This liturgy comes from the Sunday morning service on May 20, 2018 at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
Fall on the Rock
CALL TO WORSHIP
Good morning, and welcome to Sojourn! We’re called here today by the Rock of ages, by the God who made all things and reigns over all creation. Whether we’re always aware of it or not, he is Lord over everyone and everything- let’s hear about this great God from his Word:
Psalm 99:1-3 (ESV)
The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!
Almighty and most merciful Father;
We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.
We have offended against thy holy laws.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;
And we have done those things which we ought not to have done;
And there is no health in us.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.
Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults.
Restore thou those who are penitent;
According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord.
1928 Book Of Common Prayer
May Your Power Rest on Me by Eddy Morris, Joel Gerdis, and Neil Robins
Sisters and brothers, as we move from confession to assurance, we want to recognize that though we sin... though we fail, God hears our prayers and forgives us of sin. Hear this assurance from God’s Word
Titus 2:11-14 (NIV)
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
While we were still enslaved to our own sinfulness, Jesus came to earth and brought us back to God… he bought us with his life… he redeemed us from evil. God has the power to break our cycles of sin and give us freedom in his ways.
Power to Redeem by Justin Ebach, Lauren Ashley Daigle, and Paul Mabury
...and he has the power to restore our broken relationships. He has the power to take what IS… and make it beautiful. He has redeemed us… restored us into right relationship with himself and as a family. As we reflect on this most beautiful act, we can’t help but share it. Let’s share this peace now as we take a moment to greet one another.
Power of the Cross by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NLT)
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. Go now in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Peace be with you…