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Missed a Sunday message and like to hear have a second chance to listen? This is the place where you can find all Sunday semons from Crossroads dating back to the summer of 2013.

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Death
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Death

Sarah Hamel-Brown
Sunday 08 March 2020
This week we will finish a series about the cycle of birth-life-death, which we are calling Phenomenon, this time on the theme of “Death”. As Toby Mac puts it, "We live forever, die whenever". With this in mind we could easily adapt our world-view to live like there is no tomorrow. Only there is a tomorrow... and that tomorrow knows no end; it will literally last forever. With this in mind, perhaps we can live each day, not as our last, but as our first, in light of the eternity ahead of us. See Galatians 2:20.
 
Pray.Plan.Build.

Pray.Plan.Build.

It was late in history. The walls of Jerusalem were down and the gates were in cinders. There was much rubble. But Nehemiah, caught up in a ‘divine appointment’, offered servant-leadership, with prayer and vision, with courage and determination.
 
Nehemiah’s memoirs of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem come at the very end of the Old Testament historical narratives, and woven into the fabric of his story are these honest cries of prayer… grieving, wrestling prayers, sometimes formal, liturgical, at other moments, short ‘arrow-prayers’, silent, right-in-front-of-the-king prayers.  Nehemiah the Israelite slave, cupbearer to the Emperor of Persia, has flashes of awareness that this is ‘the hand of God’ at work, fulfilling prophecies and covenant promises.
 
It should have been common knowledge among the Jews in the Captivity; why was it such a shock to Nehemiah that ‘the walls are down and the gates are in cinders’? Let’s consider this as an implicit form of revelation; he is blind to the situation, has a comfortable job; the LORD lays a burden on his heart, he fasts and prays, and the burden becomes a calling…a risky calling to partner with Yahweh, The-God-of-Heaven, to fulfill a chapter in the destiny of His people. Part of the calling was to overcome inertia and fatalism, defeat and shame, not only for the restoration of honor for the people of Israel, but primarily, ultimately, for God’s honor and glory!
 
By Faith
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By Faith

Hillary Porrit
Sunday 27 October 2019
This Sunday, we’ll explore the topic of ‘legacy’ as we close our October series on Nehemiah, entitled ‘Pray·Plan·Build’. This autumn, we pray that the legacy of this season will be one of sustainable fruitfulness, not only in our individual lives, but also in our whole church community. 
Opposition
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Opposition

Allen Baatsen
Sunday 20 October 2019
This Sunday we’ll hear the next message in our October series on Nehemiah, called "Pray·Plan·Build”, exploring how to deal with opposition as we build - in our personal lives and in our church community. And should you wish to dig a bit deeper, you can read the book of Nehemiah this month or Visioneering by Andy Stanley.
REBUILDING; Let Us Start this Great Work!
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REBUILDING; Let Us Start this Great Work!

Helma Aniceta
Sunday 13 October 2019
This Sunday we continue our October series on Nehemiah, called "Pray.Plan.Build". We will look at the importance of each person’s contribution to the building process. It is a reminder that all we are as individuals and as a Crossroads community, begins with prayer and requires thoughtful planning.
Next Steps

Next Steps

There is often energy and anticipation that comes with new seasons and new beginnings. Whether you are new to our community or have been apart of it for some time, you are invited to join us in exploring next steps — next steps in our person faith journey and in our growth as a community.  
Sacred Rhythms: next steps in growing deeper roots
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Sacred Rhythms: next steps in growing deeper roots

Jack LoMonaco
Sunday 22 September 2019
This Sunday, Jack LoMonaco will share some of his journey in learning about spiritual formation practices, helping us take our own next steps in growing deeper roots.
Next Steps for a Generous Life
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Next Steps for a Generous Life

Al Dyck
Sunday 15 September 2019
Al Dyck, former Crossroader and Director of Staff Care and Development at Communitas International is challenging us about ‘next steps for a generous life,’ setting us thinking about how much we have to be thankful for and that our giving is in response to having received so much. Many of us have already spent time this week personally reflecting in thanksgiving and listening to God for our next steps in generosity. 
Psalms and the Art of Prayer

Psalms and the Art of Prayer

This Sunday starts the summer series “Psalms and the Art of Prayer”, geared to bring us inspiration and encouragement, whether your summer is full of activities or a time of rest.
Psalm of Worship
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Psalm of Worship

Sarah Hamel-Brown
Sunday 18 August 2019
Psalm of Hope & Longing
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Psalm of Hope & Longing

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 11 August 2019
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Psalm of Confession & Forgiveness
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Psalm of Confession & Forgiveness

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 04 August 2019
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Psalm of Praise
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Psalm of Praise

Kevin Johnson
Sunday 28 July 2019
The Psalms are a rich affirmation that all our experiences, and thoughts and feelings about them, can be brought to God. Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving are richest and most meaningful in the context of all our other prayers. 
 
