Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped January 17, 2021

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 written by Rebekah Carroll.

This Sunday Pastor Sam Huff preached from Matthew 23:1-12 in our series on Matthew 23-28: Finished: The End Of The World And Our Way Of Living With It. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

January 17, 2021 – Sam Huff – Death Of Position from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Themes: Humility of Christ, Hope, walking with Jesus in his humility, MLK Day mention?… “With all the warnings, judgements, losses, and suffering of these chapters, however, there is a consistent theme of hope throughout.”

1 You, God, are my God,

earnestly I seek you;

I thirst for you,

    my whole being longs for you,

in a dry and parched land

where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary

    and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live,

    and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;

with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;

I think of you through the watches of the night.

7 Because you are my help,

    I sing in the shadow of your wings.

8 I cling to you;

    your right hand upholds me.

-Psalm 63:1-8 NIV

—Song 1: “We Shall Not Be Moved” Key, Leader


Today churches throughout our nation are praying together on sanctity of life Sunday… We affirm that all children are precious image bearers of the living God, beautiful and valuable, worthy of protection, love, and compassion. Church, we cannot stand idly by and remain silent when the law of our land does not inherently protect the unborn – and this absolutely contradicts God’s very purpose in creating us. Let us pray for our society, that its terrible defiance of God’s will may come to an end. Let’s pray together:

Heavenly Father, may the Church defend unborn life and proclaim the Gospel’s teaching with clarity and strength to a dangerously confused world. In your mercy, hear our prayer.

May the plight of the unborn move our civil leaders to risk unpopularity and support these precious children’s inalienable right to life. In your mercy, hear our prayer.

May women considering abortion heed the call of the Holy Spirit to share life. We pray for them, in their fear and confusion. In your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the conversion of doctors, nurses, and others who provide abortion services. That their eyes will be opened to the effect of their actions. In your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the gospel will permeate our culture. That we may help women in frightening pregnancies in light of Gospel truth. In your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the healing of women who have had an abortion: through the ministry of the Church may they find hope and reconciliation with their God and with themselves. In your mercy, hear our prayer.

Risen Lord of Life, defend the work of your hands against untimely and undeserved death. Save the unborn who bear your image, and cleanse our society of the scourge of abortion, and breath in us all the breath of new life. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who defeated death, Amen.

—Song 2: “Let Justice Roll” Key, Leader


Themes: God’s favor to the humble…  

“God opposes the proud

but shows favor to the humble.”

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

-1 Peter 5:5b-10 NIV 

—Song 3: “When the Savior Reached Down For Me” Key, Leader


Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14(NLT)

In Christ we are made Holy before God and in Christ we have peace with one another… (In light of today’s political climate, I want people to see the biblical correlation between living at peace and literally seeing the Lord)

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—Song 4: “Empty Me Out” Key, Leader



Charge and call to humility and service…

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

-Colossians 3:12-17

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