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, and begins with the first song following our Call To Worship. Slight variations may have taken place during the other services.
1. O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing by Charles Wesley, with new arrangement by East Campus Director Jamie Barnes. (hear Jamie Barnes’ lo-fi acoustic recording, featuring his own arrangement of this Charles Wesley classic, at this link).
This was our response to the “Call To Worship.” As a reminder, you can view our liturgical readings, as well as liturgical readings from other churches, at theopensourcebook.org.
2. Lord Let Your Glory Fall by Matt Redman. This song skillfully describes how the glory of the Lord fell upon ancient worshipers, and then provides scriptural words and a good melody (“You are good, You are good, and Your love endures …) for us to continue in worshiping the one true God today:
Voices in unison,
Giving You thanks and praise
Joined by the instruments,
And then Your glory came
Your presence like a cloud,
Upon that ancient day,
The priests were overwhelmed,
Because Your glory came
3. May Your Power Rest On Me by Sojourners Joel Gerdis and Neil Robins, from our latest record, Over The Grave: The Hymns Of Isaac Watts, Volume One.” If you don’t have it, you can hear “May Your Power Rest On Me” in its entirety on either:
4. Beautiful Savior by Stuart Townend. This was our communion hymn for the week. Singing these words while filing forward to receive the communion elements is a powerful experience:
Beautiful savior, wonderful counselor
Robed in majesty, Lord of history,
You’re the way, the truth, the light
Star of the morning, glorious holiness
You’re the risen one, heaven’s champion
And You reign, You reign over all
5. Awake My Soul by Sandra McCracken. Like the preceeding song (and the one that follows) this has been one of my favorite songs to sing at Sojourn Gathered since I joined the community in 2004. It also contains one of my favorite verses:
I trust no other source or name — nowhere else can I hide
This grace gives me fear, and this grace draws me near,
And all that it asks, it provides
6. I Boast No More by Isaac Watts, with modern melody by Sandra McCracken. We sang this as our “song for the sending” this week, just before the Benediction:
The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before Your throne
But faith can answer thy demands
By pleading what my Lord has done