Getting ready for Sunday July 27th at The Crossing

Photos By Gerik Parmele | gerik.com

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.

Charles Anderson preaches this week, starting a mini-series in 1 Kings, from 1 Kings 17 in a sermon entitled “Who’s #1?” The Scripture reads,

1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”

So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”

19 “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

22 The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 23 Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”

24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”

Although football season approaches, “Who’s #1?” isn’t a question about Mizzou’s place in the SEC. Instead, it’s the question of who is #1 in your life? There’s a certain Christian cliché about putting God first in your life. Great sentiment, but how does that happen? What does it look like? And what does it look like particularly when life is challenging? Join us this Sunday to reflect on how God is #1 when life throws its difficulties at us.

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

Jesus Savior, Pilot Me [lyrics; listen] – words by Edward Hopper; music by Joseph Pensak and Isaac Wardell

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

Gloria [lyrics and listen] – by Chad Gardner (King’s Kaleidoscope)

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken [lyrics; listen] – words by Henry Lyte; music by Bill Moore

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand [lyrics; listen] – words by Samuel Stennett; music by Christopher Miner

See you on Sunday!

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