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.

Ephesians 4:32 Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

Morning Prayer: Gracious God, there is nothing I could do that will keep me from your love. I pray that as I begin this day, I, too, can embody this unconditional love and be as compassionate, kind, and forgiving as You. It is so easy to hold on to negative feelings, but I recognize that all this does is harden my heart. I know You are with me and will take care of all my needs, so I may forgive those around me as quickly and thoroughly as You do. May it be so.

This Week’s Affirmation of Resilience: Slowly take a breath in and slowly release the breath as you speak this affirmation aloud. God never causes suffering, pain, harm or death; instead God meets us with hope in our sacred story.

Hebrews 10:24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

Morning Prayer: God, it is in community that I meet You in the stories of those with whom I’ve established a bond of love and grace. It is also in that community that I see firsthand, acts of service and other good works that motivate me to step out of my comfort zone to help others. Let my acts of service, through Your grace, motivate others to reach out to the stranger. May it be so.

This Week’s Affirmation of Resilience: Slowly take a breath in and slowly release the breath as you speak this affirmation aloud. God never causes suffering, pain, harm or death; instead God meets us with hope in our sacred story.

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Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.

Morning Prayer: Good morning God, When I read the scripture verse above I realize the truth in it, but there are times when I don’t really want someone else’s opinion, even that of a trusted friend. Help me to trust that we are better when we listen to each other. None of us has all the answers, or all the wisdom of life. One person really does sharpen another. In my moments of darkness, when I am not being my best self, I want to trust the wisdom of others. I want to practice the habit of trust and optimism that others can only help me to be all that You would have me to be. May it be so.

This Week’s Affirmation of Resilience: Slowly take a breath in and slowly release the breath as you speak this affirmation aloud. God never causes suffering, pain, harm or death; instead God meets us with hope in our sacred story.

Romans 12:9-10 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

Morning Prayer: God, sometimes it is easier to say I have love for someone than to show I have love for someone, even in my community of close friends. Today let me speak and show my love and affection by listening and being aware when someone needs to talk to or to share a concern with me. Our resilience to withstand the challenges in our lives grows stronger in loving community. I want to be part of that community, and I know I can be with Your help. May it be so.

This Week’s Affirmation of Resilience: Slowly take a breath in and slowly release the breath as you speak this affirmation aloud. God never causes suffering, pain, harm or death; instead God meets us with hope in our sacred story.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather together as my followers I am there among them.

Morning Prayer: God, I am grateful to begin this day acknowledging Your expansive, all-embracing Presence. I am also grateful for the beloved, blessed gift to this world that came in the form of Jesus. My intention and prayer this day is to remember that I am walking in the path of Jesus, which is the path inspired by Your unconditional Love. In doing so, I recognize that I do not (and cannot) walk this path alone. May I build strong connections with others on our shared walk of faith. Even if we disagree at times on certain spiritual practices or principles, let us be assured that we are united by Your Love. May we always remember that Jesus’ exquisite example is continually with us to gently urge us forward with compassion and Grace and that You are with us to strengthen us when there are challenges to face, to lift us up when there is sadness or sorrow, and to inspire resilience within us so that we may rise time and time again and take another step forward in our faith together. May it be so.

This Week’s Affirmation of Resilience: Slowly take a breath in and slowly release the breath as you speak this affirmation aloud. God never causes suffering, pain, harm or death; instead God meets us with hope in our sacred story.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.

Morning Prayer: God, sometimes the world feels like such a lonely place. I have my friends and family and yet sometimes it feels like I am all alone. Instead of waiting for others to connect with me, help me to be the connection with them. Today’s scripture about two being better than one is speaking to me. I need companionship. I need to know that when I fall there is someone I can call to help pick me up. My friends and family need to know that I am there to pick them up when they are down as well. All of this to say, I am thankful for those who walk with me in life. I am also thankful that I can walk with them as a trusted and helpful friend. Indeed two or more are better than one, for together we are more resilient and stronger than if we have to do life alone. After praying this prayer, I have to say that I don’t feel so lonely anymore. Thank you God for the gift of my community. May all of this be so day in and day out.

