Cross of Christ Lutheran Church

204 South Chase Street       Houston, MN 55943        507-896-3102

As a fellowship of believers, it is our mission to joyfully proclaim the gospel of Christ in word and deed, inviting people to worship together, nurturing them in the Christian faith, loving one another, and serving a world in need. We invite you to visit us.

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Cross of Christ

Summer Service Schedule

Sunday 8:30 a.m. Service at Stone Church
Sunday 10:15 a.m. Service at Cross of Christ

We invite you to view  all our scheduled events.

August Calendar

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Upcoming Events


You are invited to join us for the 3rd Annual

Chamber Music Festival of Houston!

4 concerts at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church

Aug 21, 26, 27 and 29,  all at 7:00 p.m. except the 29th will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Each concert features a distinct program with works by Beethoven, Brahms, Faure, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and others! Refreshments will follow each concert.

Full program details found at our website:

Free admission. Donations are encouraged.



Valentine quilt hanging made by Twyla Thorson

Cross of Christ

Valentine Luncheon

Enjoyed by All!

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Canning the Maple Syrup

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Click Here for Cross of Christ's Kitchen Use Policy

Ikungi Lutheran Church

(Cross of Christ's

Partner Church  Tanzania)

History of the

Stone Church Cemetery

Stone Church

Cemetery Data




Karen Todd


Gwen Nelson

Linda McNamer


Shelley Jerviss


Gayle Smith

Senior Choir Director

Jacob Olson


Follow thie link below to listen to Minnesota's Home Free group singing "Angels We Have Heard on High"

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Remember Your Pledge to the Building Fund

Letter from Eric Johnson, Cross of Christ President

On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank all of you that have donated time and money towards the Cross of Christ building project. As you can see, the project has turned out beautiful and is a very nice addition to our church.

I am writing this as a friendly reminder to please ask that all members continue to make timely payments on your pledge. We were fortunate enough to be able to borrow from the Endowment Fund, but we do need to pay those funds back. We also need to raise another $125,000.00 above what has been pledged or currently paid. Any amount paid towards the project would be greatly appreciated.

God bless You All!

Eric Johnson, Council President



Inez Abraham

for Cross of Christ’s Prayer Team

A couple of weeks ago, I was driving north through Trempealeau County in Wisconsin to take my brother to his VA clinic appointment in Chippewa Falls. My companion in my car is Public Radio, but on these trips I have ample time for uninterrupted thinking. My mind drifted to the prayers I had learned in my childhood home. I recited the words:

“I Jesu navn går vi til bords

At spise og drikke på ditt ord  

Dig Gud til ære, oss til gavn

Sa får vi mat i Jesu navn.”

This is the Norwegian table prayer used a generation earlier in my parents’ homes. They valued the link between generations, so we prayed the Norwegian version until our mother observed—rightfully so—that we were speaking words with little awareness of the meaning. When we switched prayer languages, we learned (by heart) a number of table prayers suitable for the spread of ages in our family.

  I have learned that table prayers are adaptable, too. After a family wedding when the guests were gathered for the reception, the host invited all of us to be seated and to begin eating the salad at each table setting. He said that the wedding party and pastor would join us following a photo session. When they arrived, the pastor announced that the table prayer would include the salad already consumed. He reversed the two beginning phrases, “God is good; God is great. We thank Him for the food we ate. By His hand we all are fed, give us Lord, our daily bread. Amen and Amen.”

  While I was engrossed in my “table prayer reverie” during my trip, I recalled prayers, which my childhood family prayed to begin the meal and one that was used at the end. I covered several miles contrasting family practices today compared with family functions in the 30’s. I recalled the richness of the words in our meal-ending prayer:

  “We thank you Lord for this our food,

  For life and health and every good. Amen”

The prayer, in only fifteen words, acknowledges God’s blessings to each of us. I felt grateful that my memory brought it back into focus again.

  About two hours later, my brother and I were enjoying a late noon meal at a restaurant near Eau Claire. We preceded the meal with

  “Come Lord Jesus, be our guest.

  Let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen”

  When we had finished our meal, I noticed my brother bow his head, fold his hands and pray,

  “We thank you Lord for this our food,

  For life and health and every good. Amen”

I was astonished to hear his prayer so I explained to him that I had recalled it that morning during my drive. His comment: “I just remembered it.” It is all the more remarkable because his health is not good; he depends on his oxygen tank and tubes to make breathing possible. Yet, he thanked God for the gift of life. I felt blessed, too.

  Parents, encourage your children to memorize prayers. The prayers will become a guide and support for them for years to come.

Inez Abraham

For Cross of Christ Prayer Team

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM in the lounge

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