“For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.” Ecclesiastes 4:10

Pastor’s Perspective

Jesus Is Risen Indeed

Although I can’t recall the specifics, I do recall that a few weeks ago a friend said something to me that I totally agreed with. My one word response was: “Indeed!”

Indeed isn’t a word we use too much these days. I mean, if Wendy were to say to me, “Feel like a pizza?” my normal response would be, “Sure”, not “Indeed.”  Or, if she were to say to me, “Let’s pick up a few steaks to grill tonight,” I’d most likely respond, “That’s a great idea!”  I wouldn’t respond “Indeed” as that would sound rather strange.

But there is one time the response “indeed” absolutely fits the situation.

Maybe its tradition, but it’s much more than that. The response “Indeed” fits each Easter morning as the people of God gather in churches around the world and the announcement echoes: “Christ has risen” and the assembly responds : “Christ has risen indeed, Alleluia!”

Can there be a more appropriate, more powerful response on Easter Sunday morning than “Christ has risen indeed!”

I looked up the word indeed. Merriam Webster online defines it as “without any question, “truly,” and “certainly.”

So, on Easter Sunday join the church around the world, and join me and friends and neighbors here at Good Shepherd as together we proclaim: “Christ has risen, Christ is risen, truly, certainly, without question, Christ has risen indeed, Alleluia!”

Peace and blessings,

Pastor Tom



Church Picnic

September 2011, Champaign IL

Our youth enjoying the dunk tank during the annual church picnic.

Baby Sunday

August 2011, Champaign IL

A celebration of the all our families with children ages 3 and under.

Apple Festival

October 2011, Champaign IL

Pie-making for our annual Apple Festival, hosted by WELCA. 

Easter Egg Hunt

April 2012, Champaign IL

Children celebrate Easter together during our breakfast & egg hunt.

El Salvador Mission Trip

2011, El Salvador

Good Shepherd members work in El Salvador to rebuild a church.


December 2011, Champaign IL

Our young ones sharing the joy of Christmas during worship.

Trunk or Treat

October 2011, Champaign IL

After trunk or treating, our costumed kids play games in the fellowship hall.