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Title: Renovation, Week 4 "Contentment in Christ"
Scripture: Philippians 4:14-20
We all know that buildings, including our homes, require continual care and sometimes complete renovations, but have you ever thought of yourself as being “worked on” or “renovated” in your life of faith? In his letter to the Philippian Christians, the apostle Paul uses this idea of construction (or repair) upon the people of God. That we are, in a right way, a project, attended to by the Master Craftsman who is continuously caring for His creation, using the power of the Gospel to heal and reshape us into the people He is calling us to be. It’s what Paul calls in verse 6, a “good work” in us. Today, we are in WEEK 4 of our series on this “good work," looking at a prime example of the finished product! Welcome to all who join us for worship!
This week's blog post is a first hand account by one of the hardworking volunteers who helped distribute 200 boxes of food in our neighborhood last week. We will do it again on Feb. 6, hoping to increase our distribution to 300 boxes. Please message us if you are interested in volunteering! https://www.hcdallas.org/2021/01/28/serve-them-well/
hcdallas.org This weeks post is a post by Marge Simmons about her experience volunteering at last week's community food distribution. This ministry will be offered once a month through at least April to volunteer please contact the church's office.
The next food distribution is February 6th and we need YOUR help! They will be giving out 300 boxes full of food and essentials for those in need that live around our church. The event will take place from 10-11 a.m. in the north parking lot of the church. We do need 6-7 volunteers! If you would like to volunteer please email Cami at [email protected].
Renovate Week 3: We all know that buildings, including our homes, require continual care and sometimes complete renovations, but have you ever thought of yourself as being “worked on” or “renovated” in your life of faith? In his letter to the Philippian Christians, the apostle Paul uses this idea of construction (or repair) upon the people of God. That we are, in a right way, a project, attended to by the Master Craftsman who is continuously caring for His creation, using the power of the Gospel to heal and reshape us into the people He is calling us to be. It’s what Paul calls in verse 6, a “good work” in us. Today, we are in WEEK 3 of our series on this “good work," discovering what the Lord is up to in our lives. Welcome to all who join us for worship! Music licensed through CCLI # 198753 (copyright) and # 20778564 (streaming)"
More photos from today's food distribution. Thank you to Pastor Beto Alzate for leading the effort, the American Prosperity Fund for providing the food and for the volunteers who came out to help feed over 200 people today! Next distribution is February 6th and we will need your help as we are upping our distribution to 300 boxes of food. Proper social distancing is easy to maintain and PPE is worn by everyone participating. Come help us "love thy neighbor!"
Thanks to all our volunteers who came out to help us distribute 200 boxes of food (and for Pastor Beto's leadership). Each box contained fresh fruit and veggies, protein, shelf stable items, etc. Next food distribution is February 6th and we need YOUR help! Watch this space to find your what you can do in the near future to "love thy neighbor!"
CAPTION CONTEST!!! Have you see the Bernie Sanders meme from the Inauguration taking the internet by storm? Sitting alone all huddled up trying to stay warm, Senator Sanders was captured by television cameras and photographers alike. And, knowing the internet, it was only moments before he was being placed in situations all over the U.S.--from the Empire State Building to sitting in chef/tv star Guy Fieri's red convertible Camaro SS and everywhere in between.
Well, we can't let Bernie get away without him commenting on the renovations at Holy Cross so we're having some fun by coming up with a caption--best one wins bragging rights. Rules: no politics and no uncharitable remarks, only humor and generosity allowed. (I reserve the right to delete your comment if deemed inappropriate!) Enjoy and let's see how creative the saints are at Holy Cross!
Santa Cruz Church will be hosting a free food event this Saturday January 23rd! They will be giving out 150 boxes full of food and essentials for those in need that live around our church. The event will take place from 10-11 a.m. in the north parking lot of the church. We do need 6-7 volunteers! Masks, gloves, and proper social distancing will be practiced. Future dates will be announced soon!
If you would like to volunteer please contact Cami in the church office.
A Prayer for Inauguration Day
Dear Heavenly Father:
You are the Almighty, the one and only true and Sovereign God. As our nation undergoes a presidential transition today, we pray: “Thy Kingdom Come here on Earth as it is in Heaven!”
