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Fourth Sunday of Easter April 22, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on April 22, 2018

Lessons: Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18

Sermon: “A Message from Pastor Carlsen”

Prayer: O Lord Christ, good shepherd of the sheep, you seek the lost and guide us into your fold. Feed us, and we shall be satisfied; heal us, and we shall be whole. Make us one with you, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

Third Sunday of Easter April 15, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on April 15, 2018

Lessons: Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4, 1 John 3:1-7, Luke 24: 36b-48

Sermon: “Peace, Presence, Repentance and Restoration”

Prayer:   Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on April 1, 2018

Lessons:Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Mark 16:1-8

Sermon: “Easter is Always a Surprise”

Prayer:  O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Preview: Lessons for Sunday, April 8, 2018

Download Second-Sunday-of-Easter-4.8.18.pdf (344KB)

Palm/Passion Sunday March 25, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on March 25, 2018

Lessons: Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16Philippians 2:5-11Mark 14:1-15:47

Sermon: “At the Crucifixion of Jesus we discover how broken the world is”

Prayer:  O God of mercy and might, in the mystery of the passion of your Son you offer your infinite life to the world. Gather us around the cross of Christ, and preserve us until the resurrection, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading of the Passion of Jesus from Mark’s Gospel – on the Sunday following the shooting at Great Mills High School (March 20, 2018)


Come Read “When Helping Hurts” with us

Join us after Sunday Worship throughout the month of May for Coffee and Conversation time as we will be discussing the book called “When Helping Hurts.”  This conversation time will include a short 15 minute video and time to talk about the material.  There will be copies of the book available for purchase in class, but you can come for the discussion without the book if you like.  Join us for this process of thinking carefully about how we care for our neighbors and what’s in it for us.

When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming
contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those
in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the
need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand
that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources
and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of

While this book exposes past and current development efforts that
churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they’re trying
to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians
to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority
World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change
for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.

April Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

           ◊ March 29   Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm

           ◊ March 30  Good Friday Service 7 pm

April 1 [Sunday Theme] “Easter is Always a Surprise”

            Join us for Easter Sunday Brunch @ 10:10 am

April 8  [Sunday Theme] “Life in Christ is a Community Activity”

Making New Connections Campaign Kick-off (⇐ click here to learn more)

April 15  [Sunday Theme] “Peace, Presence, Repentance and Restoration”

April 22  [Sunday Theme] “A Message from Pastor Carlsen”

April 29  [Sunday Theme] “The Fruitfulness of Being In Christ”

Preview: Lessons for Sunday, April 1, 2018

Download Easter-Day-Lesson-4.1.18.pdf (183KB)


Tragedy in our Community and Resources

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  II Corinthians 1: 3-4

“Family and Friends of Good Sam,

We always think tragedy won’t hit close to home, until it does.  There is always a great urge to ask “why,” to search out the cause and to assign blame. There is a time and a place for each of those responses, but right now I invite you to take stock of the gifts and resources; love, care and community support that we must have.

 The apostle Paul reminds us, one primary purpose we have from Christ is to comfort others with the same care we have received from God.  For this moment is a poignant time for love and mercy.  Please note the resources below for topics and ideas that may assist you in difficult conversations with family and youth. I am also available to visit with you one-on-one or with your family.”

–Pastor Mitch  


Resource links for times of tragedy can be found here.

Good Sam Sr. Youth Requests Prayers and Support for Mission Trip

During a recent Good Sam Council meeting, Isaiah Mack outlined a request to the council to present his mission trip to Costa Rica this summer to the congregation. With their approval, he’ll present his request for prayers and support with this mission trip this Sunday.  Isaiah will be traveling to Costa Rica in June with other students from his Honors Spanish class at The King’s Christian Academy to assist with home building for a needy family and spreading God’s Word.

With the deadline for funds due April 15th, Isaiah writes about his plans, hopes and request:

“I have an exciting opportunity coming up this summer that I’d like to share with you.  As part of my growing desire to join God in serving people in need all over the world, I will be traveling to Costa Rica with other students from my Honors Spanish class at The King’s Christian Academy for a 1-week service project.  Our team of students and staff will be departing on June 11 and returning June 16.  I am writing this letter to invite your financial partnership with me in this endeavor.

The trip has been planned and designed by The King’s Christian Academy in partnership with Joshua Expeditions, a Christian non-profit organization.  Since 1997, Joshua Expeditions has been providing Christian schools with quality educational travel designed to inspire purpose in the lives of others.  They have designed this trip to provide us with the best experience possible in the 6 days that we will be traveling, allowing us to serve the people of Costa Rica and share with them the love of Jesus Christ.  You can learn more about them by visiting their website at

Our days in Costa Rica will be spent building a home for a needy family.  The family will be presented with their home on our 5th day, then we will help the family move their belongings into their new home.  As we work to meet the physical needs of the local residents, opportunities will open to meet their spiritual needs as we explain that Jesus is the reason we choose to serve them.  It is my hope that God will be expanding our hearts and giving us a broader perspective of His involvement in the whole world.

I am writing to ask for your help in getting to Costa Rica.  To participate in this trip I would love your prayers for my preparation and travels.  I also need to raise money for airfare, room and board, and other travel expenses.  I will need $2,750.00 by April 15th to join the trip. 

Thank you so much for prayerfully considering if this is something you would like to participate in.  May God bless you for your time and support.”

Sincerely,    Isaiah Mack

If you are interested in helping support Isaiah on his journey, contributions can be made to Good Sam with the trip name “Joshua Expeditions” in the memo line. We will send the contributions to them in Isaiah’s name. 

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