Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped, Mothers Day 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 can also see a video of our sermon alone, from Vimeo).

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

This Sunday Pastor Jonah Sage preached from Matthew 17:14-20 in our series Come Home: Full Life In A Whole Church. We begin with a short “countdown to the gathering” hosted by Deacon Lindsey Blair and Pastor Bobby Gilles. 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. And by early afternoon Sundays, we upload the sermon video and manuscript PDF to Rightnow Media. 

May 10, 2020 – Jonah Sage – Healing Power Of The Church from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: “Lord Protect My Child” Key, Justin 

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Welcome to sojourn and Happy Mother’s Day! Let’s rally around God’s word, and hear how the Psalmist describes our steady and constant father and Lord:

1 We praise you, God,

    we praise you, for your Name is near;

    people tell of your wonderful deeds.

2 You say, “I choose the appointed time;

it is I who judge with equity.

3 When the earth and all its people quake,

it is I who hold its pillars firm.                                                                              -Psalm 75:1-4 NIV

Let’s sing!

—Song 2: “Build My Life” Key, Ryan

PRAYER:  Kristen, Justin, Kristen

Heavenly Father, we give thanks today for mothers!

Thank you for the mothers who gave birth to us,

and women who have treated us as their own children.

You teach us how to be good mothers,

cherishing and protecting the children among us.

Help us mother lovingly, fairly, wisely and with great joy.

Help us raise our children to be the people they are born to be. 

We need your comfort here today, God,

because some are missing mothers, some are missing children,

some are parted by distance or death.

Comfort those who have given up their child for adoption,

or are grieving the loss of a child through abortion.

Comfort those who longed to be biological mothers, and could not.

We pray for those here whose mothers have disappointed them;

we ask for grace in relationships where there is pain and bitterness,

for healing in relationships where there is abuse and violence.

Help our congregation be a space where people can feel mothered,

their gifts and talents appreciated and nurtured. 

Finally, we pray today for mothers around the world;

mothers who cannot feed their children,

mothers who are homeless or without a homeland;

mothers who must teach their children about the dangers of bombs, bullets, and disease.

Come quickly Lord Jesus to usher in a world of peace and plenty.

God of mothers, who created mothers, who came as a child and had a mother,

God our comforter who comforts “as a mother comforts her child,”

loving us with a sweeter and deeper love than we have ever known,

hear our prayer. In the gentle power of Christ Jesus our Lord we pray, Amen.

—Song 3: “May Your Power Rest on Me” Key, Kristen


My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

-Lamentations 3:20-24

…as we have just read, the love that God our Father has for us never ends, and he has great faithfulness towards us, his children. As the giving baskets are passed around, let’s sing.

—Song 4: “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us” Key, Kristen


When we pass the peace, we’re participating in an age old tradition, rooted in scripture, of profound meaning and significance. We were once hostile toward God and each other, but through Christ, he has reconciled us to God and one another. In a way, our comments on the facebook feed, texts, etc are a substitute for the hugs and handshakes that communicate more than words… but let’s together believe that God will turn that water into wine as it were and bless our efforts to communicate and stay connected. Mothers, we’re especially grateful for you today! Let’s take a few moments to pass the peace 

——————————————   [SERMON & COMMUNION]   ———————————–

—Song 5: “God in the Dirt” Key, Justin 


—Song 6: “Majesty” Key, Ryan


Go into your week,

knowing that you are embraced by the love of God;

a love that is sweeter and more tender

than any you have ever known

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you!

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