Crossroads Church is officially disbanded. It's a bittersweet time, reflecting on the journey of the past several years.
Hello friends -
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind season at Crossroads Church, and I’m happy to be able to share with you some of the changes that are happening in our community.
The big change has to do with our leadership team...
I'm writing to share exciting news. In mid-January of this year, Bishop Bill challenged me to consider applying for the rectorship at All Saints' Anglican Church in Amesbury, MA. So, for the past two-months, my wife Tiffany and I have pursued a systematic and prayerful process with the Search Committee at All Saints', our Bishop, and key personal advisors. In the end, the Search Committee recommended me to the All Saints' Vestry as their first-choice candidate. The Vestry's prayers and deliberations concluded in a unanimous decision to call me to serve as their next Rector.
It is with a good deal of sadness that I write to inform you that I will be leaving Crossroads Church Anglican. For years I have been thinking deeply about church planting, especially in difficult, post-Christian contexts like Washington State and Massachusetts. I have also been dreaming of deep community and ministry partnerships as I have pursued God’s call on my life to make disciples and foster deep intimacy with our Living God.
A homily by Jennifer Drummond
Epiphany is the season of light; light appearing, light bursting forth, light going out. Light shining on Israel (a people who were in darkness) and light shining on the Gentiles (a light to enlighten the world). We’ve been talking about light the past few weeks and how the light of the gospel - the good news - came to Ephesus with Paul, and how it might come to Salem, through us and the others here who are walking with Jesus.
Today is a hinge day, and it’s convenient that Nate+ is gone, because I get to mark the change from talking about the light coming to Salem, which I hope you are getting a taste of how incredible that might be, to talking about a focus on how light guides our pilgrimage.
Course: The Jesus Journey
Dates: Tuesdays, 7pm to 8:30pm from Jan 21 to Feb 18 (1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18) in the Fellowship Hall at FBC
What is it? The Jesus Journey is an engaging exploration of Jesus of Nazareth in his first-century setting. Who was this Jewish rabbi and prophet? How did he interact with his followers? How did he unsettle social conventions? Why did he clash with the religious and political institutions of his day? What might it mean to follow Jesus now? Each session is a stage on this journey of exploration, led by dynamic facilitator and author Trent Sheppard.
Today I’d like to share about the church I’ve committed myself to here in Massachusetts. I did not come to Gordon-Conwell with the intention of joining a “church plant.” Nor did I expect to join an Anglican church. But things have come together in such a way, and the worship, vision, leadership, and community of Crossroads have hit so close to home, that I have felt joyfully compelled to say “yes!” Crossroads is a profound fit for me in many ways. And, despite its current small size, I believe it represents contemporary Christianity at its best.
Greetings from Salem, MA, the city from which Adoniram and Ann Judson sailed to Burma as the first Protestant Missionaries sent from America. Today, Salem hosts nearly half a million visitors during the month of October for various Halloween activities - from the kitschy zombie prom to more serious practices of the occult. Salem has long been a bellwether city for New England culture and lifestyle. This region now is characterized as home to many of the “least Bible-minded cities in America” (according to George Barna and his researchers). It’s a post-Christian mission field. It’s the place we call home, and love dearly. And it’s the place we’re working together to develop Crossroads Church.
A Sermon on perseverance and God's presence by Rev. Kristen Yates
For some weeks now, we have been talking about being on a journey with God. We have looked at the lives of Biblical folks like Abraham and modern day folks like Gladys Aylward. We have looked at our own lives.
We have explored what it means to walk into the unknown, to trust and follow God, and to develop persistence and endurance.
We have acknowledged both the great obstacles and blessings that can come on this journey, and we have looked at the great transformation that can happen to folks like Jacob and Zaccheus and to even us who find ourselves on the road of seeking after and following God.
Journey really is an apt metaphor for our lives with God (regardless of whether in our lives, we stay in one geographical place or move around a lot). It is no wonder as we pick up Scripture that we continually find people on journey.
And today’s reading from Haggai, which will be the focus of my sermon, is no exception. If you don’t know the story behind the Book of Haggai, you may not at first recognize this, but this is most certainly the case.
Homily by Jennifer Drummond
Do you remember the song “Follow the Yellow Brick Road?” from the Wizard of Oz? It’s basically the instruction that Dorothy was given in order to get home. She had landed in Oz - a strange and confusing place, and wanted to get back home to Kansas. All she needed to do was follow the yellow brick road. Her job on the journey to find her way home was to stay on that road, and eventually she’d meet the Great Wizard; he’d solve her problems. Along the way, she meets new people, some of which join her on her journey and some of whom distract her from her purpose. At times she veers off the path and seems to forget where she was going. The solution. Get back on the path. Follow the Yellow Brick Road. Be persistent - there aren’t any further directions than that. I think this is a good metaphor for us.