Sunday Wrap

26 03 2012

Hey Church! Hope your week is getting off to a great start wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Yesterday was a huge day here at CP. Brew up a dark roast, take a break, and recap Sunday with us.

– Let’s begin with the end. At the end of the service our Vice Chair Deluxe, Stephen Woodworth took the stage and made an announcement. The Search Committee and the Board are unanimously recommending Mark Brewer and Conard Symonds as co-lead Pastors of Crosspoint for a 2 year period. Over that time Mark’s role will gradually increase. I love it. I’m pumped about the future of this church. I give huge props to the board for taking the unique culture of Crosspoint into consideration and taking a non-traditional approach for the future. There was loud applause and cheers each time Stephen made his announcement. God is good.

– We were in week 2 of our Altaers series. Some guy named Tim Guptill preached. Our theme was confession and repentance from Isaiah 6:1-7. It’s easier to see others sin than our own but Isaiah didn’t do that. He ‘fessed up. Don’t run. Don’t hide. Don’t justify or rationalize. Call it what it is and lay it on the altar. God will burn it away and set you free!

Loved our communion time. Very cool. We intro’d communion after the first song or so and let you go to 1 of 4 stations in the sanctuary to take the elements. I thought it worked really well. The worship time was perfect and powerful.

Huge crowd yesterday. One of our largest non-holiday attendances ever. Second service was absolutely crammed other than the front two rows. (558 for those of you dying to know what a large attendance is at CP)

– If you got to service late and missed the video announcements, where were you??!! 😉 You need to hit our vimeo site or facebook page and get the announcements. Lots going on that we don’t want you to miss.

Set list/Artist/Album
“Amazing Grace” The Almost, Southern Weather
“Hosanna” Paul Baloche, A Greater Song
“When I Survey” Kathryn Scott, Satisfy
“O The Blood” Kari Jobe, Gateway Worship: God Be Praised
“Take My Life” Chris Tomlin, Passion: Sacred Revolution

*Membership Class this Saturday, March 31st, 10-12:00 A.M. Overview of our history, the Wesleyan Church and key doctrines, beliefs, things you need to know. And coffee.

*Baptisms on Easter Sunday!! If you are a follower of Jesus and you have not yet been baptized there is no better time than Easter Sunday at Crosspoint!!! Let us know. We’d love to celebrate baptism with you.


Sunday Wrap ‘Summer in March’ edition

21 03 2012

Crosspoiiiiiinnnntttt!!! 🙂 Oh hi. Thanks for stopping by our little blog space on the interwebs and staying in touch with what God is doing in us. We’re all a little more crazy than usual this week because it is +25 degrees in March! Here is the wrap up for the week.

– Sunday was week 1 of our Easter series, “Altaers”. Yes, that is spelled with some weird Greek letter that is both an a and an e. The altar is the place where God alters us. Altars alter. Really, seriously, looking forward to this series and its impact on our church. We need this. We need to get back to the altar – a place before God where God can change us.

Pastor Jamie brought an amazing word from the Word on Sunday!! Whoooooo. I watched it this morning and grinned the whole time he was preaching. Thank you Jamie for listening to God, putting in the study time, and delivering the message with sincerity and excellence.

– Looked like a lot of you were genuinely participating in the worship service. Awesomesauce. That’s the way it should be. We know its a good Sunday when we can hear you singing. Hold nothing back Crosspoint. Go for it!

Pastor Mark was the guest speaker at Deep Water church in Halifax. Deep Water has had a few special guests in to speak lately and they had booked Mark a long time ago. If you follow Twitter you’ll see that he didn’t do very well. *sarcasm* They almost broke Twitter with their enthusiasm for Mark and his message. No surprise there. Mark is a gifted communicator. Way to represent us and preach Jesus, Mark!

– I was also a guest speaker someplace last weekend. 😉

Lots happening around Crosspoint. Lots of great things going on, new faces, and changed lives. Keep praying for us as we follow God’s lead through this transition.

Altaers week 2 this Sunday! Invite someone. Call someone who hasn’t been to church in a long time and invite them back. Looking forward to it!

