Sojourn Church Liturgy Recap – July 30, 2017 – Self-Control

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 video of our entire service, or check it out 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 Sunday I (Bobby Gilles) preached on “self-control” as a Fruit Of The Spirit, from Matthew 27 (the story of Jesus and Pilate). We learned Jesus’ two keys for self-control. Learn more about Sojourn Community Church here.

July 30, 2017 – Fruits Of The Spirit (Self-Control) from Sojourn Community Church on Vimeo.

There’s a Higher Power written by Ira and Charlie Louvin.


Good morning Church. We gather together to worship the God who is in complete control. When he opens his mouth, the storms and seas behave. Demons submit to his righteous rule. Broken bodies and atrophied muscles are restored at his command. Even at Golgotha everything was according to God’s plan. Read this passage with me.

Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name; worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King for ever.

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. (Psalm 29:1-4 &10-11)

Let us worship this God together.

Come Thou Fount written by Robert Robinson.


Some here today are overwhelmed grief, poor health, or just life’s difficulties. Hear this: We shouldn’t suffer alone, we CAN’T suffer alone.  We have each other and we also serve a God that invites us to take these burdens to him, a God who himself was intimate with suffering. If you’ve experienced some of the lows of life, join me in praying aloud from Psalm 102:

1 Lord, hear my prayer!

   Listen to my plea!

2 Don’t turn away from me

   in my time of distress.

Bend down to listen,

   and answer me quickly when I call to you.

-Psalm 102:1-2  (NLT)

(Instrumental music for a moment… don’t try to fill the silence with words, but let people get real with their suffering before God)

May Your Power Rest On Me written by Joel Gerdis and Neil Degraide.


Hear the Word of the Lord and the completely effective assurance within:

1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;

   he heard my cry for mercy.

2 Because he turned his ear to me,

   I will call on him as long as I live.

3 The cords of death entangled me,

   the anguish of the grave came over me;

   I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:

   “Lord, save me!”

5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;

   our God is full of compassion.

6 The Lord protects the unwary;

   when I was brought low, he saved me.

7 Return to your rest, my soul,

   for the Lord has been good to you.

8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,

   my eyes from tears,

   my feet from stumbling,

9 that I may walk before the Lord

   in the land of the living.

Psalms 116:1-9

Amen! The Lord has been good to us and we have an opportunity to be good to others as we prepare our tithes and offerings. As we just heard, we can return to the rest that is found in God alone… we can rest in his provision, that he cares for us and will take care of us. As the giving baskets are passed around, I encourage you to reflect on the ways God has blessed you and offer thanks to your God, the giver of all good things! 🙂

In Christ Alone written by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty.


Every week celebrate what Christ has done for us on the cross. He has purchased our freedom, and has given us peace.  Let’s take time to greet one another with the peace of Christ.



He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word anonymously written American spiritual.

What a Friend is Jesus written by Robert Lowry, Jonatan Barahona.


1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

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