At Sojourn, we love to gather every Sunday morning to meet with God and be renewed by his grace. This happens as we re-present the the truths of the gospel to ourselves and each other: God is holy, we are sinners, Christ saves us, and Christ sends us. These are truths that we need to engage with every Sunday, but they are also realities that we need to live out of every moment of the rest of the week. In an effort to help you re-present the gospel to yourself and your family when you're not gathered with your Sojourn community, we are going to start posting a recap of our Sojourn Sunday gatherings. We hope these serve you in some small way: maybe the prayer of confession we used will meet you at a time when you are struggling; maybe a song that we sung will remind you that Jesus satisfies better than any human relationship ever could; maybe just a reminder of the fact that God has brought you into a community will lift you out of feelings of isolation and discouragement. However much (or little) this actually helps you, our main encouragement would be to join us for the real thing! Nothing can take the place of worshiping the Savior together with his sons and daughters, your brothers and sisters.

 

Here's a recap of what went down this past Sunday, April 20th, 2014 - Easter Sunday!

 

Prelude: Forever [We Sing Hallelujah] by Christa Black Gifford, Kari Jobe, Brian & Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, & Gabriel Wilson

Welcome & Prayer

 

Call to Worship [based on 1 Peter 1:3-5]

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has given us new life and hope. He has raised Jesus from the dead. God has claimed us as his own. He has brought us out of darkness. He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

Song: Hail The Day That Christ Arose by Steve Cook, Vikki Cook, & Charles Wesley

 

Prayer of Confession [from The Worship Sourcebook pg. 637, #2]

If, at times, we deny you, God forgive.

When the risks of discipleship are high, and we are nowhere to be found, God forgive.

When we wash our hands of responsibility, God forgive.

When we cast our lot with powerful oppressors and seek to buy freedom with silver, God forgive.

When fear keeps us from witnessing to your truth, or prejudice keeps us from believing it, God forgive.

In the bright light of Easter morning, O God, our sin is exposed, and your grace is revealed. Tender God, raise us in your love so that, with joy, we may witness to your awesome deeds, in the name of Jesus, the risen one. Amen.

 

Song: Jesus I Come by William True Sleeper & George Coles Stebbins

Song: Hallelujah What A Savior by Philip Paul Bliss, Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, & Halim Suh [an arrangement with new chorus by Austin Stone Church]

 

Assurance Of Pardon [Ephesians 2:4-7]

“God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved! For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.”

 

Reading of the Word: Luke 24:1-49

Giving of the Word

Matt Herron preached from Luke 24:36-43, asking this fundamental question: what does a physical resurrection mean for us? We saw that a physical resurrection is terrifying, it changes the way we live, and it means we can have Jesus.

 

Song: Man of Sorrows by Matt Crocker & Brooke Ligertwood

Song: O Church Arise by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

 

Benediction [Revelation 5:12-13]

"'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!' And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, 'To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!'"


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