Service of Dedication

Processional Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 4 6 (Stanzas 1, 3, 4)

The Senior Choir Will Sing The Second Stanza

Invocation
V In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost:

R (Sung) Amen.

Confession (From Psalm 24)

V The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness,
R The world and those who dwell therein.
V For He has founded it upon the seas,
R And established it upon the waters.
V Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
R Or who may stand in His holy place?
V He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
R Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.
V He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
R And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
All Absolve, we beseech You, O Lord / Your people from their offenses /
that from the bonds of our sins, which by reason of our weakness / we
have brought upon us, we may be delivered by Your bountiful
goodness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Absolution Amen.

Introit

Glory be to the Father/ And to the Son/ And to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning/ Is now and ever shall be/ world without end. Amen.

Lord have mercy upon us/ Christ have mercy upon us/ Lord have mercy upon us.

Collect

V The Lord be with you.

R And with thy spirit. V Let us pray. . . Amen.

Psalm 84 A Prayer of Longing For The House of the Lord

V This is the Word of the Lord R Hallelujah!

Ephesians 2.13-21 We Are Built on the Foundation of Christ.

V This is the Word of the Lord

R Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Senior Choir "A Festive Psalm & Our God Our Help in Ages Past"

Donald Busarow

Matthew 16.13-21 (Rise) The Church is Built Upon This Confession.

R Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

V This is the Gospel of the Lord. R Praise be to Thee, O Christ!

Apostlesí Creed (Unison)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 7 3

Sermon "The Lord Has Done Great Things For Us And We Are Glad"

Psalm 126.3

Offertory

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Amen

Offering Please fill out the Friendship Book.

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayers of Dedication

V Almighty God, the heaven of heavens cannot contain You; yet it pleases You to reveal Your glorious presence where Your Word and Sacraments are in effect. Through Moses You spoke: In all places where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you. Jesus said: Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in the midst of them. May this house and all the activities within it be acceptable to You for Your glory and to the edifying and salvation of Your people.

R Hear us for the sake of the mercy and merits of Your dear Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

At the Baptismal Font

V Almighty and most merciful God, Your dear Son, our Savior, commanded that all should be baptized and receive through this washing the forgiveness of sins, membership in His body, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the sure promise of eternal life. Grant that we who have been baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ and have put on Christ may daily walk by faith in newness of life. Gather those who are here given new birth by water and the Word, together with all Your people, to rejoice at the last in the final fulfillment of all Your promises.

R O Lord, who gives forgiveness, life, and salvation through the water and the word of Holy Baptism, we set apart and dedicate this Baptism Font to Your glory, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

At the Altar, Cross, and Candles

V O God, You delighted in the praises of Your faithful servants Abel, Noah, and Abraham and accepted the sacrifices offered on their altars. Look upon us and graciously accept this Altar and our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Grant that the body and blood of Christ Jesus, once offered on the altar of the cross as the full and only atoning saccrifice for the sins of the whole world and given us here to eat and drink, will nourish and strengthen us until at last we gather about the heavenly banquet to feast with the Lamb and all His saints.

R O Father, who gave Your Son that we might become living sacrifices, we set apart and dedicate this Altar to the glory of God, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

At the Pulpit

V Lord Jesus Christ, You stepped into Simon Peterís boat and, making Your pulpit, taught the crowds. Richly bless us with Your favor that from this place Your saving and merciful Word may be proclaimed. As You blessed Peter with the catch of fish and called Him to be a fisher of men, bless Your Word here read and proclaimed that many may be brought to eternal salvation.

R O Holy Spirit, who calls us by the Gospel, we set apart and dedicate this pulpit to Your glory, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

At the Organ and Piano (The Congregation May Turn to the Balcony.)

V Almighty and everlasting God, You dwell in the heavens surrounded by angels and archangels and all the company of heaven as they offer their worship and say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Sabaoth. We thank You that we may also join in their unending hymn of praise. Of Your goodness You have blessed with this organ and this piano to enliven our offerings of psalms and thanksgiving as we with heart and voice glorify Your holy name.

R Holy and Gracious God, who opens our lips to sing Your praise, we set apart and dedicate this Organ and Piano to Your glory in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Senior Choir "Sing Unto the Lord" Charles Yannerella

Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 3 5

Closing Prayer Amen

The Benediction Amen, Amen, Amen.

