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 courtesy of Tom Branch, from Sojourn Midtown.
Call to Worship
Welcome! Each week we begin with a “call to worship” which is a reminder that God speaks to us, invites us into His presence and we respond. Today let’s lift our voices in song, lift our hands in worship and offer our best praise to the God who created us and loves us. Here is how the Psalmist puts it:
Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.
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.
We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. – Psalm 95:1-7
Song: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty. This was our response to God’s call to worship.
Our sinful hearts often block out God’s voice or we live in doubt of His promises. Pray with me as we confess our unbelief:
Almighty and merciful God,
We have sinned and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
We have followed the desires of our own hearts.
We have broken your commandments.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;
and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord.
Heal, forgive and restore us as we embrace the promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Give us more faith to listen and trust your voice. Amen.
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:13-14
Song: The Power of the Cross by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.
Passing of Peace: God has welcomed us. In the same spirit, we welcome each other when we gather. Let’s use this time to move around the room meet someone new and introduce yourselves.
Then our preacher preached a sermon on the call of Abraham, found in Genesis 12:1-9 (from our Genesis sermon series). You can hear Sojourn sermons in theSojourn Church iTunes podcast or in the Sermon Resource library at sojournchurch.com.
Song: O God Our Help In Ages Past hymn text by Isaac Watts, new melody by Sojourn’s Brooks Ritter. We recorded this on last year’s The Water And The Blood. You can listen to “O God Our Help In Ages Past” in full here.
Reading: God called Abraham to trust Him. Our God always keeps His promises – and He is calling us to place our trust in Him today and be His people, the church.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” - Romans 10:9-13
Song: Your Great Name written by Michael Neale and Krissy Nordhoff.
Song: Mission’s Flame written by Matt Redman. This was our song for the Sending.
May the God who call us out of darkness bring you into the light of Jesus Christ and grant you new life with by the Power of the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.