Dear Saints of Cross and Crown,
This unprecedented time of Covid has led us to ask many important questions: What happens when our world falls apart? How do we press onward when our tightly-knit plans unravel into loose threads? What do we become when our identity -- or the path we're on -- comes undone? What if all of this is not the end we fear it will be?
In our unraveling, sometimes life surprises us with unexpected joy, love, and hope -- with a new beginning we couldn't have imagined. Sometimes we need God to unravel us, for we long to be changed.
We are beginning a new summer worship series at Cross and Crown: Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart. We will explore twelve stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams, and expectations. These are stories where God meets us in the spiraling, unraveling our plans -- and us -- into something new. Come worship with us at 9 AM each Sunday, contemplate where God has allowed the unraveling of your expectations, and see how God the Great Weaver is making you a new creation.
Join us starting June 6 for a sermon series entitled Unraveled. After the events of the past year, many of us feel like are lives have become unraveled. We are looking into how this is ok, especially when we have a God that will stitch everything back together in new and remarkable ways.
Martin Luther lived during the bubonic plague, which is attributed to the destruction of half of Europe's population. Amid the plague ravaging his home of Wittenberg, Germany, Luther continued to minister to his people, but he had to be extra careful so as to not spread this deadly disease. One of the ways he ministered from a distance was through his writing. As one example among many, Luther wrote his arguably most important hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, during those plague years. May these ancient words comfort you. God is truly our mighty fortress during every epidemic, pandemic, plague, and trial.
(English translation from the original German)
A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing:
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work his woe;
His craft and power are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth is his name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,—
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! His doom is sure,—
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers—
No thanks to them—abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also:
The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is for ever.
Welcome to Cross and Crown Lutheran Church.
Located in the City of Rancho Cucamonga.
We are proud members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Pacifica Synod Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Rancho Cucamonga
All are Welcome
Christ has asked us to love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves. We welcome ALL to worship with us 9 am Sunday mornings.
6723 Etiwanda Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
10:00 am – 03:00 pm