Closing Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Praise to the Lord"

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is your health and salvation! Let all who hear / Now to His temple draw near, Joining in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord, who oíer all things is wondrously reigning / And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining. Have you not seen / All that is needful has been / Sent by His gracious ordaining?

Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you; Surely His goodness and mercy shall daily attend you. Ponder anew / What the Almighty can do / As with His love He befriends you.

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore Him! All that has life and breath, come now with praises before Him! Let the amen / Sound from His people again. Gladly forever adore him!

Worship Leaders

Liturgist Dr. Dale Meyer Lutheran Hour Speaker
Preacher Rev. Michael Walther Pastor, Good Shepherd
Assisting Pastor s Rev. Alvin Kollmann GSLC Founding Pastor
Rev. Dennis Kastens Pastor, Peace-LeMay
Rev. Bruce Osborne Pastor, St. Johnís-Mattoon
Crossbearer Mr. Paul Brandt Principal, Good Shepherd
Banner Design Shirley Wentzel
Organist Barbara Rattelmuller GSLC Head Organist
Choir Director Mrs. Phyllis Jarabak GSLS Music Teacher
Instrumentalists Paul Brandt (Trumpet)
Eric Hipple (Trumpet) MELHS Teacher
Steve Petersen (Tuba) MELHS Student
Paul Lauber (Trombone)
Curt Blood (Trombone)

Good Shepherd Church Council

Michael Burstadt Congregational President
Marty Hoffman Chairman, Board of Elders
Pat Hoffmeier Chairman, Board of Congregational Life
Richard Wooldridge Chairman, Board of Christian Outreach
Vernon Gaskill Chairman, Board of Stewardship & Missions
Rev. Jim Gimbel Metro East Lutheran High School Rep.
Jerry Schwieder Metro East Lutheran High School Rep.
Tony Fuhrmann Chairman, Board of Personnel
David Ulkus Congregational Secretary
Ralph Schneider Chairman, Board of Finance
Delbert Wolf Chairman, Board of Church Property
Leonard Hoffman Chairman, Board of Social Ministry

Master Plan Committee

Richard Wallace Chairman
Sylvia Mueller Chairman, Organ Selection Committee
Archie Schoenbeck Chariman, Landscaping Committee
Jerry Wudtke Chairman, Dedication Committee

Christ: Our Foundation Stewardship Emphasis

Pat & Lee Hoffmeier Emphasis Directors
Georganne Tiemann Emphasis Secretary
Matt & Susan Victor Emphasis Secretaries
Jeff & Donna Baker Communication Coordinators
Gary & Loretta Smith Communication Coordinators
Ron & Joan Frey Visitation Coordinators
Bob & Bev Jones Visitation Coordinators
Archie & Brenda Schoenbeck Visitation Coordinators
Wally & Martha Streuter Visitation Coordinators
Harold & Doris Ulkus Visitation Coordinators
Jerry & Pat Schwieder Spiritual Nurture Coordinators
Rich & Linda Wooldridge Spiritual Nurture Coordinators
Gloria Drique Reservation/Hosting Coordinators
Tom & Tamara Rampold Reservation/Hosting Coordinators
Kent & Kathy Splaingard Reservation/Hosting Coordinators
Ron & Ann Goldsmith Dinners Coordinators
Gene & Peggy Anderson Commitment Coordinators
Ralph & Myrna Schneider Commitment Coordinators
Richard & Phyllis Wallace Commitment Coordinators
Norman & Kathleen Dockter Fulfillment Coordinators

Honored Guests

Rev. Herbert Mueller Southern Illinois District President
Mrs. Joseph Cernik Wife of Joe Cernik, Architect
Ms. Carol Cernik Architect
Mr. Bill Cochran Founding Principal of Good Shepherd
Mr. Dan Hurford Architect, Hurford Architects, Inc.
Mr. Greg Sutterfield Architect, Hurford Architects, Inc.
Joe Hutton President, Miller & Maack Construction
Leo Maack Miller & Maack Construction
Greg Maack Miller & Maack Construction
Gary Engeling Project Manager
John Barbaris Barbaris Electrical
Les Benton Barbaris Electrical
Steve Frie Emil Frei & Associates (Stained Glass)
Bro. Steve Erspamer Stained Glass & Chancel Artist
Mark Wick Wicks Organ and Custom Furniture
Susan Engelkey Abstracts and Titles, Inc.
David Schmidt Capital Funding Services (LCMS)
Bill Alexander Bank of Edwardsville
Tim Evers Bank of Edwardsville

