How to Prepare for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22, 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 Dave Cover continues our sermon series in Exodus with “The Song of Moses” from Exodus 15:1–21. After all the story of Israel’s slavery in Egypt and God freeing them, Moses and the Israelites break out into song, but not a song like we’re used to singing on a Sunday morning.

1 I will sing to the LORD,
      for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
      the has hurled into the sea.

2 The LORD is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
My Father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3 The LORD is a warrior;
the LORD is his name.
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
Are drowned in the Red Sea.
5 The deep waters have covered them;
they sank to the depths like a stone.
6 Your right hand, LORD,
was majestic in power.
Your right hand, LORD,
Shattered the enemy.

7 In the greatness of your majesty
you threw down those who opposed you.
You unleashed your burning anger;
It consumed them like stubble.
8 By the blast of your nostrils
the waters piled up.
The surging waters stood up like a wall;
The deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
9 The enemy boasted,
“I will pursue, I will overtake them.
I will divide the spoils;
I will gorge myself on them.
I will draw my sword
And my hand will destroy them.
10 But you blew with your breath,
and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
In the mighty waters.
11 Who among the gods
is like you, LORD?
Who is like you —
Majestic in holiness,
Awesome in glory,
Working wonders?

12 You stretch out your right hand,
and the earth swallows your enemies.
13 In your unfailing love you will lead
The people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
To your holy dwelling.
14 The nations will hear and tremble;
anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,
the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,
the people of Canaan will melt away;
16 terror and dread fall upon them.
By the power of your arm
They will be as still as a stone —
Until your people pass by, LORD,
Until the people you brought pass by.
17 You will bring them in and plant them
on the mountain of your inheritance —
the place, LORD, you made for your dwelling,
the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.

18 The LORD reigns
for ever and ever.

19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen[e] went into the sea, the LORD brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:

Sing to the LORD,
For he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
He has hurled into the sea.

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

The Mystery of Faith [lyrics and listen] – words traditional English liturgy; music by Scott Johnson and David Wilton

A Day of Glory [lyrics; listen] – Chris Collins, Justin Cofield, Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter; adapted from a hymn by John Mason Neale

All Things New [lyrics; listen] – word by Horatius Bonar; music by Clint Wells

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

O Come, All Ye Faithful [lyrics; listen] – John Francis Wade; translated by Frederick Oakeley and William Brooke

Joy to the World [lyrics; listen]– words by Isaac Watts; music by George Frederick Handel; arrangement and additional chorus by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash and Matt Gilder

See you on Sunday!

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