The normal Sunday Morning Schedule during the school year is:
Sometimes the schedule changes. See details below.
These days so many of us have low expectations for Epiphanies in our lives. We no more expect God to be revealed in our midst than we expect stores to start giving away merchandise. But, what would it look like if we took a cue from the Wise Men those many years ago, and flipped our expectations in this new year? Could we really encounter Christ in 2020?
This new worship series runs three weeks and explores the purpose statement our Cross Winds Board has developed for our congregation. It is based on the idea that we are called the Body of Christ because God trusts us to live out the work of Jesus in the world. We are to be doing the same things Jesus did when He was here on earth in a human body. Here is Cross Winds’ Purpose Statement:
Cross Winds’ Purpose is to be Christ to all by:
We are the Body of Christ in the world today. As such, we choose to live a certain way and love others. We live as Jesus lived in three specific ways: Inviting, Disciplining, and Healing Hurts. During this series – “Loving on Purpose” – we’ll see how living like Jesus is not a life we stumble into, but its involves purpose and intention on our part.
In this introduction we’ll be challenged to see how God is counting on us to further the work Jesus began. As the Body of Christ, we are called to do Jesus’ kinds of things. One of the things Jesus always did was Inviting people to come and follow Him. He was always making room for others. His message was always “Come and follow me. There’s room for you.” See John 1:35-46
To be a disciple is to be a student of Jesus – to have Him not only as our savior but also our teacher (rabbi). As such, we learn from Him about life and God’s love. The life of following Jesus is meant to be a life-long adventure in spiritual growth. See Matthew 28: 19-20 and Galatians 5: 22-26.
Wherever Jesus went, his eyes noticed the needs of people around him, and out of great compassion, He relieved suffering. As the Body of Christ, God calls us to have our eyes and our hearts wide open in a similar way. Over the years, the witness of Christ followers has always been strong when their lives demonstrate compassionate care. See Luke 9: 1-9 and Matthew 25: 35-40
On this Sunday there will be one worship service at 9:30AM – followed by our annual church celebration. This year’s theme is “I Love My Team.” Feel free to come dressed in your team’s clothing.
The Great Commandment - Matthew 22: 37-39
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. A second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
The Great Commission - Matthew 28: 19-20
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Healing a Broken World - Matthew 25: 35-40
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
Scriptures are from the NRSV Translation of the Bible
I hope you’ll be with us each Sunday in January. If you are out of town you can always listen to the Sunday messages on our web site – www.crosswindslife.org