Getting Ready for Sunday March 20th at The Crossing

Prepare

This week Dave Cover preaches from John 12:12–16 in a sermon entitled, “Palm Sunday.” The Scripture reads,

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”

16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

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):

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name [lyrics and listen] – words by Edward Perronet (v.4 by John Ripon); music by Oliver Holden; chorus by Judah Groveman

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

All Glory Laud and Honor / Hosanna [lyrics] – words by Theodolph of Orleans; translated by John M. Neale. “Hosanna” by Brooke Fraser. To the tune of “My Jesus, I Love Thee,” music by Adoniram J. Gordon.

From the Depths of Woe [lyrics and listen] – words by Martin Luther; music by Christopher Miner

O Sacred Head Now Wounded [lyrics; listen] – words by Bernard of Clarivaux; additional words and music by Page CXVI and David Wilton

Jesus, Thank You [lyrics and listen] – Pat Sczebel

See you on Sunday!

One Comment

  1. John Byler said:

    Palm Sunday Sermon by Dave Cover. Very well articulated, interesting observation, perception, perspective, new insight, and inspirational.

    Just a brief comment on your unusual speculation on “Outside” and “Other Worlds” of self, and living in the bubble of self reality.

    It occurred to me as I was driving home after the service; that I was feeling and living in the bubble of your inspirational sermon. It happens to me after each service that is preached at the Crossing.

    I can understand the different “worlds of reality”, or sometimes referred to as “living in a bubble’. Has it occurred to you that the church has it’s own (“world or bubble of reality); which is ok? The church lives in a bubble of it’s “own reality” that is not connected to the outside world; except through the lens of the “denominational church”. It’s lens has been perfected and protected by the denominational lens of perception of reality, right or wrong.

    The “reality of the church” is good but is not perfect, and it needs to be open to the constant changing and tweeking of the Holy spirit, by Jesus who owns the church, and is the Lord of the Harvest.

    Great Sermon. God Bless!

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