Bishop John Shelby Spong: A Life Well Lived!

After 90 years of living fully, loving wastefully, and being all that he could be Bishop John Shelby Spong died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday September 12, 2021. A giant of a man in more ways that one, Jack’s towering presence will continue to live in the lives of the millions of people he blessed with his presence.

The Holy Cross community is indebted to Jack for his wisdom, generosity, and kindness. We were blessed to welcome Jack to our small congregation three times. During his visits with us Jack and his beloved Christine became fast friends.

Jack heralded Holy Cross as “the jewel of the North!” We at Holy Cross will continue to herald Jack as a beloved friend and teacher. Thanks be to ALL that IS HOLY for a life well lived!

The video below was recorded on a beautiful Sunday morning in May of 2011. The sermon was the icing on the cake of a weekend filled with Jack’s characteristic whit and wisdom.

Worship: YAHWEH

Worship: SHALOM Sunday

Worship: basilieia ton theon – The KIN-DOM of LOVE

Worship: LOVE Sunday

Worship: BETHEL – You Too Are a MYSTIC!

Worship: METANOIA – the First Words Out of Jesus’ Mouth

Worship: BAT KOL Sunday – The Daughter of a Sound Welling Up Within

WORSHIP: DABHAR Sunday

Welcome to our Summer Worship Series: Each Sunday we’ll celebrate fresh interpretations of words to reveal progressive understandings of the WORD.  words you thought you knew, words you may have rejected, words understood differently by our ancestors, forgotten words, inspiring words, surprising words! 
Summer is a time to slip into a slower pace and to enjoy more sabbath rest. So, our summer worship will be created with sabbath in mind. Pre-recorded Worship videos will be uploaded each Sunday morning at 8am and can be viewed at your leisure! Any summer day can be your sabbath! Our revised, shorter format will also provide opportunities for our Worship Team to enjoy some summer breaks.
Each Worship video will be inspired by a word, as we explore often forgotten ways of translating that word from the language of ancient storytellers into English. Through story we will explore translations of words which open us to the MYSTERY we call “God” or “the WORD.” Story, song, and prayer, all inspired by the words of the WORD.
We are excited about providing progressive ways of understanding the words of scripture and we look forward to hearing from you in the comments!!! 
Our summer series will run until September 12.
In-person worship is scheduled to begin on Sunday September 19 – Homecoming Sunday. 

Summer Online Worship Series

words of the WORD

Changing things up for the summer!

Each Sunday we’ll celebrate fresh interpretations of words to reveal progressive understandings of the WORD.  words you thought you knew, words you may have rejected, words understood differently by our ancestors, forgotten words, inspiring words, surprising words! 

Summer is a time to slip into a slower pace and to enjoy more sabbath rest. So, our summer worship will be created with sabbath in mind. Pre-recorded Worship videos will be uploaded each Sunday morning at 8am and can be viewed at your leisure! Any summer day can be your sabbath! Our revised, shorter format will also provide opportunities for our Worship Team to enjoy some summer breaks.

Each Worship video will be inspired by a word, as we explore often forgotten ways of translating that word from the language of ancient storytellers into English. Through story we will explore translations of words which open us to the MYSTERY we call “God” or “the WORD.” Story, song, and prayer, all inspired by the words of the WORD.

We are excited about providing progressive ways of understanding the words of scripture and we look forward to hearing from you in the comments!!! Our summer series begins on July 4 and will run until September 12.

In-person worship is scheduled to begin on Sunday September 19 – Homecoming Sunday. At that time we will be providing videos and texts, of each Sunday’s sermon online.