Worship With Us
Sundays: Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am (Chapel) & 10:30am (Sanctuary)
Wednesdays: Holy Eucharist & Healing at 12:05pm (Chapel)
The 10:30 Sunday worship (and other liturgies in the Sanctuary) can be viewed live on Facebook or YouTube.
Celebration of 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 practice of communion at the Last Supper, when he shared bread and 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 likewise 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.
The following are examples of liturgies that we were celebrating at Good Shepherd at the time of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope someday soon to bring all of these wonderful worship opportunities back!
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.
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.
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.
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.
7:30 a.m. & 12:05 p.m., Imposition of Ashes - Chapel
6:00 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."
1:30 p.m.-5:00 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.
8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite I - Chapel
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II - Outdoor Chapel/Sanctuary
Our 10:30 a.m. service begins in the outdoor chapel with the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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 Family Eucharist
5:00 p.m. - Sanctuary
Christmas Eve Solemn High Midnight Mass
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 at midnight with singing by candlelight.
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.