This set list is one of many that you can find at the worship music set list blog carnival at fredmckinnon.com, featuring many different kinds of churches. You can learn about some of the songs we sing at Sojourn Gathered each week in advance of the Sunday service by reading my “Getting Ready For Sunday” post each week at Sojourn’s online journal, TravelBlog. Photos this week by Dan Canales.
1. Silent Night the classic carol by Joseph Mohr. Depending on the service, Sojourners sang along with arrangements by either BiFrost Arts or Rosie Thomas. Both are excellent modern versions of “Silent Night.”
2. Hosanna In The Highest by Sojourn’s Jeremy Quillo. We were honored to give the mp3 of this song away last week on Between Two Worlds, the Gospel Coalition blog of our good friend Justin Taylor. This is one of the first original Sojourn Christmas songs. You can hear it on our Advent Songs CD, which you can get for whatever price you’d like to pay for it at Noisetrade.com.
3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel, a 12th Century Latin Hymn translated by John Neale, with music by Thomas Helmore. You can also hear this one on our Advent Songs record. It is in some ways the quintessential song of advent, a plea for divine intervention from the promised Messiah:
O come thou Day-spring come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here.
and drive away the shades of night,
and pierce the clouds and give us light
4. Hark The Herald Angels Sing by the great hymnist Charles Wesley, arranged by Sojourners Brooks Ritter and Dan Cassin. In fact, you can hear or download the lo-fi demo of “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” that Brooks made for our worship bands at the Sojournmusic.com Radio podcast on iTunes. Get it here, and tell others about it!
You can also listen to the mp3 file of “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” by Sojourn’s Brooks Ritter here.
5. Joy To The World by Isaac Watts, with an original melody by Sojourn’s Jamie Barnes. This is the first cut on the Advent Songs album. Not only can you hear it there, but you can hear Jamie’s original demo here on sojournmusic.com, in a post entitled New “Joy To The World” Melody Lets The Text Speak — Hear It For Yourself. In this post, you’ll get:
- The free mp3 of Jamie’s “Joy To The World” demo
- A short, fun video from the official Advent Songs recording/mixing session of “Joy To The World”
- A “story behind the song,” where Jamie explains why he wrote a new melody for “Joy To The World.”
6. O Come All Ye Faithful by John Wade, arranged by Sojourn’s Mike Cosper. This carol is also on Advent Songs. It’s a great Advent/Christmas song for closing out a communion service (as we used it this week) or for a Call To Worship:
O come, let us adore Him. O come, let us adore Him.
O come let us adore Him — Christ the Lord!
7. Glory Be written by Sojourn Worship & Arts Pastor Mike Cosper, recorded on Advent Songs. This is one of the first original Sojourn Christmas songs, and we’ve enjoyed singing it for several years. Here, we used it as a song for the sending, before the Benediction:
Hallelujah! The Lord of life has come
to reconcile the nations to our God
Hallelujah! He’s coming back again
to finish what began in Bethlehem …
Worship band for the 9:30am and 11:15am Germantown/Shelby Park services:
Megan Shaffer — vocals
Dave Moisan — vocals and keyboard
Justin Shaffer — lead guitar
Mike Cosper — slide guitar
Martin Stam — bass
Ryan Harvey — drums
Worship band for the 10am Sojourn East service:
Rebecca Dennison — vocals
Jamie Barnes — vocals and guitar
Rebecca Elliott — vocals and keyboard
David Weir — lead guitar
Brian Holton — bass guitar
Matt Harris — drums
Worship band for the 5pm and 7pm Germantown/Shelby Park services:
Kate Robins — vocals
Neil Robins — vocals and electric guitar
Brooks Ritter — vocals and acoustic guitar
Mike Cosper — electric guitar
Brian Meurer — bass guitar
Smitty Smith — drums