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Thanks Ben for listening to and following the Spirit of God in preparing the sermon for us this morning. After the message, I read today’s devotional reading from God Calling. It was written by two women in 1945 who desired to remain anonymous. I love it when our Father confirms a message like this.
Zoom communion next Thursday?
Best unexpected answer: When our daughter returned to Hillcrest after a couple years in a private school to deal with some learning issues there was a year-end awards program. She got an art award and we were proud, but Robin asked God if she couldn't get something else that would boost her confidence and she ended up getting about 5 more awards for "best of" and "most improved" in other core areas.
Worship with us this morning as we sing the following songs! White As Snow: https://g.co/kgs/NLhbd3 Scandal of Grace: https://g.co/kgs/wnuQRn In Christ Alone: https://g.co/kgs/JME5jU
Join us for our fourth annual Seder Dinner partnership between The Cross Orlando and City Beautiful Church. This sacred passover meal takes us on the journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land, all the while pointing out how Jesus as the messiah fulfilled God’s promises to save the whole world. This year The Cross will be hosting at their space in Parramore. The ceremonial meal will begin at 6:30pm, followed by a catered dinner for all (vegan options provided). Childcare will also be provided. https://bit.ly/2Foy6IT
10am this Sunday informal worship at the Olson's since there is no church. Come have breakfast with us.

the Cross Orlando is an effort to remind us who we are, spiritual people, deeper than this world, people of impact and significance who are set free by Jesus' cross.

we have a calendar with stuff that's happening in our community at http://www.thecrossorlando.org/calendar.php?pageID=6

Sunday, April 26, 2020

“Becoming fully human” this morning. We gather on the socials around 10a.

On the first Sunday of the month we celebrate the meal that our Christ instituted before is death and resurrection. It's a reinvigoration of the Passover meal. It communicates to us forgiveness of sins and ties us together as his body on earth.

Sunday April 19, 2020

Easter at The Cross

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Jaroslav Pelikan - The Need for Creeds, from On Being

Our pastor Ben has listened to this episode more Holy Saturdays then not for the last 10 years. Talk a walk and listen yourself. It’s a super appropriate reflection for the day. https://onbeing.org/programs/jaroslav-pelikan-the-need-for-creeds/.

onbeing.org The late, great historian Jaroslav Pelikan on the the idea of reciting an unchanging creed and the illuminated ancient tradition in order to enliven faith.

The stations of the cross are out there for you. At Wadeview Park and Loch Haven Park. Take time to remember the work of the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, tonight.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the last Passover Jesus of Nazareth celebrated with his closest friends. There are many moments of beauty in that story, but perhaps the most poignant moment of the night was when Jesus reinvigorated the meal with new meaning. For generations Christians have shared that meal together. Read the story (matt. 26:17-30) and message us if you want to know how we’re celebrating the Lord’s Supper this weekend.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

It’s cool that trees grow up toward the sky. Almost like hands waving to the sun. Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry. The day Israelites gathered and called out with hope and expectation for Jesus to save them. We’ll gather virtually tomorrow (live stream on insta and fb), but can still posture ourselves toward the God.

The Cross Orlando Live – March 29, 2020

We’ve been sending little notes to each other via the emails pretty regularly while things are closed. If you’re not an email checker (Congratulations you’ve really achieved something we all wish we could join your level of freedom) you can check out our website. We’ve been posting the notes there.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Live from The Cross Orlando

As regular activities start to shut down for a bit, we’re picking up the pace on email communication. If you’re not on our email list, but would like brief devotional thoughts from people of The Cross, DM us and we’ll add you in.

At the beginning of Lent we wrote confessions of our need for God. We’ve been reflecting on them as we gather together. Sunday, one of our confessions read: “Lord I struggle to believe that you are real, that you’re alive, and that you are good. But I want to believe.” In this uncertain time it’s good to remember that the God of Creation&Life, Christ&church is comfortable with your need. Voice it comfortably and often. Then, leave space for response.

Sunday is about the Gospel and the hang. Good hang today church.

Set aside some time to be available to the God.

Church is something to be. The routines of life, wounds of relationships, hardships of the day and successes of the years can make it hard to remember who we are. It’s good to be able to gather as the church and remind each other who we are.

Christmas shows us the unreasonable determination to offer humanity the opportunity to live beautiful, expansive lives.

Last Sunday gathering of the calendar year.

We kick off our celebration of the incarnation together tonight at 7p.

Last Sunday of Advent. Peace.

