Getting Ready for Sunday July 17th at The Crossing

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This week Justin Garrett preaches from John 17:11–23 in a sermon entitled, “Jesus’ Final Prayer for You.” The Scripture reads,

11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

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):

We will sing “The Mighty Hand of God” for the first time this Sunday. It’s by Citizens and Saints who’ve done other songs we sing, like “Made Alive.” It helps us see and believe how God holds on to us through all the ups and downs of life. Take a listen before Sunday so that you can join in.

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed [lyrics and listen] – words by James Montgomery; music by Vito Aiuto; arranged by Crossing Music

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

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

God is Good [lyrics; listen] – Dustin Kensrue

Nothing but the Blood [lyrics; listen] –Robert Lowry; additional lyrics by Russ Mohr and Aaron Smith

Abide [lyrics; listen] – Liz Vice

See you on Sunday!

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