Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped August 16, 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 Acts 6:1-7 in our series on racial justice and reconciliation, Family Matters. We begin with a short “countdown to the gathering” hosted by Deacon Kristen Gilles. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

August 16, 2020 – Jonah Sage – Our Present Problem from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist


Good morning, Sojourn! Today we gather once again to worship our loving God who pursues us and desires deeply for us to know Him and to know His ways, which are life-giving. Let’s read this together as we prepare our hearts to worship our Lord. 

Come, let’s climb God’s mountain.

Let’s go to the Temple of Jacob’s God.

He will teach us how to live.

We’ll know how to live God’s way.

-Micah 4:1-4 (The Message)

As we just read about climbing a mountain to worship God, you may feel like you’ve had to climb a mountain this morning to be here with us, or maybe even just to click this video to watch the service online. If that’s how you feel this morning, I want you to know that when you come before the Lord, He’ll meet you wherever you are. He knows you and cares about you. So let’s boldly and confidently sing to our beautiful, gracious, loving God.

—“Here I Am to Worship” Key, Ryan


Church, God knows your every thought, every desire, every fear, every sin, and He desires to lead you to life. As we read this Psalm together, let’s give ourselves some space to let the Holy Spirit move in us, convict us, and lead us to the life that God has for us. Read along with me now:

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Point out anything in me that offends you,

and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

-Psalm 139:23-24

As we pray silently now, continue to ask God to lead you along the path of everlasting life.

[Silent Prayer]

Let’s sing… 

—Song 2: “Give Us Clean Hands” Key, Kristen


Let’s declare this assurance together as God’s children:

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.

-Ephesians 3:6

No matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter what language you speak, God wants you as His child. He wants to bless you and He is offering you a place at the family dinner table. Trust in Jesus, believe in His Good News, and you – along with people of every tribe, nation and language, can share in God’s immeasurable, infinite riches. Because Jesus reigns, all of this is possible. So let’s sing our praises to Him now.

—Song 3: “He Reigns” Key, Ryan


Hear God’s Word:

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

-Ephesians 3:12

And because our new relationship with God is marked by peace, we have peace with each other. Take a moment and let that peace shine through as you say hello to someone this morning.

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

—Song 4: “Shine Into Our Night” Key, Kristen



Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.  Go now in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you!

-2 Corinthians 13:11

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