Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped March 29, 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 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 Jonah Sage preached from Matthew 15:21-28 in our series Come Home: Full Life In A Whole Church. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here. In the midst of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we urged people to stay home and sing, pray, recite scripture, give, and listen to the sermon via our live stream on Facebook. 

March 29, 2020 – Jonah Sage – Come Home 3 from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: “Abide” Key, Kristen 

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist


4 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,

extol him who rides on the clouds[b];

rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.

5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,

is God in his holy dwelling.

6 God sets the lonely in families,

he leads out the prisoners with singing;

-Psalm 68:4-6a NIV

—Song 2: “How Great Thou Art” Key, Ryan

LAMENT:  Band Member

As you listen in and worship from your homes, we can acknowledge that things are not as they should be. We may feel burdened by sadness and loneliness, or worried about our physical health and provision for ourselves and for loved ones. Let’s seek the Lord and bring those concerns to Him this morning. Feel free to get on your knees and posture your hearts as we pray this plasm together:

Hear me as I pray, O Lord.

Be merciful and answer me!

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”

And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

Teach me how to live, O Lord.

Lead me along the right path.

I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness

while I am here in the land of the living.

Wait patiently for the Lord.

Be brave and courageous.

Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

-Psalm 27:7, 11, 13-14

Let’s continue to sing, putting our hope in our good and merciful God.

—Song 3: “Merciful God” Key, Ryan



16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.


17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. -1 John 3:16-18

This week alone, your giving has done things like help buy lunches for medical personnel at Baptist Floyd Hospital, and support missionaries in countries that have been harder hit by the virus than we have.

—Song 4: “Psalm 46 (Bifrost)” Key, Justin


7 May there be peace within your walls

    and security within your citadels.”

8 For the sake of my family and friends,

    I will say, “Peace be within you.”

-Psalm 122:7-o8 NIV

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

—Song 5: “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” Key, Justin


—Song 6: “Steadfast” Key, Kristen


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Peace be with you

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