Getting Ready for Sunday Jan. 11th at The Crossing

Prepare

After a hiatus, our weekly blog helping you prepare for worship is back. 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.

Dave Cover this week continues our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “Hybrid Christianity” from 1 Corinthians 4:8–13. The Scripture reads,

8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.

Probably most Christians in America today are trying to find a kind of Goldilocks level of the Christian faith: not too much, not too little, but just right. Enough Christianity to feel at peace with God and eternity, but not too much so as not to be at peace with our culture and the present as well. We’re looking for a kind of hybrid Christianity.

But 1 Corinthians 4:8–13 tells us that that kind of thinking actually robs us of our present and our future. Find out why this Sunday when Dave preaches on “Hybrid Christianity.”

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

All Creatures of our God and King [lyrics; listen] – words by Francis of Assisi; translated by William Draper; music from “auserlesen Catholische Geistliche Kirchegesange;” additional chorus by David Crowder

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

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

All Must be Well [lyrics; listen] – words by Mary Bowley-Peters; music by Matthew S. Smith

Prayer of St. Francis [lyrics and listen] – words by Francis of Assisi; music by David A. Cover and Christine Cover

See you on Sunday!

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