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Pentecost Sunday Taize and ABM fundraiser for Myanmar

Our joint Pentecost service with St Margaret’s is 9.30am 5 June. In addition, Holy Cross is delighted to host an ABM fundraiser for people of Myanmar suffering from Covid-19 and military repression. Anglican Board of Mission Canberra is working through its Anglican partner, the Church of the Province of Myanmar, leading this initiative.

  • Join us for a special ecumenical Taizé service at 5pm
  • Hear first-hand (illustrated) stories from ABM’s 2020 pilgrimage to Myanmar.
  • Enjoy a sumptuous supper of authentic Myanmar food with wine or fruit juice (no charge).
  • Have an opportunity to donate to the ABM’s tax-deductible Myanmar Emergency appeal (cash or credit card). (This event is now over).

National Reconciliation Week services: ACT joint churches and at Holy Cross

Ecumenical service of reconciliation and healing at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

This year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity coincides with National Reconciliation Week. ACT Churches have organised an ecumenical service of reconciliation and healing, followed by refreshments.

4.30pm Sunday 29 May
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
15 Blackall Street, Barton

All are welcome to gather for the lighting of the fire at 4pm at the Meeting Place fire circle. The service will begin outside at 4.30pm, before moving inside to the Chapel after sunset at 5pm.

The service will include an act of acknowledgement and commemoration led by Making Peas/ce reconiliation ministry, focussing on colonial era conflicts.

Please invite your friends and download and share the poster.

At this time, the ACT Churches Council invite all Canberra churches to reflect on how to listen to the “Uluru Statement from the Heart” and respond in real and practical ways.

Our 9am morning service at Holy Cross Hackett on Sunday 29 May will focus on how Holy Cross can respond to the call from the Uluru Statement from the Heart, reflect on our journey and commitment for reconciliation, and understand our own place in this wider story.

Holy Cross regular Sunday worship in person and online

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All are welcome to join us for our regular Sunday Eucharist worship services at 9am each week. During school terms these include kids’ church and activities for families with young children. For those who can’t be with us in person, you are welcome to join our weekly Sunday worship online via Zoom.

Occasional joint services with St Margaret’s take place at 9.30am as noted in our church calendar.

God’s Mercy in the Economy

The fourth Sunday of Lent saw our Lenten series God’s Mercy in our World continue with Diwa Hopkins speaking on God’s Mercy in the Economy. You can listen again here:

Holy Week and Easter services

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Lenten series on God’s Mercy

Our Lenten worship in Holy Cross this year focuses on God’s Mercy in our World through a series of sermons from our Holy Cross and wider community.

The series opened on the 2nd Sunday in Lent with a talk on God’s Mercy for the Environment. You can listen to it again here.

God’s Mercy for the Environment, 2nd Sunday in Lent, Holy Cross Hackett

For the 3rd Sunday in Lent, we heard from St John’s Care on the critical work they do caring for members of our community who are facing hard times, and the importance of mercy at these times for helping people facing hardship get back on their feet. This is a window into God’s Mercy for society. As part of hearing God’s call for mercy in society, at Holy Cross our Lenten journey includes a renewed focus on our weekly giving to St John’s Care.

Tomorrow we will hear about God’s Mercy in the Economy.

We invite you to join us in our journey, in worship and through these podcasts. And as we walk together we invite you to ask how God is calling you in your heart to be part of God’s mercy for our world.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES – update

All our Christmas services (other than the Kids Nativity) will be available on Zoom: click here to join.

CHRISTMAS EVE, Fri 24 Dec

5pm: Kids Nativity

– this will be held OUTSIDE under the cherry tree, by request of parents who would prefer their children to be in a space with better ventilation. The weather should be fine. Bring a rug if you want somewhere comfortable to sit! Chairs will also be available.

11pm: Midnight Mass in the church

CHRISTMAS DAY, Sat 25 Dec

9am: All Age Eucharist in the church (NB no morning tea will be served)

BOXING DAY, Sun 26 Dec

10am: a simple said Eucharist, followed by morning tea in the Annex

Christmas Events

Join the Holy Cross community and friends for our Christmas events! All welcome.

Darkness Into Light, Sun 28 Nov, 7pm

Join us for a beautiful service of music, readings and prayers to mark Advent Sunday. No need to book.

Or you can attend via Zoom at the usual Parish link.

Contemplative Morning Prayer

(The psalm, reading, and collect for each day can be found on the free epray app downloadable here. The Holy Cross epray code is 6806. A print-friendly version of the liturgy can also be found at the foot of the page.)

Opening Responses

Lord open our lips
And our mouth shall declare your praise.

Glory to God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

A Time of Open Praise

Opening Prayer

The night has passed
and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm

Bible Reading

For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

A Time of Quiet Meditation

Benedictus

In the morning, Lord,
I come into your house, Alleluia.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel:
who has come to God’s people and set them free.
The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour:
born of the house of God’s servant David.

Through the holy prophets, God promised of old:
to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us,
To show mercy to our forebears:
and to remember God’s holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship God without fear:
holy and righteous before God, all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High:
for you will go before the Lord to prepare God’s way,
To give God’s people knowledge of salvation:
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God:
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death:
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.

In the morning, Lord,
I come into your house, Alleluia.

A Time of Open Intercession

Lord in your love,
hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

now and forever. Amen.

Collect

Closing Responses

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia.

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