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Friday, June 11, 2021
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Lord, Tune My Heart for Worship
1. Worship starts before you enter.
As many have said before, we don’t enter into corporate worship and begin to worship. We come into the space already worshiping. Our hearts have been loving and desiring in all kinds of directions this week. The first step is to simply recognize and confess that fact, praying that the Holy Spirit would increasingly narrow the gap between the worship offered on Sundays and the worship offered Mondays through Saturdays. The worshiper who grows in orienting their heart toward God Monday through Saturday (whole-life worship) will find themselves more calibrated for Sundays (gathered worship).
2. Center your heart before worship.
Before a worship service, all of us can do things that make entrance into worship easier. We can meditate on a verse or two in Scripture or pray through a psalm. We can listen to music that stirs and orients our hearts. Perhaps just ten minutes of quiet is what we need. Certainly turning our phone to “do not disturb” (or even off) can be a helpful, intentional practice to calm our frayed, distracted minds.
3. Arrive early.
Few things make it harder to fully engage in worship than arriving just on time or late. Arriving early gives us plenty of time to find a place to sit, and then center our hearts through the word and prayer.
We’ll also have a chance to prepare for worship by greeting others. Some people think the only way to prepare for worship is to quietly pray and ignore everyone else. That’s a one-dimensional way to approach worship. Because worship is both vertical (us and God) and horizontal (one another), greeting the people worshiping next to you is a wonderful way to calibrate your heart for corporate worship.
4. Make the most of the first moments.
Jump into the deep end. Let the call to worship and the opening hymns or songs flood your mind and heart. Sing loudly, breathe deeply, feel passionately. Sometimes, participating physically actually leads our affections to engage spiritually. Recognize that the opening of worship is meant for our calibration, and let it prepare your heart to worship.
Crossroads University Group Locations:
- In the Worship Center - Pastor Darryl and "How Do I Share the Gospel?"
- In the Upper Room - Michael Hicks and "Cults, Heresies and the Crazies"
- On the Lower Level: Conference Room - Pastor Daniel and "The Lost Practice of Catechism"
Go to Crossroads University in Church Center (or click the image above) to see MORE about and register for the courses being offered in the current block.
Sunday, June 13th
Crossroads Connections Luncheon
If you've been attending for a few weeks or months and you're looking to get more involved at Crossroads Church...Groups, Serving, Leading--Crossroads Connections is your NEXT STEP. We'll talk about Covenant Partnership--what it is and why it's important. You'll learn more about the church--its structure, systems, and opportunities.
Go to SignUps in Church Center (or click the image above) and register each member of your household that would like to attend the next one.
*Lunch will be provided. **Childcare will be provided upon request.
Sunday, June 20th
Attn Preschool Staff:
Get Signed Up for the Father's Day Tailgate Today!
This fun event is just one week out!
To help us better prepare, please register in Signups or by clicking the link below!
We'll be TAILGATING here at Crossroads after the Worship Experience on Father's Day. Invite your parents and your kids to join you for this special Sunday and stay for lunch as we honor and remember good men.
We'll provide the burgers and dogs, buns, bottled water and tableware (plates, utensils, napkins, etc.). YOU bring sides and/or desserts. Use the SignUps tab in Church Center or the link below to let us know which meat you'd like and what you're planning on bringing.
When registering, click on Sides and/or Desserts to view a drop-down of different options. Using this is going to help with knowing what people are bringing and eliminate too much of the same food/not enough of others. To SignUp in Church Center, click here.
Kidz4Christ Important Reminders and Save the Dates
We will be breaking from our regular AWANA discipleship journey during the months of July and August. During this time, we will be doing a Heroes of the Bible session with the kiddos which will mimic our VBS in that there will be activities happening in different spaces with the kids rotating thru different stations.
- June 23 - Final day of AWANA discipleship
- June 27th - Kidz4Christ Program during the Worship Experience (Kiddos will receive awards/certificates and glorify God in sharing what they've been learning).
- June 30 - First day of summer session
- July 7 - No session due to Church Camp in the Rockies
- July 21 - No session due to VBS
- August 25 - Final day of summer session
- September 1 - First day of 2021-2022 session
*Be watching for a questionnaire that we're going to use to enhance and better our program.
Get Your Kiddos Registered for VBS
This year's VBS is Wednesday, July 21 thru Sunday, July 25. Saturday is going to be a Family Fun Day. There's going to be games, prizes, Worship, learning about God and His kingdom and so much more!
You can register by going into Signups in Church Center or by clicking the link below. SO excited for this event! Let me know if you have any questions.
We're also still looking for volunteers to help put this on! If you'd like to help, use the form below to sign up or see what serving opportunities are available. https://docs.google.com/.../19W7I8wjzI7sFp3Z0.../edit...
If you aren't able to volunteer, consider helping out monetarily or by helping with supplies needed. If this is something you're interested in or want to hear more about what's needed, text or call Bonnie @ 816-718-2153
Save the Date
- Sunday, June 20th: Father's Day Tailgate and Picnic
- Monday July 5th thru Friday July 9th - Church Camp In the Rockies
- Wednesday, July 7th - NO MIDWEEK
- Sunday, July 18th: The Well: A Night of Worship and Praise
- Wednesday July 21st - NO MIDWEEK
- Wednesday, July 21st thru Sunday, July 25th: VBS Here @C2
- Friday, August 6th: Kidz Back to School Lock-In
- Friday-Saturday, August 13-14th: Women's Retreat (Here @C2)
- Friday-Saturday, September 10-11th: Burger Barn
- Sunday, October 3rd: Anniversary Tailgate
- Sunday, November 21st: The Well: Thanksgiving Edition
- Friday, December 24th: The Well: Christmas Edition
*Dates are subject to change and more events will be added! We'll keep you informed.
More info on the apps listed above...
Dwell is an app that allows you to listen to scripture "in your ears and on your heart". Dwell has made the Bible deeply explorable. Quickly access Scripture through popular Passages, Stories, Themed Playlists, even Listening Plans. Or listen the more traditional way, book by book. Some features include 10 different voices, background music, and ambient artwork. Crossroads has provided this app to you free of charge to allow you to explore scripture thru passages, stories, playlists, and plans. To sign up, you can click the image above or click here.
Here at Crossroads, we want you to build and grow in your faith, especially @Home. To help you along with this, we want to give you full access to Bible study videos with over 20,000 options (including thousands of options for kids) in a wide variety of topics that will help you learn and grow. A large variety of Bible-based children's videos will help you minister and disciple your kiddos at home. Videos for adults contain a wide range of topics including parenting, marriage, recovery, and mental health. This is a free subscription, paid for by your church, and we encourage you to share it with your friends and family that may not yet go to church. To sign up, you can click the image above or click here.
Lectio 365 is a daily devotional resource that helps you pray the Bible every day. This app includes these features: An Ancient Practice, P.R.A.Y., Six Practices, Annual Rhythms, and Read or Listen on the Go to help you with your walk and inspire daily, consistent prayer. Lectio 365 contains devotional content to help you pause and pray at the start and end of every day. Find out how to make the most of our morning and evening prayers through the app and take it with you during the day. To sign up, you can click the image above or click here.
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