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 Allison Rushing, from Sojourn East.
Call to Worship:
Each week we gather together to worship the God who made us and remember all that He has done. We easily succumb to daily amnesia and forget how much God loves us – so let us hear from His word, recall His promises and respond with praise.
Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.
We will give thanks to Lord.
Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
We will sing of His wonderful deeds.
Remember the wonders he has performed,
his miracles, and the rulings he has given,
you children of his servant Abraham,
you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.
He is the LORD our God. His justice is seen throughout the land.
He always stands by his covenant—the commitment he made to a thousand generations.
Lord, we have sinned, without considering how much you love us.
You see our sins more clearly than we can ourselves.
Forgive us, Lord, for failing to believe your promises,
revealed to us through your Word, the Bible.
We often forget to pray; we come unwilling to worship you;
yet we cry to you for relief in times of trouble.
Forgive us, Lord, for coming to you with our own agenda.
Lord, you know when we are untruthful and when we think evil of others.
You see our anger and unfairness to our friends.
Forgive us and make us clean, so that we can obey your call
to follow and trust you.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
-Adapted from worship sourcebook
Song: Christ or Else I Die
Assurance/Passing of Peace:
This is how God fulfilled His promise to us as sinful people:
God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.
So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters.
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. - Hebrews 2:10-11,14-15
Praise God for His mercy and love!
We just read that God is our Father and Jesus calls us his “brothers and sisters” We’ve been made part of this sacred family. Every family is dysfunctional, but God’s family is bound and held together by grace. So, as family, let’s extend grace and peace and welcome one another.
Then our pastor preached a sermon from Genesis 21-22, the birth and sacrifice of Isaac. You can hear Sojourn sermons in theSojourn Church iTunes podcast or in the Sermon Resource library at sojournchurch.com.
Song: How Deep the Father’s Love, our communion hymn this week.
Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. – Romans 3:23-25
Go today, trusting and knowing that God has provided a once and for all sacrifice on our behalf, in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Go in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.