April 19, 2019 was Good Friday. I’d like to communicate what the CrossPoint family did for that day.
We are part of the larger Christian and Missionary Alliance family. Around the city of Akron there are some eight or more Alliance churches. We all got together for a Good Friday service.
Chapel Hill Church hosted the gathering. They are located on the East side of Akron. Two churches did the music. The Akron Hmong Alliance Church led us in worship. They come from southeast Akron. Riverside Alliance Church led music during Communion and the Benediction. They are located in south Akron. Kings Way was represented too. They are located in southwest Akron area.
CrossPoint Alliance Church (my church family!) comes from West Akron, we brought some word. Really Recovered is a church plant. They minister to those struggling with addiction. They brought a challenge and an opportunity to engage. They are located in the southwest Akron area. Akron Alliance Fellowship is located in the heart of Akron, they brought a communion message and the benediction. Stow Alliance Church brought a communion message, they are from northeast Akron area.
So what is the big deal?
Having served and worked in churches for many years here is the deal. It is hard to get churches together to do anything! We’re usually busy with our own kingdom work. On special days, it is VERY hard to get together. However, when churches do get together like this it is very special.
Here is why. Everyone has to give a little in order to gain a lot. We all knew it wasn’t “our” show individually. This was about something bigger. Let each prefer the other. As such, we were not burdened down with unhealthy expectations. It was sweet and wonderful.
Here is another reality. Since no one church was running point, we all declined to inject our individual oddities into the mix. News flash – every church has/does weird stuff. It’s true. However, we knew to not go there because it would ruin the atmosphere. Maybe…maybe we’re better off without it anyway.
There was a spirit of unity and expectation permeating the place. We were part of something wonderful. We were all there not so much for what we could get but what we could give. Nobody squabbled over seats (that I know of). Everyone was gracious. I got to meet some new people from other churches! You could say, “we were of one mind”.
Perhaps I can note one more thing. The gifts of the churches helped the larger assembly encounter God. The pastors all contributed and the musicians as well. In one sense, we got the best of the best. We really were for that moment a unique assembly of saints. This was something new, something different, a new expression of the church.
Almost 400 people came together. We took up a collection for Really Recovered of more than $2500. After the service we met for cookies and fellowship in a gymnasium. Everyone went home with full and happy hearts.
Moving forward we are looking for ways to partner together. It is sweet and wonderful to worship together; it is good to also work together. My hope is that we see more wonderful things springing from this.