Psalm of Invocation
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Psalm of Invocation

Sarah Hamel-Brown
Sunday 21 July 2019
Music and song have been part of human expression for as long as human beings have walked this earth: the psalms ("hymn" book to the hebrews) are a timeless musical testimony to Gods goodness and our brokenness. Bringing history and hope for the future together - preparing our hearts for all that God has in store for us if only we would take time to listen, to reflect, to pray... to invite Him into our lives.
Letter to an Urban Church

Letter to an Urban Church

            What we know about God and what we do for God have a way of getting broken apart in our lives. The moment the organic unity of belief and behavior is damaged in any way, we are incapable of living out the full humanity for which we were created.

            Paul’s letter to the Ephesians joins together what has been torn apart in our sin-wrecked world. He begins with an exuberant exploration of what Christians believe about God, and then, like a surgeon skillfully setting a compound fracture, “sets” this belief in God into our behavior before God so that the bones—belief and behavior—knit together and heal.

            Once our attention is called to it, we notice these fractures all over the place. There is hardly a bone in our bodies that has escaped injury, hardly a relationship in city or job, school or church, family or country, that isn’t out of joint or limping in pain. There is much work to be done.

            And so Paul goes to work. He ranges widely, from heaven to earth and back again, showing how Jesus, the Messiah, is eternally and tirelessly bringing everything and everyone together.

            He also shows us that in addition to having this work done in and for us, we are participantsin this most urgent work. Now that we know what is going on, that the energy of reconciliation is the dynamo at the heart of the universe, it is imperative that we join in vigorously and perseveringly, convinced that every detail in our lives contributes (or not) to what Paul describes as God’s plan worked out by Christ, “a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.”

Peterson, E. H. (2002). The Message: The Bible in contemporary language. Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress.
Church as an Embassy
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Church as an Embassy

Maurice Lubbers
Sunday 14 July 2019
This Sunday we conclude our series "Letters to an Urban Church" and will be looking at Ephesians 6:10-24, exploring the identity of the church as an embassy on foreign territory. 
To the family of God
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To the family of God

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 07 July 2019
This Sunday we are continuing with our series "Letters to an Urban Church" and will be looking at Ephesians 5:15–6:4 about relationships in the home and in the church. 
To the Body of Christ
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To the Body of Christ

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 30 June 2019
This Sunday we are continuing with our series "Letters to an Urban Church" and will be looking at Ephesians 4:1-16. Join us as we take communion together and reflect on the image of the church as the body of Christ marked by unity, diversity, essentiality and maturity.
The Church as a Family
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The Church as a Family

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 16 June 2019
From Ephesians 2:1-22

The church as the household of God, community, belonging, a new humanity, a community, the household of God, individuals united because they have been made alive in Christ, unity, reconciliation, belonging, one citizenship by people from diverse “countries” of origin.
What's on my heart

What's on my heart

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Guilt and forgiveness – how to live life after Easter
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Guilt and forgiveness – how to live life after Easter

Helma Aniceta
Sunday 19 May 2019
This Sunday we will look at the story of Jesus from John 21:15-19, when he appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. In our passage, Jesus asks Peter: “do you love me?”. What do we learn from both men about damaged relationships? How do we receive and extend forgiveness so new life can spring forth? This is a theme relevant for each life phase and situation. 
Under his wings
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Under his wings

Hilary Porrit
Sunday 12 May 2019
Join us as we read in the Old Testament book of Ruth the story of Naomi – a story of broken dreams, bitterness at God, a slow and painful rebuilding of a different kind of family, and ultimately a place in Jesus’ own family tree. Psalm 91:4: The LORD will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
 Resurrection faith
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Resurrection faith

Szaszi Bene
Sunday 05 May 2019
This Sunday at church we look at resurrection faith from 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. We explore the significance of Jesus’ resurrection for today and our everyday lives and reflect on how resurrection faith leads to a hopeful life.
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