Women's Study Hour - (Room 103)
Adult Bible Study - (Room 105)
Jr. High Bible Study (Room 104)
Sr. High Bible Study (Room 202)
Adult Bible Study - Join Don Rawe for an in-depth Bible Study. (Library)
Children's Sunday School - all ages (Classrooms)
The Lord's Supper is celebrated on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays.
THE LORD'S SUPPER is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as he says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but his very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with him and with one another. Our Lord invites to his table those who trust his words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as he forgives and loves us, that they may show forth his death until he comes. The following questions are helpful in preparing one for receiving the Lord's Supper:
1) Am I a baptized Christian who knows that I live a sinful life?
2) Do I believe that Jesus' true Body and Blood are present in this Holy Supper and given for my forgiveness?
3) Do I desire to live according to God's Word and will for my life?
AS YOU COME TO THE LORD'S TABLE you are affirming with each communicant that Jesus is your Savior and Lord, that with Lutheran Christians you believe His body and blood are present in and with the bread and wine, and that you desire to serve Him as a disciple in the fellowship of His Church. Because those who eat and drink our Lord's body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm (1 Corinthians 11:27-29) and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, please visit with the Pastor before receiving the Sacrament. For further study, see (Matthew 5:23f; 10:32f; 18:15-35; 26:26-29) (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)
BLESSINGS AT THE ALTAR RAIL
We invite children and guests who are not prepared to receive the sacrament to receive a spoken blessing at the time of communion distribution. If you wish to receive a spoken blessing at the communion rail, please cross your arms when you kneel with the others at the altar rail.
The offering at Holy Cross is an opportunity for those who have made a commitment to the ministries of Holy Cross to support this important work with their money. We give these offerings out of love for God, in thankfulness for his blessings to us, and with the confidence that nothing we could ever give could cause God to love us more nor even any failure to give would cause him to take his love from us. We believe that God has blessed us and that part of our worship of him is to give an offering, the first and best of what we have been given. We are confident that God will continue blessing us and providing for our needs so that we can be generous and that generosity will result in thanksgiving to God for his gifts through us.
For this reason, and because we do not wish anyone to give under compulsion, we do not expect our guests to put anything in the plate. We ask them to pass the plate and receive the blessings of God as our gift to them and to God.
For further information on financial responsibilities of God's people and God's promises to faithful and fruitful servants, consider the following Bible verses:
(1 Timothy 6:17-18) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
(Malachi 3:10) "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
(Proverbs 3:9) Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.
(Matthew 6:21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Acts 20:35) In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'
(Matthew 28:19,20) [Jesus said,] "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
(Matthew 6:33) [Jesus said,] "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
(1 Corinthians 16:1-2) Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatians churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
(2 Corinthians 9:6-12) Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (lcms)
4400 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, Texas 76016
(817) 451-7561 or Metro/Fax (817) 429-6944
Last update: Monday, December 06, 2010
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