How to Prepare for Sunday July 21st at The Crossing

On Fridays (normally) we’re posting 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. My apologies for being late this week; I was away on study leave.

Keith Simon will preach this week from Psalm 73:25, “What ‘The Bachelorette’ Can Teach Us. Psalm 73:25 reads, “Whom have I heaven but you? / And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” What does ‘The Bachelorette’ have to do with a poem from ancient Israel? While King Solomon may have acted like an early contestant on the show, that’s not quite the connection we have in mind. What role does desire play in a show like ‘The Bachelorette’? Is desire a good thing, something to cultivate? Is it dangerous, something to be shunned, where the good life is transcending our desires? Or does it depend? What should you do with the desires in your life?

Our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music)

Satisfied [lyrics and listen] – words by Clara T. Williams; music by Karl Digerness

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

A Mighty Fortress is Our God [lyrics] – words Martin Luther; translated by Frederic Hedge; music by Christine Cover and Greg Wiele

Onward, Christians, Onward God [lyrics] – words by Henry K. White, Frances S. Fuller-Maitland, and Christopher Wordsworth; additional words by David A. Cover and Patrick Miller; music by Christine Cover and Greg Wiele

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing [lyrics] – words by Charles Wesley; music by Carl G. Gläser arrangement and additional lyrics by David Crowder and Jack Parker

All I Have is Christ [lyrics and listen] – Jordan Kauflin

See you Sunday morning.

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