Crossroads United Methodist Church

Our desire is that everyone - whether they enter our doors or not - would discover the sacredness of their own story, celebrate their spirituality, and fully enjoy an everyday life with God.

God is everywhere, in everything, and with you every day. Crossroads is a community that intentionally celebrates and extends God’s unlimited welcome and unconditional love to people both inside and outside the walls of a church building. Our desire is that everyone - whether they enter our doors or not - would discover the sacredness of their own story, celebrate their spirituality, and fully enjoy an everyday life with God. We are equally passionate about and committed to two forms that help us pursue our vision: one is the ministries centered here at Crossroads Drive, and the other we call “Imagine”. Through Imagine we meet in restaurants, bars, coffee shops, homes, yoga studios and in nature with people who have no interest in coming to a church building. We call this a “Both/And” church and through these two forms we are empowered to offer God’s radical grace and love in ways that enable people both inside and outside the walls to change the world one person, one family, and one community at a time.

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good! God’s faithful love endures forever.

Morning Prayer: Thank you God for loving me day in and day out. Your faithfulness is a constant in my life that I need. I also need people in my life who love me and whom I can love. So I begin my day by giving thanks to You and I then follow that up with gratitude for all the people who have helped me over the years. When I pause to think of Your faithfulness and the faithfulness of friends I realize how blessed I am. May this gratitude guide me through the day. May I show my gratitude to all the people I see today. May it be so.

Colossians 3:17 Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Morning Prayer: God, I know that living a thank-filled life makes a world of difference in how I approach the challenges in my life. As I have begun to be more deliberate in creating an attitude of gratitude, in recognizing all that I have to be grateful for, it is easier each day to spend those moments when I first wake up offering words of thanks. That helps set the tone for the remainder of the day. So I begin by thanking You God, for another day of life, knowing that whatever comes of my day You are with me. Let me carry my thanks throughout the day, remembering how it feels to be thanked for some small thing so that I will remember to thank everyone else for everything big or small. Offering thanks is a blessing to others but also to me. May it be so.

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Morning Prayer: God, this verse reminds me that prayer is so much more than saying some words a few times a day, asking for help when I need it, or even saying thank you for the abundant gifts and blessings of my life. Prayer is cultivating an attitude where my mind is always alert, and consciously in communication with You and Your presence as it is revealed around me in every person I meet, and every circumstance of my life. I need gentle reminders to be in a state of constant, intentional, and prayerful gratitude. Help me to be aware of those gentle reminders wherever I might find them. I am grateful for the reminder of this brief scripture today. May it be always so.

Philippians 1:3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.

Morning Prayer: God, thank you for the many friends and supportive family members I have in my life. I am who I am today because of people who have walked with me, stayed by my side, encouraged me, taught me, and prayed for me. The remembrance of each one of these persons is rich and transforming. Help me this week to overcome any fears or inadequacies that might be hindering me from letting these people know how thankful I am for them. Thank You for each and every person that has come into my life with a gift of love, welcome and hope. Now, I want to let them know how thankful I am for their positive influence. May it be so.

Matthew 13:32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”

Morning Prayer: God, I have so much going on in my life. Some of it good, some of it challenging, some of it gut wrenching. I feel I haven’t a moment to spare as I try to make sense of it all so I can have a moment of peace. When I began the practice of gratitude this week, I rushed to find things for which I am grateful in order to get it over with and get back to my life. I’m noticing as I have made myself take a few moments each day to pause and reflect on gratitude, my feelings of being overwhelmed lessen. Surprisingly, these thoughts are coming without my having to pause and reflect. I think that’s what this verse says to me. The practice of gratitude begins small, like the mustard seed, and grows exponentially, like the seed with sun and water, into a feeling within me that lasts the whole day. May it always be so.

Matthew 18:2-5 Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom.

Morning Prayer: God, how many of us smile when we see a young child playing, happy and at ease with who and where they are. When do we lose the innocence of childhood, the ability to find joy in the simple things of life? Yes, too many children are in difficult and unbelievably challenging situations, whether they are fleeing with their families from life threatening living conditions or living without enough food. Yet in the midst of that there is still a simple hope and trust that the people around them will care for them. You are my loving parent. Help me to be like the child and put my trust in You, that no matter the challenges I face, You are with me. It is just that simple. May it be so.

Hebrews 13:5a Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have….

