Getting Ready for Sunday July 20th at The Crossing

Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. When you think about and prepare ahead of time, it gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

Justin Garrett finishes our sermon series in Exodus this week with a sermon from Exodus 34:1–8, entitled “Getting what you need instead of what you want.” The Scripture reads,

 

The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2 Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain. 3 No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain.”

4 So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the Lord had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. 5 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

8 Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.

We’re often faced with a dilemma: we seek after God, but it’s god on our terms, the god we want to be there. But as attractive as that god may look initially, it’s often not really the God that we need. That was the dilemma faced by the Israelites in Exodus, but it’s our dilemma too. So how do we train ourselves to look for and want the God who is really there, the God whom we truly need? Join us Sunday to tackle just such questions.

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

Jude Doxology [lyrics; listen] – Cam Huxford (hear some of the story behind the song)

Holy, Holy, Holy (Lord God, Almighty) [lyrics; listen] – words by Reginald Heber; music by John Dykes

How Long to Save [lyrics and listen] – David A. Cover and Patrick Miller

I’m Yours [lyrics; listen] – Asher Seevinck and Dave Wilton

It is Finished [lyrics; listen last track in list] – Dustin Kensrue

Revelation Song [lyrics; listen] – Jennie Lee Riddle

See you on Sunday!

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