Getting Ready for Friday October 2nd and Sunday October 4th at The Crossing

Prepare

This is a two-for-one post, covering Friday’s worship night and Sunday morning. Tonight we’ll have an extended worship time, built around Isaiah 55. We’ll have the chance to see how God relates to us, his heart for the nations, and to take communion. It should be a great time to hear his promises and be renewed in him.

On Sunday Dave Cover continues our sermon series in the Gospel of John in a sermon entitled, “When Jesus Brings the Wine” from John 2:1–12. The Scripture reads,

1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

John calls this the first sign Jesus did. It’s certainly not the normal miracle. No one is healed, no demon cast out, nobody raised from the dead. Instead, Jesus provides the drinks for a party. What’s going on here? It’s actually very instructive, and even the details matter. There’s a great view into who Jesus is and what he’s about, and God invites us to see and trust his son, just as the disciples did. Join us this Sunday morning to hear why and how.

We will take communion together tonight and this Sunday. God gives us communion to feed our faith, to help us trust in Christ’s death on our behalf. That means we have to reflect on why Christ died for us. We have to look again at ourselves and recognize our sin and ask God for forgiveness. A great way to get ready for communion, therefore, is to take some time this weekend to ask God to show you if there’s any sin in your life that you’re not seeing. Ask him for forgiveness. And if there are things you need to put right, in keeping with repentance, take the time today or this weekend to do that (e.g., Matt 5:23–24).

Here’s our song list for this Friday; songs with an asterisk are for Sunday.

Praise the Lord, All Praise and Blessing [listen] – words by Joel Bloomqvist; music by Matt Scott *

Almighty God [lyrics and listen] – Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, and Sandra McCracken

I’m Yours [lyrics; listen] – Asher Seevinck and Dave Wilton

Let Your Kingdom Come [lyrics and listen] – Bob Kauflin

The Morning Star [lyrics and listen] – words by Isaac Watts; additional lyrics David A. Cover; music by Christine Cover, Greg Wiele, and Latifah Phillips *

We Will Feast in the House of Zion [lyrics and listen] – Sandra McCracken *

Christ is Coming, Let Creation [lyrics; listen] – words by John R. Macduff; music by Matt Scott *

Trees Will Clap [lyrics and listen] – Andrew Camp, Scott Johnson, Patrick Miller and Greg Wiele *

See you tonight and on Sunday!

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