Advent week3

Church is something to be, together. In preparation for 2020, our tenth year of being the church together, we’re making some simple commitments to each other. It’s about how much we aim to be present and how much we aim to contribute. DM us if you want to know more.

Neighborhood dinners are happening this weekend. DM us if your not in on the fun yet.

There is steadfast hope and plentiful redemption available even amidst the depths of live. Psalm 130

You are free to love a s serve. God can handle the rest.

The people of God have always made their cities better because they care for the people who live there. Orlando can be a more just, loving, prosperous place because you are here.

These first weeks of June will always be tinged with sadness for us in Orlando. It’s good to remember that evil can’t stop the God of Life.

Light for the World
I don’t know why he waits.
He has answers.
He has full joy and impenetrable peace.
Yet, somewhere he sits, knows our situation and waits.

Times like today, I don’t know why.
When hate, having prowled in the night has found a wiling host.
When anger has multiplied and met with just enough power for destruction.
When ignorance festers and grows unchecked alone.

I know He’s seen death. From Egypt to Calvary.
I know He’s felt it himself, endured it’s pain and watched friends affected.
Yet, still he waits.

I know that one day He will come.
That day will be good. But sometimes I wonder why he waits.

Eight and a half years ago, I rocked our first baby in a basement apartment and thought distinctly, “Lord, I’m glad you waited for this. For this baby to join us.”
As long as our Lord waits, there is good to be found. Not in every event (some things are all evil) but alongside them. Whatever the world looks like; babies will be born, people will find forgiveness, wounds will heal.

Today, as I asked the Lord how we ought to respond to such brutality and evil, this passage came to mind:

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

You see? In places of darkness, you are the light. Go to the vigils and be a presence of hope. In conversations find ways to respond with love. I am proud of the Cross, because it sends all of you out to be light in the world until Jesus comes back.

-ben

What are the components of your story, and how are they intersecting the story of The Cross?

Pentecost is a big Sunday for the church of Christ. Breathe deep today folks and celebrate the indwelling of God’s Spirit.

Church is something we are together. Not a place to go or something we do. We don’t become the church by accident, it happens as we spend time together. Become church with us and join in on neighborhood dinners are this weekend. Friday evening on the Northside, Saturday evening on the Southside and Sunday evening for the Central City. Message us for time and location details.

When we sing together it’s a collective affirmation of faith and a prayer at the same time. Thanks to the Forrests and Megan Miller for leading us in song yesterday.

Heart of flesh, joy of salvation, dwelling in the land. This morning with cap off the Easter season with sincere and powerful hope.

Herman Sasse was a German theologian before, during and after WWII. As a critic of Hitler, Sasse knew well the importance standing under the authority of the Christ. Over the next 6weeks Ben will be summarizing the ideas discussed in this short collection of essays. Join him on Monday evenings message us for more details.

The peaceful and quiet life is pleasing to God. We don’t need to take over the world, Jesus already did that. We are simply called to live well in it.

too much rain to gather in the park tonight. Take these images and a few minutes with your family or by yourself this evening and remember the work of God on your behalf tonight.

Tonight we’ll gather at 7p near the Orlando Museum of Art to commemorate Good Friday. From there we’ll move through the park as we contemplate the traditional stations of the cross.

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Seder Dinner

For Maundy Thursday we’re City Beautiful Church will join us for a Seder dinner. Grab a ticket here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seder-dinner-tickets-58667057749

eventbrite.com Join us for our fourth annual Seder Dinner partnership between The Cross Orlando and City Beautiful Church. This sacred passover meal takes us on the journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land, all the while pointing out how Jesus as the messiah fulfilled God’s promises to save ...

Jonah. Nineveh. God’s new beginnings today.

Plan some time for planned conversation with someone you love this week. What’s one word that describes the type of life you’d hope for? What’s one small way you can move in that direction? What is one thing that keeps you from doing it?

We are proud to support trustee Phil and the Polis Institute at their annual Pi day event.

Lent is a time to recognize that we need new beginnings. Take some time this week to talk through these questions with the ones you love. Pay attention to your answers and surrender to God your future.

This year, Lent reminds us that we need new beginnings. Sometimes new beginnings require a plan.

We need new beginnings. Join us tonight as we gather for Ash Wednesday and a season asking God for new beginnings. 6p at our space: 1010 west.

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The cross orlando is a growing network of people. We want to be a church for Orlando, and are working to create space on Sunday morning for something we feel is needed. Dialogue. Our gatherings will aim for conversations built around the ideals of Jesus' way: his scriptures and his cross.

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Sunday 10:00 - 12:00
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