A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area



The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

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The Season of ADVENT is the four weeks before Christmas.  It is traditionally a time for reflection, waiting and preparation for the coming of the Christ child.  At Good Shepherd, some special things to look for which set these four weeks apart are:

  • the lectionary readings that give meaning to this wondrous event - the birth of Christ. 
  • the color blue, which appears in the clergy vestments and decorations of the sanctuary.  
  • special prayers that are read at the lighting of candles in the Advent Wreath, a special custom that has been followed for centuries.  Each of the four candles represents a week of Advent and prepares us for the Messiah. 

CHRISTMAS is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Our Christmas services are held on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. At these services you will notice that colors in the sanctuary have changed to white and gold.  The Holy Family - Jesus, Mary and Joseph - is prominent in this celebration.  Please note the new service times on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.    

Advent & Christmas

Christmas Services

December 24

4:00 p.m. Family Service

7:00 p.m. Festive Eucharist

11:00 p.m. Solemn Choral Eucharist

December 25

10:00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist Rite II

Advent Quiet Day
Saturday, December 1, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This will be a one-day retreat ministered by Patti C. Dunne, Chaplain/Pastoral Counselor, and Fr. Doug.  We will spend time reflecting on  the themes of Advent and the faithfulness of God in our lives. $10.00 covers the booklet (checks written to Patti C. Dunne).  Bring your own journal and bag lunch.  Beverages will be provided.  Sign up in the Narthex.

Advent Sermon Series
Living as a People of Hope

The first followers of Jesus were sustained by a fervent hope in God’s faithfulness even in the midst of persistent challenges and obstacles to the life of faith. How do we live as a people of hope? How do we have confidence in God’s grace and power even in the midst of the trials of this world? These questions lie at the heart of the season of Advent. Join us this Advent as we explore what it means to live in hope.

Advent Compline
December 2, at 6:30 PM

To mark the beginning of the Advent season, we will be gathering for a special Advent Compline service. The service of Compline is a contemplation and prayer that is traditional prayed at the close of the day. The church will be open beginning at 6:00 PM for silent prayer, followed by Compline at 6:30 PM. 

New Rector’s Bible Study
The Birth of Jesus According to Matthew and Luke
Wednesdays  | 11:00 AM

During the season of Advent, Fr. Doug will be leading a four-week study on the birth narratives of Jesus as found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Join us as we dive deep into these important stories that are so central to the seasons of Advent and Christmas. 

The Longest Night

Friday, December 21, at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us when we gather as the sun sets on the longest night of the year for a service of evening prayer.  The Longest Night, sometimes known as Blue Christmas, is designed to acknowledge that God's presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God's Word come to shine light into our darkness.  Everyone, regardless of church background is welcome. 

Christmas flowers and plants will be placed around the altar and sanctuary.  To donate in memory of or in thanksgiving for loved ones, please print and return the form at the link above. 


Christmas Server Schedule Coming Soon!

Worship Schedule

December 24 - Christmas Eve

Family Service at 4:00 PM
A family friendly service that will feature traditional Christmas carols, a special Children’s Message, and a musical offering from our Youth Music Ensemble.
Festive Eucharist at 7:00 PM
A traditional celebration of the Holy Eucharist featuring our Parish Choir.  This service will also include the singing of Silent Night by candlelight.
Solemn Choral Eucharist at 11:00 PM
An intimate sung Eucharist that will feature music by our Parish Quartet and guest, Grammy Award nominated musician John Michalak. This service will also include the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. Incense will used at this service.

December 25 - Christmas

10:00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist

December 30, The First Sunday after Christmas

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

10:00 a.m. Lessons and Carols

Nine short Bible readings interspersed with music, solos and singing of the congregation, tell the story of the coming of Jesus. 

There is no Eucharist at this traditional service that follows Christmas. ​​​


Why is blue the liturgical color of Advent?
While purple has been used in many Anglican churches over the centuries, many churches have more recently been switching to blue. One reason for the change is to distinguish Advent from Lent, which are two very different seasons. However, blue also represents hope, expectation, and heaven. It is also the color associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary in art and iconography. Finally, deep blue is the color of the clear, predawn sky, the color that covers the earth in the hours before the sun rises in the east. Thus we use deep blue for Advent to shade the season with a hint of expectation and anticipation of the dawn of Christ.