SUNDAY MORNINGS: Map
All Ages Education 9:00
Worship 10:30
Coffee and Cookies 11:30

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Holy Cross is a welcoming place, indeed our mission is to be welcoming to “all who seek grace and peace in conversation and communion with Jesus Christ.” You will notice right away that people are friendly, curious and openhearted without being overbearing or invasive. We are interested in joining company with anyone seeking to grow in the knowledge and love of God and to share the dream of reconciliation we believe God has for all of creation.

 

Who we are…
Our congregation hails from varied religious backgrounds: Episcopal, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Buddhist, nondenominational, and folks who had no previous religious formation. Because of this diversity, our liturgy holds us together as we explore Scripture and experience Christ in the bread and wine at Communion. We think of this ecumenical mixture as a gift because we value the spirit it produces in our worship and our life together.

 

Additionally, we come from all walks of life. We are teachers, managers, artists, real estate agents, Home Depot employees, health care workers, stay at home moms and dads, hair dressers, lawyers, contractors, and retired folks. We enjoy this multiplicity as our work and cultures enrich our conversations and relationships.

 

What we do…
Holy Cross accomplishes five primary tasks in its life and mission. We teach the love of God by studying Scripture together, including the letters of the early Church and by reading a variety of books that lend themselves to discussions about our own faith journeys. We serve the larger Murfreesboro community through our food pantry and various events that take us out into the community to help those in need; we also serve those in need within our own church family. We have fun at community gatherings around food and events, like Thanksgiving, Girls’ Night Out, and Movie Nights, to name
a few. We pray and give thanks to God on Sunday mornings, of course, but also in small groups like the Prayer Shawl Knitting Group, Communion Bread Bakers, Grief Support Group and others. And we proclaim the Good News of abundant life in Christ through our community outreach, word of mouth and in our intentional actions in our daily lives.

 

How we spend our time…
As we march through the various seasons of the church year, we focus on different stories about Jesus and the Church. In turn, these stories inform what we do together as a community. Advent and Christmas (most of December and the twelve days following Christmas) helps us anticipate and elebrate the new world that Christ brings and we learn about ways we can work as Christ’s body in the world. Epiphany (the four to seven weeks after Christmas) gives us episodes from Jesus’s life that how us different facets of the Good News that he brings. We spend Lent (forty days in February and March, though sometimes April too) thinking about our lives in relation to the message of abundant life that Jesus offers. During Holy Week, the week prior Easter, we live through the very difficult story of Jesus’s trial and death. On Easter, of course, we celebrate the miracle of Jesus coming back to life and walking out of the grave, but in the Episcopal Church we make this celebration last for fifty days! Then we hit “ordinary time” with the season of Pentecost, which is a very long season that lasts from the end of Easter to the Sunday before Advent. We spend this time hearing the wonderful and amazing stories of Jesus’s teachings, journeys and encounters in addition to lessons from the early Church founders about how to be church together.

 

Each of these seasons is marked with a variety of activities and events, some meant for fun, community gatherings, others meant for prayerful reflection, and still others for the purpose of getting the word out about God’s lavish and healing love for this world.

 

Why we do what we do…
There are as many reasons for doing what we do as we have people at Holy Cross. Our guess, however, is that God has a lot to do with each of those reasons. Some of us do what we do because we want to be in God’s presence as much as possible. Some of us have Holy Cross as our home base as we go out into our work places and vocations and do the work of God there. Others do for and with Holy Cross because they are so grateful they could bust and serving alongside this church is the best way they can think to return to God what God has given them. Still others do what they do ecause it’s who they are and doing what they do is one of the best ways they’ve found to express themselves.

 

You are invited and welcomed...
Whatever your reason for coming to Holy Cross, you are invited and welcomed to explore what God is calling you to do in your life and work. Come pray and give thanks with us. Come serve with us. Come hang out with us. Come learn with us. But above all, we hope that you come love the world alongside us. Loving God and loving this world is the fundamental call God makes to us all.