Welcome to sojournmusic.com’s weekly worship music set list review. This set list is from yesterday’s worship service here in Louisville’s Sojourn Church. You’ll not only read a list of the songs we led, but also the readings and prayers from our liturgy.
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.
Call to Worship:
When we gather on Sundays, we have a unique opportunity. We’re not just here to listen to songs and listen to a sermon, but to be an active participant.
Ephesians 5:19-20 says this:
Sing to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let me encourage you to not just be a spectator today. Make it your goal to be an encouragement to those around you and engage in the service. Stand with me, and join me in asking the Lord to bless our time together.
Lord, we want to see your power and your mercy.
Open our eyes to your glory. Open our ears to your good news. Open our mouths to praise you. By your grace, may we run to your promises and worship you with our whole hearts today and always. Amen.
Song: Come and Sing written by Sojourn’s Jeremy Quillo, recorded on our 2007 album Before The Throne. You can hear the full song for free from our Before The Throne Bandcamp page. You can also either order the physical CD or digital download from there as well.
Song: Sing Alleluia written by Steve Hindalong and Marc Byrd, with a healthy assist from the hymn “All Creatures Of Our God And King.” “Sing Alleluia,” like “Come And Sing,” is a good call to worship song.
Confession: At times, the circumstances of our lives seem to crush our joy and make us feel like we don’t have the words or energy to worship God. Our struggles often cause us to doubt His goodness. The Bible gives us words for those frustrating times. Listen:
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?
Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration. Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? – Psalm 42:1-5
Take some time now, in the silence of this room, to pray to God and admit your frustration and doubt before Him. (Break)
The Psalm continues with these words:
Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you—each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. – vs 6,8
Let’s continue to sing out to our Faithful God who hears our praise and our frustration
Song: Satisfied In You written by Brian Eichelberger. This song hearkens back to the scripture we had just read, Psalm 42:
As a deer pants for water, so my soul longs for you
And when I survey Your splendor, You so faithfully renew
Like a bed of rest for my fainting flesh
I am satisfied in You.
Passing of Peace: We joined with one another in prayer and song, now let’s take some time to meet a new face or two as we greet each other today.
SPECIAL MUSIC: Compel My Heart to Sing by Rebecca Elliott and Brooks Ritter, based on Isaac Watts’s Hymn 126, Book 2. During the “passing of the plate” portion of the service, we sang this song for the first time at Sojourn Gathered. Haven’t heard it yet? Well, you’ll have the chance soon because this song will be on Volume Two of the Isaac Watts project, which the band recorded this past week at Paul Mahern’s White Arc Studios in Bloomington, IN. Mahern was worked on over 300 albums, including artists like John Mellencamp, Over The Rhine and Neil Young.
Then Pastor Daniel Montgomery preached the first of a two-week mini-sermon series on our identity as worshipers, which is part of our larger Faithmapping series. You can hear Sojourn sermons from the Resource page of sojournchurch.com or by subscribing to the free Sojourn Church iTunes podcast.
Song: Praise to the Lord The Almighty our communion hymn of the week, written by Joachim Neander and Lobe den Herren, with an additional chorus by Page CXVI.
Praise to the Lord the Almighty, the king of creation
O my soul praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.
Reading: (as song starts)
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. – Psalm 63:1-5
Let us continue to praise God in song and lift up our hands to worship Him
Song: Great & Mighty written by Aaron Senseman, Joshua Moore and Cliff Young of Caedmon’s Call. We’ve enjoyed singing this one for the last few years at Sojourn Gathered. It’s a good celebration of God’s power and mercy.
Song: Our Great God written by Fernando Ortega and Mac Powell of Third Day. We’ve sung this one since the early years of Sojourn, often in the spot of the service in which we sang it this week — a final “song for the sending” before we depart:
Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!
Benediction: May the God who sings over you with joy fill your hearts with songs of praise and thankfulness. Go in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.