Apr 252016
 

“I’m gonna praise Your name every single day of my life

I’m gonna tell the world how Your love lifts me high!”

 

Has HIS love lifted you high lately?

We’ve been singing some old songs from our A New Beginning album, and as we sang this one at Genesis Family Church a few weeks back it struck me that YES, His love lifts me high. The wonderful, irreplaceable, incredible love of our great God lifts me high, and I hope and pray it does the same for you.

His love overwhelms, encourages, guides, tests and changes me.

And I’m grateful, so so grateful that He loves even me!

 

This is what CrossRoad is about really – to celebrate His love in our music, to worship Him for who He is and what He’s done, and to lead whoever hears our music to worship Him for who He is and what He’s done.

To tell the world that His love lifts us high – and to encourage you to tell the world that His love lifts you high!

 

April 2016

March was a quiet month for us, and we used it to practise and prepare our hearts for the busy months in store. And then in April it all began! We started out at Meyerton Methodist – a congregation that has really become special to us over the last couple of years. To our surprise, the inside of the church looked completely different, with the old “side” now being the front, which meant instead of a narrow church with people far at the back, now it’s a wide church with people far on the sides. I think that makes more sense in my head than in writing!

Anyway, we had a great morning sharing songs from “A New Beginning”. Here are some pics:

 

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Jeff was sick as a dog and could hardly speak – but still managed to deliver an inspiring message, leading the congregation into a new series on prayer which God is undoubtedly using to change lives.

As always we felt very much loved and welcomed, and look forward to spending some time in Meyerton again.

 

Next we stopped off at Genesis Family Church, also singing songs from A New Beginning. It’s an interesting set of songs, which we released in 2012, with some of our harder rocking songs but also a lot more ballads than our other albums. We had a fantastic time soaking in God’s presence, and were excited to see God really move during “I Need You”, “Picking up the Pieces” and “King of the Ocean”.

Genesis is always a favourite stop off for us, and it’s always a great joy to lead worship with a congregation that sings and pours its heart out. A big thanks to Pastor John for the support and encouragement!

 

And lastly we had the great blessing of being invited to Randpark Ridge United for the first time. Bleary-eyed and sleepy we arrived at 05:30am to set up our equipment, and after some prayer and coffee we opened the early service with our favourite hymn – Rock of Ages. I think the church elders started to worry when the guitar kicked in! But as we moved through the service and I shared the story behind our song Never Again, they warmed into it, and by the time we finished “How Great Thou Art” the congregation were singing along and we’d made new friends.

Then came the 09:30 service, and this time Rock of Ages didn’t scare them! We rock and rolled together, we cried together (during Come Unto Me, of course), we laughed together, we worshipped together, and man it was a service to remember.

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With 6 hours to spare before the evening service, we were blessed to spend the afternoon at the house of RRU founding members Tom and Marion. A house with MANY books, great food, comfy beds and wonderful people. What a special time we had enjoying the hospitality of brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you Tom and Marion for your kindness! We are very grateful.

And so we closed out the day with a mix of songs at the evening service, and then said goodbye. Thanks to Craig and Brendan and everyone else involved for a truly memorable day.

 

May

May is looking busy! We hope you can join us at one of these services:

Sun 1 May: Emseni Methodist, 09:00

Sun 8 May: Bethlehem Methodist Church, morning services

Sun 15 May: Brackenhurst Methodist Church, all 3 services

Sun 29 May: Witfield Methodist Church, 08:30

 

Have a blessed month, and tell the world how His love lifts you high!

 

Cheers

Luke

We Are Blessed

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Mar 182016
 

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a blessed 2016 so far.

We’ve had a quiet start to the year. We played a few dates in Feb, and then March has been quiet. We’ve decided to not play Easter for a change – to rather spend that special time with our families. Then in April we start up again, and we have a LOT on the go:

April 3, 09:30: Meyerton Methodist Church

April 10, 09:00: Genesis Family Church, Kempton Park

April 17, all day: Randpark Ridge United Church:

May 1, 09:00: Emseni Methodist Church

May 8, 09:00: Bethlehem Methodist Church

May 15, all day: Brackenhurst Methodist Church

May 29, 08:30: Witfield Methodist Church

June 5, 09:00: Boksburg North Methodist Church

June 12, 07:30, 09:30: Primrose Methodist Church

June 19, 09:00: Emseni Methodist Church

It’s going to be an exciting year – we hope to see you at the services.

 

USA

As you know, we were invited to the USA by Doug Ray after covering his song “Hammer No More” on our Walking With the King album. Originally we’d planned to go around Aug/Sept this year, but then circumstances led to us having to put the tour off until further notice.

Well, God is great, and clearly it is his plan for us to get to the USA this year, because our tickets have been paid for and we are flying out at the end of August to spend 2 and a half weeks in Springfield, Missouri! We really give God all the glory for making this happen. And thanks to everyone who has supported us in our fund-raising to get us over, your help has been a true blessing.

We’re excited to share our songs with some different people, and to tell God’s story through our music on the other side of the world. It’s a dream come true really, and we are profoundly grateful.

We’re still doing one or two more fund raisers to cover the last of the costs, so keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more details.

 

Covered in Mercy

Well Easter is early this year, and as we start reflecting on the awesome plan God had for this season, I leave you with an old song of ours, Covered in Mercy. Notice how the words in chorus 1 and chorus 2 differ.

Come sit at the foot of the cross and worship our great Saviour who died and rose again.
Battered and broken, nailed to a tree
I watch from a distance but Your eyes are on me
My heart filled with sorrow, I soak in Your pain
And each time I turn away, I come back again

Cos there was something about You, and the love in Your eyes
There was something about You, and it made me wanna cry

I come to sit at the foot of the Cross
I come to worship the Saviour who died
Alone and forsaken at Calvary
Covered in blood, beaten and wounded, He looks up at me
And His eyes are filled with tears
And He whispers “My Son, I love you, I love you, I love you”

And then the sky grew dark, and they came to take Him away
But the blood stained Cross, covered in mercy, will always stay
Intro

Battered and broken, I long to be free
Sometimes You feel distant, but You’re always with me
My heart filled with sorrow, You soak in my pain
And each time I turn away, You call me back again

And Lord there’s something about You, and the love in Your eyes
Yes there’s something about You, and it made me realise
I come to sit at the foot of the Cross
I come to worship the Saviour who died
Alone and forsaken at Calvary
Covered in Your blood, cleansed and forgiven, I look up at You
And my eyes are filled with tears
And I whisper “My God, I love you, I love you, I love you”

 

Music & Lyrics by Luke Powell
© 2010 Luke Powell

Jan 152016
 
Rising up in prayer

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Onward Christian Radio article

Hey guys   Have a look at this article that the good people at Onward Christian Radio wrote on us! http://www.ocradio.co.za/rocking-for-jesus-meet-crossroad/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook As well as this from GenesisChristianRadio.com   God is good, and He deserves all the praise and glory. Psalm 34:1-3!   Keep walking with Him!   Luke

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Nov 092015
 
Born in Bethlehem

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