Getting Ready for Sunday June 28th 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.

Keith Simon continues our sermon series, “Life According to the Psalms,” with a sermon entitled “The King Worthy of Your Submission,” from Psalm 72. The Scripture reads,

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.
3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.
5 May he endure as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.
6 May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish
and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.
8 May he rule from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 May the desert tribes bow before him
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
present him gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to him
and all nations serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
for precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live!
May gold from Sheba be given him.
May people ever pray for him
and bless him all day long.
16 May grain abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
and thrive like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun.
Then all nations will be blessed through him,
and they will call him blessed.
18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

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).

We’ll do “Sweet Comfort” for the first time on a Sunday morning (we debuted it at the June 19 worship night). It’s from Sandra McCracken’s recent Psalms album, so it’s a great song for this summer, especially how it expresses (and asks for) faith in the midst of dark times.

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

Here is our King (chorus only) [lyrics] – David Crowder

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

O Worship the King [lyrics; listen] – words by Robert Grant and Edward H. Bickersteth (re-worked from lyrics by William Kethe); music by Johann M. Haydn; arranged by

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

I Love You Lord [lyrics and listen] – Laurie Klein

Sweet Comfort [lyrics and listen] – Sandra McCracken and Latifah Phillips; adapted from a hymn by Samuel Rodigast

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

See you on Sunday!

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