Our Sunday gatherings may not look like you’d expect.
If you haven’t been to a Soma service yet, you’ll notice that our Sunday gatherings are a little more structured than you might expect. This is deliberate; in each service, we practice an existential rhythm that we see as essential to the Christian life. This idea of a service shaped like the Christian life is deeply rooted in the history of the Church; our hope is that the rhythm itself helps coach us to live more faithfully to God.
Below is a brief description of our liturgy, or order of service. Each movement has us act in a way that acknowledges a central truth for the Christian life.
Call to worship – God is holy
At the beginning of our service, we always want to bring our attention to God, who is holy and spoke creation into existence. In our call to worship we are reminded that God is the one who initiates everything and that He alone deserve our praise and affection. God speaks, we respond.
See Genesis 1:1, Revelation 4:8
Confession – We are sinners
The confession is a direct response to the holiness of God. Once we see His holiness we are immediately disturbed by our sinfulness. The congregation then responds to the promise of God that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us.
See Isaiah 6:3-5, 1 John 1:9
Lament – The world is broken
The word “lament” means to grieve or express sorrow. All throughout the Psalms we see lament taking place. This is a time in our service where we acknowledge and grieve the brokenness of the world. When we lament we cry out to God: how long will he wait to redeem it all? While we express our sorrows, lamenting simultaneously brings us to the hope we have in Christ and his coming.
See Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51
Assurance – Jesus saves us
Once we see the holiness of God and our sin, we naturally long for a Savior. Every single week will remind each other that Jesus has come to seek and save the lost. God has provided redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.
See Romans 5, Ephesians 2:4-5
Prayer for renewal
Through Jesus Christ we have an opportunity to approach God and beg him to work. We are a church that is for the renewal of our city and the world. Each Sunday we will pray for our city and the world. We pray in faith that God will use us to change the world through his Son and for his glory.
The word of God is essential to the Christian faith. Every part of our service is shaped by the word of God. This is a tradition that dates back to the early church. The leaders of the church would read the words of God aloud to bless and encourage the body.
See 1 Timothy 4:13, Colossians 4:13, Revelation 1:3
Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God uses men to teach and encourage us in the Word of God. Each message has one central theme: Jesus. Every sermon you hear will end with the work of Jesus Christ.
See 1 Timothy 4:13
Taking communion is a command from Jesus Christ. This is also the pinnacle of our service. The death of Jesus Christ is what unites us as brothers and sisters. We partake every week to remind each other that the blood of Christ was shed for us and his body was broken for us.
Communion is also a family meal. It is only meant for those who believe and submit to the authority of Christ. In the early church some partook in communion and literally became ill or died. The beauty of the gospel is that everyone can have the opportunity to come to the table and partake in the banquet of grace.
See Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34
Benediction – Jesus sends us
Before Jesus left his disciples, he gave them a mission and left them with His peace. Each service we leave with a good word for the road. We leave the congregation with peace, a peace that only comes from Jesus Christ.
See Matthew 10, John 14:27