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. Photos this week from Tom Branch, Chuck Heeke, Sarah Horrar and David Alan Kidd, covering baptisms at our Midtown and J-Town campuses.
Call to Worship:
Welcome. The God who created everything has invited us into His presence. He rightly could demand a laundry list of tasks for us to accomplish or a school of spiritual merit badges to earn before coming before Him. Instead, Jesus offers this invitation:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Today we gather as exhausted, broken and imperfect people who are being offered rest by a Holy God. Let us worship in the open air of His welcoming grace as we stand and sing together!
Come ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.
Song: Invitation Fountain written by Michael Pritzl of The Violet Burning. This is another good song for a call to worship, as well as the response:
If you lead me Lord, I will follow
If you lead me Lord, I will go
Pray with me:
Lord, you have opened your arms to welcome us as your children.
You alone can forgive our sin. You alone can mend the scars of our shame.
When we were found guilty, the blood of your perfect son Jesus was spilled so that we could be declared innocent. Lord, thank you for your mercy toward us.
May we run to no other source of refuge.
May we wash in no other fountain.
May we receive from no other fullness
Or rest in no other relief than in the cross of Jesus our Savior. Amen.
– Adapted from a Puritan Prayer.
Let us continue to acknowledge the source of our hope as we sing
Song: The Water and the Blood written by Neil Robins and David LaChance, adapted from a hymn by Isaac Watts. This was the title cut of our new album, which is Volume Two in our Isaac Watts project. You can hear “The Water And The Blood” in full, too.
Hear the good news:
We have been made holy
through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
This is God’s gospel promise:
to forgive our sins and give us eternal life
by grace alone because of Christ’s one sacrifice finished on the cross.
—Hebrews 10:10, NIV; Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 66
As those welcomed by God, let us now welcome each other.
Hear the words of Jesus:
Freely you have received, freely give.
—Matthew 10:8, NIV
As an act of worship, in response to God’s mercy, we give back to him what he has blessed us with so this church can continue to lift up the name of Jesus in this city and throughout the world. Let’s pray:
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, maker of all things.
Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts.
With them we offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives
to the care and redemption of all that you have made,
for the sake of him who gave himself for us—
Then our pastors preached from John 17:6-19. You can hear Sojourn sermons in the Sojourn Church iTunes podcast or in the Sermon Resource library at sojournchurch.com.
Song: Jesus Savior Pilot Me written by Edward Hopper, music by Bifrost Arts. This was our Communion hymn of the week, which also led into our baptisms.
We hold a Baptism Sunday every other month at Sojourn Gathered. You can read testimonies and stories of salvation each week at TravelBlog, our sister website. We initially share these testimonies on Baptism Sundays, as each candidate is baptized.
Song: The Power of the Cross written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.
Oh to see my name written in the wound
For through Your suffering, I am free
Death is crushed to death; Life is mine to live
Won through Your selfless love.
After his resurrection, right before He ascended into Heaven where He is now, Jesus told his disciples this:
“Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 20
Let us sing of the never-ending, unchanging love of our Savior!
Go in confidence, in the knowledge of God’s strength.
Go in joy, in the knowledge of God’s love.
Peace be with you.