In the fall of 2006, several families gathered at a home in San Marcos to begin meeting and praying about whether God might be moving to plant a church in the area. Some might ask, “Why does there need to be another church in the San Marcos area?” Simply put, because we, sinners, can be found here – both those of us who have yet to encounter Christ and those of us who desire to continue growing in His grace and mercy.After Sunday evening worship services, a summer of Bible studies, visiting other churches and a lot of prayer, Church of the Cross held its first public worship service at the Aquarena Center on August 26th, 2007. Over 100 attended and jointly confessed their faith in Christ, confessed their sins, were assured of their forgiveness, sang songs of praise, listened to Pastor Aaron Scott preach the Word of God and partook in the Lord’s Supper together.
Since then, our diverse group worshipping together on Sundays has been averaging in the fifties, with new visitors each week.
“Worship is a meeting at the center so that our lives are centered in God and not lived eccentrically. We worship so that we live in response to and from this center, the living God. (Peterson, 60)”
But, just a horse needs blinders in order to see what is in front of him during the race and not be distracted by the things around him, we too need direction in our worship. Our laid-back liturgy walks us through four areas: celebrating God’s worth; confessing both our faith in Christ and honestly bringing our weaknesses to the Cross; consecrating ourselves through offerings and listening to God’s word through reading, praying and preaching; and finally partaking in Communion where we experience the spiritual realities of the grace of Christ through the physical elements. “The liturgy does not target any age or cultural subgroup. Instead, the liturgy draws us to worship that transcends our time and place. It seeks only to enable people-people in general-to see God (Galli, 40).” Reverence, beauty and bringing the balance in the gospel between grace and law are all crucial parts of how we worship.
In December, as the Aquarena Center was going to be closed, Church of the Cross moved our worship service to Kyle Elementary. Over the past year, we have been challenged to grow as we have worshiped together on Sundays, reached out to our neighbors and grown as a community. We have done none of this perfectly, but as Pastor Aaron says,
“God’s call to minister here is a long-term project that requires faith in His goodness and reliance upon His Spirit as He moves in the hearts of men, women and children to bring them into His Kingdom. The amazing thing about church planting thus far has been how God works mightily in spite of us and continues to call us to obedience as emissaries of His grace in a lost and hurting world!”
Who will Church of the Cross serve in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda or Wimberley? Any who are in sin and despair, any who have false idols, any who struggle with faith, any who intend to mature in Christ, any who seek the True God. By God’s provision, Church of the Cross will mirror the words above and be a church full of redeemed sinners who have found their life in Christ.
We invite you to worship with us on our one-year anniversary, Sunday, August 31st at 10 a.m. at Kyle Elementary (500 W Blanco St in downtown Kyle).
Church of the Cross │ 211 Elmhurst Dr, Suite B, Kyle, TX │ 512.268.3608 │ www.cotc.info
1 Peterson, Eugene. Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John & the Praying Imagination, p.60
2Galli, Mark. A Deeper Relevance. Christianity Today, May 2008.Email | Print