Christian Liturgy 101: Second 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.

2020 – Jonah Sage – The Name Of God from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning, and welcome to Sojourn! Today, the 2nd Sunday of Advent, we join Christians around the world in lighting the candle of PEACE. Let us remember and rejoice that our God is present where we are by grace and peace. His servant Zechariah celebrated the coming, the nearness of the Christ, as we read from the book of Luke: 

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,

for he has visited and redeemed his people

and has raised up a horn of salvation for us

in the house of his servant David,

(Let’s read this together)

that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,

might serve him without fear,

in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

-Luke 1:68-69, 74-75

God came near to ordain his great plan of salvation… and he can overcome our social distance that we may feel near to him and near to one another – let’s sing.

—Song 1: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” Key, Hannah


Here, we see things darkly, our hopes are obscured by the suffering that surrounds us and by the sinful longings of our own hearts. We depart from God’s desires and our hopes and desires are distorted.

Give us a hunger for Christ and open our eyes to enjoy true freedom in him. May we can find satisfaction in the Gospel and cling to Christ alone, as we navigate this scary, messy world and long for Christ’s return. Amen.

Take a moment to silently confess your sins, to grieve the sorrow that weighs you down, and fall into the loving arms of Jesus to receive his comfort.


Let’s sing together, and make this song our prayer.

—Song 2: “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” Key, Ryan


Hear the vivid imagery God gives us in his Word:

Because of God’s tender mercy,

the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,

to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,

and to guide us to the path of peace.”                                                    -Luke 1:78-80 (NLT)

Christ, the morning light, has come and brought us out of darkness – defeating death – and is guiding us in the path to peace. This is good news for us friends… we need a savior, a guide, a LORD, and his name is JESUS!

May we sing and give all we have as an outpouring of gratitude for the gift of our Savior.

—Song 3: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” Key, Ryan


Hear the word of the Lord:       

…suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”                                                                                                          -Luke 2:13-14

Let’s greet one another as a celebration, a proclamation, a declaration 😉 of the peace a baby in a manger has brought us 🙂

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

—Song 4: “What Child is This?” Key, Hannah 



2 [Your] help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

5 The Lord watches over you—

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.                                                     -Psalm 121:2-3, 5a, 7-8

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