United Church of Christ  

Indianola, Iowa 

 an open and affirming congregation

Worshiping at Smith Chapel

on the Simpson College campus


Pastor: Rev. Julia Tipton Rendon

Worship at 10:30 
 Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 
We worship on Zoom every Sunday.
Sunday School "meets" at 9:30.

Here are the CDC guidelines for faith-based organizations.




Ordinary Time


Bulletin for Oct. 18


Word for the day: LISTENING



Leader: O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! 


HYMN S&S #196 “Open My Eyes, Lord”


1.  Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see your face.

Open my eyes, Lord.  Help me to see.


2.  Open my ears, Lord.  Help me to hear your voice.

Open my ears, Lord.  Help me to hear.


And the first shall be last and our eyes are opened,

and we’ll hear like never before.

And we’ll speak in new ways, and we’ll see God’s face

in places we’ve never known.


3.  Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love like you.

Open my heart, Lord.  Help me to love.


4.  I live within you.  Deep in your heart, O Love.

I live within you.  Rest now in me.


SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 1:1-20; 2:1-10


HYMN S&S #96 “Holy Is Your Name’


1.  My soul is filled with joy as I sing to God my savior;

you have looked upon your servant,

you have visited your people.



And holy is your name through all generations!

everlasting is your mercy to the people you have chosen,

and holy is your name.


2.  I am lowly as a child, but I know from this day forward

that my name will be remembered,

for all will call me blessed.




3.  I proclaim the pow’r of God, you do marvels for your servants;

though you scatter the proud hearted

and destroy the might of princes.




4.  To the hungry you give food, send the rich away empty.

In your mercy you are mindful

of the people you have chosen.




5.  In your love you now fulfill what you promised to your people.

I will praise you, Lord, my savior,

everlasting is your mercy.






Prayer hymn  S&S #160 “Seek Ye First”


1.  Seek ye first the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness,

And all these things shall be added unto you.

Allelu, Alleluia.


2.  We shall not live by bread alone, but by every word

That proceeds from the mouth of God.

Allelu, Alleluia.


3.  Ask, and it shall be given unto you.  Seek and ye shall find.

Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.

Allelu, alleluia.



Lord’s Prayer

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.


HYMN NCH #577 “God the Omnipotent!”


1.  God the Omnipotent! boldly ordaining

thunder and lightning your strength to display,

Bring forth compassion where violence is reigning;

give to us peace in our time, we pray.


2.  God the all-merciful! earth has forsaken

all you make holy, and slighted your way;

Bid not your wrath in its terrors awaken:

give to us peace in our time, we pray.


3.  God the all-righteous One! earth has defied you,

yet to eternity stands what you say;

falsehood and wrong shall not tarry beside you;

give to us peace in our time, we pray.


4.  God the all-provident! by your great chastening

earth shall see freedom and truth holding sway;

Through the thick chaos your reign is still hastening:

you will give peace in your time, we pray.




Benediction hymn NCH #588 “Let Justice Flow Like Streams”


1.  Let justice flow like streams of sparkling water, pure,

enabling growth, refreshing life, abundant, cleansing, sure.


2.  Let righteousness roll on as others’ cares we heed,

an everflowing stream of faith translated into deed.


3.  So may God’s plumb line, straight, define our measure true,

and justice, right, and peace pervade this world our whole life through.





Pictures! Since we can't see each other!

Life goes on, and there's much to celebrate, wonder at, and discuss:


little girl holding tree frog

Claire and the tree frog!

tree frog in fig tree

also the tree frog

 bug or moth

A bug or moth at the Porters' house

 pink hibiscus flower

Kristi's hibiscus in glorious bloom

 squirrel lying on stomach on deck

pensive squirrel on Julia's deck


Mary Shaw's garden

 flower garden




Crossroads members Easter 2014

Here we were at Easter breakfast!


What we believe

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. 



Want some links to scientific information about climate change?  Go to our Links page!


Some of what we do at Crossroads

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.


About Crossroads UCC

Crossroads United Church of Christ is an open and affirming congregation of the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ.  We believe that we are called by God, as Christians, to gather people

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

tel.: 515-961-9370

email: pastor *at* crossroadsucc *dot* org 



head and shoulders of womanThe Rev. Julia Rendon


Where to find us

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.