Since 1975, Holy Cross has reached out with the lifesaving message of Jesus Christ. From its humble beginnings of worship at Dunn Elementary School to its present location on West Arkansas Lane, Holy Cross has been a place of worship, spiritual growth, fellowship and Christian love. Holy Cross seeks to be of service to this community in Jesus' name. Holy Cross is a growing congregation of committed Christians who, together with 2.6 million other Christians in 6,000 congregations of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), seek to spread the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.
Our Mission Is To Connect People with Jesus. We do this by:
Attracting people to Jesus;
Connecting them to God and one another;
Transforming people by the power of the Holy Spirit; and
Sending people to witness and serve in Jesus' Name.
We believe that God's grace in Jesus Christ (the Good News) is the central message of the Bible (the only source of absolute truth). This grace is received by faith-which is the gift of God's Holy Spirit.
· We believe that all people matter to God. He loves all people and desires that all people receive his salvation. He calls us to love all people and do good to those with whom we have opportunity.
· We believe that vibrant worship and faithful celebration of the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion in the context of Christian community are the means by which God feeds his people's souls and nurtures his church.
· We believe that the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
· We believe that building loving relationships centered in Jesus Christ is key to spiritual growth, Christian nurture and evangelism.
· We believe that excellence glorifies God and inspires people. This calls for authenticity and continuous growth among Christ's followers.
· We believe that we are called to be good stewards of what God has given us-our families, children, senior citizens, buildings and resources.
· We believe that Christ's followers should be deployed in ministry according to their spiritual gifts; leaders should lead, teachers should teach, etc., all with a heart of servanthood.
We believe that all these things are possible only by the grace and work of God through the power and influence of the Holy Spirit.
The Official LCMS Seal: The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Seal is a unique blend of symbols and words.
In the center is a blue shield, representing the Christian's faith; a prominent gold cross proclaiming that we preach Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead; Latin words under the cross reading "Jesus Christ is Lord"; three equilateral gold crosses symbolizing the Holy Trinity; three gold stars on the shield standing for the three Christian creeds: the Apostolic, the Nicene and the Athanasian.
Beneath the shield is Luther's seal (see description below). Three gold stars on each side of the shield stand for the six Lutheran Confessions that were published in one book, titled "Concordia," in 1580. Grape vines fill the bottom white spaces, symbolizing Christ's words in John 15:5. Around the inner circle are the words on which Lutheranism is founded: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide (by Scripture alone, by grace alone, by faith alone). The exterior circle contains the proper name of the church and the year it was founded--1847.
The seal was designed is by Rev. A.R. Kretzmann of Chicago; the drawing is by Walter Geweke, also of Chicago.
Martin Luther's Seal: Dr. Martin Luther's seal expresses his theology and his faith. He designed it himself.
In the center is a black cross indicative of Christ's dreadful sacrifice on the cross for every sinner who ever lived. The cross is in the center of a red heart, to show that faith causes love, joy and peace to grow in the human heart. The the red heart is on a white rose (Luther's favorite flower) because white is the color of angels and blessed spirits. The white rose is against a blue-sky background to symbolize the Christian's hope for the coming joys of heaven. The seal is enclosed in a gold ring, showing that the bliss of heaven is unending.
Luther's seal is not used as an official symbol of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. However, it is incorporated into the Synod's official seal to show our acceptance of Luther's doctrines. The seal has been used by Lutherans worldwide.
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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: Thursday, October 22, 2009
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