How We Worship

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We are an Evangelical church in the Anglican tradition. We focus on worship, Scripture, growing together in the faith, and walking daily with Christ. Everything we do is aimed at helping each person at Holy Cross grow in his or her relatioship with Jesus Christ.

Our Two Services
There is a choice of two services with fellowship, food, and Spiritual Growth Classes in between them. The 8:45 AM service is traditional with beautiful vestments, organ music, full choir and Holy Communion. The 11 AM service sets the same ancient liturgy to contemporary music. It has a more casual feel while remembering that we are worshiping our holy God. The 11 AM service music is led by a praise band, and there is Holy Communion each week.

Your Kids
Your children are always welcome--noises and all! At both the 8:45 and 11 AM services the nursery is available at the start of the service for the youngest ones. Those age 4 and older are invited to begin the service with their families. Those age 4-11 will be dismissed prior to the sermon for a special program led by our dedicated and skilled team of staff and volunteers. The children will be returned about 25 minutes later at "The Peace" prior to Communion.

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WHEN YOU COME TO HOLY CROSS ON SUNDAYS, YOU'LL FIND:

You will be welcome. You will be warmly welcomed, but you will never be singled out. We have numerous first-time guests at each service, and we provide ways for you to engage if you choose, but you're welcome to be annonymous if you'd like. Whether you are a long-time Christian or totally skeptical about God and the church, you are welcome. Everyone here is at a different point in their journey of following Jesus.

We particpate in worship together. Worship is participatory, and we are all invited to engage in a variety of ways. No one will ever be put on the spot, but everyone has the chance to fully participate.

We pray together. We join in saying the Nicene Creed together. We move together: standing together to praise, sitting together for instruction, kneeling together for prayer and for Communion. We pray both extemporaneous prayers and those that have stood the test of time, being prayed by Christians worldwide for many hundreds of years. The latter use timeless words that can beautifully capture our yearning for God and our joy because of his love and mercy.

Anglican worship emphasizes the holiness and majesty of God--and that prompts respect and reverence. Everything about an Anglican service points to our need for God and his mercy in forgiving us and making us whole in Christ. This aspect of worship is often forgotten, and reencountering it can be a deeply moving experience.

We confess our sinsSin is humanity's number one problem. It separates us from God who is the source of all our answers and solutions. Anglican worship is about admitting we are utterly incapable on our own of pleasing God or earning our salvation. It constantly emphasizes that only by what Jesus did on the cross can we be forgiven and saved. 

There is lots of Scripture. There is far more Scripture used in an Anglican service than in many other church services. Listening to God's Word helps us to grow and gives space for the Holy Spirit to speak to us. In addition to four passages from the Bible read each week, many of the phrases in the liturgy are directly from the Bible. An Anglican service is packed with Scripture!

We will celebrate Communion. At most of our services, we celebrate Holy Communion, and if you are a baptized and believing Christian you are welcome to receive the bread and wine. You may take the bread and then drink from the common cup, or you may dip the bread into the wine (called "intinction"). If you or your family members prefer not to receive Communion of if you have not been baptized, you are invited to participate by coming to the rail to receive a prayer of blessing--just cross your arms over your chest so the priest will know.

You will see special colors. There are special colors in the church, ones that remind us of the particular season of the church year. In penitential seasons like Lent (the 40 days before Easter) and Advent (the four weeks before Christmas), you will see purple on the Holy Table and in the vestments of our clergy. At Pentecost you will see red; at Easter and Christmas, white; at other times, green. These colors help remind us of the important events of Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection and of the life of the church.

Come, see it for yourself. We are a mixture of young and old; diverse ethnic backgrounds and countries. Some folks have been here from our founding - some are new this month. We'd love for you to make this family your place of worship.