Lent 2021


Traveling the Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus Centered Life

You’re invited to join with other people of faith during Lent 2021 to explore and discover insights into seven spiritual practices: Turn-Learn-Play-Worship-Bless-Go-Rest.

Midweek Lenten Worship

Our midweek Lenten worship services will be offered on Zoom. The evening will consist of scripture, prayer, music, an inspirational video and a message. The Zoom sessions will be approximately 30-35 minutes in length.


Following the midweek Lenten service there will be an optional opportunity to participate in an informal conversation group. Holy Cross promotes the idea that while our faith is personal, it is not private. We offer a variety of opportunities for discernment and reflection that builds off of the hope that greater clarity is achieved through group conversation and sharing. If you desire to participate in the optional small group discussion following the midweek worship service there will be break out groups assigned for approximately 30 minutes. These groups will discuss the theme that was presented during the midweek Lenten worship service.


Reflection & Discernment Resource for Small Group Discussion



Midweek Lenten Worship Schedule

​Recordings of the worship services will be available following each Zoom session.

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Wednesday, February 24

BLESS: Share faith and unselfishly give and serve

Freely you have received; freely give. – Matthew 10:8

Jesus called his disciples to give, forgive, teach, and heal in his name. We are empowered by the Spirit to bless everyone we meet, practicing generosity and compassion, and proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ with hopeful words and selfless actions. We can share our stories of blessing and invite others to the Way of Love.

BLESS Reflection Guide

Watch the worship recording HERE

Passcode: BFi9?fZ$

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Wednesday, March 3

REST: Receive the gift of God's grace, peace, and restoration

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27


From the beginning of creation, God has established the sacred pattern of going and returning, labor and rest. Especially today, God invites us to dedicate time for restoration and wholeness - within our bodies, minds, and souls, and within our communities and institutions. By resting we place our trust in God, the primary actor who brings all things to their fullness.

REST Reflection Guide

Watch the worship recording HERE

Passcode: &tr5=b#B

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Wednesday, March 10

WORSHIP: Gather in community to thank, praise, and dwell with God

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him – Luke 24:30-31a


When we worship, we gather with others before God. We hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, give thanks, confess, and offer the brokenness of the world to God. As we break bread, our eyes are opened to the presence of Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are made one body, the body of Christ sent forth to live the Way of Love.

WORSHIP Reflection Guide

Watch the worship recording HERE

Passcode: Jn4%J9Ow

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Wednesday, March 17

TURN: Pause, listen, and choose to follow Jesus

As Jesus was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. – Mark 2:14


Like the disciples, we are called by Jesus to follow the Way of Love. With God’s help, we can turn from the powers of sin, hatred, fear, injustice, and oppression toward the way of truth, love, hope, justice, and freedom. In turning, we reorient our lives to Jesus Christ, falling in love again, again, and again.

TURN Reflection Guide

Watch the worship recording HERE

Passcode: %4MJqM7Y

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Wednesday, March 24

PRAY: Dwell intentionally with God each day

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1


Jesus teaches us to come before God with humble hearts, boldly offering our thanksgivings and concerns to God or simply listening for God’s voice in our lives and in the world. Whether in thought, word or deed, individually or corporately, when we pray we invite and dwell in God’s loving presence.

PRAY Reflection Guide

Watch the worship recording HERE

Passcode: *5bG33@#

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Monday, March 29

GO: Cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." – John 20:21


As Jesus went to the highways and byways, he sends us beyond our circles and comfort, to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God with our lips and with our lives. We go to listen with humility and to join God in healing a hurting world. We go to become Beloved Community, a people reconciled in love with God and one another.

GO Reflection Guide

Watch the worship recording HERE

Passcode: 2Qm1GP*G

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Tuesday, March 30

LEARN: Reflect daily on Scripture, especially on Jesus' life and teachings

"Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23


By reading and reflecting on Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus, we draw near to God and God’s word dwells in us. When we open our minds and hearts to Scripture, we learn to see God’s story and God’s activity in everyday life.

LEARN Reflection Guide

Watch the worship recording HERE

Passcode: r=g?hn^0


Holy Week



Passion/Palm Sunday, March 28

Drive-In Worship at 9:30 am

Worship video available on demand

Maundy Thursday, April 1

Drive-In Worship at 7pm

Worship video available on demand



Good Friday, April 2

​​Drive-In Worship at 7pm

Worship video available on demand


Easter Sunday, April 4


Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Worship

Drive-In at Holy Cross at 6 am

Easter Sunday Worship

Drive-In at 8 & 10 am

Worship video available on demand

Children's Easter Celebration during Sunday School

8:30 am via Zoom at HolyCrossChurch.org/sundayschool

A kid-centered celebration of Easter! Bring a kazoo, egg shaker or other kind of simple noise maker. Alleluia! Christ is Risen! All welcome!



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Drive-In Worship at 6 am

Radio Frequency: 87.9


​Location: Holy Cross Lutheran Church parking lot

First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

For the fourth year, after an absence last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, Libertyville area churches are coming together to offer a sunrise Easter worship service. Because Independence Grove is not offering permits for gatherings yet this year, this service will be offered as a drive-in worship experience in the Holy Cross parking lot.

This is an opportunity to worship and witness in a public way. While there may be differences between Christian denominations, there is not division when it comes to celebrating the love God makes known to the world through the resurrected Christ.


Please join together with friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Christ as we celebrate the Risen Savior!

Parking lot opens at 5:30 am. Please allow ample time for parking.

Restrooms available for emergency use. Mask required if you exit your vehicle.

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