A Cross Between is committed to offering our gifts to the church,
believing that God calls His people to adore Him in community. Music
is powerful! Having musical gifts is a high calling and we take this
calling seriously. We also believe that worship is a holy drama, requiring
us to use our gifts with creativity and integrity. Respectful of tradition
yet open to emerging trends, A Cross Between offers both vocal
and instrumental music for participation and presentation. We hold fast
to the truth that God can and should be worshipped in a multitude of
styles. We can express our gifts in any of the following ways, individually
or a combination:
- Service music
Performing selections that fill your church's regular prelude, offertory,
anthem, communion, and postlude time with beautiful and evocative
music. A wide blend of styles are available.
- Hymn sings
Leading your congregation in the singing of great hymns—either
with emphasis on the sermon text, as a special teaching about a selected
hymn writer, or as an exploration of hymns—as they represent
and reflect church history. We can do this alone or partner with your
- Songs and choruses
Leading your congregation in singing the best contemporary music.
We can do this alone, but partnering with your regular worship team
is especially fun for us.
- Mini concert
Weaving the theme of your service into a special musical presentation
to set up, affirm, and/or help the congregation respond to your message.
- Musical sermon
Using a selected Biblical text and carefully chosen lyrics to deliver
a kind of musical sermon that helps the message of the text sink deeper
into people's hearts! We especially love singing the Word.
- Any style you want
Is your church mostly contemporary, mostly traditional, or trying
to blend? No problem—whatever the case may be, we revel in creative diversity, and can
either fit in with your style or help you break new ground!
Like most musical groups, we started out offering mostly evening concerts.
We still love doing such concerts, but more than ever we see concerts
as not just entertainment and not just worship; not just audiences listening
to a performance and not just for the evening. Instead, our concerts are
a special time for musical truth-telling, incorporating all of these features
and more. As our concerts unfold, we connect with the audience in a dialog
of laughter and tears, passion and discovery, plus the sheer enjoyment
of beauty as uniquely expressed through music. Indeed these concerts provide
an opportunity for drama and the intimacy like no other we've experienced.
- Hymns, Songs, and Spiritual Songs
Blending the best of trusted old and exciting new styles, this concert
refreshes, teaches, preaches, and affirms God’s truth through
song. Hearing a favorite hymn dressed in new “clothes”
or experiencing a chorus lifted high in a sweet string harmony, we
share stories of the composers as well as our own stories as musicians,
weaving together story and song in a dynamic blend that enriches the
- Christian Musical Theater
Our latest CD, Miracles and Mysteries, is a musical
tour de force expressing the seven miracles of John’s
gospel. Written especially for A Cross Between, the compelling
lyrics of Ken Medema and stunning music of Bruce Greer frame these
Biblical stories in a dramatic new way. One veteran preacher called
it “the finest musical sermon" he's ever heard. This concert
is best described as Christian musical theater. We let the lyrics
we sing and the scripture the audience reads stand without comment.
It is a unique interpretive journey into the heart and mind of Christ.
- Forever Christmas
During the special and often traditional Advent/Christmas
season, A Cross Between offers concerts filled with the best
loved carols, popular tunes, and songs of the season, which fit easily
in both church and secular performance spaces. Our repertoire includes
a little baroque, a little Mannheim Steamroller, as well
as a number of wonderful pieces we’ve commissioned from outstanding
composers whose artistry fills these concerts with Christ's message
of hope and light.
- A Cross Between Classics
For churches with an arts series, college Fine Arts programs, and
community concerts, we offer standard classical recitals featuring
chamber music for strings or voice. We also offer a special Broadway
concert that includes popular show-tune standards and favorites. We've
also performed these concerts as lecture-recitals, which include informative
audience question-and-answer times.