Getting Ready for Sunday June 7th 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 begins a new summer series this week, “Life According to the Psalms.” His sermon is entitled “The Ancient Path to Happiness,” from Psalm 1. The Scripture reads,

1 Blessed is the one

who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

or sit in the company of mockers,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!

They are like chaff

that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

We’re calling this series “Life According to the Psalms,” because you can see the full range of human life and experience in the psalms. Psalm is simply a word for prayer, because each chapter is a prayer. The psalms are ancient conversations with God that articulate all of the emotions that we feel in life—joy, pain, confusion, gratitude, and so on. We learn how to pray through all of our life, and to live rightly with God, from the Psalms.

The first psalm, in particular, is like a gateway into the whole of the Psalms—it helps us understand how to engage with the whole book. It lays out the happy, or blessed, life. So join us this Sunday, and this summer, as we learn to see life according to the Psalms.

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

The War is Won – a new song from Crossing Music on the forthcoming Liturgy of the Seasons Summer EP

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty [lyrics; listen] – words by Joachim Neander; music Lobe den Herren

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

Christ is Risen [lyrics; listen] – Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes

Made Alive [lyrics and listen] – Brian Eichelberger and David Bolen

It is Finished [lyrics; listen] – Dustin Kensrue

See you on Sunday!

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