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Worship celebrates, sustains, and strengthens our relationship with God. We gather together in worship to receive His gifts . . . the Bible, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper. God the Holy Spirit works through these worship gifts to transform our lives. We respond to these gifts during worship by singing, speaking, listening, giving, and reflecting. We respond to these gifts after departing from our worship time together by bringing glory to God and serving other people. Thus, the God who gives to us in worship now gives through us as we seek to make a Christ-like difference in His world.
Soli Deo Gloria!
We have four worship services:
Sat 5:00 p.m.
With a history ranging from jazzed, classic hymns to praise songs, and the best of the most current worship songs, this contemporary service offers varied types of worship using forms which are faithful to Scripture, true to our confessions of faith, and open to the best of the old and the new, as the Lord comes to us in His Word and Sacraments. These services are typically led by one of our Worship Teams, who will encourage you to praise our Great & Glorious God with bold singing and maybe even some clapping. See you there!
Sun 8:15 a.m.
This “heritage celebration” service most often follows the historic liturgies found in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), with near exclusive use of LSB hymns and the organ to lead worship. Choirs and ensembles help to enhance the service. We hope you’ll join us!
Sun 10:30 a.m.
This family-friendly service follows essential elements of the historic liturgies found in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB) and may include orders of service drawn from other LCMS sources. Where appropriate, our hymn selection includes material beyond LSB, and the organ supplemented with additional instruments. Choirs, musical ensembles and our school children will assist in sharing the Good News! Come Join Us!
Monday 6:30 p.m.
This service uses a simplified order of worship with great songs and hymns of the Church that can be sung well by our smaller crowd. Piano and organ help lead you to praise and worship Him, and occasionally our school children and guest ensembles assist to proclaim God for who He is, and what He has done for us. If you are away for the weekend, we pray you’ll join us on Monday!
Holy Communion is served on the 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends of every month.
We don’t want anything to stand between you and visiting us at Holy Cross, so here are some common questions guests ask:
How long are your services?
About 60-75 minutes.
What should I wear?
Dress is casual and comfortable. Formal is ok too!
Is there anything for the kids?
Kids activity bags are found in the Welcome Center and adult and children's visitor bags are located at the Information Kiosk; an Usher or Greeter can get one for you. During the 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, nursery care (0-4yrs) is available for little ones to do crafts and hear Bible stories. During the 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, kids K-5th grade, are encouraged to attend Kidwise, Our Sunday School type programming that begins following our Children's Message in worship. Parents can pick-up their children in their classrooms at the conclusion of the service.
Will I be able to find a place to park?
Yes! We have a large parking lot. The main entrance to the church is under the canopy located on the south side.
Will I stick out as a visitor?
Not at all! We have lots of visitors and go to great lengths to see that you have a very enjoyable, easy to get around experience. Be sure to pick-up a Visitor, Welcome Bag at the Information Kiosk.
How often do you serve Holy Communion?
On the 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends of every month.
What do you offer for those who are homebound or in nursing homes?
Private Communion is available. Please contact the Church office 260.483.3173.
What do you offer for the hearing or seeing imparied?
Assisted hearing devices and large-print bulletins are available at each service plus online audio recordings. An usher will be happy to assist you.
How can I find out more about the Lutheran denomination?
Holy Cross is a congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Click here to learn more.
Sanctuary Choir consists of dedicated volunteer singers of high school age or older. The choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings and leads worship singing two Sundays a month along with hymn festivals and concerts.
Men's Chorus is a volunteer group of dynamic male singers who rehearse and sing once a month, in both Sunday services.
Treble Choir is a volunteer group of skilled female singers who provide musical embellishment and leading of our congregational song 5-6 times a year on Sunday mornings.
Junior Choir is a group of talented volunteer students from 6-8th Grade who use their musical gifts to enhance our worship experiences at Saturday and Sunday services once a month.
Angelis Choir is comprised of volunteer students from 4-5th Grade who sing once a month in a Sunday service, lifting their angelic voices to glorify Him.
Saturday Night Worship Team is our newest ministry ensemble that leads the all contemporary worship songs.
Brass Ensemble includes young, and young at heart brass players who rehearse and play once a month on Sunday morning, adding musical brilliance to our worship experiences.
Handbell Choir consists of volunteer ringers of high school age or older. The ensemble rehearses weekly, ringing once a month in church during the school year.
Crusader Band is comprised of 6th-8th grade students from Holy Cross Lutheran School who assist in leading worship twice a year.
Saturday Worship Band is comprised of instrumentalists who rehearse weekly to lead the Saturday worship service, with drums, guitars, keys, bass, violin, and even hammer-dulcimer!
Worship Support ministries include:
- Acolytes assist in the lighting and extinguishing of candles at the beginning and conclusion of services.
- The Chancel Guild prepares Holy Communion and is responsible for Vessels and Vestments used in our services.
- Sound Techs operate the sound system during worship along with the digital recording of our worship services, producing CD recordings for our shut-ins.
- Video Techs operate the video projection system during worship, incorporating both video and PowerPoint presentations.
- Helping Hands is a group of dedicated members who ready the sanctuary and the Lupke Chapel for the weekend services. Assistance is also given in assembling worship folders, congregational mailings and the monthly Partners Newsletter to all members.
- Ushers & Greeters play a vital role in the worship services each weekend by welcoming folks to church and assisting with the smooth operation of services.
Anyone interested in assisting is invited to contact our Director of Worship & Music, Dr. Patricia Cotton. Phone: 260.739.6547