Worship

At the heart of life at Holy Cross is worship.

 

Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action.

Through God’s word, the waters of baptism, a meal of bread and wine, and prayer,

we are nurtured in faith, inspired and equipped to be God’s people doing God’s work.

 

Music is an integral part of worship at Holy Cross.  Seasonal liturgies rooted in the Lutheran worship pattern of “Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending” for young and old alike, as well as hymns and songs from traditions around the world are led by soloists, ensembles, choir, piano, pipe organ, and global folk instruments under the direction of Dr. Michael Burkhardt, Cantor.

Sunday morning worship

All are welcome on Sundays at 8 and 10 a.m.

 

8 a.m. worship provides a more intimate worship experience culminating around the table.

 

10 a.m. worship offers a more festive worship experience with choral leadership and participation.

festival worship

Sunday, December 3, 8 and 10 a.m.

            ADVENT begins

 

Sunday, December 17, 4:00 p.m.

            BLUE CHRISTMAS WORSHIP

 

Sunday, December 24

            Advent Worship 10 a.m. (no 8 a.m. service)


            CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP

            4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 11 p.m.

            Music of the Season, 10:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, December 31, 10 a.m. (no 8 a.m. service)

            CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS

 

Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.

            ASH WEDNESDAY (Lent begins)

 

Sunday, March 25 - Sunday, April 1

            HOLY WEEK

            Palm/Passion Sunday, March 25, 8 and 10 a.m.

            Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

            Good Friday, March 30, Noon and 7:30 p.m.

            Easter Vigil, March 31, 7:30 p.m.

            Easter, April 1, 8 and 10 a.m.

 

Sunday, May 20, 8 and 10 a.m.

            PENTECOST SUNDAY

WORSHIP AND FINE ARTS OPPORTUNITIES

Chancel Choir

  • A choral ensemble opportunity for young adults and older.
  • Rehearses on Wednesday Evenings, 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Music Center.
  • Leads God’s people in praise, prayer and thanksgiving in worship on Sunday Mornings and Feast Days.
  • Sings a wide variety of music ranging from chant and early music to American music and gospel.

Seasonal Singers

  • A choral opportunity for those singers who cannot make a year-long commitment to the choir, but who can join with the choir for Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter/

Chancel Bells

  • A handbell ensemble opportunity for young adults and older.
  • Rehearses on Wednesday Evenings, 6:00-7:15 p.m. in the Music Center.
  • Leads God’s people in praise, prayer and thanksgiving in worship throughout the year.
  • Rings a wide variety of music including hymn tune arrangements and original music with five octaves of handbells and four octaves of handchimes.

hearts, hands & voices

Monday Evening Worship and Fine Arts Program

  • All children of the community, grades 2-8, are invited into a continuation  of the summer camp worship and fine arts experience during the school year.  
  • Each Monday evening, children gather at 6:30 p.m. for a light supper and  then work with Michael Burkhardt and friends until 8:00 p.m.  
  • Evening experiences include singing, ringing handbells, playing Orff instruments, and drumming in the African tradition. 
  • One of the goals of the program is to equip participants who come from Holy Cross, from across the region and from a wide variety of faith communities to share what they have learned in their own communities. Additionally, these young people develop relationships that carry beyond their time together in the program. 
  • “Tuition” for the program asks each family to provide one supper per term (Fall and Spring). 

2018 Summer Worship and Fine Arts Camp: August 6-9


FINE ARTS CONCERT SERIES

October 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. As we observe this event, we are reminded and challenged through the lifework of Luther and other reformers that reformation is not simply a one-time historical event, but rather that the Body of Christ we call Church is always in need of reform and renewal in the light of the Gospel.

 

Luther once remarked that music was a living voice of the Gospel (viva vox evangelii). Similarly, we are called to be living voices of the Gospel with our whole being, through our words, deeds and actions. We do this not on our own but empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit.

 

Sunday, October 29, 4:00 p.m.

            LIVING VOICES OF THE GOSPEL

            A Hymn Festival celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

            Holy Cross Chancel Choir and Area Choirs

            Festival Brass and Percussion

            Michael Burkhardt, Organist-Director

 

Sunday, November 12, 4:00 p.m.

            FALL OPERA TALK

            Michigan Opera Theatre, presenter

 

Saturday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.

            ADVENT-CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Tell Out, My Soul

            Holy Cross Chancel Choir

            Holy Cross Chancel Bells

            Hearts, Hands & Voices Fine Arts Musicians

            EMU Keyboardists and Instrumentalists

            Michael Burkhardt, Artistic Director

 

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

            DETROIT LUTHERAN SINGERS IN CONCERT

            Christopher Hall, Director

            $15 / person; $10 / seniors and students

 

Sunday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.

            SPRING CONCERT

            Hearts, Hands & Voices Fine Arts Musicians

            Michael Burkhardt, Artistic Director