Our Cloud & Bridge Community is about Bridging Uncommon Love with Common Life. Common life is what we share with all people. Uncommon Love is what God has for all people. Jesus is where those two realities meet.
Behind Cloud and Bridge is the vision: Bridging Uncommon Love with Common Life. We humans know that we all participate in deep brokenness, restless hearts looking for peace, fragmented community, and an —intuitively perceived— divide between us and the divine. Many of us strive to grow out of this, but we keep coming back to the same place we started.
Yet, the Christian faith is counter intuitive, or at least it should be. It’s not about us striving, formulating, or constructing, but us simply hearing good news amid our brokenness, and that good news has a name, Jesus. He is the peace that finds us, he is the love that pieces together the broken relationships, and he is the bridge between God and us. We believe that this creates space for an eclectic community to thrive.
Cloud and Bridge is a ministry of Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is seeking to explore and live out this reality of God’s love for us, in Christ.
Saturdays @ 4PM
In the Gym at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian
8600 Academy Rd. NE 87111
Our weekly gatherings consist of a laid-back liturgy. Liturgy has some religious undertones, but that’s okay. It simply means we express the different aspects of human life lived before a God who is love. This involves awe, honesty, learning, and humility. This takes the form of music, silence, poetic prayers, Biblical teaching, and the ancient act of communion. This is mixed together with a twist of obscure cultural references and occasional irreverent humor.
Justin Richter is the pastor who casts vision through teaching and servant leadership. He studied at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Has one wife, three kids, three cats. He is allergic to bee stings.
Daniel Ignacio Headley Perches engineers our weekly liturgy and works with musicians, among other things. He studied at Denver Seminary. He has one wife, two kids, a dog. He likes spreadsheets.
First observe. Take a few minutes to watch this (non-musical) Les Miserables clip where Jean Valjean (Pre-“Taken” Liam Neelson) beats and steals from a priest and encounters uncommon love when he least expects.
So this is uncommon love. We are obsessed with having to prove
ourselves, be right, hide weakness, and obscure our darkness. We have
a tendency to see ourselves on the side of the good and the right side
of history. But what if all of us are in the wrong. What if our broken
dark hearts were revealed? What if there is a God who is perfectly
good, sees this, and loves us anyways, and more than that, treats us as
lovely, good, and noble.
This what we have in Jesus and we call this mercy. In one of the letters found in the New Testament, we see this written:
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
We see that God’s love for us shines the greatest when we are at our worst. Like the priest in Les Miserables, Jesus takes the justice hovering over us upon his own shoulders, liberates us from fear and evil, and gives us new life. We know different kinds of love, but this kind of love is uncommon: God’s goodness for our badness for free.
If you want to explore uncommon love more and discover how this can
change your life just send short text message to (505) 613-6705 with
your name and the words “uncommon love”.
If you just want to join us on a Saturday at 4 PM. You can be confident that you will not be judged and we will make every effort love and respect you no matter you who you are.
If you want a short prayer to mediate on, here is one we have found helpful:
Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but, through you, I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment and offering forgiveness. I turn from my sin and receive you as Savior. Amen