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.

John 14:12 The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it.

Morning Prayer: God, how can this scripture be true? I think of all the miraculous things Jesus did with his life and then look at my own life and have to say, there is no way I can do what Jesus did. Am I missing something here? I remember Jesus teaching that the greatest thing we can ever do or be is love. Is love the greatest of them all? If so, that’s what I want to do today. I want to do great things with love. I want to love in greater ways than ever before. I want to learn how to forgive and love my enemies. I want to learn how to love myself and be rid of any shame. I want to learn how to love my friends and family in greater ways. I want to do great things with my life today by loving others without conditions. If I practice love as Jesus did, then I will do greater things. May it be so.

Mark 4:30-32: Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”

Morning Prayer: God, in today’s scripture I am reminded that the tiniest of seeds holds the largeness of life. Sometimes I see myself as just a tiny seed. And that leads me to asking what do I have to offer anyone, let alone the world? I am just a tiny seed. Help me to remember that like a tiny mustard seed that contains everything it needs to grow and extend itself with branches to provide shelter for birds and more, so I also have the potential to expand my reach of love to others. May I remember that all it takes is one seed of love, one offering of compassion, one word of forgiveness, one act of service to grow a world nurtured by Your love. May I be that seed today. May it be so.

Matthew 6:28-30 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, God will certainly care for you."

Morning Prayer: God, we are at a season of incredible beauty surrounding us as spring has arrived and flowers are blooming. Even living in this community I only have to look around and see flowers blooming in all their bright beautiful colors and fragrances. Just last week as we celebrated Easter our sanctuary was filled with the rich colors of tulips and lilies. I am overwhelmed with the beauty of Your creation. And I am humbled to be reminded of how much You care for me, that I am part of Your creation. Every time I am touched by the beauty of Your creation let it remind me of Your great love for me. May it be so.

Matthew 6: 25-27 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”

Morning Prayer: God, free me from the worry and anxiety that often troubles me and robs my joy. Whether it’s concerns over money or my children or my parents or my job or my health, the result is the same. The stress just wears me down. Give me the strength to live in the moment and surrender my worries to your care. It is in these moments that I experience peace. May it be so.

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Nehemiah 9:6 You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.

Morning Prayer: Good morning God! Thank you for the rest I needed last night. Again this morning I wake up to the beauty of Your creation. I read Your words and I am comforted knowing that You provide all that is needed. You are capable of anything that displays Your beauty. Thank you for those who are willing to give of themselves and what You have given them. Thank you that You touch my heart at just the right time and I can lovingly share my gifts with others. God in You, I am capable of being Your beauty to others. Continue to help me display who You are in my words and actions toward others. May it be so.

Genesis 1:29-31 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened. Then God looked over all he had made, and God saw that it was very good!

Morning Prayer: God, as I read this scripture I am struck that this earth has the capacity to produce enough food to feed and nourish every human being that inhabits it. And the fact that every day I read or hear stories of people starving in so many places breaks my heart and I have to ask myself what needs to be done to ensure there is a fair distribution of resources. I know it is Your intention that we look out for each other, that those who have, help take care of those who don’t. I know that I feel overwhelmed with the challenge and that can keep me from acting. Help me to take steps to educate myself and become an advocate for those on the margins, who go to bed hungry. May it be so.

What a great time was had at the first Great Egg Games yesterday afternoon! Teams went head to head to compete in games where eggs are balanced, tossed, rolled, smashed, juggled, dodged, and destroyed.

Psalm 65:11-13 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy!

Morning Prayer: God, the glory of creation is bursting all around. Wherever I look, I see the lush green of new grass. The trees are bursting with color as they spring into leaf and blossom. The air is perfumed with the fresh scent of blossoms and flowers. Even the spring rains smell fresh and enticing. I am intoxicated with the glory of spring. Even as the meadows and valleys shout and sing for joy, my spirit sings along with them. I am grateful to be alive on this magnificent day. I want to experience this fullness and freshness in the deepest parts of my spirit, and share the joy with everyone I meet. May I never forget that I am a steward of all this beauty. I am a partner in the ongoing dance of renewal. Teach me new ways to care for Your earth. May it be so.

Psalm 65:8 Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.

Morning Prayer: God, without any words Your creation reveals the endless cycle of Your love. From morning to night and from night to morning Your love is constant. In springtime I see the rising of new life. In the summer I feel the warmth of Your love on my body. In the fall I see the necessary falling away so that new life can come again. In the winter I see the need for rest. Thank you God for the sun in the day and the stars at night that always shine, reminding us of the brilliance of Your love. May I live my life today as a reflection of Your light to others. May my life be a shout of joy, a song that is sung celebrating the beauty of the earth. May it be so.

John 11:25-26 Jesus said..., “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Morning Prayer: God, as the week of Easter is coming to a close I continue holding onto the promise of today’s scripture. Everyday, You are the resurrection and the life. Everyday, moment by moment, You breathe new life into all of creation. Everyday, even on the last day of my life, You promise to raise me up from a dead body to new life with You. Even death cannot overtake the power of Your resurrection love. Help me to live everyday believing in the promise of Easter. Help me to see the signs of new life all around me and in me. Help me to be an example of new life for others. Even as the week of Easter is closing, help me to never forget that it will always be Easter. May it be so.

