Crossroads

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.



Here are the CDC guidelines for faith-based organizations.

 

 


 

Ordinary Time

 

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

 
   
   

Bulletin for August 9

 

Sunday August 9, 2020

Word for the day: Justice

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: We come bearing pain, treasures, and questions — some hidden, some apparent.
PEOPLE: WE COME WITH OUR OWN LIFE HISTORIES, OUR ETHNIC AND LINGUISTIC HISTORIES, OUR SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS HISTORIES.

Leader: We come hungry for justice—in all its intersections of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, race, ability and language, in ways not yet articulated.

PEOPLE: WE COME WITH A HUNGER FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE, LIFE BUDDING ALONG THE MARGINS, AND FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AMONG US.

ALL: PEOPLE OF GOD LET US WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER.

(adapted from The Rev. Teresa Burnett-Cole, 2009)

 

Hymn “We Are Called”

 

1. Come! live in the light!

Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!

We are called to be light for the kingdom,

to live in the freedom of the city of God!

Refrain:

We are called to act with justice.

We are called to love tenderly.

We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

 

2. Come! Open your heart!

Show your mercy to all those in fear!

We are called to be hope for the hopeless,

so all hatred and blindness will be no more!

 

Refrain

3. Sing! Sing a new song!

Sing of that great day when all will be one!

God will reign and we'll walk with each other

as sisters and brothers united in love!

 

Refrain

 

SCRIPTURE Esther 1:1-22

 

Hymn “Troubled Times” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB8xNf- MUiI&list=PLzfukyEynxH212q0c95yqmMPK04ec4rHZ&index=14

Troubled times
What good is love and peace on earth? When it's exclusive?
Where's the truth in the written word? If no one reads it
A new day dawning
Comes without warning
So don't blink twice

We live in troubled times We live in troubled times

What part of history we learned When it's repeated
Some things will never overcome If we don't seek it

The world stops turning Paradise burning
So don't think twice

We live in troubled times We live in troubled times We live in troubled times

We run for cover
Like a skyscraper's falling down Then I wander like a troubled mind

What good is love and peace on earth?

 

When it's exclusive
Where's the truth in the written word? If no one reads it
A new day dawning
Comes without warning
So don't look twice

 

SERMON

 

PRAYER HYMN “O Lord, Hear My Prayer”

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer; when I call answer me.

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer; come and listen to me.

 

PRAYERS

LORD’S PRAYER:

OUR FATHER-MOTHER 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 “De Colores”

1. De colores, de colores se visten los campos en la primavera.

De colores, de colores son los pajaritos que vienen de afuera.

De colores, de colores es el arco iris que vemos lucir.

Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí,

Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí.

2. Sing of colors, sing of colors that over the hills in profusion are springing;

Sing of colors of birds that fly outside my window their canticles singing;

Sing of colors, in the rainbow's bright colors God's promise of hope we recall;

Sing of colors that make up the earth and give thanks to the God who created us all.

Sing of colors that make up the earth and give thanks to the God who created us all.

 

3. Sing, rejoicing! Every creature that breathes raise a song to the God of creation.

Sing, rejoicing! Sing to God who so earnestly cares, who has offered salvation.

Sing the good news! Sing the love of the Savior reflecting the colors of all.

Many colors that shine from God's face, many colors that tell us God's love to recall.

Many colors that shine from God's face, many colors that tell us God's love to recall.

 

BENEDICTION

 

BENEDICTION HYMN “Shine Jesus Shine”

 

1. Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us

Shine on me, shine on me

2. Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light.

3. Lord, I come to your awesome presence

From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness

Search me, try me, consume all my darkness

Shine on me, shine on me

 

4. As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory

Mirrored here may our lives tell your story

Shine on me, shine on me

 

 


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.