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 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.
Photos this week are courtesy of Chuck Heeke, from Sojourn Midtown.
We begin each week with a Call to Worship, to simply remember that worship doesn’t start with us, but with God. It is because of this that we can gather together and respond with singing and celebration. Let’s declare this together…
“Come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us give a joyous shout to the Rock of our salvation!
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing Him psalms of praise.
For the Lord is a great God,
the great King above all gods.
He owns the depths of the earth,
and even the mightiest mountains are His.
The sea belongs to Him, for He made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.
Come let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker,
for He is our God.”
Song: Gifted Response
Let’s make this confession together…
you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you.
We humbly confess our sins and ask for your mercy.
We have not loved you with a pure heart,
nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves.
We have not done what is right, loved kindness,
or walked humbly with you, our God.
Have mercy on us, O God,
And in your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin.
Create in us a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within us.
Lord, take our broken lives, reshape them and use them for your Glory.
It’s through Jesus Christ, our Lord that we pray.
—based on Psalm 51:10-12
I will sprinkle clean water upon you,
and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness,
and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you;
and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Brothers and sisters: In Christ, all God’s promises are “Yes.”
Let’s declare this good news together:
Through Christ, our minds and hearts are cleansed, healed, and renewed! Praise be to God!
Then our preacher preached a sermon on the parable of the Shrewd Manager from Luke 16:1-13. This was the first of our two-part “God Gave” sermon series. You can hear Sojourn sermons in theSojourn Church iTunes podcast or in the Sermon Resource library at sojournchurch.com.
Song: Be Thou My Vision
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God, He did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Song: Your Great Name
Song: Our Great God
May the blessing of God,the giver of every good gift
and of Christ, who summons us to service;
and of the Holy Spirit, who inspires generosity and love,
be with you all. Peace be with you