Cross of Christ
is a Bible based church, which exists to give thanks to God for Jesus’ death on the cross, by which God forgave all peoples their sins and gives eternal life to all who believe in him. We do this by believing in the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and sharing the message of the cross with our community and the world.
What are your services like?
Our services are centered entirely on proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ from beginning to end an how, because of his death and resurrection, God has declared the whole world "not-guilty" of sin, in another word: forgiven! Therefore in our worship services we strive to stay focused on Christ and the forgiveness of sins in all we sing, say and do.
On a Sunday morning we follow a worship format called a liturgy. Our liturgies are largely inherited from previous generations of Christians. They are the product of centuries of experience of what serves the Christian faith well. They are designed to keep us focused on the life and work of Jesus Christ. They repeat many of the important teachings of the Bible. They express the worshipers' unity by the things they sing, pray, say, do and hear together. They help to promote reverence and sincerity.
What do you preach about?
We follow a special calendar called the "Church Year." Sunday by Sunday, the Church Year closely follows the events in the life and ministry of Jesus on earth. (For example, at Christmas we observe His birth and at Easter we observe His resurrection.) Since we follow a "church year" the message from week to week remind us about Jesus’ life and work and how they apply to the day to day struggles in our lives.
What should I wear?
Cross of Christ does not have a dress code. However, Sunday morning is an opportunity to give God our best. When entering God’s house, we should show God love and respect by the way we dress, and so we encourage you to wear clothes like you would for a special occasion. If however you are more comfortable in casual dress, don't worry about it, we're happy to have you!
What do I do when I get to church?
When you arrive, one of our greeters will welcome you and give you a service folder. You can feel free to sit wherever you like. If you are a little confused about where we are in the service, you can follow along on the television screens we have in the front of church or don't be afraid to ask the person next to you for help. You will find our church to be very friendly, helpful and welcoming.
Can I bring my children?
We are happy to have your children at church with us. The Bible says, "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ" (Romans 10:17). This truth is not only for adults, but children too. Having your children with you in church will only benefit them in the long run. If your child is getting a little restless and you need to take them out, there is a fellowship area in our lower level where you can still watch and hear the service.
On the fourth Sunday of every month, we have a children's message during the service and a youth focused video at the end of service. Your child is encouraged to come to the front of the church for that special children's message.
There is Sunday School after church service from Labor Day through Memorial Day. We encourage you to bring your children to Sunday School. Do not hesitate to ask someone where your child should go. And while your child is in Sunday School, you can stay for our adult Bible Study.
What about the offering?
The Bible says, "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7). Cross of Christ members are committed to supporting the work of our church. As a visitor you are not expected to give an offering.
What about the Lord's Supper?
In the Lord's Supper, we receive the Lord's true body and blood. As Lutherans, we believe that Christ's body and blood is really present in, with and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins. The Bible gives us specific instructions regarding the Lord's Supper. 1 Corinthians 11:26 says, "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." Since we are proclaiming something as serious as our Lord's death, we do not take the Lord's Supper lightly. So honesty compels us to ask, "Are we proclaiming the same thing together? How can we know?" As human beings, we are unable to read hearts (1 Samuel 16:7), only God can read the heart.
Since we are making such a strong proclamation in the Lord's Supper, we do not want to put you in a position to make this public confession by communing with us if you do not know what we teach. Therefore, if you are not a member of a church directly affiliated with Cross of Christ such as Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)
or Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS)
, we ask you to respect the Bible's and therefore our teaching of "close communion" and allow us an opportunity to teach you what we believe before you commune with us. We hope for the privilege to be able to share God's Word with you and one day make this beautiful public proclamation together.