From the Pastor’s Pen

Dear Members and Friends:

Holy Cross Day!  We might think of Fridays as holy cross days – in remembering Good Friday – the day on which our Savior died for us.  Or we might think of Sundays as holy cross days – in remembering our Lord’s resurrection and our celebrations of Holy Communion every week.  Both make sense to me.

But that’s not all.  The Church celebrates Holy Cross Day on 14 September every year.  From Sundays and Seasons we read: Helena, the mother of Constantine, made a pilgrimage to Israel to look for Christian holy sites.  She found what she believed were the sites of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, sites that modern archaeologist believe may be correct.  Here Constantine built two churches.  The celebration of Holy Cross Day originated with the dedication of the Church of the Resurrection in 335.  Today the festival provides the church an opportunity to lift up the victory of the cross with a spirit of celebration that might be less suitable on Good Friday.

On the weekend of 14 and 15 September we will celebrate Holy Cross Day.  The children will be back in faith formation classes on Sunday.  We will re-dedicate and bless the Education wing now that it has been thoroughly cleaned out and refreshed.  Thank you again to Bev and all her helpers.  And yes, we will sing one of our favorite hymns, Lift High the Cross, there will be a procession with the cross, and the Bell Choir is scheduled to play.  It will be a grand start to our program year.  Don’t miss it!

And then on 28 and 29 September we will celebrate St. Michael and All Angels Day. On that weekend, we rededicate and bless the Music Room and our instruments. There will be refreshments.

I’ll see you in church.

Your partner in the Gospel,

Pastor Elaine

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