Sunday Wrap

14 03 2012

Happy Wednesday Crosspointers and happy ‘ice-rain’ day to all the kids who have today off from school! If you aren’t reading this on a Wednesday, well, happy whatever day you are reading this on. Hey, we hope your week is going well. Here’s the wrap back to our services on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

– Sunday was the fourth and final week of our ‘LegoLand’ series. We had lots of fun with the lego theme, lego in the lobby, lego on the Hello desk, giant lego on the stage, lego heads on Mark and Jamie (some would say an improvement), etc. The real point was to study the book of Nehemiah and see the difference made by an unstoppable vision.

– It was the second Sunday of March break. We’ll look forward to seeing you all back in church this Sunday. 😉

– Sunday’s theme was around the people’s response to God after God had helped them to accomplish something huge. They had a friend day, a potluck, a bignormous worship service, etc, etc. The people declared to God that they would follow all of his commands, everything, whatever he wanted them to do. Nehemiah 10:29b So, how do you respond to God when you think of all he’s done in your life? How have you responded since Sunday? Is he first in your life?

– Sunday was one of those days when the worship set really connected and people were singing out good and loud! We lovvvvvvvve to hear you sing in worship!!!

Sunday Set List/Artist/Album
“Holy Spirit” Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Here On Earth
“Today Is The Day” Lincoln Brewster, Today Is The Day
“Before The Throne Of God Above” Shane & Shane, Dare 2 Share – Unending Worship
“Lead Me To The Cross” Hillsong United, All Of The Above
“Jesus Paid It All” Kristian Stanfill, Passion: Everything Glorious

**Special Night of Prayer**
This Saturday eve, March 17, drop in prayer time at the church from 6-8. Come and pray for the church’s search for a new lead pastor and for the Guptill’s transition! Very important stuff peeps.

Sunday Wrap March Break Edition

8 03 2012

Happy Thursday, yes, I know, it’s Thursday and not Monday when the wrap usually comes out. I’ve probably caused your whole week to be ‘off’. Orrr, you really don’t care. For those of you watching from a distance, it’s supposed to be +13 degrees in Freddy Beach today!!! Bring it on!

– Sunday was the third week of our “LegoLand” series in the book of Nehemiah. Pastor Mark brought a strong message encouraging us all to do God’s good work without distraction. Whenever. However. Whoever.

– It was the first weekeknd of our March break here in NB. I think I remember March break Sundays being low attendance Sundays with a lot of people away. Not last Sunday. Mercy. Great crowd. Tons of new guests. Lots of new families having a look around. Very awesome!

Pastor Jamie led a fantastilicious worship set! Who loves Pastor Jamie?? Meeeeeeeeeeee. 🙂

– Work has already begun on the youth room reno’s thanks to the Ed Stratton Moustache Fund. Thanks again to all of you who supported this. We have a fantastic group of teens who are growing spiritually and leading others to Jesus. If you haven’t prayed for them yet today now would be a good time.

– Hard to believe but our Easter series, “Altaers” starts next Sunday, March 18th. Easter is an easy and natural time to invite others to church. As always, we’ll do our best to present the story of Jesus and the Resurrection in a way that makes sense and changes lives. Can’t wait!!

Sunday Set List/Artist/Album
“God Is Able” Hillsong, God Is Able
“You Alone” David Crowder Band, The Lime CD
“Saviour King” Hillsong United, The I Heart Revolution
“Always” One Sonic Society, Forever Reign

Sunday Wrap

27 02 2012

So, yesterday was an interesting day at Crosspoint. 😉 Here is the wrap for those of you who missed it.

– It was week 2 of our LegoLand series and the theme was serving. Every family, every person working together to accomplish the vision God has called us to.

Nehemiah 4:1-6 The scoffers and doubters were out in full force but Nehemiah wasn’t distracted. Life is too short and the vision is too important for us to put down our tools and listen to all the negative voices. If you have ever felt like your life is rubble or ‘charred stones’, remember that God can rebuild and transform anything and anyone!

– Absolutely loved the worship set yesterday. Wow. I could watch that set over and over again. Very powerful. Rooftops is one of my faves.

– We had a baby dedication in the third service! 🙂 Emma Grace Killam brought her family up to dedicate her. Congrats again to Joel, Mandy, and big sister Leah.

– If you watch the video announcements you’ll see a couple of block heads who work here. (groan)

– 2 more Sundays of the Nehemiah series and then we get into the Easter season. This year’s theme is Altars (spelled with an ‘ae’) The altar is the place where God alters me. We’re going to look at altars from Abraham to the Cross. I’m praying that it will be a powerful holy season for all of us!

