Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped July 12, 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 week’s liturgy was composed by Rebekah Carroll.

This Sunday Pastor Bobby Gilles preached from Philippians 3:1-11 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.

July 12, 2020 – Bobby Gilles – Value Of Christ from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning Sojourn, and peace be with you this morning. Let’s prepare our hearts to worship the Lord who is gracious and so, so good to us. Please read the underlined portions with me.

1 My heart is steadfast, O God;

I will sing and make music will all my soul.

2 Awake, harp and lyre!

I will awaken the dawn.

3 I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;

I will sing of you among the peoples.

4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens;

your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

and let your glory be over all the earth.

Psalm 108: 1-5, NIV

Let’s sing…

—Song 2: Refuge Key, Leader


Hear these words of David… 

1 Save me, O God!

For the waters have come up to my neck.

2 I sink in deep mire,

where there is no foothold;

I have come into deep waters,

and the flood sweeps over me.

3 I am weary with my crying out;

my throat is parched.

My eyes grow dim

with waiting for my God.

Psalm 69: 1-3, ESV

We all too often find ourselves in a place where life feels heavy, burdensome, and frightening. Take a moment to share those fears with the Lord.  

Let’s pray: Father, it’s so easy to get caught up in the world – To feel separated from you – To feel like we’re grasping for truth in everything around us.  

We struggle to fully understand this one simple truth: that you love us and want good things for us. Help us to remember. Help us to see your love for us. Amen.  

—Song 2: “How He Loves” Key, Leader



Revel in this good news, brothers and sisters.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Colossians 2: 13-15, NIV

Christ has triumphed over the old law and offers us new life, free from bondage and shame and full of love and grace. We are made new thanks to one thing: the blood of Christ. Let’s sing.

—Song 3: “In Christ Alone*” Key, Leader


Thanks be to God that we are set free to live lives full of peace and joy. Let’s take a moment to share that peace with one another this morning, whether here in the building or at home.

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

—Song 4: Break Every Chain Key, Leader



Please extend a hand…

Christ alone is sufficient.

May we be strengthened against distractions so that we can walk by his side, listen to his voice, and be clothed in his grace.

In the name of the father, son, and Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you.

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