Pentecost wind in our midst

The Spirit was alive on Pentecost at Holy Cross Lutheran! We felt it! So many people were smiling, and laughing, and yes, we were prayerful, too. The idea that God sends the spirit to each of us, as Comforter, as Advocate, as “force to be reckoned with” is sensational to me. Seeing the spirit in the music we sing (both traditional, and played melodically on our organ, and the upbeat Vocal Choir singing with a gospel beat), seeing the spirit in the faces of the children enjoying crepe paper pompoms and red plastic windmills – yes and hearing the spirit in the scriptures read in our midst. God is good. Continue reading “Pentecost wind in our midst”

Find out what God is doing … Work Party!

We’re having a different kind of Work Party on Saturday June 15th at 10 am- don’t bring your work gloves – but bring your imagination!

“Find out what God is doing and join Him” Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God

Dear Members and Friends of Holy Cross

Here at Holy Cross Lutheran in Salem we have been spending time imagining how God is at work in our church, and in our world. We, as a church have grown smaller these last few years, largely due to the death of our friends and neighbors. We have worked through our grief and loss together, and turned our face to The Son, to follow Christ’s call into service in our community. Continue reading “Find out what God is doing … Work Party!”

Pentecost – The Holy Spirit in Action

The Apostles’ Creed – The Third Article

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean?I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.

From Luther’s Small Catechism © 1986 Concordia Publishing House,

I’ll never forget the day I heard Nadia Bolz-Weber recite this quote on NPR one day in response to a question about ‘how she keeps her faith’. This is how. And these are the words I memorized in 1970 when I was confirmed at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston Texas.  (Pastor Zwerneman).

I am glad to be a Christian. I believe. But, come on, I can’t do anything at all by myself, out of my own ‘gumption’ or whatever. It’s the Holy Spirit who calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth.

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I Arise!

Don’t miss the Ascension day worship this thursday, May 30th, at 7 pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 1525 Glen Creek Rd., in West Salem. We have been invited to participate in this worship together! Holy Cross hosted last year, and now we will visit Peace Lutheran for this annual worship event.  Continue reading “I Arise!”

Breakfast on the beach

We finished studying the Gospel of John in our verse by verse Bible class yesterday at Holy Cross. (We’re going to finish the year with 1John).  And so I got to read and experience Breakfast on the Beach with Jesus one more time. It’s a simple story, in JOhn 21, of the resurrected Jesus. But for me its a story of Peter, who loves Jesus so much but screws up all the time. Sound familiar? Well, I certainly see myself in that description; maybe you see yourself too. This year, in January, I got to visit the Holy Land with my husband, Pastor Joe, and we found our trip to the sea of Galilee very moving. The spot called Tagbha in Arabic was my favorite. Because this is where John 21 happened.  Continue reading “Breakfast on the beach”