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, June 15th, 2014:
Prelude: 10,000 Reasons by Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman
Welcome & Prayer
Call to Worship
Let us worship God, who has done great things. We rejoice in our God, who made a way through the desert of this world. Let us worship God, who has caused streams of mercy to flow in the wasteland. We are the people God has formed through Christ; we worship him, and we rejoice! Let us worship God in spirit and in truth. We praise God for the grace that has saved us. Hallelujah! We rejoice!
Song: Come Thou Fount by Robert Robinson & John Wyeth
Invitation to Confession [Matthew 11:28-29]
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Song: Come To Me by Lizzie Akers, Jeff Capps, Michael Bleeker, Hunter Pecunia
Song: Upon A Life I Have Not Lived by Horatius Bonar & Kevin Twit
Assurance Of Pardon [based on Q&A's 32 & 34 from the Heidelberg Catechism]
"I am called a Christian because by faith I am united with Christ, who is both our Savior and our Lord. We call him Lord because – not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood – he has set us free from sin and from the tyranny of the devil, and has bought us, body and soul, to be his very own."
Giving of the Word
Matt Herron preached the first sermon in the 3-week series "The Story of Redemption", where we are unpacking the storyline of the Bible. This week, Matt began the series in John 5, looking at Jesus' words to affirm that the Bible is one unified book, written by one divine author, focused on one main subject: God's rescue of his people through Jesus.
Song: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Helen H. Lemmel
Song: Be Thou My Vision by Mary Elizabeth Byrne & Eleanor Henrietta Hull
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."