Getting Ready for Sunday Sept. 7th at The Crossing

 Prepare for Sunday worship

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.

Dave Cover this week resumes our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “Morons,” from 1 Corinthians 1:18–31. The Scripture reads,

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

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

We’re singing for the second time this week, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery,” which draws our attention to Jesus, seen in a rich tapestry of who he is and what he’s done for us. If you have a chance, take a listen and read the lyrics.

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

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

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

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend; based on a recording by King’s Kaleidoscope

It is Finished [lyrics; listen (it’s the last track in the list)] – Dustin Kensrue

In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross [lyrics and listen] – Brooks Ritter and Rebecca Elliot

See you on Sunday!

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