Welcome to Sojourn’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. And if you’d like to see how we incorporate liturgical art and lead the responsive readings, watch the embedded Facebook Live video of our entire service, originally streamed on the Sojourn New Albany Facebook page. Our liturgy is written by worship director Justin Shaffer in collaboration with worship directors at other Sojourn churches. This week Pastor Jonah Sage preached from Acts 26. Learn more about Sojourn Community Church here.
Song -All of Creation written by Jeremy Quillo.
CALL TO WORSHIP
In a fallen world of great division and strife God has made a plan to bring unity among his people unto himself through his son Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan. Ephesians 4:11 NLT
We are here on purpose. Let’s respond to our Holy God’s invitation to worship him now in song, word and deed!
Song – You Never Let Go by Matt and Beth Redman.
Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world.
Lord, have mercy upon us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. Amen. -From The Worship Sourcebook.
Song – It Is Well by Horatio G. Stafford and Philip Paul Bliss.
Hear these encouraging words from the Apostle Paul:
We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
—2 Corinthians 4:14-18
There is a glory that outweighs the troubles of this life. There is a RESURRECTION that stands in the face of our decaying bodies. Someone recently put it so well, “there is an expiration date on our suffering”! GIVING The point of our services is, as Paul mentions in that last verse, ‘to fix our gaze’ on THIS hope of the gospel. As Christians we know that we’re already living in this hope, so with grateful hearts, we give to our generous and loving God as an act of worship. The giving buckets will be passed around as we continue to sing!
Song None But Thee written by John Fellows and Eric J. Marshall.
PASSING OF THE PEACE
Turn to your neighbor and greet them with the peace of Christ.
Song We Will Feast at the House of Zion written by Joshua Moore and Sandra McCracken.
Baptism! (we celebrated baptisms at each service)
Song Oh! Great is Our God! by Brian Eichelberger.
Church, I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. Go in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Peace be with you. -John 16:33