Memorials

Wicks Pipe Organ The Estate of Adam & Selma Schauwecker
Larry & Jeanne Frey
Altar Stained Glass Window Anonymous Donor
Arnie & Bev Friend
Lutherís Seal Stained Glass Nancy Kurre
Irene Seim
Good Shepherd Stained Glass Anonymous Donor
Ron & Joan Frey
Pews Gary Engeling Family
Baptismal Font Chaplain & Ernie Wentzel
Altar Kent & Kathy Splaingard
Clergy Pews Mark & Dana Richter
Communion Ware Ken & Sherry Kollmann
Pulpit Don Brune
Chancel Cross Harold & Doris Ulkus
Credence Tables Kent & Kathy Splaingard
Candelabras Mike & Kathy Burstadt
Banners Ed & Marilyn Musso
Unity Candle Stand James Teichgraeber
Memorial Book & Stand Georganne Tiemann
Paschal Candle Ron & Joan Frey
Offering Plates Bo & Phyllis Jarabak
Funeral Pall Gary & Diane Asselmeier
Friendship Books Georganne Tiemann
Eternal Light Marie Donna
Acolyte Albs Bo & Phyllis Jarabak
Wedding Kneeler Randy & Debbie Jones
Hymnals Over 310 have been memorialized.

Special Gifts

Entrance Doors Miller & Maack
Synodical Cross Al Fritzsche
Time Capsule Bob Herr

 

About The Building

The new sanctuary is a building of contemporary design with traditional features. Each floor is approximately 12,000 square feet with an additional 1,000 square feet in the 50í connecting corridor. The facility was designed to accommodate the increased needs of the congregation while making full use of the existing facilities. The exterior walls were designed with matching brick and distinctive stone window caps and bases, copper gutter system and flashing, and a uniquely designed metal steeple with four skylights.

The new building increases the seating capacity to 450 plus an additional choir balcony with a capacity of 50. Also increased is the size of the narthex for gathering before and after services. The lower level includes a walkout social hall which also serves as a Bible center with the help of a soundproof folding wall. This area also includes the church offices, a large conference room / church library, kitchen, rest rooms, child care room, mechanical space and elevator to connect the floors.

The glue-laminated arches set on a 45 degree angle raise the roof of the sanctuary to a height of 46 feet to create a sense of the transcendence of God. The theater-style seating is a more modern feature which places the worshiper within 40-50 feet of the chancel and facilitates the communication of Godís word in the best possible way. The simple, strong interior materials of wood and brick create a solid, stable structure in which the worshiper is encouraged to put their trust in the sure and certain promises of God.

About the Architects

The original design was the concept of Joe and Carol Cernik from St. Louis. Joe had designed a number of other churches and commercial buildings including St. Clair Square. Carol, his daughter, assisted by developing the design-concept. Good Shepherdís new sanctuary was to be Joeís last project, and one that he was especially happy to do since it was a church sanctuary. The Cernik family are active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Town and Country. This intention was made certain when Joe died unexpectedly of a sudden heart attack on September 10, 1996. Changes in the architectural firm of Wedemeyer-Cernik-Corrubia, Inc. following Joeís death forced Good Shepherd to seek another architect. Good Shepherd turned to one of it own members, Mr. Dan Hurford. Dan is a graduate of Kansas State University with degrees in both mechanical engineering and architecture. This was to prove especially helpful since the Cernik designed proved to be especially challenging to build. With Carolís assistance, Dan and his assistant Greg Sutterfield were able to refine the plans and make a very difficult project feasible.

About the Stained Glass Windows

The Master Plan Committee selected Emil Frei Stained Glass to create stained glass windows for the large altar window and for the two side windows. Brother Steve Erspamer from the Society of Mary in St. Louis was selected to create the artistic design. Steve, a graduate of the Art Institute of San Antonio and Boston University, has extensive experience in stained glass, mural design, and chancel furniture. He is in demand around the world, most recently completing a project in India.

