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, July 6th, 2014:
Prelude: Rejoice by Dustin Kensrue & Stuart Townend
Welcome & Prayer
Call to Worship [from Psalm 89:5-6, 9, 15-16]
“Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. Blessed are the people who walk in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day.”
Song: Hosanna by Paul Baloche & Brenton Brown
Song: Satisfied In You by Brian Eichelberger
Confession [Psalm 62:1-2]
"For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken."
Song: Psalm 62 by Aaron Keyes & Stuart Townend
Assurance Of Pardon [from Acts 13:38; Eph. 1:7]
Through Jesus Christ forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. Thanks be to God!
Giving of the Word
We began a new 9-week series on the spiritual disciplines, entitled "Streams Of Mercy". Far from being a checklist of things to do in order to gain God's favor, our goal over the next weeks is to see spiritual disciplines as a way to more fully experience God's grace - his streams of mercy. Dr. Eric Johnson, professor of Pastoral Care at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, opened our series by helping us see the value and necessity of the spiritual disciplines of solitude and silence. Listen to his sermon here.
Song: We Hunger & Thirst by Alex Couch & George Romanacce
Song: Hallelujah What A Savior by Philip Paul Bliss & Aaron Ivey
Benediction [1 Timothy 1:17]
"To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."