The weekend of September 25, 2004 was anointed. The Lord provided two excellent events for teens around the Archdiocese to attend - Inspiration and Crossroads. Both received excellent support, and those who went to either had a great time. Praise the Lord for His abundance!
**Inspiration 2004: Were you Inspired?**
When? September 25, 2004. Where? Six Flags Mid-America. The day began at ten o'clock when hundreds of Spirit-filled teens flooded the park. Riding roller-coasters such as the Batman, Mr. Freeze, the Boss, and the Ninja were youth groups from all over the Midwest, ready to re-ignite their fire for the Lord. The conference officially kicked off at two o'clock when teens, youth ministers, seminarians, and anyone with a ticket filed into the Empire Theatre. God laughed when the incense set off the fire alarms, forcing us all to evacuate and wait half an hour before proceeding. The Most Reverend Bishop Hermann, who was accompanied by several seminarians, celebrated the mass. Joining them on stage were Matt Maher (Yep, that's right... MATT MAHER!) and a group of musicians from the various Life Teen Bands around the St. Louis area. As the mass came to a close, everyone returned to the park with even more passion. By the time six-thirty rolled around, many people had been waiting outside the locked doors for front row seats at the concert. Matt Maher continued to put on a great show playing hit songs such as "Your Grace is Enough," "Just Like You," and the unreleased "As It Is in Heaven." Inspirational talks were given by Matt Smith, Kristy Allgeyer, and Mark Hart (Bible Geek) on issues such as putting complete trust in God, being extra-ordinary and not letting reality cloud our dreams. The night reached its climax when Jesus appeared in Adoration. Singing and praying with the praise and worship led by Matt and feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit topped off the night. So were you inspired? Get out there and continue to live for Him, giving everything to Him. He’s waiting...
- Justin Manion, Incarnate Word Catholic Parish
**Crossroads Music Festival a Success**
Wow, what a day! That sums up CrossRoads 2004 in a single sentence.
We kicked off the day with music by [Matthew Baute](http://www.matthewbaute.com/) before lunch and followed it up with an afternoon of Catholic music by the [Chris Shepherd Band](http://chrisshepherdband.com/), [Samedaykings](http://www.samedaykings.net/), and [Ryan Meyers](http://www.ryanmeyers.com/). The 'kings took the opportunity to premiere their new CD at the festival. And Ryan Meyers played a great set even though he and the band had arrived from Mississippi at three in the morning. As only dedicated young musicians could, they drove back that night and flew out to a gig in California on Sunday.
Dinner was slightly delayed which gave us an opportunity for 4:00 mass in the chapel with a standing room only crowd. Our thanks to Fr. Ralph of St. Louis Abbey for pitching in.
The [REAP Team](http://www.reapteam.org/) kicked off the evening with some zaniness and personal testimony. Then [Danielle Rose](http://www.daniellerose.com/) took the stage for a solo set of beautiful acoustic, and sometime a cappella, music. Working mostly from her new CD, "Mysteries" Danielle led the crowd through reflections on some of the mysteries of the rosary.
[Greg Walton](http://www.gregwalton.com/) came on and rocked the house, beginning with Elvis Costello's "What's so funny bout Peace Love and Understanding." His set included "Won't Back Down," "La Bamba" and the theme from the Wizard of Oz, along with a raft of strong originals and Greg's personal testimony of how Jesus change him and his family.
After the concert the space was prepared for worship, what we called "the Main Event." [Karl Zimmerman](http://www.karlzmusic.com/) and Band prepared the way with some driving worship music before Greg Robeson took the mic for a talk titled "the School of the Eucharist." His talk led into an extended reflection on key scriptures and benediction before the Sacrament. The area on all sides of the altar had been layed with carpet and worshipers were invited to lay at Jesus feet in total submission. Hundreds of people, mostly youth, took part in this annointed moment.
The day wrapped up with Karl bringing the tempo back up for some rocking worship and praise, after which most of the crowd headed for the coffee house and a little open-mic style entertainment.
Sunday had breakfast for early risers followed by the Rosary in the chapel, praise music and outdoor Mass under God's own lights.
If you came to CrossRoads this year [and over 500 of you did] we're looking for feedback from you. Just hit the link from the homepage: [CrossRoadsFestival.com](http://www.CrossRoadsFestival.com/). And if you've got pictures, we need those too. Send them along to . Check out the webpage for developments on next year's event. Thanks to everyone for coming out and we hope to see you next year.