This Week’s Affirmation of Resilience: Slowly take a breath in and slowly release the breath as you speak this affirmation aloud. God never causes suffering, pain, harm or death; instead God meets us with hope in our sacred story.

Isaiah 40:29 God gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

This week’s Daily Affirmation: God is revealed as resilience in the formation of endurance, character and wisdom.

Morning Prayer: God, In my vulnerability I confess that my body is tired, my mind needs a break, and my soul needs refreshing. My intention is to find some quiet time to renew this weekend, even if it is just a few moments of silence. Without this soulful renewal, I find myself being more reactive when troubles come. However, today’s scripture gives me hope as it promises that You give me power in my weakness and strength when I feel powerless. I need that resilience in my life. May it be so.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

This week’s Daily Affirmation: God is revealed as resilience in the formation of endurance, character and wisdom.

Morning Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for another day. I rise up this morning filled with joy and peace, ready for today. I pray that in all things I may face today, I remain hopeful because of Your love that fills my soul. May it be so.

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Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

This week’s Daily Affirmation: God is revealed as resilience in the formation of endurance, character and wisdom.

Morning Prayer: God, remind me that faith is often tested in the caldron of pain, disappointment and tragedy. Help me to trust You during these difficult times, no matter how painful. Give me the strength to endure pain and tragedy in the light of Your grace for this endurance builds character and wisdom that is part of Your will for me. May it be so.

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II Corinthians 4:8-9 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

This week’s Daily Affirmation: God is revealed as resilience in the formation of endurance, character and wisdom.

Morning Prayer: God, no matter what this day brings, I will remember that your love is greater than anything life may throw at me. My spirit will not be forsaken or destroyed. May it be so.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

This week’s Daily Affirmation: God is revealed as resilience in the formation of endurance, character and wisdom.

Morning Prayer: God, as I awaken, I think of what is ahead of me today. Some days that can be pretty overwhelming and often I feel at my most vulnerable in this predawn time, anticipating the many challenges I might face throughout my day. This scripture reminds me You are with me always. Instead of allowing my fears to dictate my day, I will reach out to You, clinging to the knowledge that You will strengthen and hold me in Your love. May it be so.

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Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

This week’s Daily Affirmation: God is revealed as resilience in the formation of endurance, character and wisdom.

Morning Prayer: God, I awaken to this day, aware that something new is emerging. This is a day that You have created for me and for all beings, large and small. As with all of Your creations, this day is infused with Your Love. If anything arises today that concerns me or that leads to feelings of fear, discontentment, or dismay, may I lean into Your Love in full and feel comforted and supported by it. If I feel overwhelmed by apparent challenges, disruptions, or distractions, may I remember that You are with me through it all. May I remain open and vulnerable to allow for Your presence to guide, guard, and direct me so I may know true strength and greater resilience in all that I do and all that I am. May it be so.

Matthew 7:24-25 These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

This week’s Daily Affirmation: God is revealed as resilience in the formation of endurance, character and wisdom.

Morning Prayer: God, I begin my day by connecting to Your unconditional love. All night long Your love has held me. I am confident that all day long Your love will continue to hold me as well. My intention is to hold on to You. When my day becomes stormy with challenges or news that overwhelms me, help me to be resilient to make it through. Help me to not be afraid to name and live into my struggles instead of running and hiding from them. Help me to remember that life is a vulnerable trek, and that your steadfast love is my guide. May I work Your promises into all areas of life today. May I be like a smart carpenter who builds on a solid rock. May I never forget that Your unconditional love is that rock and upon this rock nothing can destroy me. May it be so.

Ephesians 5:16 Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.

