Welcome to sojournmusic.com’s weekly worship music set list review & service recap. You’ll not only read a list of the songs we led following the Call To Worship, 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.
Some campuses/service times deviated slightly from this set list.
Call to Worship:
Even in the midst of gathering together, we often feel alone and isolated. Sometimes the troubles of this life back us into a corner and overwhelm us. Despite the daily battle we wage against Satan, sin and death – God is with us and promises to never leave us. Let’s stand and echo the prayer of the Psalmist as we remember our God who has defeated our enemies.
Oh God, because of your unfailing love, we can approach you.
We worship you in the deepest awe.
Lead us in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer us.
Make your way plain for us to follow.
Our enemies are liars
Their deepest desire is to destroy us
Their mouths are like an open grave.
Declare them guilty, O God
Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away in the name of Jesus Christ.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over us that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround us with your shield of love.
-adapted from Psalm 5
God hasn’t left us to fight our enemies by ourselves. The death of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection defeated them once and for all. When we place our hope in Him, we are made conquerors of death.
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 8:36-38
Passing of Peace.
God has given us Himself and he has given us each other to be a united family. Let’s spend some time welcoming one another.
As God’s dear children, then, take him as your pattern,
and follow Christ by loving as he loved you, giving himself up for us as an offering
and a sweet-smelling sacrifice to God.
One of the ways we share in God’s glory and mission is to follow Jesus’ example by giving sacrificially, recognizing before the Lord that money is a gift of God’s grace.
Life-giving Spirit, bring to the bones of these gifts the flesh of our actions and the breath of our caring, that our church and our service to others may come to life in your name. Amen.
Song: Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul written by Anne Steele and Kevin Twit.
Then our pastor preached from John 15:26-16.:15. Hear Sojourn sermons from our Sojourn Church iTunes podcast or in the Sermon library at sojournchurch.com.
Song: Grace Upon Grace written by Sandra McCracken. This was our communion hymn of the week.
God continues to be with us by giving us His Spirit. Through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives we grow and become more and more like our Savior, Jesus.
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” - Ezekiel 36:25-27
Song: Nothing But the Blood of Jesus written by Matt Redman.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
—from Romans 15:13, The Worship Sourcebook