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  • Please silence your phone and watch.
  • Name tags are a great start to a meaningful connection. Thanks for wearing one.
  • If you’d like to give an offering, there are two baskets in the back or you can use the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app.
  • Thank you for sitting close and singing loud. Let’s bring our full engagement and best attitude as we worship together.

 

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

 

For this reason the Father loves
me, because I lay down my life that I may take
it up again. No one takes it from me, but I
lay it down of my own accord. I have authority
to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up
again. This charge I have received from my
Father.”
John 10:17-18

 

For I delivered to you as of first importance
what I also received: that Christ died for our
sins in accordance with the Scriptures…
1 Corinthians 15:3

 

But God shows his love for us in that while we
were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

 

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to
righteousness. By his wounds you have been
healed.
1 Peter 2:24

 

For I decided to know nothing among you
except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:2

 

“The cross alone is our theology.”
– Martin Luther

 

The god-man suffers too, with patience. Evil
and death can no longer be entirely imputed to
him since he suffers and dies. The night on
Golgotha is so important in the history of man
only because, in its shadows, the divinity,
ostensibly abandoning its traditional privileges,
lived through to the end, despair included, the
agony of death. Thus is explained the Lama
sabachthani and the frightful doubt of Christ in
agony.
– Albert Camus

 

Push back against the age as hard as it pushes
against you. What people don’t realize is how
much religion costs. They think faith is a big
electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.
– Flannery O’Connor

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

 

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
    my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
    beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
    my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
    in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 64:1-4

 

SONG

 

This is Amazing Grace

[Verse 1]
Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all Kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
and leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

[Chorus]
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That you would take my place
That You would bear my cross

You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Jesus I sing for
All that You’ve done for me

[Verse 2]
Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory
The King above all Kings

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave

[Chorus]

 

SONG

 

The Wonderful Cross

[Verse 1]
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride
See from his head, his hands, his feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ever such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

[Chorus]
O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
All who gather here by grace draw near and bless
Your name

[Verse 2]
Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all

[Chorus]

 

SCRIPTURE READING

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
    he is a new creation. 
The old has passed away;
    behold, the new has come. 

All this is from God, who through Christ
    reconciled us to himself
    and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 
that is, in Christ
    God was reconciling the world to himself, 
    not counting their trespasses against them,
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, 
    God making his appeal through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
    be reconciled to God. 

For our sake
    he made him to be sin who knew no sin,
so that in him
    we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

 

SONG

 

Lead Me to the Cross

[Verse 1]
Savior I come quiet my soul
Remember, redemption’s hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom

[Pre-Chorus]
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as loss

[Chorus]
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Oh lead me, lead me to the cross

[Verse 2]
You were as I tempted and tried, human
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now You’re risen

[Pre-Chorus]
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as loss

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
To Your heart
To Your heart
Lead me to Your heart
Lead me to Your heart

[Chorus]

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Summer Nights: Tonight, come join us for dinner and fellowship at Mitsuwa Food Court at Del Amo Mall at 5 PM.  Click here for more details. 

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.

Missionary Visit: Luke and Amy will be visiting with us Sunday, 7/28.

 

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
“Dark Night of the Soul”

33 And when the sixth hour had come,
    there was darkness over the whole land
    until the ninth hour.

34 And at the ninth hour
    Jesus cried with a loud voice,
    “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
which means,
    “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said,
    “Behold, he is calling Elijah.”

36 And someone ran
    and filled a sponge with sour wine,
    put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink,
saying,
    “Wait, let us see whether
    Elijah will come to take him down.”

37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry
    and breathed his last.
38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two,
    from top to bottom.
39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him,
    saw that in this way he breathed his last,
he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Mark 15:33-39 (ESV)

 

SONG

 

Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me

[Verse 1]
What gift of grace is Jesus, my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

[Chorus 1]
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh, how strange and divine, I can sing: All is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 2]
The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Savior He will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

[Chorus 2]
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley, He will lead
Oh, the night has been won, and I shall overcome
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 3]
No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

[Chorus 3]
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh, the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 4]
With every breath, I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne

[Chorus 4]
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

 

BENEDICTION

 

I have been crucified with Christ.
    It is no longer I who live,
    but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh
    I live by faith in the Son of God,
    who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20