Getting Ready for Sunday Oct. 19th at The Crossing

Prepare Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here. Keith Simon this week continues our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “Living for the Audience of One” from 1 Corinthians 4:1–5. The Scripture reads,

1 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

It’s a pretty simple but potent question: Who are you trying to please? We all are living to please someone. Maybe it’s a spouse or significant other, or a parent, or a boss. Likely it’s ourselves. Probably a lot of the time we’re not even aware that we’re doing it. We go through our day, not conscious that the choices we make, the words we say (and the words we don’t), show how we’re trying to please. Nonetheless, the motive is there, if we care to tease it out. So what would it look like to live to please God first? Join us on Sunday morning as we reflect on what it means to make God the one whom we want to please. Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music) We will sing for the first time “I Shall not Want,” which is by Audrey Assad and Bryan Brown (who used to lead music at The Crossing). It puts its finger on and names some of our deepest desires and fears and asks God to replace them with the experience of his goodness. I think it could be an important song to encourage us to engage with God in a genuine, significant way. Do listen to it if you get a chance. You are with Me (Psalm 139:17–18) [listen] – Kristen Camp, Scott Johnson, Andrew Luley, Jake Wandel 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 Holy (Jesus You Are) [lyrics and listen]– Jason Ingram, Matt Redman, and Jonas Myrin I Shall not Want [lyrics and listen] – Audrey Assad and Bryan Brown I’m Yours [lyrics; listen] – Asher Seevinck and Dave Wilton Before the Throne of God Above [lyrics and listen] – words by Charitie Lee Bancroft; music by Vikki Cook See you on Sunday!

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