Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped January 3, 2021

by Kristen 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 written by Rebekah Carroll.

This Sunday Pastor Bobby Gilles preached from Romans 12:4-18 in our Christmas & Epiphany series Finding Hope: How To Experience Christ Like Never Before. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

January 3, 2021 – Bobby Gilles – Christ In The Church from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning Sojourn, and Happy New Year! I’m sure most of us are more than happy to part ways with 2020. As we step into this new year of 2021, let us remember that our Father has not changed. He is the one constant, the foundation, the rock who has never left our sides this past year or any before it.

Hear this:

25 Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands.

26 They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them.

27 But you are always the same; you will live forever.

28 The children of your people will live in security. Their children’s children will thrive in your presence.

  • Psalm 102: 25-28, NLT

The unchanging king of the universe is ready and willing to walk into this new year with us. Let us remember that he came to the earth for one purpose – to provide a way for each of us to be in right standing with God. Let’s worship our king.  

—Song 1: “Glory Be” Key, Leader


Even with the fresh start of the new year, many of us are struggling. Maybe you spent your first holiday season separated from your family due to quarantine or social distancing restrictions. Maybe this was your first holiday after losing a loved one. Maybe the stress and worry you have felt over the past several months became too much for you to bear. Nothing feels as it should. Let us bring these things and more before our Father:

Lord, Commander of the universe,

We are harassed by doubts, fears, unbelief, and spiritual darkness.

Our hearts are full of disquiet and skepticism. We are bitter and long for normalcy to be restored.

It feels as though you are distant. We feel separated from you, our source of joy and peace.

Help us, O Lord, to throw ourselves wholly on you.

  • Adapted from The Valley of Vision

2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed.

3 Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.

-Psalm 61: 2-3, NLT

—Song 2: “Rock of Ages” Key, Leader



As we say goodbye to 2020, we remember that our hope is so much bigger than an earthly year. We have felt darkness these past several months. We have felt separation and unease, but we are NOT tied to these things. Hear these words from Paul:

11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 ye in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

  • Colossians 1: 11-14, ESV

This is good news, Friends! No matter what 2021 has in store for us, Jesus has already done the work of restoring us to our Father. We have freedom, light, and peace. We have a father walking with us and preparing our hearts and minds to do his good work through us. Let us celebrate his awesome plan for our lives. 

—Song 3: “Amen, Amen” Key, Leader


The peace of the Lord meets us exactly where we are, wherever we are. In this particular moment in time, God the Father extends his peace to each of us. Let us share the peace of the Lord with one another. 

Whether you are here in the building with us or joining from home, take a moment to reach out to those around you.

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

—Song 4: “God of This City” Key, Leader



Please extend your hands…

Let us go out into this new year as ambassadors for the God of love. Let us use our unique gifts to be the body of Christ – to serve, worship, and love our savior so that those we encounter will feel the goodness and light that sustain us. Peace be with you.

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