Christian Liturgy 101: First Sunday Of Advent 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 Genesis 28:10-22 in our Advent series Finding God: Seeing Christ In The Darkness. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

November 29, 2020 – Jonah Sage – God With Us from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Michael (if you feel like you can, brother)

Themes: Hope, Longing, Anticipation

Welcome to Advent at Sojourn! As God sustains his church and with him and in him we persevere through pandemic, we fix our eyes, and listen for his voice, singing words of hope and comfort  

The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;

never again will you fear any harm.

16 On that day

they will say to Jerusalem,

“Do not fear, Zion;

do not let your hands hang limp.

17 The Lord your God is with you,

the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

but will rejoice over you with singing.”

18 “I will remove from you

all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,

which is a burden and reproach for you.

-Zephaniah 3:15b-18 NIV

In 1-2 Sentences offer a call to hope, a call to look to Jesus, and a call to respond in singing

—Song 1: “O Come All Ye Faithful” Key, Leader

LAMENT:  Justin – Bow and pray pseudo-extemporaneously

…you feel distant… we wait for________

[30 seconds for folks to express their longings and grief in prayer]

…close with a brief petition for restored hope.

—Song 2: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” Key, Leader


Hear this glorious prophecy of our coming King!

2 The people walking in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of deep darkness

a light has dawned.

3 You have enlarged the nation

and increased their joy;

they rejoice before you

as people rejoice at the harvest,

as warriors rejoice

when dividing the plunder.

4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,

you have shattered

the yoke that burdens them,

the bar across their shoulders,

the rod of their oppressor.

5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle

and every garment rolled in blood

will be destined for burning,

will be fuel for the fire.

6 For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the greatness of his government and peace

there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne

and over his kingdom,

establishing and upholding it

with justice and righteousness

from that time on and for ever.

The zeal of the Lord Almighty

will accomplish this.

-Isaiah 9:2-7 NIV

(Sing one more refrain of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel)

—Song 3: “We Three Kings” Key, Leader


Our peace is made complete in Christ… if Christ can overcome our most grievous sin, how can he not overcome our physical distance?! Let’s greet one another with the surpassing peace of Christ 🙂

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

—Song 4: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” Key, Leader



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