Getting Ready for Sunday June 14th at The Crossing

Prepare

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 continues our sermon series, “Life According to the Psalms,” with a sermon entitled “Life in the Desert,” from Psalm 63. The Scripture reads,

1 You, God, are my God,

earnestly I seek you;

I thirst for you,

my whole being longs for you,

in a dry and parched land

where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary

and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live,

and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;

with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;

I think of you through the watches of the night.

7 Because you are my help,

I sing in the shadow of your wings.

8 I cling to you;

your right hand upholds me.

9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;

they will go down to the depths of the earth.

10 They will be given over to the sword

and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;

all who swear by God will glory in him,

while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

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 this weekend to do it before Sunday morning (e.g., Matt 5:23–24).

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

Almighty God [lyrics; listen] – Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, and Sandra McCracken

You Have Redeemed My Soul [lyrics; listen] – Don and Lori Chaffer

Trees Will Clap (based on Isaiah 55) [lyrics and listen] – Andrew Camp, Scott Johnson, Patrick Miller and Greg Wiele

Satisfied [lyrics and listen] – words by Clara T. Williams; music by Karl Digerness

We Will Feast in the House of Zion [lyrics and listen] – Sandra McCracken

See you on Sunday!

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