Reflections from Jerry

Thank God for Women Abraham is greatly honored as the Father of faith. It's time to give great thanks for Sarah. One day, angelic messengers tell Abraham that his wife will have a child within the year. They ask him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" " There in the tent," he said. Then the Lord said," I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already old…

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Michelle Carpenter

Michelle Carpenter first attended Holy Cross in June 2010. She says, "Holy Cross was the answer to my prayers!" After the birth of her son Augustus she was looking for an Episcopal church near her. Voila! Holy Cross had just dedicated its new building in May 2010 and it was almost across the street from her! Michelle is a cradle Episcopalian and was active in her church as a youth. However as a young adult she had become inactive until she felt drawn back into a church community as she started h…

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Pete and Polly Lake

Pete and Polly Lake first started attending Holy Cross this past June. They live near the church off of Myrtle Grove Road and would drive by quite frequently.  They decided to attend one Sunday after trying two other area churches.  They explain, "One was too loud and felt like a rock concert.The other was too quiet."  However, after attending just once they felt Holy Cross was "just right"!  They feel that Holy Cross is an "overwhelmingly friendly atmosphere but not too intrusive or overpowerin…

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Reflections from Andy

The Four Stages of Faith Brian McLaren is a contemporary Christian writer and speaker. In one of his books, Naked Spirituality, he lays out his understanding of the stages we can move through if we desire to live a full, mature, Christian faith. I have lived with these stages for several years now, and I find them to be very helpful.  The stages go like this:   Simplicity. When in this stage, a person believes people are either with them or against them. It’s all or nothing when thinking a…

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Reflections from Ed Dunlap

Two things I remember from my confirmation class 61 years ago is the General Thanksgiving as found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the definition of a sacrament. As I learned that definition, “a sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” Those sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. The other sacramental rites or actions are confirmation, ordination, holy matrimony, reconciliation…

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