Hello, Crossroads Family!
Worship this Sunday morning
If you’re in town this Sunday, we’ll have a great time of worship and fellowship starting at 10:00 at the Community Center. Bring a friend! If you’ll be out of town this weekend, you can access this week’s sermon on the Crossroads Facebook page sometime Friday or Saturday.
Our youth group will meet Wednesday, May 31, at 6:30 pm, at Jessica’s house, *contact us for location*
Women of Joy Conference
October 6-8 is this year’s Women of Joy conference, “Sacred Rest,” in Branson. Conference tickets are $109 due by July 9th. (Lodging costs will be additional and vary by numbers.) After July 12th, tickets are $119. A fun, fulfilling weekend for women ! Contact Heather Hall at 417-321-0303 for more information or to reserve your spot.
Our summer Home Group begins Thursday evening, June 1, 6:00-7:15, at the home of Emily and Alex Lewis, *contact us for location*. Everyone is welcome. We’ll be studying Eugene Peterson’s classic book on discipleship, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. You may purchase a copy of the book if you’d like, but you don’t have to have the book to participate. Come for a good time of encouragement and connection! (We will not meet the following Thursday due to Bushwhacker Days.)
Crossroads Goes to Bushwhacker Days
Julie Kemper has made it possible that we can have a presence at Bushwhacker Days, especially on Gospel Night which is Thursday, June 8.
News from the Central District of the EFCA
Here’s a good letter from Mark Farran, part of our Central District staff team and responsible for pastoral support and church-planting. Some of you have met Mark. He is a friend and a godly leader in our Evangelical Free churches of the Central District (Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Southeastern South Dakota). EFCA Central: Farran Update
|EFCA Central: Farran Update|
This prayer was a help to me today. Take time to use it as your own. It’s a morning prayer, but it could be useful at any time during the day. If you’re like me, you probably need a short or long moment of prayer about now. Sometimes, someone else’s written prayer can help us in our own praying. This prayer is adapted from John Baillie’s book A Diary of Private Prayer.
O God who has given me the night for rest and the day for work and service, grant that the refreshing sleep of the night may now be turned to your glory during the day before me. Let the rest I’ve received breed no slothfulness within me, but rather let it send me to diligent action and willing obedience.
Teach me, O God, to use all of the circumstances of my life today, that they may bring forth in me the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sin.
- Let me use disappointment as material for patience.
- Let me use success as material for thankfulness.
- Let me use suspense as material for perseverance.
- Let me use danger as material for courage.
- Let me use reproach as material for longsuffering.
- Let me use praise as material for humility.
- Let me use pleasures as material for self-control.
- Let me use pain as material for endurance.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who for the joy before you, endured the cross, despised the shame, and are now seated at the right hand of the throne of God, let me consider you who endured such animosity from sinners against yourself, that I might not become weary or fainthearted in my own life.
Holy God, I remember before you now all my friends and those of my household, … especially __________________ and _________________________ , asking that in your love you would keep them free from sin, controlling all their deeds today in accordance with your most perfect will.