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 1st, 2014:
Prelude: God Who Saves by Aaron Senseman
Welcome & Prayer
Call to Worship [based on Psalm 28:6-8]
“Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of our pleas for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped. Our hearts delight in the LORD, and with our song we give thanks to him. The LORD is the strength of his people; he is our saving refuge! Praise be to God!”
Song: Lord Most High by Don Harris & Gary Sadler
Invitation to Confession [from Psalm 145:18 & Isa. 55:6-7]
“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Seek the LORD while he may be found, call on him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon."
Song: Be Merciful To Me by Randall Goodgame
Song: We Glorify Your Name by Kristian Stanfill & Jason Ingram
Assurance Of Pardon [from Colossians 2:13-14 & Romans 8:1]
“When you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with Christ, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!”
Giving of the Word
Matt Herron preached the final sermon in the miniseries "I'm Not Sure", where we're exploring some fundamental questions and hangups with the Christian faith. Matt addressed this hangup: Have you seen the way Christians act? Matt rooted the discussion in Luke 18:9-14, where we saw that the more we understand our need for mercy, the more we're transformed into humble and loving people as we receive mercy from Jesus.
Song: When I Survey The Wondrous Cross by Lowell Mason & Isaac Watts
Song: All To Us by Matt Maher, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves, & Chris Tomlin
Benediction [Acts 20:32]
"And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified."