Awwk-worrr-duh. I just hugged the wrong person!

Sometimes I can be a pretty outgoing person. And sometimes, that’s left me feeling a bit awkward. It’s happened twice in the last couple of months, and I’ll blame it on the masks we wear because of the pandemic.

Both times it happened at the start of our church services. Overzealous to greet people I hadn’t seen in a while, I was sure I was greeting someone I recognized. But both times, it was mistaken identity. Outside I acted like I meant to greet them all along, but on the inside, I had a moment of utter awkwardness. There’s just nothing quite like coming up behind a lady you don’t know, putting your arm around here as you step beside her, beaming, “It’s so good to see you!” only to realize it’s not who you thought it was. I think it was the look of confusion I immediately saw in her eyes. She was polite, but I could tell she was thinking, “who the heck are you, and why are you hugging me, you creep!”

Then there was the guy I thought was someone else. “Hey, buddy, high five!” I said as I put my hand in the air. He started to raise his hand and then had this look of sadness. He said, “you thought I was someone else, didn’t you?” “Um… yep,” I stammered as I tried to act nonchalant. “But I’m glad YOU are here!” I said. I don’t think he bought it. Come to think of it; I don’t know if he ever came back.

Mistaking one person for another usually ends up being awkward for both parties. But there’s something far worse. It’s when you mistake yourself for someone else. Unfortunately, most of us don’t even know when it happens. I mean, how awkward is that?!

The problem is, we live in a world where it’s easier than ever to be someone else. A perfectly poised selfie here. A video clip we’ve practiced and recorded multiple times until it feels unrehearsed and spontaneous. Who hasn’t fretted over the placement of your dessert plate or the exact look of your hair, so it looks like it’s perfectly imperfect?

So, here’s a question – WHO do you think you are? It’s a simple question, really but oh so hard for us to answer. But it’s a critical question. You see, who you THINK you ARE often determines what you DO. And when we get this wrong, it has some reasonably dire complications. When you think you are something that you’re not, it’s easy to end up doing something you shouldn’t. The reverse is also true. When you DON’T think you are something that you actually are, you’ll can end up NOT doing something that you should!

I know… it’s a little confusing. But don’t let that keep you from joining us this Sunday at Journey’s Crossing – this is so important we will break this idea down over four weeks together. I hope you want to learn more because it is that important. This week we start a new series about our true identity in Christ, called “Who Do You Think You Are?” and everyone who follows Jesus needs to know how to get this right. Because who you think you are really does determine what you do.

And not just for you – it’s vital for your friends, family, and co-workers too. So bring them along or send them the link and join us in-person or online this Sunday. It is THAT important! You don’t want to spend your life doing the wrong things or not doing what you were made to do simply because you have a case of mistaken identity of yourself. As awkward as hugging or high five-ing some stranger might feel, no one wants to have spent their whole life pretending to be someone they’re not.




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.



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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