.m. - Chapel

During this lunchtime communion service, we pray for everyone on our parish prayer list by name, and offer the sacrament of anointing for healing to any who wishes to receive it. 

Mass on the Grass (May - October)

Second Sundays, 6:00 p.m. - Outdoor Chapel

During the summer months, our evening contemporary service meets outside for a casual Eucharist with Taize-style music. Dogs are welcome! In the case of rain, this service meets in the Parish Hall.

Celtic Eucharist (November - April)

Second Sundays, 6:00 p.m. - Parish Hall

During the winter months, our evening contemporary service is a Celtic Eucharist that meets "in the round" with contemplative silence, candlelit prayers, incense, icons, Gaelic chanting, liturgical music from Ireland and Scotland, and communion.

Communion at Brookdale

First Sundays, 2:00 p.m. - Brookdale Senior Living, 514 Vision Dr, Asheboro, NC 27203

Join us once a month as we bring the service of holy communion to our brothers and sisters at the Brookdale Senior Living Center. We gather in the dining hall just past the main entrance. 

Seasonal Services

The liturgical year of the Episcopal Church begins on the first Sunday of Advent, and moves through the seasons of Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and into Ordinary Time. These seasons reflect the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the birth of the church. This cyclical organization of time allows us to live into the story of our redemption through Christ year after year. Learn more about the church calendar

Ash Wednesday

February 6, 2019

7:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m., Imposition of Ashes - Chapel

7:00 p.m., Imposition of Ashes - Sanctuary

This solemn service marks the beginning of the season of Lent. During this service, ashes are imposed on the forehead of participants in the symbol of a cross, with the words "remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Ashes To Go

Father Joe travels to several locations around Asheboro to provide ashes to those who are not able to attend services, including Randolph Correctional Center, Randolph Hospital, and downtown in front of the Farmers Market.

Dinner & Candlelight Vespers for Lent

Every Wednesday during Lent

5:30 p.m., Dinner - Parish Hall

6:30 p.m., Candlelight Vespers - Chapel

Vespers is a prayer service held around sunset to mark the end of the day. It is part of the Divine Office, a spiritual practice of daily prayer that many people choose to take up during the season of Lent. All are welcome to join us for a free Wednesday night dinner followed by a contemplative vespers service by candlelight, with Taize chant.

Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019

8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite I - Chapel

10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II - Outdoor Chapel

Our 10:30 a.m. service begins in the outdoor chapel with a distribution of palm leaves, and continues with a procession into the main sanctuary and a reading of Jesus' passion narrative, followed by communion. This special service marks the beginning of Holy Week. 

Maundy Thursday

April 18, 2019

7:00 p.m., Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar - Sanctuary

This is the first service in the "Easter Triduum," which is the three-day festival that marks the end of Lent and brings us through Jesus' death to his resurrection. "Maundy" refers to the "mandate" to wash one another's feet. This service includes foot washing and communion, followed by a stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.

Good Friday

April 19, 2019

12:00 p.m., Veneration of the Cross - Sanctuary

During this solemn gathering, an account of Jesus' crucifixion is read from the Gospel of John, followed by an opportunity for prayers, intercessions, and devotions at the foot of the cross. 

3:00 p.m., Stations of the Cross - Sanctuary/Outside

At the time of Jesus' death, we gather to walk and pray the 14 "stations of the cross." The stations we use to guide us through this service at Good Shepherd are provided by local artist and parishioner Barbara Tazewell.

The Great Vigil of Easter

April 20, 2019

 8:00 p.m., Holy Eucharist with Baptisms -Sanctuary

One of the most ancient and arguably the most important worship service of our entire liturgical year, this is the first and primary celebration of Easter. The service begins in darkness, followed by the lighting of the Paschal candle, candlelit readings to recount the Biblical story of redemption, a renewal of Baptismal vows, and Holy Eucharist. 

Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite I - Chapel

9:15 a.m., Easter Egg Hunt - Outdoors (weather permitting)

10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II - Sanctuary

Our Easter morning services follow our regular worship schedule. Join us for this joyful celebration of Christ's resurrection! Weather permitting, we will have an easter egg hunt for the children outside near the outdoor chapel.

Blessing of the Animals

October 12, 2019

 5:30 p.m. - Outdoor Chapel

Bring your beloved animal companions to receive a blessing at this wonderful service held every year in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Dogs, cats, birds, fish, snakes, lizards, hamsters, and animals of every kind are welcome! After the blessing we will share communion at our regular Mass on the Grass service. In the case of rain, this service will be held in the Parish Hall.

All Saints Day Choral Evensong

November 1, 2019

 6:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

An old Anglican tradition, choral evensong is a service of evening prayer sung by the choir. During this service we remember all those who have died during the previous year, praying for each person aloud by name.  Prior to the liturgy, at 5:30, join us for a piano concert by Lisa Johnson, our phenomenal organist!

Thanksgiving Day

November 28, 2019

10:30 a.m. - Chapel

The term "eucharist" is derived from the Greek word meaning "thanksgiving." Before gathering to feast with your family and friends, join us for this small gathering to give thanks to God for all the blessings of this life.

Blue Christmas: From Darkness to Light

December 21, 2019

6:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

This peaceful, candlelit celebration of the Holy Eucharist - held every year on the Winter Solstice - is especially for those who are going through a difficult time during the holiday season. Whether you have lost someone you love through death or separation, or you have lost your job, are struggling with addiction, suffer from mental illness, or if you are just feeling lonely, this service offers a quiet and emotionally-safe space, where you can bring all your sorrows to God and connect with the promise of hope and new life we have in the birth of Christ. This service includes periods of silence, contemplative chant, candle lighting, and soft Christmas carols.

Christmas Eve Eucharist

December 24, 2019

 5:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

Christmas Eve Solemn High Midnight Mass

December 24, 2019

11:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

Our "midnight mass" begins with a prelude of carols sung by our choir at 10:30, and includes incense and communion. The service concludes with candlelight and singing. 

Christ's Mass (Christmas Day)

December 25, 2019

10:30 a.m. - Sanctuary

A simple Eucharistic celebration on the morning of the Feast Day of Christ's birth to commemorate the Incarnation of the Word of God.

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