Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped June 14, 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 Philippians 1:27-30 in our series Prison Poems: Citizens Of Joy In Circumstances Of Suffering. 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.

2020-06-14 07-11-00 from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Brief Instrumental Prelude

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning! (Welcome with true joy at our reunion

1-3 How wonderful, how beautiful,

when brothers and sisters get along!

It’s like costly anointing oil

flowing down head and beard,

Flowing down Aaron’s beard,

flowing down the collar of his priestly robes.

It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon

flowing down the slopes of Zion.

Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing,

ordains eternal life.

-Psalm 133 The Message

Let’s sing together 🙂

—Song 2: “Amazing Grace” Key, Leader


When we’re confronted with the holiness of God, we either get right with him as the old saying goes, or we get REAL uncomfortable. Before Christ, this meant almost certain death… thanks be to God that through Christ, his life, death, resurrection, his dwelling with his people, HIS intercession for his people, being in God’s presence is the safest, most secure place to be! Knowing that, let’s spend a few moments considering exactly where we need to experience his grace in or sin and suffering.

[Moment of Silence]

I know it’s hard to sing with masks on, but God’s gift of singing has crumbled walls, comforted those who mourn, and lifted spirits for thousands of years. If it’s just too hard to sing… imagine the heavenly chorus erupting around the throne of God! Let’s sing

—Song 3: “Let Justice Roll” Key, Leader

(Dramatic reading after second refrain)

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

-1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 NIV



16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted;

-John 3:16-18A The Message

In 1-2 Sentences: “”

—Song 4: “Yes and Amen” Key, Leader


When we pass the peace…

This is going to be hard, but it’s WORTH IT church. For those who are participating online, keep doing what you’ve been doing 🙂

For those in the room, please just be mindful to honor the boundaries that your sisters and brothers are comfortable with and try to stick to the guidelines as you greet one another in the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus 🙂

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

—Song 5: “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love/Bind Us Together (tag)” Key, Leader


May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!] -Rom. 15:5-6

Thanks for being with us this morning. Please stay in your seats and wait for an usher to dismiss you by rows.

—Instrumental Postlude

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