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 27th, 2014:
Prelude: 10,000 Reasons by Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman
Welcome & Prayer
Call to Worship [Ephesians 1:17-21]
[As we come to God in worship, its always helpful to remind ourselves that we don’t invite him to worship, he invites us. We don’t first give him our worship, he gives us grace and hope and power. Then we respond. Listen to the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers – and his prayer for us this morning:]
“I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.”
Song: Open The Eyes Of My Heart by Paul Baloche
Prayer of Confession [from The Worship Sourcebook pg. 90, #13]
Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are ashamed and sorry for our sin. Forgive us, and help us to live in your light and walk in your ways, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Song: Shine Into Our Night by Joel Sczebel
Song: Jesus, Thank You by Pat Sczebel
Assurance Of Pardon [based on 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Peter 2:24]
[Let’s declare the good news:]
"This saying is sure and worthy of acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we might be dead to sin, and alive to God."
[If you are in Christ Jesus, I can declare this with 100% confidence: you are forgiven! Thanks be to God!]
Giving of the Word
Matt Herron preached the first sermon in a new miniseries, "I'm Not Sure", where we're exploring some fundamental questions and hangups with the Christian faith. Matt addressed this question: can there be only one? Can there be only one God, and can there be only one way to him? We rooted our exploration in Matthew 11, where Jesus addresses John the Baptist's doubts about whether Jesus was the Messiah.
Song: All I Have Is Christ by Jordan Kauflin
Song: Wonderful Merciful Savior by Dawn Rodgers & Eric Wyse
Benediction [Hebrews 4:14-16]
"Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."