Church Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped February 23, 2020

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 Pastor Travis McGowan preached from Matthew 14:1-12 in our series Stories Of Jesus: New Life In A New Family. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

February 23 2020 – Travis McGowan – Stories of Jesus 5 from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: “Get Up John” D, Justin 

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Themes: God’s love and nearness in the midst of suffering and persecution…

Good morning! Welcome to Sojourn! I’m Justin, one of the deacons here, and we want to invite you to experience God together with us as we hear his word and respond in song together. Because of Jesus… who he is and what he has accomplished… we may sing, proclaim, and pray boldly together with Christians who have gone before us, and Christians throughout the world. Let’s declare God’s word together, reading the underlined portions aloud:

13 …I pray to you, Lord,

in the time of your favor;

in your great love, O God,

    answer me with your sure salvation.

16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;

    in your great mercy turn to me.

-Psalm 69:13,16 NIV

Let’s sing!

—Song 2: “Great Are You Lord” G, Justin

LAMENT/PRAYER:  Justin & Janna

It’s right to celebrate all God is and what he has done for us and each other, but we know that things are not yet as they should be. Thanks be to God we have a savior who identifies completely with the depths of our trials. Hear the desperation in the Psalmist’s prayer:

1 Save me, O God,

for the waters have come up to my neck.

2 I sink in the miry depths,

where there is no foothold.

I have come into the deep waters;

the floods engulf me.

3 I am worn out calling for help;

my throat is parched.

My eyes fail,

looking for my God.                                                                                                        -Psalm 69:1-3 NIV

Let’s take a moment… [lament persecution and suffering and intercessory prayer for Christians and missionaries facing persecution]

—Song 3: “Faithful” D, Janna



4 I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. 5 Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge. 6 This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true. 7 Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 9 God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                               -1 Corinthians 1:4-9 NLT

In 1-2 Sentences: “”

—Song 4: “We Are Listening” G, Justin


Friends we have peace with God… even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances. Let’s welcome one another now in God’s grace and peace 🙂

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

—Song 5: “Intentional into a tag of Forever (Chris Tomlin)” G, Justin


—Song 6: “The Anthem” Key, Janna


23 Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters, and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness. 24 May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ. [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!]                      -Ephesians 6:23-24

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