Blue Christmas Service

Blue Christmas Service 15 December 2020 5:00 p.m.  When Christmas Hurts Dear Ones, Holy Cross Church invites those in our community to this service devoted to music and prayer which acknowledges ‘the longest night is near’ – Christmas Eve and then the 12 days of Christmas--for those who hurt physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually. The music and prayers create space for those challenged to embrace the ‘joy of Christmas’; who mourn those they love and see no more; those whose pain is kno…

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A Prayer for Holy Cross

A Prayer for Holy Cross Episcopal Church Gracious God, bless this band of believers and draw them closer together in your ministry. When they are coping, cheer them on. When they are caring, let your love be alive between them. When they are committing, let it be with their whole being. When they are apart, bind them together in the fellowship of your Spirit. Bless you precious Lord for accompanying them, for accepting their humanness, and for calling them into deeper love and service. For sure…

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Why Do We Use Blue During Advent?

Why do ‘we’ use Blue during Advent? First, a little background info. A Parament of Parement; (from Late Latin, paramentum, adornment, parare, to prepare, equip), a term applied by ancient writers to the hangings of ornaments of a room of state. Later it has referred to the liturgical hangings on and around the altar, as well as the cloths hanging from the pulpit and lectern, and the ecclesiastical vestments and mitres. Advent means “coming or arrival,” and the reason for the season is anticip…

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Angel Tree 2020

    It’s time! It’s time! It’s Angel Tree time! As many of you know, Holy Cross has participated in this wonderful prison ministry for many years. We have 52 children to serve this year, 52 children who will have a parent in prison this Christmas. The incarcerated parent has completed an application requesting a gift be purchased on their behalf for their child/children. Here’s where Angel Tree steps in. Even though we’ve participated in this…

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A Woman's Advent Journey

A WOMEN’S ADVENT JOURNEY Gathering Around the Flame   “In this strange season when we are suspended between realization and expectation, may we be found honest about the darkness, more perceptive of the light”. Jack Boozer  Using Jan Richardson’s book Night Visions, as our guide a Women’s Only offering will begin on Tuesday, December 1st @ 5:55 and each Tuesday evening during Advent (Dec. 8,15 and 22). Jan and I traveled through seminary together. She was born a wise soul and an articulate…

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A Way to the Manger

Explore Christ’s birth as recounted in the Gospel of Luke through the lens of the Way of Love and the seven practices of turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. With daily devotions of personal stories, modern examples, art, and invitations to prayer and journaling, the authors challenge you to discover and incorporate these practices into your own life. During Advent and Christmas, walk with the shepherds and the angels, Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and Zechariah, and Anna and Simeon. Al…

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