Christian Liturgy 101: Epiphany Sunday 2020

by Kristen 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 Pastor Bobby Gilles preached from Psalm 51 in our series, Dangerous Prayers. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

January 5, 2020 – Bobby Gilles-Dangerous Prayers 2 from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: “Create in me a Clean Heart” Key, Jeremy

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Justin and Rebecca

Good morning and welcome to sojourn this Epiphany Sunday! I’m ____ one of the _____ …

Long ago, God spoke to his people through the prophets; now God has spoken to us by the Son.
God made the world through Jesus, the heir of all things and the perfect reflection of God’s glory.

The Son is the exact representation of God’s being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Praise God for the gift of the Son.
We welcome the Light of the world!

Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, in the land of Judah during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterward some men who studied the stars came from the east to Jerusalem and asked:
Where is the baby born to be King of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the East and we have come to worship him.                                                     -From Matthew 2:1-2 GNB

Let us all worship the Christ who was born to be our King.

—Song 2: “This is the Christ” Bb, Meg


The star that led the Magi to the stable announced to the world that its Saviour was born. Today we live in a world that is still covered by darkness, and still needing to make that journey to the stable door. Let us confess and pray that our lives reflect his light day by day, as we seek to serve where he has placed us.

Almighty and merciful God,
We confess that we have fallen short

in both our actions and our inactions.
We recognize that in Jesus our light
has come,
Yet often we choose to walk in the shadows
and ignore the light.
Gracious God, forgive our sins
And remove from us the veil of darkness
which shrouds our lives.
Illumine us by your Word that we might encounter Jesus,
Shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory,

And be the means through which others can encounter Jesus Christ. Amen. (from Psalm 139)

—Song 3: “Psalm 51” Gm/Bb, Rebecca


Let’s declare this powerful assurance together:

In sorrow so deep we cannot find our way out,
 God cradles us in comfort;
in moments so dark, we stumble over ourselves,
God lights the way;
in joy which cascades into our souls,
God fills us with healing.
Even when we cannot see it, God’s hope is all around us, surrounding us with peace and healing.

Thanks be to God, we are forgiven!  Amen!

As a forgiven, beloved people who no longer strive in vain to earn God’s approval but enjoy the privilege of living life to the fullest, worshipping God in full confidence through Christ as fully approved, let’s continue to sing his praises as the giving baskets are passed around 🙂

—Song 4: “Taste and See” C, Justin & Ryan & All Voices


Jesus came to give light to those who sit in darkness and to guide us to the path of peace. As sojourners who have been led to God’s peace, let’s greet each other with Christ’s peace.

(From Luke 1:79)

——————————————   [SERMON & COMMUNION]   ——————————————-

—Song 5: “Psalm 55 (That I Had Wings Like a Bird” Key, Rebecca/Everybody


—Song 6: “Psalm 139 – You Hem Me In” Key, Rebecca


As we go out today and feast together, our benediction is more of a charge and an encouragement – Our worship does not end as the songs and sermon conclude, or even when we walk out the doors later, but continues as we live a worshipful life unto the Lord throughout the week with character, creativity, and in community in response to our Lord’s great compassion.

If you are in Christ, go in the assurance that God has cleansed you through the blood of Jesus and you are free to live a good life in him! If you’ve never experienced the gift of forgiveness or you’re not sure, come to Jesus, friend, and find new life. Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you!

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