Holy Cross Day (Summer Series)
I am using the sundaysandseasons.com resources for prayers and am not writing my own. I will still list hymn suggestions and other resources for any others thinking about using this summer series.
Festival Day: September 14
Color: White or Green
Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; John 3:13-17
Resources: Wikipedia, anglican.com
This festival, which originated in the fourth century, celebrates the triumph of the cross. Paul reminds us that Christ crucified is the power and wisdom of God. As Moses put a serpent on a pole to be a source of healing for the Israelites, we lift high the cross as the sign of our health and salvation. Each time we make the sign of the cross we remember our baptism into the death and resurrection of Christ.
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #349. Ah, Holy Jesus
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #848. Give to Our God Immortal Praise!
ELW #323. God Loved the World
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #530. Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #345. Jesus, I Will Ponder Now
ELW #335. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #857. Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #651. Oh, Praise the Gracious Power
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #355/6. Sing, My Tongue
ELW #608. Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #342. There in God’s Garden
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
W&P #11 At the Foot of the Cross
W&P #25 By Grace We Have Been Saved
W&P #39 For God So Loved
Various Hymnals As Moses Raised the Serpent Up (1985) by Marie Post
Various Hymnals God is Love (1922) by Timothy Rees
Various Hymnals Name of All Majesty (1984) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals When Christ Was Lifted (1980) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals Won by Dying Love (1911) by D. S. Warner
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“By the Cross” By Philip Swan.
“Message Of The Cross” By Martin Smith.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
“Sweetly Broken” By Jeremy Riddle.
“This Is How We Know” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More options here.
Dakota Road Songs:
“CROSS OF CHRIST”
“REMEMBERING THE PROMISE”
“TAKE UP YOUR CROSS”
“YOU SET US FREE”