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, May 5th, 2014:
Prelude: I Will Follow by Jon Guerra & Jacob Sooter
Welcome & Prayer
Call to Worship [Psalm 105:1-3]
“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.”
Song: Beautiful One by Tim Hughes
Prayer of Confession [Isaiah 55:6-7]
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
Song: Holy by Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin, & Matt Redman
Song: Grace Alone by Dustin Kensrue
Assurance Of Pardon [Titus 3:4-7]
“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
Giving of the Word
Matt Herron preached the second 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: why is Christianity so strict? Isn't the Bible out to rob us of fun? Isn't it culturally regressive, and out of date? Matt rooted the discussion in Psalm 48, showing that while God steps on all of our toes, his commands are ultimately good and for our good.
Song: Once Again by Matt Redman
Song: The Solid Rock by William Batchelder Bradbury & Edward Mote
Benediction [Jude 24-25]
"Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen."