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PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

 

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea
in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise
men from the east came to Jerusalem,
saying, “Where is he who has been born king
of the Jews? For we saw his star when it
rose and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:2

 

Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers…
Psalm 1:1

 

A scoffer does not like to be reproved;
    he will not go to the wise.
Proverbs 15:12

 

Whom are you mocking?
    Against whom do you open your mouth wide
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
    the offspring of deceit?
Isaiah 57:4

 

When the soldiers dress Jesus up in a purple
robe, they do so in order to mock him, but John
tells us of it in order to declare that Jesus is
indeed the one in purple, the one before whom
the nations will bow. Pilate circles around the
possibility that Jesus is in some sense “king of
the Jews,” but without realizing that, according
to the Jews’ own ancient traditions, their king is
to be king of the whole world. John knows that
he is telling a story of someone dying the death
of a criminal. He is determined that his readers
will “hear” the story also as the death of the
rightful king.

– NT Wright

 

“Shame is very much on display in Jesus’
crucifixion. When he predicted his own death to
his disciples, he made sure to explain that it
would be infused with mocking, a public
flogging, and spitting (Mark 10:33–34). Witness
this hatred and rejection and it will change
you.”

– Ed Welch, ‘Shame Interrupted’

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

 

You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he cried to him…

The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
    May your hearts live forever!

Psalm 22:23-24, 26

 

SONG 

Doxology

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise Him, all creatures here below!
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Lion and the Lamb

[Verse 1]
He’s coming on the clouds
kings and kingdoms will bow down
And every chain will break
as broken hearts declare His praise
for who can stop the Lord Almighty?

[Chorus]
Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before Him
Our God is the Lamb
the Lamb that was slain
For the sins of the world
His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow
before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before Him

[Verse 2]
So open up the gates
make way before the King of kings
The God who comes to save
is here to set the captives free
for who can stop the Lord Almighty?

[Chorus]

[Bridge] (x4)
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?

[Chorus]

 

SONG

 

Beautiful Lord

[Verse 1]
When the storm is raging all around me
You are the peace that calms
My troubled sea
And when the cares of this world
Darken my day
You are the light that shines
And shows me the way

Oh, the beauty of Your majesty
On the cross You showed Your love for me!

[Chorus]
Beautiful Lord
Awesome and mighty
I’m captured by this love I see
Beautiful Lord
Tender and holy
Your mercy brings me to my knees
It’s Your mercy that has made me free
Beautiful Lord

[Verse 2]
When my sin is all that I can see
Your grace remains the shelter that I seek
And when my weakness is all I can give
Your gentle Spirit gives me strength again
Oh, the beauty of Your majesty
On the cross You showed Your love for me

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
And I am lifted by Your love to sing!
It’s Your mercy that has made me free!

 

SONG

 

Never See the End

[Verse 1]
Where can we run, where can we hide
That You will not find us?
Deepest of depths, highest of heights
Your love, it chases us
No matter where we’ve been, no matter what we’ve done
We can’t escape Your love

[Chorus]
We will never see the end
We will never see the end of Your goodness

[Verse 2]
Though we pass through the fire or we pass through the flood
You will be with us
Though we walk through the valley, the darkest of night
Your love will be our light
And when we are in plenty or we are in want
You will always be enough

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
And in our darkest hours, on our hardest days
We do not have to be afraid
For You will never leave, You will not forsake
The promises You have made

[Chorus]

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Summer Nights
Our next Summer Nights event is on Sunday, June 30, at 5 PM. We will meet for an early dinner at Mitsuwa in the Del Amo Mall. If you’ve never been, this is a food court, so there are multiple options there. Click here for more details. Come join us for great food and fellowship.

 

Women’s Prayer Breakfast
Ladies, our next women’s event is on Saturday, July 20, at 10 AM. We will have a focus on prayer, and a light breakfast will be provided. We will gather in Danielle Heath’s backyard in Torrance. Find out more here.

 

MONTHLY FINANCIAL UPDATE
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After MAY 2024
YTD 2024 Projected Giving: $262,105
YTD 2024 Actual Giving: $249,401
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If you would like to give electronically, you may do so using the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app. There are also white baskets in the back of our worship space, where you can give via check, made out to King’s Cross Church, or cash.

 


SERMON

 

“Hail to the King”
Mark 15:16-32

 

16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace
    (that is, the governor’s headquarters), 
    and they called together the whole battalion. 
17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak,
    and twisting together a crown of thorns,
    they put it on him.

18 And they began to salute him,
    “Hail, King of the Jews!”
19 And they were striking his head with a reed
    and spitting on him
    and kneeling down in homage to him.

20 And when they had mocked him,
    they stripped him of the purple cloak
    and put his own clothes on him.
And they led him out to crucify him.

21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene,
    who was coming in from the country,
    the father of Alexander and Rufus,
    to carry his cross.

22 And they brought him to the place called
    Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull).
23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh,
    but he did not take it.
24 And they crucified him
    and divided his garments among them,
    casting lots for them,
    to decide what each should take.

25 And it was the third hour when they crucified him.
26 And the inscription of the charge against him
read, “The King of the Jews.”
27 And with him they crucified two robbers,
one on his right and one on his left.

29 And those who passed by derided him,
    wagging their heads and saying,
“Aha! You who would destroy the temple
    and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself,
    and come down from the cross!”

31 So also the chief priests with the scribes
mocked him to one another, saying,
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.
32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel,
come down now from the cross
that we may see and believe.”
Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

Mark 15:16-32 (ESV)

 

SONG

 

Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb

[Verse 1]
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

[Chorus]
Are you washed in the blood? In the soul cleansing blood of the lamb
Are your garments spotless, are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

[Verse 2]
Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb
Do you rest each moment in the crucified
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin
And be washed in the blood of the lamb
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean
Oh be washed in the blood of the lamb

[Chorus]

 

BENEDICTION

 

If the Lord had not been my help,
    my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
When I thought, “My foot slips,”
    your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
When the cares of my heart are many,
    your consolations cheer my soul…

But the Lord has become my stronghold,
    and my God the rock of my refuge.

Psalm 94:17-19, 22