The altar window will feature both the word and sacraments. The left base will point to the beginning of the Christian life in baptism. Rising from this side is an immature but growing branch fed continually by the water of life. The right side will display the Lordís Supper with chalice and paten. Rising on this side is a more mature branch bearing fruit also being fed by the water of life. Each side reaches to the top with a swirl of red-orange light representing the Christ, the Son of God and the light and life of the world.

The side windows will display on one side the Good Shepherd, who bears a tender lamb on his shoulder. This representation is not in the typical style with halo etc. emphasizing the divinity of Christ, but it will emphasize the humanity of Christ, who through His active obedience (his life & work) and his passive obedience (suffering & death) comes to deliver the lost world from sin. The other side window will present the seal of Dr. Martin Luther. Often called the Luther Rose, this seal is a white rose with a red heart and black cross in the center. The rose itself is shown rising up within the window frame creating a dynamic effect. It will beautifully reflect the teaching of Scripture that the unmerited righteousness of Christ in our hearts enlivens us for an active life of good works and holiness (Ephesians 2.8-10).

About the Chancel Furnishings

The chancel has been designed to be simple yet beautiful emphasizing three main elements: The Baptismal Font, the Altar, and the Pulpit. All of the wood parts of the chancel were made by Wicks Custom Furniture. The Baptismal Font is intentionally larger in order to emphasize the physical element of water as well as the word in baptism. The basin was quarried from solid granite in Minnesota. Below the basin there is a pump which circulates the water in the font. Next to the font stands the Paschal Candle which is a special Easter candle lit during the Easter season, for all baptisms, and for all funerals. It helps to remind us of the connection between the resurrection of Jesus and the rebirth of faith in baptism (Romans 6.4; Colossians 2.12).

The Altar and Pulpit are simple but firm elements for worship. The Altar is reserved for the offering and for the elements of the Lordís Supper. It is a constant reminder of the sacrifice of Christ for sin accomplished on the cross (Hebrews 10.12). The the stationary cross and the processional cross will normally stand together. The processional cross displays the Lamb of God on one side and the Alpha and Omega symbols on the other. The Processional Cross also includes four crystals representing the wounds of Christ. Three candles stand as a reminder of the unity of the three persons in the Trinity. From the pulpit we read and expound upon the word of God. It is intended to be a simple but strong element reminding us of the solid foundation of Godís word for our lives (Matthew 7.24).

In the chancel we also have an eternal light to remind us of the continuing presence of God (Matthew 28.20). Credence tables stand in each corner to support other important parts of worship: Flowers, Offering Plates, and Communion Trays. We have a specially designed wedding kneeler which can also function as a general kneeler for ordinations, installations and other special rites. A unity candle stand is available for weddings. In the Narthex an eight foot tall Advent Wreath stands waiting to be incorporated for the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany seasons. Special banners will be prepared to be hung from the Narthex wall reminding worshipers entering the sanctuary of the important themes of the Church Year and Holy Scripture. The current banner is based on the theme of the most recent convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, "To the Ends of the Earth."

About the Organ and Piano

Our Wicks organ was hand built in Highland, Illinois. It incorporates the former six rank Wicks organ which served in the previous sanctuary. This organ has two manuals and 32 note pedal keyboard. The additional Great section of pipes as well as the Pedal section increases the organ to sixteen ranks. A "rank" of pipes is all the pipes needed to play every note on the organ according to each specific tone whether it be a trumpet, flute, oboe, etc. This larger organ will allow our musicians to play a wider variety of accompaniments and solos to enhance our worship.

While the organ was being rebuilt in Highland, the congregation worshiped with a piano. Becoming accustomed to the piano in worship led the Master Plan Committee to purchase a six foot Samick grand piano to be used both for choir accompaniment and, occasionally, for congregational singing.

About the Memorials

Many of the worship elements such as the stained glass windows were provided through memorial gifts given by members and others. Initially the Master Plan Committee anticipated having to wait for these items until the funds could be raised. Yet God provided abundantly through the generosity of many individuals, and we were able to incorporate nearly everything we wanted from the start. None of the items donated are inscribed or engraved in anyway so as not to detract from their function. However in the Narthex there is a Memorial Book across from the Guest Book which contains a list of all the items which were provided through memorials along with their special dedications to loved ones.

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