Category: Worship

Worship Update

From Pastor Dana…

Hi everyone,

Remember I sent you an email a couple weeks ago about beginning indoor worship at Cross of Glory on Sunday, November 1. And remember that email also said we want to remain flexible, so we can respond to any new Illinois or CDC guidance. Well, by now most of you know that Will County is now subject to COVID mitigation restrictions, including a cap of 10 people for indoor gatherings. And that means we will delay the start of indoor worship at COG for the time being.

Throughout this pandemic, one of our primary concerns as a congregation has been caring for our neighbors. It’s why we wear masks and social distance, even when we’re worshipping outdoors. It’s why we will implement even more safety precautions when we move inside. But at this point, delaying the start of indoor worship is the best way to both keep our neighbors and us safe and serve as good role models for our community.

So for right now, each Sunday we’ll have the band and other volunteers who put the service together at the building. And the rest of us are all invited to worship online at 9:30 via Facebook live. (Please feel free to comment and tell everyone you’re watching. I don’t know about you, but the comments always make me feel more connected.) As soon as Will County gets back to Phase 4, we can go ahead with plans to add an indoor worship option.

Thanks so much everyone! I trust we all know that we are church together, even when we are unable to physically worship together. We have a God who always shows up wherever we are, and who continues to do amazing things in and through us. And the people of God said . . .

Amen, People of God!


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Cross of Glory Worshiping Outside until Nov. 1

Join us in the parking lot at Cross of Glory.

We will be following state recommendations…

Drive-in services involve congregants driving to a common location and worshiping together from their household vehicle, while listening to either a remote service or one that is broadcast through speakers. If done correctly, these types of services pose a low risk of infection. Maintain distance between cars so that there is more than six feet of distance between any group of congregants and another group of congregants – particularly if car windows are open. Restrooms should be regularly sanitized and have sufficient soap and hand sanitizer.

From Pastor Dana…

Hello everyone,

As we get ready to worship outside at the Cross of Glory building this Sunday, I’m sending you all the liturgy for Sunday’s worship. It includes all the spoken words and all the song lyrics. 

If you are planning to come and worship at the building, this attached document is essential. We do not have a screen outside, so you need to either copy the attached document and bring copies with you, or you need to download it and get it off your ipad or phone. We will not have copies available, so make sure you bring enough for everyone in your car. 

So remember, here’s what you want to bring:

        • A copy of the liturgy (AVAILABLE HERE)
        • a mask for everyone if you are coming out of the car (this is key — it is how we love our neighbor!!!)
        • your own chair if you’re coming out of the car
        • communion elements (bread and wine or juice)
        • wear a pride shirt or some other colorful shirt if you want to be in the video we’re creating after worship for Pride Month

Lots of grace and a sense of humor would be good too.  We’ll have people who will help you park (every other parking space). And if you are coming up front, please wear masks and socially distance — we’re shooting for 10 feet between groups because we are singing. 

I’m so looking forward to seeing your smiling faces (even if your smiles are behind masks). And if you’re just not comfortable coming to worship in person yet (or you are feeling at all sick and are staying home), that’s fine — you can join us live on our Cross of Glory Facebook page

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Watch our Services on Facebook Live and YouTube

If you’ve got a virtual worship place, that’s wonderful. But if your congregation isn’t worshiping, we invite you to join us electronically at Cross of Glory on Sunday morning.

If you are a Facebook user, join us via Facebook live. Click on the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church Facebook site and join us promptly at 9:30. The service details will be on the screen, so be prepared to participate by speaking the prayers and confession aloud, sharing your own prayers and other comments, and singing the songs.

Services are  also available on the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church YouTube channel.


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Worship Online During Stay-at-Home Order

In-Person Worship is suspended because of the pandemic. Cross of Glory is streaming all worship services on Facebook Live.

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2019 Holy Week Worship Opportunities

Holy Week is the week that begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter. It is always a busy time here at Cross of Glory. There are many powerful opportunities to worship. Here are some highlights:

  • Palm/Passion Sunday Worship Service – Sunday, April 14, at 9:30. Journey through the last week of Jesus’ life. Begin with his celebratory entrance into Jerusalem and end with his death on the cross five days later. A combination of music, slides and readings helps the entire congregation participates in the story of those final days.
  • Good Friday Cross Walk — Friday, April 19, at Noon. Walk with us, as we join other local congregations in downtown Lockport. Start at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church at 12:00 Noon. Stop at various church buildings and end at the Lockport park band shell. At each stop we’ll hear from people who were involved in Jesus’ passion and crucifixion, including Pilate, Mary, Peter, the centurion, and others. This is a wonderful lead-in to Good Friday worship at Cross of Glory, where we’ll continue the theme, “We Were There When They Crucified the Lord.”
  • Good Friday Worship — Friday, April 19, at 7:00 pm. We will walk with Jesus’ through his trial, condemnation and crucifixion. There will be songs, readings, and hands-on experiences. We will continue to look at the Cross Walk theme and explore what Jesus’ death means for us today.
  • Easter Sunday Services — Sunday, April 21, at 9:30 and 11:00. We celebrate the victory over sin and death on Easter morning, as God raises Jesus to new life. Both the 9:30 and 11:00 services include joyful worship celebrations, as our praise band is supplemented with brass and a choir.

All of these services are wonderful opportunities for people to encounter God through different worship styles and new experiences. Please invite your friends and family to come and meet God at Cross of Glory during Holy Week. Contact the COG office if you would like to help with any of our Holy Week services.

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2018 Blue Christmas Service – Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 pm

On Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 pm, during one of the longest nights of the year, we are holding a contemplative community service for everyone who may be struggling during the holidays due to grief, loneliness or any kind of loss. This is a difficult time for many, so please tell your friends about this service.

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2018 Christmas Eve Services

Monday, December 24th ~ Christmas Eve

We will have two Barn Services on Christmas Eve, as well as our late evening service at 11:00 pm

4:00 and 6:00 Barn Services: Special music, candle-lighting, and Holy Communion — a wonderful service for families and guests. The barn is heated but please dress warmly. (There are no restrooms in the barn, so plan accordingly.) Konow Farm: 16849 S Cedar Rd, Homer Glen

11:00 pm Service: Welcome Christmas with memorable special music, candle-lighting and Holy Communion. A very reflective service.

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2018 Christmas Morning Service – December 25th

Tuesday, December 25th ~ Christmas Morning

9:30 am: Come as you are, anything from pajamas to your newest outfit!

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2018 Summer Wednesday Worship – 6:30 pm

Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 for our mid-week worship services over the summer. These shorter very casual services are for people who can’t make it on the weekends or just want a little more God in their week. We’ll sing some songs, share communion and look at the importance of prayer in our lives.

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Holy Week Info for 2018

Cross of Glory Holy Week 2018Cross of Glory invites everyone to our Holy Week services and activities.

Download Printable Brochure.

We have a Christian Seder Meal on Thursday, March 29th at 6:30, take part in the Lockport Cross Walk on Good Friday (March 30) at Noon and have a solemn Good Friday service on March 30th at 7:00 pm. Easter Sunday Services will be held at 9:30 and at 11:00 am.

The entire community is invited to our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31st at 10:00. Don’t be late – the kids move fast.

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