Getting Ready for Sunday May 29th at The Crossing

Prepare

Shay Roush continues our series in the Gospel of John this week with a sermon entitled, “Joy in the Mourning” from John 16:16­–24, 33. The Scriptures read,

16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”

19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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)

The War is Won [lyrics and listen] – words by Joseph Hart; additional lyrics by Patrick Miller and David A. Cover; music by Christine Cover, Latifah Phillips, David A. Cover, and Greg Wiele

O Praise the Name (Anástasis) [lyrics and listen] – Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings

There is a Day [lyrics; listen] – Nathan Fellingham

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

The Mystery of Faith [lyrics and listen] – words traditional English liturgy; music by Scott Johnson and David Wilton

Take Heart (John 16:33) [listen] – Don Poythress and Jason Hauser

See you on Sunday!

One Comment

  1. Matt said:

    My wife and I were talking after the service today…how does “There is a Day” jive with the Crossing’s belief that the there will not be a rapture. The song seems to be discussing a rapture, and that’s what some Google searching also suggests. Typically the Crossing only picks songs that are theologically in line with the church’s beliefs, so we were surprised, but I thought you might have better insights.

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