As hard as it is to believe, it’s time for Pentecost to lead us into the Season of Advent. The First Sunday of Advent is December 1st. Green liturgical colors will change to purple, and we will have only greenery and purple berries on the altar to remind us of the four week season of preparation for Jesus’ birth.
It seems like we celebrated all fall: On Sunday, August 25th, we said goodby to summer with one of our hamburger and hot dog feasts. The Holy Cross Grill Team cooked, and we ate and visited enjoyed one another’s company. “A good time was had by all!” As always. The Holy Spirit made her (second) grand entrance on Sunday, September 15th, when our Bishop comes for Visitation and Confirmation. And. of course, the feast we began in worship was brought to the Undercroft in our Continuing Feast. October 6th we enjoyed our traditional Oktoberfest, with the Grill Team in full swing grilling bratwurst and hot dogs on their brand new grill. What would we do without them?
But all the action hasn’t been inside the church building. The first of the year we will have more space upstairs at Hope House. We have been talking with neighbors and others who have ministries in the neighborhood about all the possibilities for offering that space to people who can provide services to the people living in and around our neighborhood. The day shelter will remain open, providing shower and laundry facilities, telephone and mailbox service to those who need it, and there will be room for more. The future is exciting! We will be deciding soon how our ministry at Hope House will be expanded.
The big news is the Seeds to Success Garden on our lot behind the church building. It was the brainchild of the fall Occupational Therapy Class at LSU Medical School and Project–ING, who meet every other Friday at Holy Cross. They planned the garden, worked together to construct beds, water barrels and compost piles and to plant fall vegetables. They have partnered with the LSU Agricultural Center and Shreveport Green — and the garden, it turns out, is only the beginning! There will be classes on healthy eating and cooking offered to our neighbors, who have been working in the garden and will reap its harvest and all its benefits. On Tuesday, November 19th, we dedicated the garden to the Glory of God and to our neighbors’ health.
Finally, we’re enjoying a new worship experience: Because repair work has our chancel floor in disarray, Acolytes, Worship Leaders, Choir and rented organ are repositioned on the nave floor at the crossing. Thank goodness for our nice, wide crossing! We’re standing for prayer and Communion, and people are sitting closer to the altar. Maybe the Holy Spirit will speak to us in new ways as we shake up our time and true practices.
Here’s what’s happening from now through Christmas:
Sunday, December 1 The First Sunday of Advent
Wednesdays, December 4,11,18 Soup Days! 11:00 am-1:00 pm
$4.00 buys a bowl of homemade beef vegetable soup, dessert and coffee
Proceeds support ministries in our community
Tuesday, December 24 5:00 PM Holy Eucharist to celebrate the Nativity of Jesus Christ
5:00 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:45 am Communion, conversation, prayer in front of the church (not a service but a sharing of fellowship with our neighbors) All are welcome!
11:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II with hymns and sermon
The Continuing Feast: On the usually the first Sunday each month we continue the Eucharistic Feast with a pot luck lunch after the 11:00 service — the best in town! It’s a good time to meet and get to know one another. Please come!
12:15 pm Holy Eucharist using Enriching Our Worship liturgy