I Peter 1:3 Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!

Morning Prayer: God, I love the message of this scripture. It is so clear. Heaven is not a destination, because the message of Easter lives in each of us every day. It is up to me to choose to live fully alive with the message of the risen Christ within me. In all that I do, let me share the message of Easter with everyone. Help me to model the unconditional love of Jesus; help me to always offer an unlimited welcome. I can do this because I know that wherever I am and wherever I am going, You are there. Your grace and love surround me wherever I am, in times of great sorrow and in times of great joy. May it be so.

Acts 4:33 The apostles continued to bear powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and an abundance of grace was at work among them all.

Morning Prayer: God, I like the line in today’s scripture that says, “An abundance of grace was at work among them.” I need grace and everyone else that I know also needs grace. May I receive the grace You offer me today, grace for all my unkind words, unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, turning my back on injustice, and being absorbed with self. I understand that grace is not my ticket to keep being ungraceful. Instead it is the awareness of how Your love can change me. May I be changed today by receiving Your unending love so that I will be more grace filled with others today. Your grace enables me to see inside myself with compassion, so that I can see others with compassion and grace. May the abundance of Your grace be at work in me. May it be so.

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Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; God will rejoice over you with gladness; God will quiet you with love; God will exult over you with loud singing.

Morning Prayer: Good morning God. May today be a day of positivity and compassion for others knowing that You are with me each and every step along the way. Today I want to concentrate on those around me, because I know that my worries and fears are in Your hands. May others see in me the peace that You give to me. May they trust in You and find Your gift of peace as well. I am loved by You! My strength comes from You! May it be so for everyone.

Isaiah 60:1 Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the Lord’s glory has shone upon you.

Morning Prayer: God, I wake this morning two days removed from an incredible celebration of Easter. The joy of that celebration remains. The light of Your love through the gift of Jesus fills and overwhelms me. Realistically I know that the routines of work and life will return and with them will come times of darkness and uncertainty. I pray that the feelings I just experienced will remain. I know that Your light and Your love will overcome the darkness that comes. I pray that I will be a conduit for the light of Your glory as revealed in Jesus. May it be so.

Exodus 33:14 God said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.”

Morning Prayer: God, I am grateful for the reassuring words of this scripture that remind me that wherever I find myself, I am not alone. Wherever my journey takes me, I do not travel alone. This also reminds me that what is true for me is true for every person. Your light and presence shine within us and around us always. The beauty of your love and presence are revealed in all of creation. May I see that beauty with clearer eyes today as I go about the many things I have to do. May I face today, and all of my days, with confidence and without fear because I know Your presence is always with me. May it be so.

Mark 16:6-7 Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him.Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.

Morning Prayer: God, as surely as the sun broke through the darkness of the night and now gives morning light to the day, Jesus has broken through the powers of darkness and has been raised up to shine as a light for the world. It’s Easter! It’s a time to celebrate. It’s another day to rise up and let Your light of unfathomable love shine in and through me. Today’s scripture makes it clear that Jesus is already where I am going. The essence of his love is there to greet me with acceptance. The truth of his teachings are there to guide my steps. The offering of his new life is there to remind me that there is no darkness that is too great for the light of Your love to shine through. It’s Easter! It’s a day of new beginnings! May it be so.

We will be decorating the church sidewalks with chalk for Easter from 3-4:30 today if anyone wants to come help!

Luke 23:33-34a When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”

Morning Prayer: God, in the darkest of days, in the midst of incredible betrayal, while suffering from intense pain, Jesus asks that You forgive his tormentors. How many times have I been stingy with or reluctant to offer forgiveness for even the most trivial of a perceived offense? Up to the moment of his death, Jesus was teacher and example, showing us what it truly means to be a Christ follower. God, help me to live by the example of the greatest teacher ever. Help me to forgive as he forgave. May it be so.

Mark 14:22-24 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many.

Morning Prayer: God, In today’s scripture I see Jesus gathering for a meal with his friends. It seems that Jesus did that a lot. Every meal was as a sacrament, a sign of God’s presence in the food and drink. Help me to see that every time I sit at a table, whether it be alone or with co-workers working on a project, fellow students, family or friends, it is an opportunity to break bread with them. The breaking of bread is a global act of community. Help me to see the meals I share today as a sacrament of Your presence in the food, in the hands that prepared it, in the faces and stories of those sitting with me. Thank you for breaking bread with humanity so that we can see the breaking of bread as a way to restore a broken humanity with Your love. May it be so.

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Mark 14:10-11 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests to arrange to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted when they heard why he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.

Morning Prayer: God,as I read today’s scripture about betrayal I am reminded of the times when I have been betrayed. I think of the soul crushing effects of it. Why do we betray one another? Why do I talk about people behind their backs? Why do I want to get even with someone who has hurt me? Why do I not realize that the betrayal done by others also lives in me? Help me to do the really hard thing and ask You to continually help me to grow closer and closer to be forgiving of those who have betrayed me. Also help me to lessen the times that I am the betrayer. Thank you for Jesus who experienced betrayal and yet never betrayed anyone. Help me to be more like Jesus. Help me to be free from resentment so there can be more room for compassion. May it be so.

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