Yesterday, The Star Tribune ran an article discussing the end of rural churches and the death of a way of life. While many cultural changes influence decline, I don’t think the news is all doom and gloom. Maybe the church is losing its prominence in the public square, but we certainly are not dying off…especially not at Holy Cross. We have been experiencing consistent attendance and support from our members, guests, and friends, even through the summer. I am thankful for your faithfulness and commitment to our community, our message, and our mission.
While church used to be a non-negotiable among many families, it simply isn’t the case anymore. If I want to be healthy and fit, I have to prioritize my eating habits and exercise. If I want to be financially sound, I have to prioritize my budgeting and planning skills. Church is no different. Sometimes church is a chore, but God never stops giving his gifts among us. When we find value in the Word and the work we do, God gives us a new heart that craves opportunities to feed our faith. Thanks for being a part of our community. May God be glorified in our message and in our fellowship, so that Christ will be known in us, among us, and through us.
Together, Living the God-fashioned Life with you –
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(July 15), you are invited to read: