KING’S CROSS CHURCH exists to glorify God and enlarge His Kingdom by gathering regularly to proclaim and celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, yielding to the authority of God’s Word as illuminated by the Holy Spirit and summarized in the historic Christian Creeds and Reformed Confessions, partaking together of Christ’s presence in the Sacraments, providing opportunities to love and serve one another in Community, equipping the saints for Ministry to those who are lost and hurting, both locally and globally, and preparing them to cultivate Shalom (peace and well-being) wherever God calls them to serve.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Letter to Mom

Dear Mom,

Let me live. Let me grow.
Let me feel the rain and snow.
Let me give you love and laughter
that will bring you joy hereafter.
Remember a goodly half of me is you.

Did I come to your womb to die?
Was I formed for me to lie
in a cold and metal dish?
Or was I formed to grant a wish
to couples who daily pray
who would love to have me stay?

Let me live the dance of life.
Let my spirit light your way.
Let me see the dawn of day.
Let the two of us make you memories
that resound through centuries.

May I feel your soft caress?
Join with me in happiness
Grant me life to play hide-and-seek
Let me nurse teat to cheek.
And may I snuggle next to your warm belly
to feast with you on toast and jelly?

When your life is spent
my life will be your testament
to the God of the hereafter who loves a child's laughter,
to the God who rewards a cup of cold water
who will greatly reward the one,
who saves me from slaughter.

I have a place in your belly.
Give me a place in your heart
so the twin demons of guilt and shame
will never tear you apart.
Be my Mother.

Love, Your Baby

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sunday School: You Are What You Love Week 1

This is the first in our Sunday School series from James K.A. Smith's book "You Are What You Love"

Included here is a link to download the handout that went with the discussion.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

What was your Christmas Liturgy?

Now that Christmas day has come and gone and the new year is underway, in the midst of looking forward with our aspirations and resolutions lets take a moment to look back. The Christmas season is a time of year that is particularly suited to traditions, rituals and liturgies. Lights adorn our houses, trees are chopped and decorated, aromas of Christmas spices billow from the cookies in the oven, carols blast on the radio, familiar stories are told and retold accompanied by Christmas “hymns”. I must admit, I rather enjoy all the trappings of Christmas time. It was a pretty big deal growing up. We looked forward to doing the same thing every year. Driving to Granddaddy and Grandmothers house to spend the night on Christmas Eve; Christmas dinner with ambrosia for dessert; presents in the evening; stockings on Christmas morning. My Grandmother put up and decorated a tree in every room of the house. I remember the train that went around the main tree in the living room. I would watch it for hours and play with the different ornaments on the tree. There were ballerinas that would twirl on their own, snow globes that were always snowing and of course the Star Trek shuttle craft. When you pressed the button on the bottom it would light up and say, "Shuttle craft to to enterprise, shuttle craft to enterprise. Spock here. Happy holidays. Live long, and prosper." 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Thanksgiving

Heavenly Father,

Today we celebrate your perfect decree of salvation by which you have glorified yourself and redeemed your people. We thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ, who put on flesh and dwelt among us, to live as we cannot, and die as we deserve, so that we may be made new and adopted as your own sons and daughters forever.

We thank you for winter mornings, which whisper to us a reminder that you have made us clean, and washed us whiter than the fresh fallen snow out our windows. Thank you for preserving us and keeping us warm with hot chocolate, roaring fires, and insulated clothing. For those lacking, we ask that you would use our abundance as a means to bless them and witness your loving-kindness. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Advent Prayer of Thanksgiving

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for having brought us to this place today, to be able to hear your Word preached and the good news of the gospel once again. You have reminded us, Most Merciful God, that though our sins are as scarlet, you have washed us as white as freshly fallen snow.

We thank you for making us; that we can enjoy you both now and forever. As each snowflake is uniquely made, and falls in the time and the place you have appointed, we are comforted to know that we also are in your hand, and we are fearfully and wonderfully made in your image. Let us fall down before you in adoration of your creativity and providence.

Merciful God, thank you for crisp clean air, for cold noses, and warm cups of coco and coffee to warm us up. Thank you for gatherings of family and friends and for warm greetings and embraces.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Lectionary Thoughts: Psalm 6

Lectionary Thoughts: Psalm 6

I love the grittiness of the psalms. The psalms were written by real men assailed by real enemies in the midst of real affliction, distress, loss and grief. You can search the psalms, but you will not find any coming “to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses” schlock. Instead you will find a colorful litany of conniving villains, thirsty wilderness treks, back-stabbing friends, powerful foes, searing flames, crashing waves and open graves.

Psalm 6 opens with indications of anguish and vexation intense enough to turn David’s couch into a swimming pool of tears (v6). The psalm closes on a note of relief. But note what is omitted. Generally, relief stories go something like this: Affliction – Distress – Crying Out – Removal of Affliction – Relief.

David’s relief did not come when the LORD dealt with David’s enemies. David’s relief came when he was confident that the LORD had heard and received his prayer (v9). This is real faith for real life. Faith is not trusting God when He marches briskly to the orders that we have given Him. Faith is trusting Him to deal wisely and lovingly with the concerns that we have laid before Him in prayer in His time and in His way.

As the antacid commercial queried: How do you spell relief?


Lectionary Thoughts: Psalm 5

Here’s a question: Do you pray Biblically? Do you pray in the manner overwhelmingly exemplified in scripture?

Psalm 5 introduces us to something that we will see repeatedly in the psalms and beyond: The psalmist prayed out loud. In the opening verses mentions “the sound of his cry” and his “voice” as he prays to God, and the Hebrew words for these words clearly indicate audible noise.

Daniel prayed prayers that were loud enough to convince his enemies that he was violating the king’s decree (Daniel 6:10). And Jesus prayed loud enough in the Garden of Gethsemane for his prayers to be heard and recorded by the apostles.

I’ve looked diligently, but have not yet been able to find any examples of silent prayer, the possible exception being Nehemiah’s prayer in the presence of Artaxerxes (Neh. 2:4).

I started praying in this way several years ago, and would heartily commend it to you. I don’t exclusively pray aloud (counselees would probably not linger in my study if they could hear what I was praying for them as we converse!) but I do find times and places where I can do this without provoking others to wonder (any more than usual) about my sanity.

What might be some possible benefits from praying aloud? Distraction and, yes, let’s admit it, staying awake, are perennial enemies of protracted prayer. Praying aloud leans hard against these proclivities. Our bodies are not, as some like to think, mere conveyances for our brains. We are to serve God with all of our “heart, mind and strength.” Praying aloud reinforces the reality that we are to serve God with the entirety of our beings, not just what happens behind our eyes and between our ears.

Now, I’m not saying that praying silently is sinful (far from it!) We are nowhere in scripture forbidden to pray silently. But I am saying that we should take seriously that which is given to us in God’s Word by precept and by example. So, as you read through the Bible this year, be careful to note the manner in which people pray, and then be ready to “go thou and do likewise.”