Getting Ready for Friday and Sunday at The Crossing

Prepare for Sunday worship

This week we’re gathering on Friday night and Sunday morning, and this blog post is meant to help get you ready for both.

Friday night is intended to give us an extended time to worship God together: to sing, to pray, to reflect. It will be much like a normal Sunday morning, only more so. The shape of the night will lead us through the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9–13), shaping us as we pray to care about the things God wants to be on our hearts. There’s childcare for 0–5, and it should be a great time for families to worship together.

On Sunday, Keith Simon continues our series this week with “An Unpopular Message,” 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 Friday and Sunday (with links to lyrics and music). Songs with an asterisk we will do on Sunday.

* All Creatures of our God and King [lyrics; listen] – words by Francis of Assisi; translated by William Draper; music from “auserlesen Catholische Geistliche Kirchegesange;” additional chorus by David Crowder

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise [lyrics and listen] – words by Walter C. Smith; music by John Roberts; arranged by Jaron Kamin

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

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

* Sovereign Over Us [lyrics and listen] – Aaron Keyes, Jack Mooring, and Bryan Brown

I Sing the Mighty Power of God [listen and lyrics] – words by Isaac Watts; additional lyrics by Scott Johnson and Keith Scherer; music by Scott Johnson, Andrew Camp, and Andrew Luley

O Sacred Head Now Wounded [lyrics; listen] – words by Bernard of Clarivaux; additional words and music by Page CXVI and David Wilton

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

Onward Go [lyrics and listen] – words by Henry K. White, Frances S. Fuller-Maitland, and Christopher Wordsworth; additional words by David A. Cover and Patrick Miller; music by William H. Pontius

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

Revelation Song [lyrics; listen] – Jennie Lee Riddle

See you tonight and on Sunday!

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