Covid Protocols and Church of the Cross
as of Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Council has lifted mask mandates for the building and will follow the City of Calgary’s face-covering bylaw that was implemented March 1, 2022.  We will continue to implement space between pews, meaning every second row will be vacant, as well as provide hand-sanitization at each entry.

Covid Protocols and Church of the Cross
as of Feb 22nd, 2022

Council has approved the following protocols for in-person events at the church:

  1. Masks are to be worn in the building by all those over two  years old
  2. Because the consumption of food and beverages necessitates the removal of masks, we ask that no food or beverage be served at events unless specific COVID-19 protocols are in place.*
  3. We will continue to encourage physical distancing during worship by keeping every second pew open


*The Covid protocols for eating and drinking will remain the same as they were with REP in place: all participants muct be vaccinated or show proof of negative covid test; a mask shall not be removed until the person is seated in their physically distanced space; they must remain at their place to eat/drink the entire time; mask must be donned again before moving about the space; consideration should be given to that room now being contaminated and should be ventilated before another group enters the space.

Prayer for Serenity

O God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference;
living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Reinhold Niebuhr, Lutheran Reformed Theologian


Church of the Cross Worship

A prayer for these days:  May we look backward with gratitude, forward with courage, and upward with confidence. Amen.

MORNING DEVOTIONS, Thursday 10 am (Live Zoom Meeting)  Resources from these prayer times are available below. Having trouble joining? Zoom shares your device's memory with other open applications. Close other applications on your device and try again!

Sunday Worship & Kids' Worship & Sunday School    Sunday Worship is Live Streamed from the In Person Worship Service.  The Service is Live at 10am Sunday.  If you are unable to join Live, the service will be recorded and posted on the our website Monday.


Resources from Morning Prayer

Be Still and Know - Pastor Phil

Be Not Afraid - Pastor Phil

Think on These Things - Pastor Phil

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46) - Pastor Laura

Revv52: O Canada!  Happy Canada Day!

Children singing "For the Healing of the Nations"

This is my song, sung by Harvard University Choir

Nathan Holst, "Breaking Open". ("Like water breaking open, we will sing our way through grief...")



Other Worship Resources

    Live streamed and pre-recorded ELCiC worship services

    Daily hymn and prayer from ELCiC National Bishop Susan Johnson

    Holy Week Worship in the Home (ELCA)

    Maundy Thursday 11:15 MDT Livestream Steve Bell Concert

    Two-minute sermons (Wisdom Centre Facebook Page)


Holden Village Prayer around the World


Synod of Alberta and the Territories

     COVID-19 Updates and resources, including Light One Candle

Light One Candle:

Bishop Larry is inviting us all to join him in a Synod initiative, Light One Candle.  He is encouraging all members of our Synod to light a candle and to pray together daily at 10:00 am.

In addition, please consider crafting a one sentence prayer with your name (optional) and your congregation’s/ministry’s name and location and forwarding this to him via email with Light One Candle in the Subject Line of the email (

An example from Bishop Larry:  Light One Candle

God of steadfast love,
As our Lenten journey deepens embrace your children with faith, hope and love.

– Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Synod Office, Edmonton


To Lift Your Spirits (These are homemade creations!)

The Gruffalo (A production of Kurtz Quarantine Studios, San Diego) (Pastor Laura's sister)

Some Good News (The "news" program of John Krasinski)

We are having an online art show!


Have you made something that will lift people's spirits? Text or email Pastor Laura:  (403) 540-0053


COVID-19 Information

    Alberta Health Services information

    Info about Text4Hope from AHS   Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe for daily uplifting texts

    Seniors Social Supports  Phone support, deliveries, essential transportation

    City of Calgary COVID-19 Information   

    Alberta COVID-19 Information

    Canada COVID-19 Information

  Church of the Cross also has a team of people willing to run errands. Call (403) 255-4792 if you need help.