Jesus Set His Face

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Jesus set his face.
Jesus set his face like flint.
Jesus set his face up to Jerusalem,
up to Jerusalem.

1 Coming down from heaven above,
coming down to earth from glory,
coming down from heaven above,
coming down to grief and worry. [Refrain]

2 Singing psalms, the pilgrims climb,
reenact the ancient story.
Singing psalms, the people climb;
lamb and bread redemption’s story. [Refrain]

3 Crying for the children lost,
crying for the lonely, sorry.
Crying for a city lost,
crying for the pained and gory. [Refrain]

4 Walking down the lonely path,
footsteps fall with premonition.
Walking down the lonely path,
full of purpose, hope, and vision. [Refrain]

5 Rising up to Calvary’s hill,
up the mount of shame and glory.
Rising up Golgotha hill,
up to claim the final victory. [Refrain]

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Jesus Set His Face


Our congregation invites you
to observe this season of Lent
through self-examination and penitence,
prayer and fasting,
reading and meditating on the Word of God,
and works of love and witness.
Let us bow before God, our Creator and Redeemer,
and confess our sin.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Genuine repentance involves two things:
the dying-away of the old self and the coming-to-life of the new.
The dying-away of the old self is to be genuinely sorry for sin,
to hate it more and more, and to run away from it.
The coming-to-life of the new self
is wholehearted joy in God through Christ
and a delight to do every kind of good as God wants us to.
Together, as Christ’s body, we now confess our sin
and express our longing to live in joyful obedience to God.
—based on Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A’s 88-90
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

God of comfort and mercy,
you sent your prophets to proclaim,
“Make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.”
We confess we have not done as you asked;
instead, we have sinned in thoughts, words, and deeds
by what we have done and by what we have left undone.
[silent confession]
In your mercy, forgive us, O Lord;
help us to proclaim your message.
Equip us to walk more faithfully in the footsteps of Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever. Amen.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Most merciful God
whose Son, Jesus Christ, was tempted in every way, yet was without sin,
we confess before you our own sinfulness;
we have hungered after that which does not satisfy;
we have compromised with evil;
we have doubted your power to protect us.
Forgive our lack of faith; have mercy on our weakness.
Restore in us such trust and love that we may walk in your ways and delight in doing
your will. Amen.
[John Paarlberg in Reformed Worship 34:6]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two


During his whole life on earth,
but especially at the end,
Christ sustained
in body and soul
the wrath of God against the sin of the whole human race.
This he did in order that,
by his suffering as the only atoning sacrifice,
he might deliver us, body and soul,
from eternal condemnation,
and gain for us God’s grace,
righteousness, and eternal life.
—Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 37
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Jesus Set His Face

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Jesus Set His Face

Author and Composer Information

Gregg DeMey (b. 1972) was born in Grand Rapids, MI, studied at Calvin College (BA Music Theory and Composition), and graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1998 (MTS) and 2006 (M.Div).  He served as worship pastor at Granite Springs in Sacramento, CA; as a church planter at Lakeside Church in Ludington, MI; and is currently the Teaching Pastor at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church in Elmhurst, IL.
— Gregg DeMey
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