Getting Ready for Sunday Apr. 6th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

On Sunday Dave Cover will continue our sermon series in Exodus with “Sex” from Exodus 20:14. The Scripture reads, “You shall not commit adultery.”

The church is obsessed with sex. Or at least so goes the criticism. In part, it’s actually because our culture is sex-obsessed, where it’s every marketer’s go-to strategy and the nearly omni-present preoccupation of entertainment. In such a world, we find that we have to talk about sex simply to interact and respond to what’s going on around us.

But there’s also a sense in which we talk about sex, because it is a significant, though not ultimate, aspect of who we are. God gave it to us as a gift, a gift to use rightly and enjoy. Come on Sunday and hear God’s good story of sex and the parameters he puts on all of us for how to use and enjoy that gift.

Given the sermon topic, if your kids normally worship with you in the service, you may want to consider how to handle things. When and how to talk to our kids about sex is an important decision that each family must decide wisely for themselves. One great resource for us is Stan and Brenna Jones’s How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex: A Lifelong Approach to Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Character. I recommend it, because it’s practical advice set in the bigger picture of how God creates and intends sex for our good.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music). “Rejoice” is a new song for us this week. It’s by Dustin Kensrue, who’s also done “It is Finished” and “Suffering Servant,” which we have sung recently. Check it out to get familiar with it ahead of time if you can (really, the whole album is worth having).

Doxology [lyrics and listen] – words by Thomas Ken; music from Old 100th, Genevan Psalter, attributed to Louis Bourgeois; arranged by David A. Cover and Christine Cover

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing [lyrics; listen] – words by Robert Robinson; music by John Wyeth

Rock of Ages [lyrics; listen] – words by Augustus Toplady; music by Thomas Hastings; arranged by Page CXVI and David Wilton

Rejoice [lyrics; listen first song] – words by Stuart Townend and Dustin Kensrue; music by Dustin Kensrue

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend; based on a recording by King’s Kaleidoscope

See you on Sunday!

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