Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
And now we celebrate Easter! The beginning and the foundation of all we do as a church community. The glue that holds millions of us all over the world together in faith. The promise that God our Creator is indeed victorious over death.
Last Easter Day we began something new at Holy Cross: communing with our neighbors, whoever happened by, on Sunday mornings in front of the church. We call it Coffee, Communion and Prayer. I could never have guessed so many people are hungry for a taste of bread and wine, the touch that assures them that someone cares about them, the intimacy of praying together. People are very open about what they want to pray about. Clearly, they believe in the value and power of prayer.
This Easter Day we took a new step: Communion in the Garden. At 9:00 we gathered with, again, whoever happened by and celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection in our Rose Garden. We sang the songs our neighbors wanted to sing; wel prayed together, shared stories and bread and wine, Jesus’ body and blood. And, of course, we shared coffee and donuts, too. Twenty-two people came to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection!
This is the beginning of continuing celebrations with our neighbors in the garden and in the church when the weather is bad. The door is wide open; we’ll see what comes and how it shapes up. We’ll see how our neighbors give us hope in Jesus’ Resurrection. Come join us! It’s informal, lasting 30-40 minutes. And watch the website and Facebook page for reports of how Communion in the Garden develops.
After the service our children came for the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Rose Garden.
Hope House, our day shelter on Austin Street, is going well and smoothly under the new management of Donna Earnest and Tim Davis. The first two months of their ministry have witnessed steady use of the showers, telephone, mail services and laundry; a calm, quiet and upbeat atmosphere as Donna and Tim talk with and pray with our friends who come there. As things level out, they will be providing more services to increase hope in the lives of our neighbors. Stay tuned!
The Seeds to Success Garden on our lot behind the church building continues to grow. March 15th four new beds were built and planted with vegetables for our neighbors! A new Occupational Therapy class at LSU Medical School will offer their ideas and energy, along with our continuing partners: Project-ING, the LSU Agricultural Center and Shreveport Green. Classes on healthy eating and cooking are being offered to our neighbors by the Ag. Center, and plans are being laid for new possibilities as the garden in expanded. All for the glory of God and the health of our neighbors!
In the Easter Season:
Every Wednesday: Holy Eucharist in the Chapel, using Enriching Our Worship liturgy, 12:15 pm
5:00 pm in the Chapel: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am Communion in the Garden (or in the church if the weather is bad.) Informal; all are welcome!
11:00 am in the Church: Holy Eucharist, Rite II with hymns and sermon
9:45-12:30 Nursery in the Education Building
The Continuing Feast in the Undercroft: On 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!