Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped August 11, 2019

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. You can also watch the video stream of the whole service from our Facebook page, or here below (you’ll also see a higher resolution video of the sermon alone).

Our liturgy is written by Worship Director Justin Shaffer, in collaboration with our Creative Team at Sojourn Church New Albany and worship staff at the other four Sojourn Collective churches in the Louisville area.

This Sunday, following the scripture reading by Deacon Lindsey Blair, Pastor Travis McGowan preached from Daniel 6 in our series from the book of Daniel, Stand: Staying Strong In A World Of Chaos. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

August 11, 2019 – Stand 6 – Travis McGowan from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

Daniel Prayed


Welcome to sojourn! Whether you’re a long-time member or a first time attender, it’s a joy and an honor to worship together today. As we begin our gathering, let’s hear the word of the Lord that we may catch a glimpse of his awesome beauty-

2 I have heard all about you, Lord.

I am filled with awe by your amazing works.

In this time of our deep need,

help us again as you did in years gone by.

And in your anger,

remember your mercy.

3 I see God moving across the desert

the Holy One coming from [the mountain]

His brilliant splendor fills the heavens,

and the earth is filled with his praise.

4 His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise.

Rays of light flash from his hands,

where his awesome power is hidden.                                               -From Habakkuk 3:2-4 NLT

Let’s respond in worship!

Our Great God


In a world where it seems like every time we turn on the news, another horrific tragedy fills the screen… a world replete with violence, chronic illness… all manor of suffering and sin, it’s easy to let our limp dominate our thoughts and actions… God can seem distant… the things of the Lord hazy and confusing. Life is hard… but God knows and he cares. The single most fulfilling and healthy thing for our souls in such times is to praise him nonetheless. Hear how the prayer in Habakkuk 3 continues:

17-19 Though the cherry trees don’t blossom

and the strawberries don’t ripen,

Though the apples are worm-eaten

and the wheat fields stunted,

Though the sheep pens are sheepless

and the cattle barns empty,

I’m singing joyful praise to God.

I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God.

Counting on God’s Rule to prevail,

I take heart and gain strength.

I run like a deer.

I feel like I’m king of the mountain!                                          -Habakkuk 3:17-19 The Message 

Let’s praise him and remember his promises!

Yes and Amen


Last week pastor Jonah’s sermon culminated in one of the greatest declarations in all of history. Let’s read this glorious truth together:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.                                                 -John 3:16-17 NIV

When we as individuals and families give to God’s church, when we as a church also give to plant new churches and help others carry the gospel across the globe to the Horn of Africa, to Lyon, France, to Mexico, it’s not only an act of trust and obedience, it’s a profound way to participate in the great commission… to imitate our Heavenly Father who so loved the world that he gave everything to save our souls.

Let’s read this aloud together:

King Of Earth and Heaven, we bring you the fruit of our work, trusting that you will use it to enlarge your kingdom here and to the ends of the earth.

If you’re not a Christian, we’re excited that you’re here and we’re not asking for your money. This service is our gift to you. For those who follow Christ, the giving baskets will go around as we continue to sing and worship with our giving 🙂

Grace Upon Grace     


Let’s extend the grace and peace of Jesus to one another — try to spot somebody around you that you don’t know and introduce yourself 🙂



God’s Highway




If you’d like to participate, we invite you to extend a hand and receive this blessing for the road:

7-8 God guards you from every evil,

    he guards your very life.

He guards you when you leave and when you return,

    he guards you now, he guards you always.

[so you may go with confidence in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you!]                                                                                         -Psalm 121:7-8 The Message

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