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Our primary purpose is to love God and to help others come to know the love of God.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19


Table of Contents

Holy Cross believes in community
Explore your spirituality
Values of Holy Cross
What do we mean by Holy Cross Episcopal Church?
What do we believe?
Living out God's purposes

Answers to some common questions:
     Are you a Protestant Church?
     Are you a Catholic Church?
     Are you a Sacramental Church?
     Are you a Bible Church?


 
Holy Cross believes in community

At Holy Cross we value community. Community isn't just a nice add-on, but it is who we are as a church. We believe that the real riches and rewards of any faith journey are found in and through our relationships with one another. Christ promised that when two or three would gather in his name that he would be among them. We have found him good to his Word. We find him here among us in our family of faith. We're not the church version of In-Out Burger - Sunday morning Christians. We share our lives together, celebrating our triumphs, grieving our losses, bearing one another's burdens. It's prayer groups and bridge clubs, acolyte training and pool parties, potlucks and soup kitchens, Sunday School and sleepovers and minding each other's kids for mini-honeymoons, keeping the faith through all the chances and changes of life. And supporting one another in living an ethical and Christian life that more and more seems to run counter to the culture we find ourselves in.

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Explore your spirituality

As Anglicans we embrace a comprehensive approach to the spiritual journey. We don't believe that one size fits all. Holy Cross is a safe place to ask questions and explore what you believe. We find a great source of spiritual strength in the worship of our church. There is greater spiritual depth in the centuries of Christian tradition than many people realize. Holy Cross will offer a variety of opportunities to help you find the fullest expression of your spirituality.

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Values of Holy Cross

As individuals, we all have things in life that we value. Knowing what you value helps you keep priorities in order. Groups have values as well as individuals and keeping those values in mind can help guide a group in its common mission. The following reflect not individual values, but the values of Holy Cross as a congregation. They are the cornerstone of the life that we share together.



Relationships
We want to build a lasting relationship with God and with one another. Inviting people into a relationship with God, as known through Jesus Christ, is the most important thing we do.

Relevance
We value preaching and teaching that is relevant to our contemporary lives and the culture of which we are part. The preaching and teaching all finds its center in the Bible, and works from the scripture to show how God's Word applies to our lives.

Worship
We believe that gathering together to worship should be, at the same time, a fun celebration and the occasion for a sacred encounter. The worship of the gathered community is the center of our life together.

Scripture
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and can help us see now to gain meaning and purpose in our lives through a relationship with God as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.

 

Humility
We believe that humility is foundational for any spiritual life. The most important way we practice humility is by continually affirming that we're not in charge - God is. The church belongs to Jesus Christ. We seek always to fulfill his vision and mission for Holy Cross.

Hospitality
We know that new guests are a gift to us as a congregation. We welcome newcomers, knowing that we will never be all we can become as a church without constantly welcoming new people and new ideas.

Children
We know that children are not the future of the church, but the present. Children are an important part of the church right now. We need to minister to children and be prepared to be ministered to by children. Taking part is based on ability, not age.

Ministry of all people
Ministry is a job for all people, not just professionals. The ministry of the church is led by the ordained persons, but all Christians are to take an active part in ministry both in and outside the church.


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What do we mean by Holy Cross Episcopal Church?

Episcopal comes from the Greek word episkopos meaning overseer and from which we derive the word bishop. We are a Christian church guided by our bishops, served by our priests and deacons (as ordained ministers) supporting the work and witness of the majority of our ministers, the baptized members of our church.

As a part of the Episcopal Church, Holy Cross, a congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, is also part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which has 70 million members in countries circling the globe. The Anglican Communion began with the Church of England, but has spread well beyond its English roots. The typical Anglican today is African or South American rather than an Anglo-Saxon as the name Anglican implies.

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What do we believe?

We believe first and foremost that we can best come to know God, our creator, through a relationship with his son, Jesus Christ. And, along with Anglicans around the globe, we at Holy Cross therefore hold the traditional faith of Christians through the ages. The clearest statements of what we believe is to be found in The Apostle's Creed (p. 96, Book of Common Prayer) and The Nicene Creed (p. 358, Book of Common Prayer). These ancient creeds (or short statements of faith) are held to be true by billions of people around the world today and throughout the long history of the Christian faith.

As a church, we emphasize the fullness of the journey of faith. Our worship shows that we love a lively study and discussion of the Word, but that we also know that any encounter with God must also include a humble silence before the mystery and the awesome sacredness of God. We celebrate the power of God in our lives with praise and thanksgiving, but we also recognize our shortcomings and are moved to repent, to forgive, and to seek forgiveness as part of the journey. We believe that it is God's will that this journey be lived out in community together, encouraging one another and bearing one another's burdens. We believe all people are called to be ministers and to serve God, his Church and the community in which they live. We believe that we are called to love all people and to share with them the life-giving and life-changing good news of the love of God in Jesus Christ.

For a more detailed explanation of what we believe, see An Outline of the Faith, starting on p. 845 in the Book of Common Prayer. See also Historical Documents of the Church starting on p. 864.

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Are you a Protestant Church?

Yes. The word protestant began as a derogatory term used for those who were protesting abuses in the church of that day. The word also means "to witness for" and reminds us that our church witnesses for Jesus in the world around us.

As a Protestant Church we are not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, though we wish to work for greater unity among all Christians and churches.

We believe that through a relationship with Jesus as our forgiver and leader that we come to salvation. We also believe in the divine revelation of the Bible.

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Are you a Catholic Church?

Yes. The word catholic was described hundreds of years ago as "that which has been believed in all places, at all times, by all people." The word catholic means what has always been believed as the essentials of Christian faith and practice.

We are not a part of the Roman Catholic Church, but we do strive to welcome their members into full communion with us.

More importantly, as a catholic church we believe there is a great value to the long-standing traditions and practices of Christians throughout time. Among the central practices of a catholic church are the Sacraments.

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Are you a Sacramental Church?

Yes. A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of the inward and spiritual gifts God offers us. We accept as most important the sacraments of Baptism and the Holy Eucharist (also called Communion or The Lord's Supper).

In Baptism we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and are adopted into God's family called the Church. In Eucharist, we receive the bread and wine of communion which we believe is the body and blood ofJesus -- a way of knowing by faith that Jesus is truly with us and in union (communion) with us at that point in time.

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Are you a Bible Church?

Yes. The Bible is a book that allows us to hear God's words to his people and their response to him. We believe that all things you need for faith and salvation are in the Bible. There's no secret knowledge you need outside of the Bible, and no additional truth that came later that is of the same value as the words of the Bible.

We also believe God has given us a mind, and wants us to use it, as we struggle to interpret, understand and apply the stories and teachings in the Bible.

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