Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
August 16, 2018
Hello church family!
“Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will do it.” Psalm 37:5
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23
Those are some encouragements from Psalm 37 that I read in my personal quiet time today. I hope they will encourage you, too, as we transition out of summertime into a new season of the year. I took my two youngest to the high school this morning, and others of you are doing the same to schools nearby and further away, including Elena Rodriguez leaving today for Colorado. May the Lord guard our steps and give peace. We can trust him!
A special reminder that this Sunday’s worship will be in the evening – barbecue picnic at 5:30; worship at 6:30 – at Marmaduke Park.
• There will be no morning worship service this Sunday at the YMCA.
• If the weather is good Sunday evening, we will worship outdoors at the amphitheater. If the weather is poor, we have reserved the community building just north of the amphitheater. Rain or shine, I hope you’ll be there and that you’ll consider bringing a friend or family member with you for a good time of fellowship and worship.
• If you’re able, please bring a dessert to share. The rest of the meal, table service, and ice water will be provided.
Sunday, August 26:
We will be back at the Y at 10 a.m. for worship.
Our quarterly “family meeting” will take place immediately following the worship service. We’ll have a chance to bring everyone up to speed on ministry opportunities and finances, and we’ll pray together. Everyone is welcome. We will finish by 12:30.
Don’t forget that Crossroads is providing a meal to the residents of the Moss House on August 30. Kim Reedy is coordinating the meal and delivery. If you would like to provide part of that noon meal (finger foods, sandwiches), or if you would like to contribute some monetary help for the meal, please let Kim know. She will finalize plans for the meal on August 26.
What’s God Saying Through … Wind?
This Sunday evening we’ll continue our sermon series on imagery God uses in the Bible. In the Bible, wind is often a picture of the Holy Spirit and his work. His is not a destructive wind, but a wind that passes through and rebuilds people, churches, families, and communities.
One of the marks of the Holy Spirit is love. Not surprising, since the Lord Jesus, while on the earth, also told his disciples people would know them by their love.
In the list of nine “fruits” of the Holy Spirit (given in Galatians 5), love heads the list and embraces all the other spiritual fruit that follow:
• Joy is love exalting, or rejoicing.
• Peace is love at rest.
• Longsuffering is love under trial.
• Kindness is love at school, learning.
• Goodness is love in action.
• Faithfulness is love on the battlefield.
• Gentleness is love in social relationships.
• Self-control is love in training.
I heard Elisabeth Elliot share this prayer from Amy Carmichael, well-known missionary to India:
“Lord, do Thou turn me all into love,
And all my love into obedience,
And let my obedience be without interruption.”
What a beautiful prayer for each one of us, and for Crossroads Church. Will you join me in praying it, with the expectation that the Lord will hear and answer?
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday evening for dinner and more about what God’s saying through the picture he gives in the Bible of wind.