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, every Monday we post 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, May 11th, 2014:
Prelude: Enough by Louie Giglio & Chris Tomlin
Welcome & Prayer
Call to Worship [from Psalm 86:8-10]
“There is none like you, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things, you alone are God.”
Song: You Are God Alone by Billy & Cindy Foote
Invitation to Confession:
[When we come into the holy presence of God, we are laid bare before him. When we stand before him, our own falsehood and duplicity and mask-wearing is revealed. People of God, let’s acknowledge who we are and ask are ever-present, unshakeable God for mercy.]
Song: Merciful God by Keith & Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend
Prayer of Confession [The Worship Sourcebook, pg. 92 #18]
Awesome and compassionate God, you have loved us with unfailing, self-giving mercy, but we have not loved you. You constantly call us, but we do not listen. You ask us to love, but we walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed. God of grace, as you come to us in mercy, we repent in spirit and in truth, admit our sin, and gratefully receive your forgiveness through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
Song: Once And For All by Ed Cash, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, & Chris Tomlin
Assurance Of Pardon [Hebrews 7:25]
“Jesus is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.”
Giving of the Word
Ben Whipple preached the third sermon in a new miniseries, "I'm Not Sure", where we're exploring some fundamental questions and hangups with the Christian faith. Ben addressed this question: Isn't the church responsible for so much injustice? If God's people act this way, what does that say about God? Ben rooted the discussion in Isaiah 58:1-9a, showing that, while the church has been responsible for much injustice, God himself is the most vocal in his critique of his people. The way forward is not to move away from Christianity, but deeper into it: into its very heart of grace, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Song: Rock Of Ages by Thomas Hastings & Augustus Montague Toplady
Song: You Have Won Me by Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, & Joel Taylor
Benediction [Jeremiah 9:23-24]
"Thus says the Lord: 'Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.'"