Morning Prayer: God, help me to learn how to be grateful for what I have. Help me overcome my instinct to want more money and more things. May I learn that it is the small things that bring the most constant joy. Instead of pursuing more of anything, today I want to focus on these most important things - faith, hope and love. Those are Your gifts to me. They are free and yet priceless. May they become my focus. May I be content with just those three gifts. May it be so.

Luke 16:10a If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.

Morning Prayer: God, sometimes it’s the details that trip me up. I know I’m not to sweat the small stuff but that’s easier said than done. But today’s scripture helps me to see the importance of the small things that build the foundation of my life. I am not to sweat the small things, instead I am to be grateful for the simpler things, the most important things - things like family, friends, a place to live, a car to drive, food to eat, clothes to wear and a bed to sleep in. Today I choose to be more faithful in offering thanks for those things. With gratitude for those things I will be able to do greater things in my life, because then I will be more grounded in faith, hope and love, the three things that help me to no longer sweat the small stuff. May it be so.

Ephesians 5:20 ...always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ….

Morning Prayer: God, I acknowledge that it is far too easy to fall into the habit of spending more time thinking about what I don’t have than being grateful for what I do. There are many things I take for granted that are in fact luxuries to others – clean water, air conditioning during the hot summer months, food in my refrigerator. Let me refocus my attention so I am conscious of the many small things that I too often overlook. Help me wake with words of thanks on my lips, to pause throughout the day to thank You for the many small blessings in my life and to fall asleep at night thanking You for all things big and small. May it be so.

Matthew 6:28 Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these.

Morning Prayer: God, this scripture reminds me that all of my stress and worrying will not change the circumstances of my life one bit. It will only disrupt my peace of mind and heart. My prayer today is that I can relax into Your love and care, do my best to accomplish my tasks and fulfill my responsibilities, but not, “wear myself out with work”. Help me to find balance between endeavor and enjoyment in the life You have given me. May it be so.

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?

Morning Prayer: God, birds and flowers and trees and wind and sky and clouds and grass are all things I appreciate, but so easily take for granted. Nature reveals the vastness of Your creative powers. Help me to slow down and pay more attention to Your creation. Help me to be thankful for the tiny bird that sings in the morning, for the leaf on a tree blowing gently in the breeze, for the many colors of green and blue and yellow and red that paint the landscape. Even while being overwhelmed by so many things to do, may I take time today to be thankful for the small things, the ordinary things that I so easily take for granted. May the sights and sounds of Your creation bring joy to my heart. May I stop throughout my day and simply say “Thank You”. May it be so.

I Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Morning Prayer: God, I’ve struggled with this verse. I thought it was saying for me to be grateful for all situations in my life, good and bad, for that was Your will for me. I could not reconcile that it was Your will for me to have the many losses and struggles in my life. Moreover, that I should be grateful for them? I see now that’s not the message at all. I am coming to understand that You have no ill will. You’re encouraging me, in the midst of it all, to look for the things in my life for which I can be grateful. I must admit, it’s difficult to see the forest from the trees in times of struggle. But I find when I practice gratitude (looking for, finding, and acknowledging things for which I am grateful) I feel better. It was difficult at first but I’m finding that instead of being consumed with negativity, gratitude changes me and leads me to moments of peace, calm, and even joy. May it always be so.

Psalm 69:30 Let me shout God’s name with a praising song, Let me tell God’s greatness in a prayer of thanks.

Morning Prayer: God, every day this week I have been trying to focus on all that I have to be grateful for, to carve out intentional times to express that gratitude each day. I am able to witness the effect of being mindfully grateful. When I have faced challenges I have been mindful of all that I have to be grateful for and the challenges seem more easily overcome. Every morning I try to wake with songs of praise for Your love and mercy. Every night I say a prayer of thanks for how You love me. Let this become ingrained in me – to start and end each day with words of praise and thankfulness. May it be so.

Philippians 4:6-8 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Morning Prayer: God, anxiety and fear sometimes rob me of joy in my life. Remind me that You are always with me. When I remember that, then I can be grateful for Your abiding presence. I can be grateful that You understand my situation. I can be grateful for friends who walk with me. I can be grateful for the many ways You have guided me in the past. In this moment I am grateful for today’s scripture that instructs me to rejoice always. That may be hard for me to do, but I am learning that it’s the necessary hard work that leads me to greater transformation. For that I am thankful and pray daily that it may be so.

Psalm 9:1-2 I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I will talk about all your wonderful acts. I will celebrate and rejoice in you; I will sing praises to your name, Most High.

