Getting Ready for Sunday May 31st 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 concludes our 1 Corinthians series this Sunday with a sermon entitled, “God’s Heart for the Poor” from 1 Corinthians 16:1–4. The Scripture reads,

1 Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. 3 Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. 4 If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.

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)

Holy, Holy, Holy (Lord God, Almighty) [lyrics; listen] – words by Reginald Heber; music by John Dykes

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

Holy (Jesus You Are) [lyrics and listen]– Jason Ingram, Matt Redman, and Jonas Myrin

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery [lyrics and listen] – Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Michael Bleeker

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

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

See you on Sunday!

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