May the Holy Spirit instill in President Biden a hunger for Your righteousness so that the values and principles of Your eternal kingdom are applied to our nation. May President Biden and Vice President Harris and all who serve at the local, state, and national levels of government see themselves as servants of and for all people.
Give those whom You have placed in authority over us the ability to honor You by doing what is right, fair, and just for all citizens, especially the poor, the hungry, and the marginalized. For such a wealthy nation, how did we get to such a place of vast disparities in income and quality of life? Forgive us O’ Lord!
We ask that all the people in our nation, irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, or religious faith be treated with dignity and we pray for the health, security, prosperity, and justice of all the citizens of our country. May our courts be places of fairness and integrity, valuing and interpreting the law with the utmost care and thought.
Help our nation develop a foreign policy that fosters peace and freedom so that our global neighbors are internally strong and healthy. Where there is need, let us be generous with our resources, sharing our wisdom, experience, and wealth so that all flourish. And move our country to provide international leadership in the good stewardship of all the natural resources that You have entrusted to humanity. May we lead the way in being good stewards of Your creation.
Lastly, we pray, may the Church be the voice of assurance in the midst of this earthly life, pointing people to Your love and faithfulness and Your gifts of grace, mercy, and power in and through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. As followers of Jesus, help us to honor all those in authority, remembering them regularly to you in prayer so that they too may know of Your love and blessing. We praise and thank You for Your forgiveness and power in our lives. It brings us indescribable comfort knowing You are in control.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”
*Adapted from Bread for the World’s “A Prayer for Inauguration Day,” 2021.
A Prayer for Our Nation on Inauguration Eve:
Almighty God, You have given us this good land as our heritage. Grant that we remember Your generosity and constantly do Your will. Bless this land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Grant that we, who came from many nations and many different languages, may become a united people. Support us in defending legitimate liberties, and give those to whom we have entrusted the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there may be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, may our hearts be thankful, and in troubled times do not let our trust in You fail; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. --From the Lutheran Service Book, page 313.
*Check back tomorrow morning for a "Prayer of the Day" on behalf of President Biden and VP Harris. Let us remember our nation, our neighbors, and our leaders to the Lord!
A prayer to close out your Monday evening. Goodnight and sleep well. Give it all to Jesus, Dr. King did.
Good Monday morning! As our nation celebrates the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., dedicate some time this week to learning more about the Church's role in being an advocate for others (Micah 6:8 and Mark 12:31). The Grow Center, a division of Northern Seminary, is hosting a series of presentations between today and Friday, all focusing on Dr. King and the Church. It's a great opportunity to hear from theologians and marketplace leaders! Presentations are every day, offering you the flexibility of watching one or all! Enjoy! --Pastor Tom
thegrowcenter.com Remembering Dr. KingThe Grow Center for Church and Mission will be hosting an evening virtual event, Remembering Dr. King: Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope, during the week of January 18th. We are hosting talks each night (two on Monday, January 18th) to feature bible teachers and Chr...
Title: Renovate Wk 2: The Ins and Outs of Christian Living. We all know that buildings, including our homes, require continual care and sometimes complete renovations,, but have you ever thought of your life of faith as being “worked on” or “renovated”? In his letter to the Philippian Christians, the apostle Paul uses this idea of construction (or repair) upon the people of God. That we are, in a right way, a project, attended to by the Master Craftsman who in continuously caring for His creation, using the power of the Gospel to heal and reshape us into the people He is calling us to be. It’s what Paul calls in Philippians 1:6 “a good work” in us. Today, we continue our series on this “good work,” discovering what the Lord is up too in our lives. Welcome to all who join us for worship!
Hey Holy Cross family and friends!! The renovation is underway! Check out this short update from Pastor Tom!
Good evening, everyone! Unfortunately, Pastor Tom appears to have been hacked. If you received a text this evening from a strange number signed by PT, please disregard. Rest assured that he does NOT need you to purchase any gift cards for him at the moment! 😉
Worship January 10, 2021: We all know that buildings, including our homes, require continual care and sometimes complete renovations, but have you ever thought of yourself as being “worked on” or “renovated” in your life of faith? In his letter to the Philippian Christians, the apostle Paul uses this idea of construction (or repair) upon the people of God. That we are, in a right way, a project, attended to by the Master Craftsman who is continuously caring for His creation, using the power of the Gospel to heal and reshape us into the people He is calling us to be. It’s what Paul calls in verse 6, a “good work” in us. Today, we begin a new series of messages on this “good work,” discovering what the Lord is up to in our lives. Welcome to all who join us for worship!
