How to Prepare for Sunday Worship for June 16th

On Fridays 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.

Dave Cover will preach this Sunday from James 5:7–9, “Until the Coming of the Lord.” James 5:7–9 says, “7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!”

We all have an image of Jesus, a particular way we like to think about him. But what shapes and informs that vision? Often it’s a mix of our culture, the Bible, and crucially, what we ourselves want Jesus to be. The movie Talladega Nights depicts this brilliantly. (I wasn’t able to upload the version of this we used in the connections class, so please be warned about a bit of the language.)

There are elements of truth in nearly every picture of Jesus they talk about in that clip. The problem comes because they aren’t all held together, where Jesus can be teacher and healer and warrior and so on.

A particular aspect of Jesus many of us tend to omit or downplay is the returning, conquering king. The Bible emphasizes repeatedly that he will come back to establish his kingdom and judge the living and the dead. Our sermon and music this week will focus on that dimension of Jesus. James reminds his audience that Jesus will return to encourage them to carry on and to urge them to get their act together.

As you prepare for Sunday, perhaps you might ask yourself what place does Jesus as the returning king have in your mental picture of him? How does the reality of his return to judge affect you now? Is it something you think about much? Does it have an impact on your everyday life?

Our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics)—we don’t have recorded versions of the songs this week (with one exception), because they’re all part of an upcoming project by our own music team. Hope that it whets your appetite for what they’re doing.

See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph [lyrics] – words by Christopher Wordsworth; music by Christine Cover, David A. Cover, Rhett Johnson, Andrew Luley, Ryan Ponder, and Greg Wiele

Be Thou My Vision [lyrics] – words attributed to Dallan Forgaill; translated by Mary Byrne; traditional Irish melody; music by David A. Cover, Rhett Johnson, Andrew Luley, and Ryan Ponder

Sanctus [lyrics] – words traditional (1st century); music by Christine Cover and Scott Johnson

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed [lyrics] – words by James Montgomery; music by Vito Aiuto, arranged by The Crossing Music

In Christ Alone [lyrics] – words by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty; music by Christine Cover and Greg Wiele

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand [lyrics; listen] – words by Samuel Stennett

See you Sunday morning.

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