Sunday Set List/Artist/Album
“Holy Spirit” Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Here On Earth
“You Are My Passion” Jesus Culture, Come Away
“Here For You” Matt Redman, 10,000 Reasons
“Rooftops” Jesus Culture, Come Away

So, that’s it. Did I forget anything?

Oh yeah. I announced my resignation yesterday. Let me say again that you are an amazing church. It’s been a thrill to be your pastor. The Moncton Wesleyan board has recommended my name to the congregation. I will preach there and be voted on March 18th. I will still be at Crosspoint until the end of June, first of July.

Sunday Wrap

20 02 2012

It’s another gorgeous pre-spring day here in the Ville! The sun is shining and we have so much to be thankful for. I hope your week is off to a great start. We really are praying for you and we hope that God will give you open doors of opportunity to share Jesus this week. Here’s the wrap back:

– Yesterday was week 1 of our new series (would be hard to be week 1 of an old series) “LegoLand”. We’re going to spend the next 4 weeks studying the book and the person Nehemiah and talking about how God is building his church.

– Our theme yesterday was “An Unstoppable Vision”. Nehemiah knew that God had called him to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. It was clear. Concise. And compelling. He wasn’t going to stop or be derailed for anything. The vision-pattern that God used with Nehemiah 2500 years ago is the same pattern he uses today. Very cool.

– Loved the worship set. Loved hearing you sing. Loved Alvin Brewer ripping it up on the guitar!!

– OK, those were some of the best video announcements we’ve had in a long time. Very creative. Big props to AJ Guptill for turning Pastor Mark and Pastor Jamie into a couple of block-heads. 🙂 Share the link with your friends and let them get a taste of Crosspoint.

– Terrific crowd yesterday and several new families!! Invite someone for this Sunday?

Sunday Set List/Artist/Album
“Holding Nothing Back” Jesus Culture, Consumed
“I Will Exalt” Bethel Live, Be Lifted High
“Stronger” Hillsong, This Is Our God
“Our God” Chris Tomlin, Passion: Awakening

Sunday Wrap!

13 02 2012

What would a Monday be without the Sunday Wrap blog post?? A Monday. OK, so maybe these posts aren’t life changing but they do represent some life changing things that God is doing in our church. We’re pretty pumped. Here’s the wrap back to another fun Sunday at Crosspoint.

– There was 10 feet of snow! OK, slight exagerration. I’m always amazed at how we can get to the mall or the rink or the coffee shop but if there is a little snow on Sunday morning we cross church off the list. 😉 It really wasn’t that bad in Fredericton. And, I need to say that we had a pretty decent crowd all things considered.

– It was the 5th and final installment of our ‘Once Upon A Time’ series. This has been a top 5 series for us for sure. Several of you have shared how this series has impacted your life and how you are going to ‘write a better story’ with the rest of your life. That’s a God thing.

– Yesterday’s theme was “Lost things matter to God”, Luke 15. It was 3 for 1 Sunday with back to back to back parables. The lost sheep, lost coin, and the lost son. Rumor has it that I nibbled like a sheep mowing down fresh grass. It’s just a rumor. 😉 The sheep was lost through preoccupation, the coin through the carelessness of others, the son through miscalculation. Never stop praying for spiritually lost people to find their direction in Jesus!

– There was a guy leading worship who looked a lot like John Sherwood.

Kelly Lynds shared a bit of her story in the video testimony of the week. These videos have been ginormously impacting for all of us. Big thanks to all who let us film your story. You are making a difference.

– We announced that Kathy Shanks is coming on staff at Crosspoint! Kathy’s position will primarily be in Children’s ministry and she will also assist us in areas of finance and administration. Kathy is from Marysville, this is her home church. She is currently serving as the Children’s Pastor at Moncton Wesleyan.

– I love Brandon and Emily Ingraham. They are rock solid servants of Jesus. I am so thankful for Emily and how she has served her church for the past two years in Children’s ministry and many other areas as well. We’ll be praying for you as you head back to Hillsong Australia to finish your education. Thanks for coming home and stepping in when your church needed you! That’s huge.

Sunday Set List/Artist/Album
“Holy Spirit” Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Here On Earth
“You Are My Passion” Jesus Culture, Come Away
“Nothing But The Blood” Jesus Culture, Awakening
“You Never Let Go” Matt Redman, Passion: Everything Glorious
“How He Loves” David Crowder Band, Church Music