Sojourn Church Liturgy Recap – March 12, 2017 – Acts 21

by Bobby Gilles

in Liturgy & Sermons

Welcome to Sojourn’s weekly worship music set list review & service recap. You’ll not only read a list of the songs we led, but also the readings and prayers from our liturgy. And if you’d like to see how we incorporate liturgical art and lead the responsive readings, watch the embedded Facebook Live video of our entire service, originally streamed on the Sojourn New Albany Facebook page. Our liturgy is written by worship director Justin Shaffer in collaboration with worship directors at other Sojourn churches. This week Pastor Jonah Sage preached from Acts 21. Learn more about Sojourn Community Church here.

Song:  Faithful – Janna


Good Morning Sojourners! It’s “Not Your Seat Sunday!” That just means that if you’re visiting for the first time, sit anywhere you want! If you’re a regular here, sit anywhere you want — except for where you normally sit! 🙂

When we gather as a church, we gather in the presence of God and each other to worship together. The bible teaches us that we worship in spirit and truth in whatever we do and that God’s presence is always with us, yet we also know that there is something special about God’s people gathering to praise his holy name. This gathering is more than merely getting our Jesus fix for the week – we’re gathering TOGETHER to receive and proclaim the Gospel and to encourage each other in the faith! Hear the word of the Lord:

Because of your unfailing love, we can enter your house;

   We will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.

Lead us in the right path, O Lord,

   or our enemies will conquer us.

Make your way plain for us to follow.

Let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

   let them sing joyful praises forever.

Spread your protection over us,

   that all who love your name may be filled with joy.

For you bless the godly, O Lord;

   you surround them with your shield of love. Psalm 5: 7-8, 11-12 NLT (adapted to plural)

Let’s worship the Lord together!

Song Holy (Matt Redman) – Phil


Hear the words of Christ from Matthew:

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.


  • Matthew 16:24


Let’s pray together.

God we confess that many times we live as if WE are our only hope. We spend our days focused on a perfect “performance,” forgetting that it is YOUR perfect life that is our righteousness, and not our own. Forgive us for wilfully failing to surrender every part of our lives to God’s control. We pray today, make us more in your image, willing to LET GO of worldly comforts, pride, whatever it may be, that’s kept us from following you. It’s in the perfect and steadfast name of Jesus that we pray.  Amen.

Song Refuge – Ryan


Hear the voice of Jesus speaking to you today:

“Come to me, all you that are weary

and are carrying heavy burdens,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;

for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

-from Matthew 11:28-30 NRSV

Let’s pray:

Father, thank you for sending Jesus. In him, we see the face of God- both your justice carried out in defeating sin as well as your mercy that overflows to sinners who trust in you. Clothe us in Jesus’ righteousness when we can no longer hide our sin; give us Jesus’ courage where our strength has faltered; give us faith to trust in him alone with every burden, and to receive his rest. In his name we pray, Amen.

When we give to God’s church, we’re testifying to God’s faithfulness and resting in his provision. As the giving baskets are passed around, let’s continue to worship.

Song Steadfast – Justin


In Christ we’ve received grace upon grace, and one of his most gracious gifts is that of community- with God and with the body of Christ, his Church. Let’s celebrate God’s bringing us together and welcome one another now.



Song Jesus Savior Pilot Me  – Janna

Song The Anthem – Ryan


Church, go now taking heart in the assurance that when you face trials and troubles in this world, our Savior has already won the victory and overcome the world.

Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.

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