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, 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.
Prelude: Living Faithwritten by me (Bobby Gilles) and Brooks Ritter, recorded on our Over The Grave.
Call to Worship:
Welcome! We continue to celebrate the season of Lent together, which is a time marked by repentance and renewal that leads to Easter Sunday. In this season, we look again to the scriptures where we find a history of God always leading his people out of darkness into light. We can worship and celebrate God’s faithfulness as we lean on him with confidence that He still leads us today.
The Lord is our light and salvation—whom shall we fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of our lives—of whom shall we be afraid?
When evil men advance against us to devour our flesh,
when our enemies and foes attack us, they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege us, our hearts will not fear;
though war break out against us, even then will we be confident.
One thing we ask of the Lord, this is what we seek:
that we may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep us safe in his dwelling;
he will hide us in the shelter of his tabernacle and set us high upon a rock.
Then our heads will be exalted above the enemies who surround us;
at his tabernacle will we sacrifice with shouts of joy;
We will sing and make music to the Lord.
- Based on Psalm 27:1-6
Song: Our God
Pray with me:
Most merciful God
our Savior, our redeemer, we confess before you our brokenness,
Even in our great need we have forgotten your provision.
We have looked to other things to satisfy our hunger and thirst,
we have doubted your power to protect us.
our ears have been deaf to your call;
our hearts have been cold to your love
Forgive our lack of faith; have mercy on our weakness.
Restore in us trust and love that we may walk in your ways and delight in
doing your will. May we seek refuge in the merciful arms of Jesus, our High Priest. Amen.
Let’s take a moment to be still before God and confess our own weakness before Him. (Silence)
(INTRO SONG) Jesus said this:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12
Song: Shine Into Our Night
Jesus also said this:
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. – John 6:35
Song: Satisfied In You written by Brian Eichelberger, recorded on our new Come Ye Sinners: Sojourn Music Live At Memorial Auditorium.
Assurance/Peace: God’s “safety scheme”, his plan to save us, was sending his Son, Jesus. Let’s read this truth together:
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. – 2 Corinthians 5:21
Amen. As Children of God who have been shown such great love, let’s now extend love to each other as we welcome those around us.
Then our preacher taught the third sermon in our series on the Book of Job. You can hear Sojourn sermons in theSojourn Church iTunes podcast or in the Sermon Resource library at sojournchurch.com.
Song: Dear Refuge Of My Weary Soul
Song: Lift Up Your Head
Though our journey through life often feels like trudging through a desert, God promises a great day of renewal where his people will be him forever in a place where death and decay will no longer have a foothold. Here is what God says to the prophet Isaiah:
Go out through the gates! Prepare the highway for my people to return!
Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all the nations to see.
The Lord has sent this message to every land:
“Tell the people of Israel,
‘Look, your Savior is coming. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’”
They will be called “The Holy People” and “The People Redeemed by the Lord.”
And Jerusalem will be known as “The Desirable Place” and “The City No Longer Forsaken.”
- Isaiah 62:10-12
Song: A City No Longer Forsaken written by our Jamie Barnes, recorded on our double-EP The Mercy Seat/The War.
Benediction: Do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Go now in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.