Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped September 6, 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 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 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.

September 6, 2020 – Jonah Sage – Privilege Of Reconciliation from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Justin & Meg


1 I love you, Lord;

you are my strength.

2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;

my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.

He is my shield, the power that saves me,

and my place of safety.

3 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,

and he saved me from my enemies.

-Psalm 18:1-3 NLT

—Song 2: “Ain’t No Grave” Key, Meg


*Confessions and lamentations have been necessarily heavy during this series . This week may be an opportunity to specifically offer a soft landing place to those who are legitimately trying with regards to race, covid, and what it means to be a Christian during this time.

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger

or discipline me in your wrath.

2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;

heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.

3 My soul is in deep anguish.

How long, Lord, how long?

4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me;

save me because of your unfailing love.

5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name.

Who praises you from the grave?

6 I am worn out from my groaning.

All night long I flood my bed with weeping

and drench my couch with tears.

7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow;

they fail because of all my foes.

8 Away from me, all you who do evil,

for the Lord has heard my weeping.

9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;

the Lord accepts my prayer.

10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;

they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

-Psalm 6 NIV

—Song 3: “Farther Along” Key, Justin


Though we’re fallen short in many ways, God didn’t wait for us to clean up our mess; no, He adopted us, mess and all, into His family! That’s a real love, unlike any other!! Listen to this amazing truth:

Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us.

—adapted from Ephesians 1:4-6 

Even though He KNEW we would fail, He chose us. Even though He KNEW we would run away, He adopted us. Even though He KNEW we would never measure up on our own, He showered us with his kindness. Let’s sing!

—Song 4: “The Love of God” Key, Justin


Let’s greet one another in the grace and love of God 🙂

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


—Song 5: “You Don’t Love God if you Don’t Love Your Neighbor into Fellowship So Deep (chorus only)” Key, Meg and the boys



 Eph. 3:17-19 – (May) Christ dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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