Jun 102016
 

There are a LOT of churches in Gauteng.

It was 2010 when we left our home church, Trinity Sunward Park, and began traveling around from church to church. And we’ve been so busy doing that that we hadn’t even left the province during the first 6 years of our ministry.

Until May 2016!

We had the great joy of ministering at Bethlehem Methodist Church on the 8th of May. What a fantastic weekend we had, starting with a road trip in the two Chev bakkies on Saturday morning. Both were packed to the brim, and off we went, praising and chatting all the way. I’m not gonna say who got there first, I will leave that up to your imagination!

Arriving in the early afternoon, we met Rev Cecil Rhodes and set up all our equipment, finishing just in time to dash off to Clarens and catch the Sharks beat the Hurricanes 32-15. Then we breezed around Clarens for a while, learning a lot about the art in the galleries from our own Richard Pratt, who is not only a guitar whizz but also a talented artist.

Then off the beaten track we went, to a wonderful farmhouse out about 15km off that Clarens road, and were treated to a good old South African braai with Cecil and some congregation members. Great food, great conversation, great company. This is what life is about! We were blessed out of our socks, and when we shuffled off to bed late in the evening our tummies and our hearts were full.

And so came Sunday, and after a slow start (nobody really felt like leaving their comfy beds) we arrived back in Bethlehem for the service. And what a time of worship we had. We sang some songs from our Rock of Ages album and the congregation soaked it in – there were tears, there was laughter, and we all met God in a special way. Here are some pics.

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Cecil ended the service saying “This reminds me of a story… wise men coming from the East to Bethlehem, bearing gifts…” … clearly he didn’t know us too well yet!

And so the service ended and we packed up, had some lunch and headed back home. What a weekend. A huge thank you to Cecil and everyone else involved in hosting us. We were so blessed, and we can’t wait to come back and sing some songs with you again!

 

Brackenhurst

One week later we were a bit closer to home – at Brackenhurst Methodist Church. Another early and chilly morning, with us arriving around 6am to get set up before the first service.

This was a special day for us – both the 09:30 and 18:30 services were truly memorable, as the people sang along, danced during Sinner’s Blues, and as always were touched by the message in Never Again. We’re excited to be coming back later in the year to do some Christmas carols at Brackenhurst. Thanks to Faan and to the sound guys for making our day such a great one!

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Witfield

On 29 May we were back at one of our favourite churches – Witfield Methodist Church. We’ve been there 3 times already, and this time we got to sing some songs from our A New Beginning album. We were very touched to be told by a congregation member that he feels this is our best album. It’s really the one we’ve played the least, and so we’re glad to know the songs are touching hearts and bringing people closer to Christ. Thanks Dawn for always being so welcoming and letting us do our thing!

 

Boksburg North Methodist

We’ve been to many churches over the years, but somehow we’ve missed a few that are right around the corner. Boksburg North was one such church, and so we were very glad to finally spend a Sunday there not only because it took us 5 minutes to get there and so we could sleep in a bit!

Rev Doug Wallace kindly opened up at 7am, and we did our usual set of songs from Rock of Ages, and the Never Again talk that so many of you have heard. It’s amazing to me how each time I do this talk it comes out a little differently – and I believe God uses that to touch different people in different ways. I was moved by a congregation member who told me afterward that the talk meant so much to her as an addict, knowing God’s love is STILL there. This is what we do this for. For people to know that God loves them and has a plan for them, no matter how far they’ve run. Praise be to Him.

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We’ll be at Primrose Methodist on Sunday the 12th June, and Emseni on Sunday 19th June, and then things quieten down for a few weeks. We’ll be in touch soon, about July/August dates, and our US trip.

Be blessed people, and remember that you are cherished by the Almighty.

Luke

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

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