Come Worship With Us!
Welcome to Holy Cross! Whether you are new to Holy Cross, or have visited us here before, we are so glad you are here! We want you to feel comfortable worshiping with us. Whether a guest or regular attender, please stop by the Ministry Center between services and ask any questions you may have. Below is some information to help you feel at home and some common questions that new attenders have with answers to help you know what to expect.
- Restrooms: Handicap accessible restrooms are located between the north and northeast doors OR in the hallway between the Friendship Hall and the Overflow area. Other restrooms are down the education hallway by the water fountain.
- Nursery/Cry Room: 1st & 2nd doors on the left as you start down the education hallway. There are toys, rocking chairs, a changing table & extra “baby supplies” available for your use. Adults can enjoy the worship service on the TV provided. “Busy bags” for young children are available at the Ministry Center.
- Sunday School & Bible Study Locations: Please check with the volunteer at the Ministry Center for help in locating these classrooms.
- Coffee & doughnuts are available in the Friendship Hall between 9 – 9:30am and between 10:30-11:00am.
- We Celebrate Holy Communion, also called The Lord’s Supper, on 1st & 3rd weekends: If you are a guest & would like to commune with us, please read the laminated card in the pew racks or printed below. Gluten-free wafers and sulfite-free grape juice are available; please let the server know you desire these options.
Concerning Holy Communion
DEAR MEMBERS AND GUESTS:
The Lord’s Supper is God’s gift of forgiving strength for the faith of the baptized, instructed, confirmed and repentant Christian. It is also an intimate act of fellowship and unity of belief, which offers Jesus’ Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins. If you have been confirmed, please carefully ask yourself the following questions before registering to receive the Lord’s Supper in the Ritual of Friendship Booklets provided in the pew racks:
Do I recognize I am a sinner and repent of my sin before God?
Do I believe Jesus to be my only Savior and Lord from sin, death and Satan?
Do I believe the Body and Blood of the Risen Jesus are really present in the Lord’s Supper (in, with, and under the bread & wine) and will give me renewing forgiveness?
Do I seek the Lord’s forgiveness and promise to amend (change) my sinful life with the help of the Holy Spirit?
Do I seek the forgiveness from Jesus’ Body and Blood in this Supper to dedicate my life to serving Him?
Since the Lord’s Supper is such a powerful means of forgiveness and close act of believing the same Bible truths, the Bible calls for our guests and members alike to carefully examine themselves before receiving the Lord’s Supper. We ask our Christian guests, who are not Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod members, to carefully consider if their beliefs regarding the Lord’s Supper are the same as our beliefs. If not, we respectfully request they refrain from participating with us. Our pastor will be pleased to make a personal appointment to aid you in your understanding of our Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Biblical convictions regarding the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “This is my body.” Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for man for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28.
Paul wrote: “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.” 1 Corinthians 11:28-29.
FOR THOSE WHO NEED A SUBSTITUTE FOR WINE AT THE LORD’S SUPPER, non-alcoholic white grape juice is provided in the center of each communion tray.
GLUTEN-FREE COMMUNION WAFER: If you have a dietary intolerance to gluten, wheat, dairy, corn or soy; a communion wafer, free of those ingredients, is available at communion services at Holy Cross. Simply notify a pastor or elder prior to the service or at the communion rail that you desire a “gluten-free host,” and you will be served that in place of the regular communion wafer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I park? Are there special areas for guests, the disabled, and the elderly?
Parking is available in the parking lot to the north of our building and to the east, as well as along the street on the west and south sides of the building. There are special parking spots set aside for visitors and disabled next to the entrance walkways.
What do I do with my kids?
We encourage children to join their adult family members in worship services. Sunday School for children is offered during the 9:30am worship time for age 3 through 6th grade, except during summer months when Children’s Message is offered during the 9:30am worship time for age 3 through 4th grade. The 9th through 12th grade have Youth Bible Study during the 9:30am hour at the Youth House across the street from the southwest corner of the church. We have nursery care for those who have infants and toddlers under the age of 3 during most 9:30 services. During our other worship services the Nursery is available as a “cry room”.
How should I dress?
Whether you like to wear your “Sunday Best” or something that is more casual, you will fit in at Holy Cross. Clean and comfortable attire is appropriate.
- What worship style(s) does Holy Cross use?
While no worship style is greater or lesser than another, we pray that you choose which expression is most comfortable for you and allows you to worship the Lord your God. All our worship forms are grounded in The Word (the Bible) and the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We worship God using a variety and blend of worship styles. Holy Cross uses both “traditional” and “blended” worship styles. What do these words mean?
Traditional Worship uses the language and liturgies of Lutheranism. (What is “liturgy?” Liturgy is the form and pattern of worship that has developed over the Christian Church’s 2000 year history and the Lutheran Church’s 500+ year history. It is the public action of the assembled worshipers; remembering the symbolism and rituals of ancient, Old Testament worship.)
Our Traditional Worship utilizes the Lutheran Service Book hymnal that includes numerous liturgies and hymns, both older and newer. The hymns and liturgies are accompanied by organ and/or piano. A song leader is used to help support the hymn singing and liturgy. Musical solos, duets, etc., are shared occasionally during worship.
Blended Worship uses a more modern blend of keyboard, organ, guitars, drums and flute to create an uplifting and powerful time of worship. Worship Team singers lead the singing. Screens are used as visual media for songs and the order of worship, while still incorporating the key components of Lutheran worship. A diverse selection of music is used to engage all generations. At times, creative elements are used to help illustrate the message or theme of the sermon and service. This worship is less formal, yet still respectful.
Special Worship Needs: for the visually impaired we offer large print orders of worship. Let an usher know and they will be happy to assist you.
Our Saturday, 5:30pm worship is a mix of traditional and blended worship. It utilizes a printed order of worship. Hymns and worship songs are led by keyboard and a song leader.
Our Sunday, 8:00am worship is traditional worship
Our Sunday, 9:30 & 11:00am worship are blended worship
Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month at all worship services.
Where should I sit in the worship center or sanctuary?
You are welcome to sit in any of the three seating sections of the sanctuary.
What is a “Lutheran”?
Being “Lutheran”, our congregation accepts the 16th century reformation of the Christian Church. The teachings of Martin Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
What is a Synod and why do we belong to the “Missouri Synod”?
The word “synod” in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean “walking together”. It has rich meaning in our church body, because each congregation voluntarily chooses to belong to the Synod. Diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. The congregations of the Synod are “confessional.” They hold to the “Lutheran Confessions” as the correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in the Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century; the simplest of these is Luther’s Small Catechism.
How do I become a member of Holy Cross?
If you are interested in becoming a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, please visit the Membership tab under About Us on the Home page of this website or CLICK HERE. All the information you need is there!
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