Morning Prayer: God, your words remind me that each day is a blessing and when I wake each morning I am grateful for what is to come. Regardless of what comes, I can choose to be grateful and when I am grateful for all Your blessings, then I can make it through. Help me to live out my day with joy in my heart so those in my path see Your love shine through me. When troubles come help me to adapt and trust with gratitude Your never ending presence. Indeed gratitude changes everything. May it be so!

Psalm 107:8 … thank the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all people…

Morning Prayer: God, this scripture reminds me of two extremely important things this morning that will sustain me throughout my busy day. One is of Your faithful love and the other is that Your love and Your wondrous works are for all your people, regardless of the beliefs, race, nationality, or gender. I know that too often in my prayers I fail to offer the words of gratitude for You and Your love. When life gets busy I neglect to pause and remember everything in my life that I am grateful for. Help me to be deliberate in taking the time in the morning, the evening and throughout the day to simply pause and offer words of gratitude. May it be so.

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Meditation Monday ~ A Legacy of Pain and Hope

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Psalm 136:1-3 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;

Morning Prayer: God, the theme of this verse is simple. Give thanks. When I read these words I hear the message loud and clear. Be thankful! I am thankful for Your goodness, Your steadfast love, Your faithfulness, Your incredible goodness, and a love that will endure forever, beyond any circumstances. When I live with this as my guiding principle I am filled with hope, and joy bubbles up continuously in my life. When I allow the concerns and cares of my life to drag me to a place of despair, my joy ebbs away and I am left with only my own emotions. Forgive me when I forget that You are God, endless and unchanging, holding me, loving me, with me in all circumstances. Help me to see reminders of Your steadfast love in every person I meet, every moment of my days, and every circumstance I encounter. And, let me always be thankful. May it be so.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Morning Prayer: God, I needed today’s scripture. I need to be reminded that every day is a gift. When I see the day as a gift it helps me to be thankful. I am thankful to be alive today. I am thankful to engage with others. I am thankful for the joys and even the challenges that will stretch me today. This is the day You have given and so I choose to rejoice and be glad in it. I choose to focus more on gratitude than anything else. Thank you for giving me this day to breathe, to be, to interact, to do, and to offer my gratitude by serving others with love. May it be so.

Colossians 3:14-15 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Morning Prayer: God, let the love that binds us together give me a servant’s heart. Let me spread the peace through Christ to those in need so that they can feel the love that we experience in community. Teach me to be grateful for what I have and what I’ve been given. May it be so.

Special Prayer Focus: Pray for all the missions our children will be serving with SERVE1000 during Vacation Serve Camp - Mobile Hope, food and clothing for homeless youth, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, homeless in DC, and Children in Uganda.

Food Truck Friday is on! 5-8 pm - come out and get some great food and support Guatemalan families.

Day 5 of Vacation SERVE Camp: The children and teens learned how caring for God's creation is a special way we all can serve every day. The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center brought Slim the rat snake, Tugboat the turtle, Grills the red-tale hawk, and a special arctic fox named Snow that they have rescued. They taught us about caring for wildlife in our yard and community. We also planted more native plants in our courtyard to care for the birds, bees and butterflies.

Day 4 of Vacation SERVE Camp: The children and teens heard inspiring stories from two formerly homeless friends from DC and heard the teaching from Jesus in Luke 14 about how everyone is invited to God's banquet of love. They also made 250 Summer Care Kits for our homeless friends in DC and made a special card for each of them.

Deuteronomy 10:17-19 …the Lord your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. God enacts justice for orphans and widows, and God loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt.

Morning Prayer: God, You are the God of all gods, the God of justice for all – and all means all. All peoples regardless of our place of origin, our race, our belief system, our politics, our sexual orientation…You love us equally. I want to be like that, but there are still times when the ugliness of prejudice rears its ugly head - a thought that goes through my mind before I can form the rational, loving, Christ-like response. I know that one of the best ways to overcome that is to spend more time with the people that generate that unwelcome response. Because once I spend time with people that appear different from me, or believe differently, I am reminded that we are all brothers and sisters in the human race, Your beloved children and that is the commonality in all of us, that is greater than any difference. Help me to continue to be deliberate in this process. Help me to extend Your love through my words and actions. May it be so.

Special Prayer Focus: Pray for all the missions our children will be serving with SERVE1000 during Vacation Serve Camp - Mobile Hope, food and clothing for homeless youth, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, homeless in DC, and Children in Uganda.

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