Getting Ready for Sunday Aug. 31 at The Crossing

Prepare for Sunday worship

Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

We’re taking a one-week break from our 1 Corinthians series this week. Keith Simon preaches this week a sermon entitled, “Is There Any Sin so Horrible God Won’t Forgive?” from Hebrews 13:7. The Scripture reads, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

The part of a book or a sermon that always gets my attention is a good story. I love to hear about real-life examples from peoples’ lives, what happened to them, what they learned, what it means. And that’s not just because I’m otherwise intellectually lazy (though there may be a bit of that). God has wired us to learn from real-life examples, from peoples’ stories. We’re told that we should pay attention to how other people live and learn from that.

This week we’re going to do just that: reflect on some real-life stories and ask ourselves whether we think anyone is too far from God. When we hear about and see God’s grace reaching unlikely people, what does that tell us about God and about ourselves?

We’re singing a new song this week, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery,” which draws our attention to Jesus, seen in a rich tapestry of who he is and what he’s done for us. If you have a chance, take a listen and read the lyrics.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music):

How Great Thou Art [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Hine; music is a Swedish folk melody; arranged by Page CXVI

God Who Saves [lyrics; listen] – Aaron Senseman

Satisfied [lyrics and listen] – words by Clara T. Williams; music by Karl Digerness

The Trees Will Clap (based on Isaiah 55) [lyrics and listen] – Andrew Camp, Scott Johnson, Patrick Miller and Greg Wiele

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery [lyrics and listen] – Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Michael Bleeker

See you on Sunday!

One Comment

  1. John Byler said:

    I wasn’t finished with my comment and it went to a new page.

    Great sermon! I read the book on the “Neuroumberg Trials” by Paul Jeworsky. It was very insightful to get a detailed perspective from a chaplain who was engaged with personal interaction with the criminals. I normally don’t read this type of book but this subject got my attention early on in my life. I am misspelling Neuromberg but you get my point.
    I missed the name of the book and the author you quoted. I would like to get a copy to read.

    I was commenting on the great sermon and the opportunity you missed for everyone to repeat a sinners prayer, and personal invitation to accept Christ. After such a great moving sermon about the world’s worst sinners it would have been very appropriate and special. Maybe it is something you might want to think about for the future sermon invitations; so as not to miss an awesome opportunity. I like the direction and spiritual uplifting I have felt recently in your Sunday morning services. Thanks, God Bless!!

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