How to Prepare for Sunday Aug. 11th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

Charles Anderson preaches this Sunday from Matthew 26:1–16, “How to Waste $43,102 Well.” Matthew 26:1–16 reads,

1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”
6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

We tend to measure how much something is worth by how much it costs: it’s an economic calculation. Yet in reality, how much something—or someone—is worth is actually not very easy to figure out usually. There may be an objective value, but context matters, and maybe even more, whether we have eyes to see. How much is Jesus worth to us? Would we know how to figure that out? Join us on Sunday to see three different answers to the question of how much Jesus is worth and to explore how we might respond.

Our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music): We will have a more acoustic, stripped-back feel to the music, like we did last Sunday. We’ll do “Cling to the Crucified” for the second time.

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

Behold Our God [lyrics and listen] – Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird, and Stephen Altrogge

O Help My Unbelief [lyrics; listen] – words by Isaac Watts; music by Justin Smith

Cling to the Crucified [lyrics; listen] – words are anonymous; music by Kevin Twit

The Trees Will Clap (based on Isaiah 55) [lyrics and listen] – Andrew Camp, Scott Johnson, Patrick Miller and Greg Wiele

In Christ Alone [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

See you on Sunday!

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