Vienna’s Church of the Good Shepherd Celebrates Publishing Its 15th Annual Lenten Devotional

The Church of the Good Shepherd, a United Methodist church in Vienna, celebrates the publishing of its 15th annual Devotions for Lent booklet. The booklet of daily devotionals written by members and friends of the congregation will be available at the March 5 Ash Wednesday 7:30 p.m. service at the church, located at 2351 Hunter Mill Road.

More than 19,000 of the booklets will be mailed to church neighbors, and the booklet also will be available on the church’s website at www.GoodShepherdVA.com. The church will distribute the daily devotionals by e-mail, and the community is invited to sign up via the church’s website to receive the devotionals electronically.

The Rev. Mark Burgess, pastor at Good Shepherd, said he continues to be amazed at the reach of the devotional booklet, which also includes drawings by children of the church. This year a church in Atlanta requested copies, he said. He invites readers to use the booklet to spend some time alone with God.

“Lent is a time of year to step back from our busy lives so that we may more thoughtfully focus on what God has done for us,” the Rev. Burgess said. “We do so in imitation of Jesus, who also, from time to time, withdrew to quiet places where he could be alone with God. We pray that you may find a place like this for yourselves and that these devotions may assist you as you likewise seek God’s presence.”

Each Sunday The Church of the Good Shepherd has 8:30 a.m. morning prayer, followed by Sunday school at 9 a.m. and its worship service at 10:15 a.m.

For more information, call the church office at 703-281-3987 or visit the church website at www.GoodShepherdVA.com.