Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped Jan 24, 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 Matthew 23:13-39 (the 7 woes of judgment) 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 24, 2021 – Bobby Gilles – Death of False Zeal Phonies from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Justin video

…brief welcome…

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,

or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,

or weighed the mountains on the scales

and the hills in a balance?

13 Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord,

    or instruct the Lord as his counselor?

14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,

and who taught him the right way?

Who was it that taught him knowledge,

or showed him the path of understanding?

15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;

    they are regarded as dust on the scales;

    he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

-Isaiah 40:12-15 NIV

…but the Lord’s rule and reign with his bride, his church, is forever! Let’s praise him!

—Song 1: “Great Are You Lord” Key, Ryan


Let’s recite Psalm 23 together, grounding ourselves on the immovable care and provision of our loving Father:

23 The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

3 He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord


-Psalm 23 NKJV 

—Song 2: “How Great Thou Art” Key, Ryan

ASSURANCE & GIVING: Justin video

Let’s recite the apostles’ creeds together. This is what we believe:  

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

      who was conceived by the Holy Spirit

      and born of the virgin Mary.

      He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      was crucified, died, and was buried;

      he descended to hell.

      The third day he rose again from the dead.

      He ascended to heaven

      and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

      From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      the universal church,

      the communion of saints,

      the forgiveness of sins,

      the resurrection of the body,

      and the life everlasting. Amen.


—Song 3: “Come Ye Sinners” Key, Ryan


As we just sang, we’re a needy people. If there’s a silver lining to suffering, it’s that it makes us profoundly aware of that fact; we KNOW we need God, we KNOW we need each other. Though it takes extra effort now, and though it may seem insignificant, don’t underestimate the value of reaching out in brotherly/sisterly love and affection. Let’s extend a warm grace and peace to one another now 🙂


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


—Song 4: “Fall on the Rock” Key, Ryan 



Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely (may he grant you a humble curiosity), and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless (major on the majors as pastor Bobby put it) at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (that you might get more of Christ in the meantime). He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you! (from 1 Th. 5:23-24 with excerpts from the sermon)

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