Another glorious Easter weekend at The Church of the Cross has come and gone! Over 2100 people attended worship services during which the Good News was proclaimed in word and song and shared in fellowship and sacrament. We rejoiced to welcome on both campuses those regularly seen, those seldom seen and those previously unseen; and by God’s grace each departed more aware of God’s love and the choice His invitation presents.
That said, a critical review of our preparations for the weekend is underway with an eye toward 2014 and the need to be prepared to accommodate another 16% increase in attendance should we be so blessed. And before going a bit further, I must pause to thank the Flower Guild, the Altar Guild, the ushers and greeters, the parking aides, the musicians and technical support teams, those who facilitated the special events for children and provided care for our infants and toddlers, the lay and ordained folks who participated in the services, the staff and volunteers who labored behind the scenes, and the many faithful worshippers who shifted to different services to make room for the larger number of guests . . . WOW – your hearts for the Lord were as evident as the lilies donated to adorn our spaces – THANK YOU!!!
What now, now that the lilies are beginning to wilt and the wind of the Spirit is blowing? I suggest pondering and then acting upon a few words from Oliver Wendell Holmes:
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
In His power and for His glory,