Getting Ready for Sunday August 14 at The Crossing

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This week Shay Roush concludes our series in the Gospel of John with a sermon from John 21:15–17 entitled, “The Power of a Clean Conscience.” The Scripture reads,

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

We will take communion together 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 Sunday (with links to lyrics and music):

Before There was Time [lyrics; listen] – Aaron Senseman

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

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

This Breaks My Heart of Stone [lyrics; listen] – words by Charles Wesley; music by Benj Pocta

The Mighty Hand of God [lyrics; listen] – Brian Eichelberger, Cam Huxford, and Zach Bolen

See you on Sunday!

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