Getting Ready for Sunday August 23rd at The Crossing

Prepare

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 break from our Psalms series this week. Keith Simon preaches this week a sermon entitled, “The Gospel, Social Justice, and The Abolition of slavery” 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. We’ll have a chance this week to do just that.

In music this week we will have special guest Jodee Lewis helping lead. We’ve had the chance to have Jodee with us several times before, and it’s always great.

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

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

Solid Rock [lyrics; listen] – words by Edward Mote; music by William B. Bradbury; arranged by Page CXVI

I Will Wait for You (Lamentations 3) [lyrics; listen] – Jodee Lewis and Steve Hendershot

How Firm a Foundation [lyrics; listen] – words by John Rippon; music by Joseph Funk

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (Wonderful Cross) [lyrics and listen] – words by Isaac Watts; music by Lowell Mason; chorus by Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves

See you on Sunday!

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