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.

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.

Mark 12:28-31 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

Morning Prayer: God, the words of Jesus are clear. Love You, love my neighbor and love myself. Love the one God, and all people, Your children, my neighbors. And truly the first part always seems easier than the rest, at least that is what I tell myself. Because I love You; of course I do. But then I have to honestly reflect on my own actions. Am I loving my neighbor, no matter their nationality, their race or their faith? How am I demonstrating that love? Am I loving myself by practicing self-care? Am I loving You by deliberately spending time in scripture, reflection, silence and prayer? My prayer this morning is that my love for You is strengthened by how I love my neighbor and how I care for myself. May it be so.

Many thanks to our Crossroads Family and HOPE Preschool for providing 75 School Break Bundles to the students and their families at Payne Elementary in Southeast DC. No child should ever go hungry. These bundles will give these kids some much needed food, comfort and peace of mind during their Spring Break. Thanks for being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Mark 11:15b-17 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

Morning Prayer: God, the scriptures say that our bodies are the temples of Your spirit. Forgive me when I treat myself, and my body as a commodity. In his anger Jesus raised a ruckus said “My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations!” I am also God’s temple, and I want to spend my days in a spirit of prayer for the world as Jesus instructed. Help me to be mindful of my every word, every action and every thought. May they be spent in service to the world bringing peace, hope and healing wherever I find myself. May it be so.

Holy Week began with a beautiful gathering following Jesus’ last week on earth. Good Friday Service April 19th at 7:30 pm. Easter celebrations April 21st at 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 am.

Mark 11:1-3 As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’”

Morning Prayer: God, today’s scripture begins telling the story of Jesus’ final week. Jesus was about to face an enormous amount of disorientation. He was headed into a week full of pain, sorrow, confrontations, questions, betrayals, healings, joy, laughter, and by week’s end, death. I want to be like Jesus who instead of running from the disorientation, he entered into it. He believed that regardless of what happened You were already ahead of him, ready to meet him in the lowest moments and hours of the week with love, friends, compassion and strength. The story begins by saying that Jesus prepared himself for the week ahead by stating what he had need of. I like that idea. Knowing that my week will be full of disorientations, I begin it by asking You for what I need. I need____________. May it be so.

Romans 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Prayer for an opportunity to serve today: God, help me to pay attention to where the hurt of others intersects with my own personal pain. May I find Your wisdom to transform my pain into compassion for those whom my heart aches.

Morning Prayer: God, I confess that I don’t always feel strong. Like everyone else I feel the burdens of everyday life and feel helpless, very weak. Too easily I focus on what I don’t have before celebrating what I do have. That leads me to feeling sorry for myself. In my self-pitying I become weak. Help me to refocus. Help me to remember that I have everything I need for the moment. I have Your unconditional love. I have Your compassion. I have Your wisdom. I have Your presence with me always. In all of that and more, You give me enough strength to face the challenges of the day. May it be so.

Luke 23:55-56 As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.

Morning Prayer: God, like the women in today’s scripture, there are so many “important” things to get done today. Yet the difference between the women and me is, I don’t always know when to stop. Even with the responsibility of preparing spices to anoint Jesus’ body, they still honored a day of Sabbath rest. May I have the strength to do what needs to be done today, and may I have the wisdom to know when to stop and rest. Throughout the day may I remember that tomorrow is Easter. Easter is my assured hope that no matter what I face today, Easter is the promise of new life. May it be so.

I John 3:18 Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth.

Prayer for an opportunity to serve today: God, help me to pay attention to where the hurt of others intersects with my own personal pain. May I find Your wisdom to transform my pain into compassion for those whom my heart aches.

Morning Prayer: God, I pause this morning to consider what is weighing on my heart today. Sometimes I feel like I put on blinders and focus only on my own day to day activities, and give little heed to so much of what is going on around me, because sometimes it can be overwhelming, especially in these challenging times with news coming at me from all sides. Help me to strip away the blinders, listen to my heart, listen to Your still, small voice encouraging me to act instead of being silent, especially to the injustices I witness or hear about every day. Give me the courage to speak truth to injustice wherever I may encounter it. Help me put words into actions to follow my heart. May it be so.

Philippians 2:13 God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out God’s good purposes.

Prayer for an opportunity to serve today: God, help me to pay attention to where the hurt of others intersects with my own personal pain. May I find Your wisdom to transform my pain into compassion for those whom my heart aches.

Morning Prayer: God, this morning’s scripture is so true for me. I desperately want to live my life full of purpose. I want my life to be about so much more than just getting up every morning to do a job and coming home tired, and then going to bed to get up tomorrow and repeat the process all over again. The scripture says this passion for more comes from You. So I need Your help. Help me today to observe those moments when I feel most alive. Help me to be aware of those times when something catches my eyes and they fill with tears. Enable me to not only want, but actually live into the good purposes that You have placed within me from birth and living in me until death. May it be a day of discovery and joy. May it be so.

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Romans 12:6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.

Prayer for an opportunity to serve today: God, help me to pay attention to where the hurt of others intersects with my own personal pain. May I find Your wisdom to transform my pain into compassion for those whom my heart aches.

Morning Prayer: Good Morning God! Today is going to be a good day. You helped me rest last night to be ready for the new day. I ask that You guide my words and actions with those I come across throughout my day. Many will have needs and You have equipped me with gifts that allow me to assist in the most meaningful manner. Be it words or actions, help me to impact those in my path with Your love to help ease their burdens and provide guidance so they see You in me. I know how impactful this can be when I see You in others who do the same for me. I need You to guide me today and everyday. May it be so.

Acts 20:35 In everything I have shown you that, by working hard, we must help the weak. In this way we remember the Lord Jesus’ words: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Prayer for an opportunity to serve today: God, help me to pay attention to where the hurt of others intersects with my own personal pain. May I find Your wisdom to transform my pain into compassion for those whom my heart aches.

Morning Prayer: God, sadly I don’t have to look far to encounter someone on the margins, who struggles to get by for one reason or another. But I do need to open my eyes to look. Sometimes I find myself not looking, or at least not seeing. Maybe I am too busy; maybe it is too painful; maybe it is because I think ‘what can I do’. God, my prayer this morning is that I allow myself to embrace the holy discontent I feel within me, and to not sit by but to act on it. Let me educate myself on the issues and take the first step of response. Help me to fuel that discontent until not taking action is not an option. I remember that every time I bless someone by giving of my time and efforts I receive blessings as well. May it be so.

General registration is open for Vacation SERVE Camp!
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I Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from God’s great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Prayer for an opportunity to serve today: God, help me to pay attention to where the hurt of others intersects with my own personal pain. May I find Your wisdom to transform my pain into compassion for those whom my heart aches.

Morning Prayer: God, I am thankful that you have made me a unique individual in a wonderful creation filled with unique individuals. Each one of us brings all the gifts we have been given to every new day of our lives. Help me to bring the best of who I am to every task set before me today. Help me offer the best of who I am to everyone I encounter today. Help me to remember that every creature on our lovely planet meets me with an equally amazing variety of spiritual gifts as well. May we honor each other in every thought, word and action. May it be so.

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