Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped May 17, 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 17 2020 – Jonah Sage – Innocent Church from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: “We’re No Skeletons” Key, Justin & Meg 

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Themes: Peace, joy, comfort, safety, happiness, desire in and through Jesus

6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”

 Let the light of your face shine on us.

7 Fill my heart with joy

    when their grain and new wine abound.

8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,

    for you alone, Lord,

    make me dwell in safety.

-Psalm 4:6-8 NIV

—Song 2: “You’re Beautiful” Key, Meg


20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’

22-24 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.

25-27 “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’

-Luke 15:20-27 The Message

—Song 3: “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood” Key, Justin



17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

-2 Timothy 4:17-18 NIV

—Song 4: “Only Your Blood is Enough” Key, Justin


In Christ we’re safe… what does this mean in our current context? As we just read, as we have experienced, it might mean… relationally it means…

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

—Song 5: “Rescue (Lauren Daigle)” Key, Megh


—Song 6: “Fellowship So Deep into Intentional tag” Key, Justin


For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Go and share this message in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!]                                                                                                                    -Rom. 8:38-39

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