Getting Ready for Sunday May 25th 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.

Dave Cover continues our series in Exodus this week from Exodus 21–23 with a sermon entitled, “The Bible Says THAT?” The Scripture passage is much longer this week, but take a few moments, if you can, and read through it and get a feel for the types of laws there. It’s not quite as heart-warming or accessible as some other parts of Scripture, is it? In fact, it can feel very remote from 21st century America. What do we do with laws about bulls injuring bystanders or sorcerers or not farming the land in the seventh year?

But it’s not just the danger of irrelevance. Sometimes such laws are seized upon by critics of Christianity to call into question reading and living by a book thousands of years old. What do we do with the strange laws that are actually in the Bible? Join us Sunday as Dave helps us see what God has to say to us today through what he said to the Israelites centuries ago.

We will sing this week for the second time “My One Comfort,” by Dustin Kensrue. We’ve been singing other songs by him recently, including “It Is Finished,” “Rejoice,” and “Suffering Servant”. “My One Comfort” is drawn from the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism, which asks, “What is my one comfort in life and death?” The answer is, “That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.” This song is a stirring call to joy and encouragement that Jesus alone is our hope.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music):

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

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

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

Gloria [lyrics and listen] – by Chad Gardner (King’s Kaleidoscope)

Let Your Kingdom Come [lyrics and listen] – Bob Kauflin

My One Comfort [lyrics; listen] – Dustin Kensrue

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken [lyric; listen] – words by Henry Lyte; music by Bill Moore

See you on Sunday!

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