Getting Ready for Sunday June 12th at The Crossing

Prepare

This week Dave Cover preaches from John 15:1–8 in a sermon entitled, “The True Vine.” The Scripture reads,

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

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 have two new songs this week: one by Liz Vice, whom many of us will appreciate from “Empty Me Out,” and one by All Sons and Daughters, who have written other songs we do. Both of these songs tie in well with the themes of John 15. Have a listen before you come, if possible, to get familiar with them.

Lion and the Lamb [lyrics; listen] – Leeland Mooring, Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson

Rock of Ages [lyrics; listen] – words by Augustus Toplady; music by Thomas Hastings; arranged by Page CXVI and David Wilton

Give Me Jesus [lyrics; listen] – Matt Stinton

Abide [lyrics; listen] – Liz Vice

Christ be All Around Me [lyrics and listen] – Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, Leeland Mooring, Jack Mooring

In Christ Alone [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend and Keith Getty; additional lyrics and arrangement by Kristian Stanfill

See you on Sunday!

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