Welcome in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church
Our Beliefs . . . Scripture & The Lutheran Confessions
Affiliated with The Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America (ELDoNA)
P.O. Box 4150, Bartonville, Illinois 61607
The Reverend Benjamin Henson - Pastor
The Reverend Douglas Handrich - Pastor Emeritus
Sunday Service - Sunday at NOON
Currently meeting at:
Immanuel Lutheran Church
526 E. Washington St, East Peoria, IL
We believe that Holy Scripture is God’s revelation of Himself to the world. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, God has given His Word to us free from error. Through His Word of Law and Gospel, He speaks to a fallen world bidding people to repent of their sins and to trust in God’s forgiveness of sins for the sake of the life, suffering, death, and resurrection of His only-begotten Son Jesus.
Holy Cross is committed to teach and do that which is in complete harmony with what is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, the Book of Concord (1580). We believe, teach, and confess that the Book of Concord is a faithful exposition of Holy Scripture.
The contents of the Lutheran Confessions are listed below.
They may be found by clicking
The Apostles Creed
The Nicene Creed
The Athanasian Creed
The Augsburg Confession (unaltered)
The Apology (Defense) of the Augsburg Confession
The Smalcald Articles
A Treatice on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
Luther's Small Catechism
Luther's Large Catechism
Epitome of the Formula of Concord
The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord
Holy Cross is committed to faithfulness to Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. Therefore, Pastor Henson and Pastor Emeritus Handrich are members of
The Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America .
Holy Cross worships in reverence by using the traditional liturgies of the Church as used throughout the centuries. Each week in the Divine Service our Lord serves us by bringing to us His forgiveness of sins. He does this through His Word, as read and preached; through Holy Absolution; and through His Holy Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
God's blessing of serving people with the forgiveness of sins is intended for all people regardless of age. Therefore, we encourage families to worship together from infant to the aged.
+ Soli Deo Gloria +
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