HOW TO PREPARE FOR CROSSWAY GATHERED: JULY 16, 2017
God Calls Us To Worship
Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD,O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.
Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.
Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD,O my soul. — Based upon Psalm 103
Praise The Lord Ye Heavens — Edward Osler
Great is The Lord — Ed Cash, Doug McKelvey, Tim Neufeld
Awesome and compassionate God, you have loved us with unfailing, self- giving mercy, but we have not loved you. You constantly call us, but we do not listen. You ask us to love, but we walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed.
God of grace, as you come to us in mercy, we repent in spirit and in truth, admit our sin, and gratefully receive your forgiveness through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
How Deep the Father’s Love — Stuart Townend
Assurance of Pardon
Who is in a position to condemn?
Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone; a new life has begun. Know that you are forgiven, and be at peace.
Thanks be to God.
This Is Amazing Grace — Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle and Phil Wickham
As God has given us peace and reconciliation through Christ, Let’s extend the peace of Christ to each other: greet each other wit the blessing, “Peace be with you”.
At this time we are going to take up our offerings. If you’re a guest with us, we are so glad you are here, and don’t feel you have to give. To Crossway this is response of thanksgiving and an act of worship that we give back to the Lord what he has blessed us with.
No One Like You — Brian Eichelberger and Pat Sczebel
The Preached Word
In his letter to the Philippian church, the Apostle Paul says that the peace of God “exceeds anything we can understand”. Yet in the very same sentence, he promises that we can experience this peace - in this lifetime. What a profound truth and hope in times of trouble!
As we gather to sit together under the word of God this Sunday, we continue in our series on the fruit of the Spirit, looking at peace. Experiencing real peace comes from working out our new spiritual reality; when we look at the cross we see that we are no longer enemies of God, but that instead we are counted as sons and daughters of the King.
It’s only when, by the power of the Spirit, we engage our minds and hearts in working out the fulness of the gospel that we experience the peace of God.
As you prepare for this Sunday, be encouraged by Paul’s instructions in Philippians 4:6-7:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Do you struggle with an anxious thought life? When the storms of life pick-up do you find you run to idols or to God? What has been worrying you lately? In prayer, yield it to God and, like Paul writes, tell God what you need and thank him for all he’s done.
THE LORD'S SUPPER
Father You Are All We Need — Brian Eichelberger, Dustin Kensrue and Zach Bolen
Crossway, hear the word of the Lord.
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all."
— 2 Thessalonians 3:16