United Church of Christ
an open and affirming congregation
Worshiping at Smith Chapel
on the Simpson College campus
Pastor: Rev. Julia Tipton Rendon
Bulletin for Sept. 27, 2020
WORD FOR THE DAY: FREEDOM
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Let us worship the One who calls us.
PEOPLE: HERE WE ARE,
READY OR NOT,
CALLED BY THE ONE
WHO LIVED AND DIED
AND ROSE TO LIVE AGAIN AMONG US.
Leader: Here we are,
ready or not,
bringing our everyday selves
to praise and to pray,
to know the Holy One
in the midst of our lives.
PEOPLE: LET US WORSHIP THE ONE WHO CALLS US.
HYMN TFWS #2236 “Gather Us In”
1. Here in this place new light is streaming,
now is the darkness vanished away,
see in this space our fears and our dreamings,
brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in—the lost and forsaken, gather us in—the blind and the lame;
call to us now, and we shall awaken, we shall arise at the sound of our name.
2. We are the young—our lives are a myst’ry,
we are the old—who yearn for your face,
we have been sung throughout all of hist’ry,
called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in—the rich and the haughty, gather us in—the proud and the strong;
give us a heart so meek and so lowly, give us the courage to enter the song.
3. Here we will take the wine and the water,
here we will take the bread of new birth,
here you shall call your sons and your daughters,
call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion, give us to eat the bread that is you;
nourish us well, and teach us to fashion lives that are holy and hearts that are true.
4. Not in the dark of buildings confining,
not in some heaven, light-years away, but
here in this place the new light is shining,
now is the Kingdom, now is the day.
Gather us in and hold us forever, gather us in and make us your own;
gather us in—all peoples together, fire of love in our flesh and our bone.
SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 37:3-8, 17b-22, 26-34; 50:15-21
1. This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone.
2. For by the life and death of Jesus, God’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of difference, as faith and hope are born again.
3. Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring, step from the past and leave behind
our disappointment, guilt and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find.
4. Christ is alive and goes before us to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings—our God is making all things new.
PRAYER HYMN "Ubi Caritas"
Ubi caritas et amor,
ubi caritas, Deus ibi est.
OUR MOTHER-FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME. YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD. FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US. SAVE US FROM THE TIME OF TRIAL AND DELIVER US FROM EVIL. FOR THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, AND THE GLORY ARE YOURS NOW AND FOREVER. AMEN.
HYMN TFWS #2172 “We Are Called”
SUNG BENEDICTION TFWS #2184 “Sent Out in Jesus’ Name”
Sent out in Jesus’ name, our hands are ready now
to make the earth the place in which the kingdom comes. (repeat)
The angels cannot change a world of hurt and pain
into a world of love, of justice and of peace.
The task is ours to do, to set it really free.
O help us to obey and carry out your will.
Pictures! Since we can't see each other!
Life goes on, and there's much to celebrate, wonder at, and discuss:
Claire and the tree frog!
also the tree frog
A bug or moth at the Porters' house
Kristi's hibiscus in glorious bloom
pensive squirrel on Julia's deck
Mary Shaw's garden
Here we were at Easter breakfast!
The United Church of Christ is a non-creedal church. It is the responsibility of every member to work toward a coherent and informed faith.
The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the "covenantal" tradition—meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith.
We worship by Zoom. If you'd like to join us, email the pastor, identify yourself, and we will send you a Zoom link. Pastor *at* crossroadsucc *dot* org
We serve two meals a month at the Catholic Worker House in Des Moines.
We micro-lend to small business owners through Kiva. We have lent about $21,000 to help people start or expand businesses!
We are a Jubilee Congregation, supporting efforts to serve, protect and promote economic participation by the most vulnerable. Find out more about Jubilee here!
When it is safe and responsible to be out and about, we'll resume our other social activities.
into community, build them in a relationship
with God, and send them into ministry.
We try to make our congregation a place where you can be yourself, and we believe that the practice of hospitality helps us to learn the mind of God.
We are "the church you didn't know you were looking for"--a small but active congregation
that is focused on mission, spiritual growth, and community involvement--that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Visitors are always welcome. If you're looking
for a church home, or if you're just curious, please come worship with us!
PO Box 811, Indianola IA 50125
email: pastor *at* crossroadsucc *dot* org
The Rev. Julia Rendon
We are in Indianola, Iowa, a community of 14,000 just 12 miles south of Des Moines on Highway 65/69.
Crossroads UCC does not own a building. We meet in Dirlam Lounge in Smith Chapel of Simpson College. Here is a campus map.
Here is a Mapquest map.
Worship and Sunday School
Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 during the school year, and worship is at 10:30.
We have a Safe Church policy for our Sunday School and youth programming.
A good resource for learning about dismantling racism is here.