How to Prepare for Sunday Nov. 17 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 Shay Roush continues our sermon series in Exodus with “The Passover” from Exodus 12:1–14. The Scripture reads, “The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.

12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD—a lasting ordinance.”

The plagues culminate in the tenth and final one, the death of the firstborn. This plague also gives rise to the Passover, a key festival for Israel and a way for them to remember how God has rescued them. This is a challenging passage, but also a crucial picture of salvation, not just for God’s people then, but for us today as well. How can we see Jesus in the Passover? What does it teach us today about relating to God?

We will celebrate communion this Sunday. That ties in well with Passover, since it was during the Passover meal that Jesus instituted communion (Luke 22:7–23). This is a great chance for reflection and preparation: ask God to show you your sin and enable you to repent and then turn in a renewed way to Jesus, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:35–36).

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

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing [lyrics; listen] – words by Robert Robinson; music by John Wyeth

How Great Thou Art [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Hine; music is a Swedish folk melody; arranged by Page CXVI

Jesus Paid it All [lyrics; listen] – Elvina M. Hall; arranged by King’s Kaleidoscope

Amazing Grace [lyrics; listen] – John Newton; arranged by Page CXVI

Revelation Song [lyricslisten] – Jennie Lee Riddle

See you on Sunday!

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