Welcome to sojournmusic.com’s weekly worship music set list review. You can find links to the set lists of this church and many other churches each week in the Worship Blog Carnival at theworshipcommunity.com. And 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 Thursday at Sojourn’s online journal, TravelBlog.
This set list comes from the morning services at the Midtown campus. Slight variations may have taken place during the other services.
1. Blessed Be Your Name by Matt and Beth Redman. You can hear Matt Redman’s version for free at Last.fm. And if you’re a worship leader who has not used “Blessed Be Your Name” before, listen to a five-minute discussion of the various uses and strengths of this song on the Inside Sojourn podcast.
2. How Great Thou Art one of the most famous gospel hymns of the last century, written by Carl Boberg, with English translation by Stuart K. Hine. When George Beverly Shea popularized the song during Billy Graham crusades, he decided he’d rather sing “I hear the rolling thunder” than “I hear the mighty thunder,” and so it stuck. Good choice, in my opinion. In any event, this is a good hymn of adoration.
3. I Sing The Mighty Power Of God by Isaac Watts. We use the arrangement by the music ministry of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. It’s become a favorite hymn of praise at Sojourn Gathered:
There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.
4. Majesty (Here I Am) by Martin Smith and Stuart Gerrard. We’ve sung this one since the early days of Sojourn, and it remains a favorite:
Your grace has found me just as I am
Empty handed, but alive in your hands
Forever I am changed by your love
In the presence of your Majesty
5. Be Merciful To Me by Randall Goodgame. This was our communion song of the week, which followed a message by our newest pastor, Brian Howard. Pastor Brian preached on the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, from Luke 18:9-14. This song was the essence of the tax collector’s prayer:
Be merciful to me; Be merciful to me
through shadow dark and valley deep, be merciful to me
6. Approach My Soul, The Mercy Seat hymn text by John Newton, new melody by Sojourn’s Jamie Barnes. You can hear Jamie’s acoustic demo of “Approach My Soul, The Mercy Seat,” for for free at this link. You can also download it on our Sojournmusic.com Radio podcast. And if you’re in Louisville for this week’s Together For The Gospel conference (or you live here), Jamie Barnes is one of the several Sojourn Music leaders you can meet at the Sojourn luncheon, this Wednesday.
7. Fellowship So Deep by Aaron Senseman and Kinley Lange. A perfect song for the Passing of the Peace, or as a song of assurance, communion, or as we used it here: a song for sending us out, prior to the Benediction:
Let us sing of our Redeemer, and of His blood which made us free
And know this gift us ours forever — a fellowship so deep.
Worship band for the 9am and 11:15am services at the Midtown campus:
Kristen Smith — vocals and keyboard
Chad Lewis — vocals and guitar
Mike Cosper — lead guitar
Robert James — bass guitar
Buck Buchanan — drums
Worship band for the 10am service at the East campus:
Jamie Barnes — vocals and guitar
Rebecca Elliott — vocals and keyboard
Phillip Miller — lead guitar
Bryon Shrock — bass guitar
Sean Brooks— drums
Worship band for the 5pm and 7pm services at the Midtown campus:
Rebecca Dennison — vocals
Brooks Ritter — vocals and guitar
Mike Cosper — lead guitar
Daniel LaChance — keyboard
Brian Meurer — bass guitar
Miguel Angel Monroy — drums