This Week's Affirmation of Trust: Before you begin your day speak this affirmation: God is present as Spirit closer than my breath to offer guidance every moment of every day.

Morning Prayer: God, today’s scripture instructs me to make the best use of my time today. That leads me inward to reflect on just what might be the best use of my time. I know the many things I need to do. I have a to-do list. But what about taking care of myself today. Help me to remember that my value doesn’t come from the length of my to-do list, but from being made in Your image of love and grace. Help me to find some time today to just be, even if it is just five minutes. Beyond my to-do list, I want to make the best use of my time today. May it be so.

Romans 15:1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

This Week's Affirmation of Trust: Before you begin your day speak this affirmation: God is present as Spirit closer than my breath to offer guidance every moment of every day.

Morning Prayer: God, as I start a new day, I acknowledge that You give me strength for any situation so I may stand up and use my gifts to help others. This is really hard sometimes; diverting from what I think is best for me in the moment, and even risking my own well-being. But I’m reminded this morning that You trust me to be a part of the bigger story here. To be Your hands and feet to look after the good of all people. Just as You trust me, I trust You to help me through it; to be the strength I need. May it be so.

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James 2:14 My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it?

This Week's Affirmation of Trust: Before you begin your day speak this affirmation: God is present as Spirit closer than my breath to offer guidance every moment of every day.

Morning Prayer: God, the stronger my trust in You, the greater I seek opportunities to be of service to others. It is in those acts of service where I encounter Your grace and love. The more I encounter Your grace, the more my trust grows and the more I want to serve. May it be so.

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Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

This Week's Affirmation of Trust: Before you begin your day speak this affirmation: God is present as Spirit closer than my breath to offer guidance every moment of every day.

Morning Prayer: God, I need the courage to share my own light, and the light of Your unconditional love with the world. Sometimes I am hesitant to speak up, and so I tend to shy away from sharing the goodness of Your love and grace. When I can’t find the words, help me to share the light of Your love in all that I say and do. May I become the light of the world that You have said I am. May it be so.

I Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.

This Week's Affirmation of Trust: Before you begin your day speak this affirmation: God is present as Spirit closer than my breath to offer guidance every moment of every day.

Morning Prayer: God, today I welcome Your guidance as I recognize and affirm the unique gift I have received. So as I read today’s scripture I find assurance that You will guide and direct me in ways to share Your grace through acts of service. I hadn’t thought about being a steward of Your grace. Help me to understand that my stewardship includes Your most important gift of grace and that it is a gift that I must extend to others. Help me to find the joy of extending Your grace. May it be so.

Renewing Health in Mind, Body and Soul

Sundays beginning October 14th
8 Weeks, concluding December 2nd
4pm - 6pm @ Crossroads UMC

Instructor: Rachel Shatananda - The Center of Mind Body Medicine

This 8 week 2 hour class will apply evidence-based tools to handle stress and develop a life of wholeness. The group provides the possibility for personal growth and learning.

For more info and to register: https://www.crossroadsnova.org/renewing-health

Romans 12:6-8a We have different gifts that are consistent with God’s grace that has been given to us. If your gift is prophecy, you should prophesy in proportion to your faith. If your gift is service, devote yourself to serving. If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If your gift is encouragement, devote yourself to encouraging.

This Week's Affirmation of Trust: Before you begin your day speak this affirmation: God is present as Spirit closer than my breath to offer guidance every moment of every day.

Morning Prayer: Beloved God, thank you for the gift of this new day. You continually give of Yourself throughout all of creation, and each new day is a reflection of Your unlimited capacity to give and give and give again. This morning, I take a moment to consider how You have placed specific gifts, which take shape as talents, abilities, skills, and aptitudes, into my hands for me to give to others in return. May I live into these gifts even more completely and creatively today. May I trust that You will place me in the right location at the right moment to engage my gifts fully and vibrantly, as a representative of Your Love. May it be so.

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