Smiley sticker on Name Tags

Many of you have noticed that some name tags have a "smiley" face on them.  You may be interested to know why! The "smiley" face is to let you know that the wearer is new to Holy Cross.  In turn, this gives you the opportunity to talk to them, find out their interests and invite them to take advantage of the many opportunities for service and fellowship available at Holy Cross. Please check for "smiley" faces each Sunday and help welcome the wearer to our parish family.

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Radical Hospitality

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. – Hebrews 13:2 There is a difference between tolerance and welcome. To tolerate is to allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference. Whereas, welcome stems from the Old English wilcuma meaning ‘a person whose coming is pleasing,’ from wil- ‘desire, pleasure’ + cuman ‘come’ – a person who is well come, wh…

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Change…and Balance

On Sunday, August 27, Canon Sonny Browne from our Diocese visited Holy Cross and shared with us a homily concerning transition and change.  His focus was upon helping us to recognize where we are in our journey as a parish – now that we have Chana among us as our first full-time priest, we are realizing that (gasp!) some things feel different…some things are changing!   Those of us in the congregation that morning found ourselves laughing aloud, because two common things we say when we are confr…

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Why do bad things happen to good people?

Last Sunday morning, the Adult Christian Ed group gathered in conversation to discuss a Christian response to Charlottesville, and one thing became very clear – right now people are afraid.  These days it seems there is much to be fearful about. Protests that end in violence and death. A government divided.  Hurricanes that devastate homes and wreck lives. The possibility of nuclear war. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a parishioner said to me “I just don’t understand why God allows these thing…

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