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 Tom Branch, from Sojourn Midown.
Call to Worship:
Today is Palm Sunday – a day that looks back to Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem. It was a day when he was honored as a King who’d come to conquer the enemies of God. The people lined the roads, waving palms branches and hailing him as Lord. Today we echo those shouts of praise to Christ, who unites us, saves us and rules over our lives.
People of God, be gathered together!
Like a hen who gathers her offspring under her wings,
God has brought us together!
People of God, await Christ’s coming!
Blessed is the one who comes
in the name of the Lord of heaven!
—based on Luke 13:34; 19:38
Song: Before the Throne of God Above from our 2007 album Before The Throne.
Song: Hosanna in the Highest by Jeremy Quillo. This is a Palm Sunday version of a song we recorded on Advent Songs. Download the lyrics/chord sheet for our Palm Sunday Hosanna in the Highest here.
Jesus, our Lord, we shout hosannas and worship you.
With eager hands, we place our palms of praise on the path before you.
Yet, Lord, we confess that our mouths often deny or defy you.
And we confess that the hands that seek to serve you often become clenched fists.
We confess our praise is often empty.
Just as the people of Jerusalem did long ago - We sing “Hosanna,” but cry “Crucify.”
We want to rule our own lives rather than bow before you.
Jesus, you came in weakness and in humility to give us strength and a place in your kingdom. We acknowledge you alone as Lord and ruler of all.
Forgive us, lift us up and help us to follow you in obedience.
Help us to be loyal and loving servants of Jesus, our King.
In his Holy Name, Amen – adapted from The Worship Sourcebook
Song: May Your Power Rest on Me written by Joel Gerdis and Neil Degraide, based on “Hymn 15″ by Isaac Watts.
Let’s say this together:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:16-17
Christ our King embraced his enemies, reaching out in love and calling them friends. That’s what only the Gospel can do – break down the walls of hostility between us all. In the spirit of the Gospel, we’re called to become friends and family of one another. So let’s welcome each other now.
Song: No Tread of Soldier’s Marching Feet, a hymn text for Palm Sunday sent to us from the late Chip Stam, with melody by Jamie Barnes. Read about this song, get the lyrics and listen to Jamie’s acoustic demo here.
Then our preacher taught from Genesis 27-36, on the life of the patriarch Jacob. You can hear Sojourn sermons in theSojourn Church iTunes podcast or in the Sermon Resource library at sojournchurch.com.
Song: Be Thou My Vision the anonymously written Irish hymn.
Song: King of Glory by Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves.
Let’s pray together:
God, our divine Redeemer
Your faithfulness to your people is seen throughout Your word.
Your goodness is plainly seen in our redemption,
How you became sin for us and conquered all of our enemies.
Your strength is seen in how you endured the extremes of God’s wrath,
and erased our failure to live up to God’s standards.
Your love is seen in your resurrection,
in your sacred wounds, erasing every fear and every doubt.
Now, our King and Conqueror,
you’ve ascended to heaven,
crowned and enthroned,
praying for us, protecting us
and providing for us by the power of your Spirit
until the time comes for you to receive us there.
May we live in repentance,
join you in conquering Satan,
and finding victory in life in the Gospel. Amen.
Song: Warrior written by me, Dave Moisan and Neil Degraide, recorded on Over The Grave.
Jesus, our King and Conqueror, has defeated Satan, Sin, and Death.
Go now and fight the good fight in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Peace be with you.