Lutheran Church of the Cross is a congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
We hold that the central point of the Christian faith is that of Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).
For it is here in our Lord’s suffering and death, that he has not only defeated sin, death and the power of the devil, but he has won for us life, salvation and the forgiveness of sins. All of this, not on account of any good work or merit that we have earned or accomplished, but solely on account of his mercy and grace.
This mercy and grace is brought forth from his cross to the world through his Word and Sacraments. For it is in this Word, Water, Body and Blood that Christ now moves through his church to claim us, forgive us, wash us and feed us with his life.
As Lutheran Christians we gather around the gifts of his cross, for we know and believe that in these gifts of our Lord’s Word and Sacrament, that we might have all confidence and joy that we are His new creation, members of His Body and held fast in His faith.
At LCC you will hear of Christ who is and remains for you. Our worship focuses not on ourselves and what we bring, but on God and how He brings us His forgiveness through His gifts of Word and Sacrament. Having received these gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation, we are now sent out into the world to serve each other through our vocations and share His gifts with the world around us – with family, neighbors, co-workers, and everyone who asks the reason for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15).
Salvation by grace through faith, purchased by Christ’s atoning sacrifice and poured out for us through His Word and Sacraments is the message we proclaim at Lutheran Church of the Cross for the life of the world.
If you are interested in learning more about our confession of faith and what it means to be a Lutheran, please feel free to contact Pastor Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak with him at one of our weekly services.
Our History: The First 50 Years at LCC
On March 3rd, 1960, thirty-four people gathered together for the first time in a home on Falls Road in Rockville for worship. That gathering was the beginning of a new congregation, Lutheran Church of the Cross. Vicar Larry Lineberger, of the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, initially served this small group of Lutherans.
On April 24, 1960, LCC’s first pastor, Rev. Ralph C. Kruger, was installed. The charter service was held on October 16th, 1960, with forty-five members present. The name of the congregation, Lutheran Church of the Cross, was adopted from a Lutheran church of the same name in Rockville’s sister city, Pinneberg, Germany.
The membership eventually became too large for the house, which was also serving as the parsonage, and so services were moved to Julius West Middle School from 1961-1963. On May 12th, 1963, with support from the Southeastern District of the LCMS, a five acre site was purchased and the groundbreaking for the new building began at our present location on Falls Road, being finished one year later in 1964.
Six pastors have served Lutheran Church of the Cross since its charter was ratified in 1960.
Rev. Ralph Kruger: 1960-1968
Rev. Philip Gerken: 1969-1977
Rev. Bruce Barth: 1978-1983
Rev. Kenneth Carlson: 1984-1997
Rev. Lester Stano: 1998-2013
Rev. Christopher Harrison: 2015-Present
In 2010, LCC celebrated its 50th anniversary. We thank God for His many blessings throughout the years. Where much has changed throughout our history, we are ever-thankful that Christ and His Gospel remains unchanged. As we look to the next 50 years at LCC, we rest in the peace that Christ will continue His saving work through Word and Sacrament both now and forever.
+ Soli Deo Gloria +