Hello y’all! I can’t believe this much time has passed since my last update. Whoops! We have been meeting every Sunday night at 6:00 pm at Immanuel UCC in Streamwood. However, as I am serving a church in Chicago now, we will be alternating the schedule as follows:
5/12 – No service. Happy Mothers Day!
5/19 – Service at Christ Church of Chicago 6047 N. Rockwell Chicago, IL at 4 pm
5/26 – Service at Immanuel UCC 1500 Old Church Rd. Streamwood, IL 6 pm
Starting in June, The Crossing will meet at Christ Church on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 4 pm and at Immanuel on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 6 pm (if 4 proves to be more popular, we will move to this time at Immanuel as well). Sorry for the confusing schedule, but it will be good to give our friends in Chicago the opportunity to attend. If you are in either of these areas and are looking for a contemplative service, come join us! We will have live music at our Chicago services and as always will have interaction, meditation, and relaxation as we seek the Divine together.
After much thought I have decided to chill on Easter evening. Rather than rushing from my morning services in Chicago out to Rockford and then back to Streamwood, I am going to relax and enjoy the day. I hope you will join us for other services as we continue to explore spirituality and what fits who we are.
February 3rd will be a day off. The Crossing will not meet that day. Enjoy the Super Bowl and be safe!
This month we have changed things up a bit. Instead of one standard service design, we have begun dividing the month’s services in to different types. I got this idea from Nanette Sawyer, Pastor of Grace Commons and St. James Presbyterian in Chicago. These are the types of services: Holy Conversations (which is more like our typical style), taize vespers (which we did last week), sacred meal, and poetry vespers. These will no doubt change in the future as more people join and our needs change, but this way we can mix things up a bit. On the 5th Sunday of each month, we will have a healing service. I hope you’ll join us!
In this service we are talking about the advent season and what it means – if anything. In light of the recent tragedies and those that have befallen the earth since time began, is there any reason to find meaning in the nativity? Does the advent season and the coming of Jesus have any meaning, and if so, what? Come join in the discussion.
We had a great service last night! In my opinion, it was probably the best. We had a great turn out and a wonderful conversation about modern saints. The full message is here. This message was from our morning church service, but I gave an abbreviated version for The Crossing. We talked about our mindset about those in need and discerning when we should do something. We then did lectio divina and had peaceful meditation on this quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:
The day will come when, after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
On Sunday, we had a healing and anointing service. We discussed sin and how the view that sin is something against God is somewhat antiquated. Instead, we should see sin for what it is – the hurtful actions that we perpetrate toward others that sever relationships and leave emotional wounds. We discussed the East Asian concept of han and how it is what is left over emotionally and spiritually when someone is hurt. Too often, we do something against someone (or have something done against us) and the perpetrator asks God for forgiveness, believes that the forgiving has been done, and goes on their way expecting the “victim” to be doing just as well as they are.