Holy Cross MCC is a Christ-centered church of inclusion, community, transformation, and justice. You are loved. You are worthy. You are welcome. This is the statement of purpose that came out of our workshop process, and the statement we are working to make a reality in every part of our church. Even if you are reading this for the first time, you are included. You are loved. You are worthy. You are welcome. I hope you’ll come try it on with us.
I encourage you to check out the church calendar included here for information about all sorts of ministries and activities occurring around our church. We’re working to build a community that provides opportunities for worship, service and recreation for all its members. I look forward to seeing you at many of these events (Al and I attend almost all of them).
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we offer our sincere gratitude to Donna Stough for her service this year as Clerk of the Board. We received and accepted Donna’s resignation from the Board this week. We are indeed grateful for all her valuable service. In line with our by-laws and SOP’s, the Board has now appointed Lori Shuman to finish this year’s term as Clerk. The position will be up for election during our January Congregational Meeting. We welcome Lori to the Board and look forward with great anticipation to the service she will offer in that role.
My sermon for this Sunday is called, “Tradition…TRADITION.” We’ll be thinking about faith-based or church traditions. Which ones are important to you? Which ones stand up to challenge? What are the new traditions we need to develop and most importantly, what does the Bible have to say about traditions. Consider those questions in light of this week’s Gospel lesson from Mark;
Mark 7: 1-2, 5-8
“Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of Jesus’ disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” Jesus said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
Come and let’s reason it out together.
I look forward to seeing you in church