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

5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eucharist

9:00 p.m. Candlelight Festival Eucharist

December 25

10:00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist Rite II

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. 


Worship Schedule

December 24 - Christmas Eve

5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Eucharist

This family-friendly service is features a relaxed atmosphere and a simple Christmas message that all ages will enjoy. 

9:00 p.m. Festival Candlelight Eucharist

Celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. 

December 25 - Christmas

10:00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist

December 31, 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. ​​​


​​​Advent Sermon Series
Fr. Doug will be preaching an Advent Sermon Series on the Old Testament readings each Sunday. These sermons will explore how we experience God in our lives in relation to the traditional themes of Advent – hope, peace, joy, and love! As always, Fr. Doug’s sermons will be posted on his blog – www.rectorscorner.com


December 3 - Advent I

The lighting of the first candle on the Advent wreath.

December 10 - Advent II

The lighting of the second candle on the Advent wreath. 

December 17 - Advent III

The lighting of the third candle on the Advent wreath.

December 20 - Good Shepherd Church and School present:

Christmas in Tequesta

Join us for a Christmas program presented by the children of Good Shepherd Church and School.  This is a community event. 

6:30 p.m. 

Festive refreshments and fellowship in the courtyard and Parish Hall following the program. 

December 21 - The Longest Night:  A Service of Reflection & Prayer

5:30 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 comes to shine light into our darkness.Everyone, regardless of church background, is welcome. 

December 24 - Advent IV  

The lighting of the fourth candle on the Advent wreath. 

Sunday morning Advent services at 8:00 a.m. (Rite I) and 10:00 a.m. (Rite II)

Scroll down for Christmas Eve service times

An Advent message from Fr. Doug

Advent Devotionals
This year, we have created an Advent Devotional, Preparing the Way,  that includes weekly prayers and daily Bible readings. This booklet also includes reflections on the themes and prayers to be used with your Advent Wreath at home.

We also have a downloadable family version of the Advent Devotional. This booklet includes weekly prayers and Bible readings. It also includes reflection questions for your family to use. These questions could be used over dinner or with the lighting of the Advent Wreath. 

You can access either of these booklets by clicking on the images below. Booklet will open in a new window. 

Why have we changed the liturgical color to blue?
Probably the most noticeable change this Advent will be the change in the liturgical color from purple to blue. 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.