Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped July 19, 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 Jonah Sage preached from Philippians 3:12-21 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 19, 2020 – Jonah Sage – Joy Of Persistence from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: Instrumental 

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning and welcome to sojourn! …

1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

The skies display his craftsmanship.

2 Day after day they continue to speak;

    night after night they make him known.

3 They speak without a sound or word;

their voice is never heard.

4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,

    and their words to all the world.

-Psalm 19:1-4 NLT

So let us keep our eyes on Jesus as we sing together!

—Song 2: “Eyes On the Prize” Key, Meg


[Spoken Text]

3 You can be sure of this:

The Lord set apart the godly for himself.

The Lord will answer when I call to him.

4 Don’t sin by letting anger control you.

Think about it overnight and remain silent.

-Psalm 4:3-4 NLT

…transition, brief moment of confession and reflection… “hear how David continues:”

6 Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”

Let your face smile on us, Lord.

7 You have given me greater joy

    than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.

8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,

    for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

…this enables us to… 

—Song 3: “Made a Way” Key, Ryan


Hear this charge and the amazing reality of what Jesus has done for us!  

1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

3-6 That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next.

-Romans 15:1-5 The Message

So let us sing!   

—Song 4: “Amazing Grace ” Key, Justin


…because God is working all things together for our good, we have peace even in the midst of chaos…

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

—Song 5: “We Will Feast in the House of Zion” Key, Kristen



May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus! [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!]                                            -Romans 5:5-6 The Message

—Postlude: “Far Celestial Shore” Key, Leader

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