United Church of Christ
an open and affirming congregation
Worshiping at Smith Chapel
on the Simpson College campus
Pastor: Rev. Julia Tipton Rendon
Ordination of Susie Moews
February 26, 7 PM
Call to worship
Hymn “Here I Am”
Scripture reading: Philippians 2:19-22
Sermon by the Rev. Joe Johnson
Hymn “The Kingdom Is Within”
Leader: People of God, you have heard the promises Susie has made. What is your will?
PEOPLE: BY THE GRACE OF GOD, SHE IS WORTHY! LET US ORDAIN HER. COME, HOLY SPIRIT.
Leader: Will you support Susie in the ministry of Christ?
PEOPLE: WE WILL.
Laying on of Hands
. . .
Receive at our hands this stole, symbolizing your role as a minister of Word and Sacrament. Be diligent in your ministry, speaking the truth in love and offering the blessings of Christ.
OUR MOTHER-FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME. YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US TODAY 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.
Celebration of Communion
Communion hymn: “Come to the Water”
Sharing the elements
Prayer of thanksgiving
Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
1. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind but now I see.
2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!
3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
4. My God has promised good to me,
whose word my hope secures;
God will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.
5. When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we'd first begun.
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.
We invite interested parties to contribute to our mission projects. These include the Indianola Helping Hand Food Pantry, the Des Moines Catholic Worker Charitable Fund, and support for families on the Rine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Please mail CHECKS only to PO Box 811, Indianola IA 50125 and make payable to "Crossroads UCC Charitable Fund." Donations will be reserved for mission projects only, not the ongoing expenses of the church.
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.