How to Prepare for Sunday Dec. 29th 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.

On Sunday Keith Simon will continue our series in Exodus with the sermon, “What’s Really Underneath all our Complaining?” from Exodus 16:1–15. The Scripture reads,

The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 5 On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”

6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought you out of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” 8 Moses also said, “You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD.”

9 Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.’”

10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the LORD appearing in the cloud.

11 The LORD said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.’”

13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat.

The Israelites have crossed the Red Sea, and God is leading them through the wilderness to the Promised Land. But along the way, they complain about what they’re eating. Think back over your past week, or even day. What have you complained about? What has gotten you annoyed, or even angry, to the point that you voiced the way you felt? Was it your circumstances? A particular family member over the holidays? Something else? What’s going on in your heart when you complain? What is the underlying complaint? Join us this Sunday as Keith explores these kinds of questions from Exodus 16.

Our song list for this fourth Sunday of Advent (with links to lyrics and music).

O Come, All Ye Faithful [lyrics; listen] – John Francis Wade; translated by Frederick Oakeley and William Brooke

Hark the Herald Angels Sing [lyrics; listen] – words by Charles Wesley; music by Felix Mendelssohn; arranged by Andrew Camp

Joy to the World [lyrics; listen]– words by Isaac Watts; music by George Frederick Handel; arrangement and additional chorus by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash and Matt Gilder

I Will Wait for You (Lamentations 3) [lyrics; listen] – Jodee Lewis and Steve Hendershot

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

The Revelation of Jesus Christ [lyrics and listen] – Cam Huxford

See you on Sunday!

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