Why Make Prayer Creepy?

I learned some prayers as a kid, and maybe you did too. They were simple prayers to say before we ate or went to bed or perhaps even went on a long trip. I’m pretty sure I taught my kids the same ones. But Lookibg back on them, one strikes me as a little bit creepy and scary.

Know the one I’m talking about? Bet you do. It goes: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take”

I don’t know if you feel the same, but somehow praying each night about the possibility of dying was both scary. At the same time, I suppose it made me a little bit more aware of the fragility of life. And frankly, that’s something we could all be regularly reminded about. Maybe just not before sleeping!

Life is shorter than I imagined, and it can also be more challenging than I wish. Maybe that’s why God wants us to do life with Him every single day. Perhaps that’s why having close access to His care, power, and wisdom is so important.

And yet, I struggle with prayer. Many of us do. We feel like we are supposed to pray more, and we don’t. We get focused on all the pressing things that scream with urgency, and unless it’s a dire emergency clearly out of our control, prayer is often the last resort.

So we tend to make it into something it’s not. And carry a bit of guilt and shame whenever the topic comes up. At the same time, is it possible that we are missing out on the very thing we desperately need?

This Sunday at Journey’s Crossing, we will talk about prayer and try to shift the narrative that fills the space between our ears and keeps us going round in this pitiful circle.

Maybe we’ve missed the point of prayer and also overlooked its purpose? By digging deeper into how and what Jesus prayed, we can find the joy and power we desperately need. If that’s you, make sure you come in person or online at 9:15 or 11:15 am.

Together, lets shrug off that needless shame and come ready to discover a better way to look at prayer. It could reinvigorate your life, work, relationships, and emotions in a way that nothing else will do. It’s time to move on from saying a little prayer that seems all doom and gloom and begin praying in a way that brings joy and hope! AMEN!? See you there!




Yeah, we know how important a good-tasting cup of java is. Before and after each worship experience, we serve high-quality, environmentally-friendly coffees, and beverages that are both free and taste good! And get this – you are welcome to bring them with you into the worship experience! So, come a little early and grab a beverage before the fun begins.



Don’t be surprised if you see clips from your favorite movies or television shows, hear a personal story from a person just like you. You’ll always find something unexpected like crowd interaction, comedy, clever object lessons or creative lighting, effects and media because we believe church should be fun to attend and be engaging!



We think you deserve content that is interesting and engaging. In fact, it should be so practical that you could put it to use even before you leave the building. We learn about things like relationships, work, and careers, finances, power over addictions, forgiveness, life change through Jesus. And yes…even sex! Every week our “talks” are creative, down to earth, funny and memorable and they’ll make a real difference in your life.



Your kids and teenagers will also discover stuff that applies to their everyday lives. Creative videos, music they love and they’ll meet real people who care and want to help them find their way through life with God and one another. And there’s even a safe & caring nursery for the littlest ones because we want you to be able to enjoy the morning distraction free and we want them to learn the church can be fun for them as well!



Our live band plays a mix of high-energy pop, rock, r&b, hip-hop & gospel as well as reflective tunes that you’ll want to hum all week long. Here’s the best part – our bands sound like music that was written for today! And get this – many weeks they even cover a tune you just heard on the radio by one of your favorite artists! That’s because good music matters and helps to get you thinking about the topic of the day.

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We don’t have a dress code. We don’t speak in holy jargon that only Christians understand. We don’t expect anyone to be perfect. We’re just ordinary people just like you, warts and all. Authenticity is a big deal to us – it’s exhausting to keep trying to pretend we’ve always got our act together when we don’t. So come and be yourself – no matter what you look like or where you’re from you’ll find other fellow-strugglers just like you.

 Casual. Contemporary.  Family-friendly. Creative. Relevant. Life-changing.


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