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. All Creatures Of Our God And King by Francis of Assisi. What better song to follow the Call To Worship on Trinity Sunday, the day in the Christian Church calendar when we celebrate and learn about our triune God:
Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!
2. I Sing The Might Power Of God by Sir Isaac Watts, the “Father Of English Hymnody.” Watts “pained in broad brushstrokes” with his words, presenting a panoramic view of God, the cosmos, and the centrality of the cross. This song is no exception to his panoramic songwriting style. We enjoy singing an arrangement that came to us from our sister church in the Acts 29 Network, Mars Hill Church of Seattle.
3. Sacred Confession by Sojourn’s own Jeremy Quillo (hear this With The Angels song in its entirety at this link). This is one of the early “Sojourn originals,” and we still enjoy singing it today.
4. Holy, Holy, Holy by Reginald Heber, who wrote it specifically for a Trinity Sunday worship service. Of course the hymn has gone on to be used in countless worship services by countless congregations over the centuries, but it is particularly poignant on Trinity Sunday. God in three Persons — blessed trinity!
We base our arrangement on the recording by Sufjan Stevens. You can get his version on Peace! Songs For Christmas, Volume 5.
5. God Who Saves by Caedmon’s Call. This is a personal favorite of mine, and an excellent celebration of the Second Person of the Trinity, the fully divine, fully human Jesus Christ:
There is truth in His body, raised that third day
There is joy in a stone rolled away
There is hope pouring out of the tomb where He lay
Pouring out, pouring over the grave
6. Mourning Into Dancing by Jeremy Quillo (hear it all by clicking “preview” from our These Things I Remember page at sojournmusic.com). This was our “song for the sending,” preceding the Benediction (a blessing for the road). The gospel is only good news for those who believe. As our Lead Pastor Daniel Montgomery recently said, the gospel is really bad news at first — we are enemies of God. We’d have no reason for anything but mourning and terror, except for the fact that God Himself satisfied His own wrath by taking our sins upon His cross.
“Mourning Into Dancing” is a psalm-based worship song that leads us to sing praise to God for turning our mourning into dancing. It also brings the work of the Holy Spirit into view:
When our souls were dry, oh God, Your Spirit came like water
To drown us with Your love, and cover us with life
And Your waves were stronger than our faith could ever be
But your current was faithful then, to pull us into You