Friendly reminder that beginning today we are worshipping ONLINE ONLY through the end of sanctuary renovations (hopefully 8-10 weeks). Join us right here on our page beginning at 9:30am as we begin a brand new series on the book of Philippians. Bible classes will not meet today but Youth will meet via ZOOM at 10:45 am. See you at 9:30!
A Message from Pastor Tom
Dear Friends in Christ:
As you prepare to lay down to sleep, do not despair of the anger of the age. Do not faint before the evil of those who cause quarrels and strife. Do not look to the right or the left for assurance and salvation--but look UP to the Heavens from whence your Savior comes. For He sits at the right hand of the Father and judgment is His alone. The earth shakes, the sky darkens, the sea tosses and turns while nations rise and fall, but the Word of the Lord stands forever and we are His people.
Americans? Yes, but only second to being Christian. For St. Peter reminds us that we are a "chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation," not bound by geography or passports, but bound to one another around the world and across the ages by the shed blood and resurrection of Jesus. Remember your family of faith who stands with you, though scattered around the globe, they still give a single voice to your cry, "Jesus is Lord!"
But pray for the United States. With great privilege comes great responsibility. Pray for our leaders, those men and women whom the Lord has placed in authority over us. Pray for the peaceful exercise of our freedoms and that all people will flourish as we seek to steward well what has been entrusted to us. Jesus taught us to "love thy neighbor." May the Lord expand our vision of who our neighbor is and how we might love them in their time of need. Lord, have mercy. In Jesus' name.
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
January kicks off two months of renovations for our worship space at Holy Cross. Our facilities are getting some much-needed TLC–it’s an exciting time to be on our campus as we anticipate completion in just a few months! Pastor Tom has a new blog post all about this season of Renovation.
hcdallas.org January kicks off two months of renovations for our worship space at Holy Cross. Our facilities are getting some much-needed TLC--it’s an exciting time to be on our campus as we anticipate completion in just a few months! Yeah!
A Glorious Gift Exchange. Did you know that Epiphany was historically a multi-faceted celebration? That's right. It was a means of rejoicing in the different ways God reveals himself to us, taking the initiative for us and on our behalf. So, when asking what does God have for us this Epiphany, well, he has HIMSELF! In our message today, Pastor Tom explores the implications of God's gifting nature in our life of faith as we follow Jesus. How will His gifts to you this year shape your life of faith? Let's explore this and more in our text today from the Gospel of Matthew. Our text is Matthew 2:1-12.
Want to own a piece of Holy Cross history? We are about to begin a full sanctuary renovation including new pews and are offering our old pews and cushions for free to anyone who is interested. Pews are of varying length, from approximately 10′ to 14′. Free but must arrange a pick-up by January 11th. Contact the church office if you are interested!
Pastor Tom's class on Galatians WILL meet this coming Sunday, January 3rd at 8:30 am. Join him in-person or on-line via HC's ZOOM account for session 11. Due to the renovation, future class dates will be TBD. Contact PT if you have any questions!
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Just a reminder that we will not gather for worship, Bible study or Sunday School either in person or online today as we continue to prepare for the upcoming sanctuary remodel. Thank you for understanding and Merry Christmas!
If you could describe this Christmas with one word, be it a noun or adjective or verb, what would you use? Safe to say most of us wouldn't have very positive or joyous things to say. This Christmas, unlike any others for the majority of us, is terrible, disappointing, and just plain sad. But is this really true? What would you say if I told you it's actually possible to call a terrible, disappointing, and/or sad Christmas a GIFT? Yes, it may seem odd, but it is possible for us to look at this Christmas and call it what it really is...a gift.
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Today, we look at the text for Christmas Eve. We'll be in Galatians 4:4-7. Materials posted below. Thank you for joining Pastor Tom for this last devotion of the season! Merry Christmas!
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