Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped Feb 7, 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 Sunday Pastor Jonah Sage preached from Matthew 24-25  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.

February 7, 2021 – Jonah Sage – Death Of Panic from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Themes: God doesn’t slumber or sleep that we might have rest… we don’t have to panic because he is never panicked, we don’t have to worry because he is never worried

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you—

the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night.

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 121:4-8 NIV


—Song 1: “The Master’s Calling vs 1 and chorus/All Creatures of our God and King” Key, Justin


…yet we still worry… we are panicked and anxious…

Lord, your word says that we are like grass, like wildflowers who bloom and die; the wind blows and we are gone. But, Father, your love remains forever. As people who are finite, weak, quick to panic and prone to be anxious, help us to see You, that we may know your steadfastness, your faithfulness, your unfailing love, compassion, and tender mercies. May we never forget the good things you do for us: you forgive our sins, you heal our diseases, you redeem us from death and crown us with love and mercy.

-based on Psalm 103

Lord, even in our work-lives we’re distressed. Our days become filled with pain and grief as we pursue our careers; even at night our minds cannot rest. May your presence fill us with peace so that our souls may be still for your glory; teach us to rest so that we can be present as we commune together as your people.

-based on Ecclesiastes 2 

Holy Spirit, even as we worry about big things, ordinary things, and everything in between, we pray that you will continue the work that you began in us. Produce in us the fruit of the spirit, which is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Continue to sanctify us that we may be mature in Christ, living by the spirit, rather than the flesh.

-based on Galatians 5

(Three specific prayer prompts followed by silent/extemporaneous congregational prayer)

—Song 2: “I Have to Believe” Key, Meg


Hear this stunning word from the Lord:

…I, your God,

have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go.

I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic.

I’m right here to help you.’

14-16 “Do you feel like a lowly worm, Jacob?

Don’t be afraid.

Feel like a fragile insect, Israel?

I’ll help you.

I, God, want to reassure you.

The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel.

I’m transforming you from worm to harrow,

from insect to iron.

As a sharp-toothed harrow you’ll smooth out the mountains,

turn those tough old hills into loamy soil.

You’ll open the rough ground to the weather,

to the blasts of sun and wind and rain.

But you’ll be confident and exuberant,

expansive in The Holy of Israel!

-Isaiah 41:13-16 The Message

—Song 3: “There is a Peace” Key, Meg


…may we richly embrace that peace as we greet one another here in person and via text, phone, comment on the facebook live feed, etc 🙂

——————————————   [SERMON & COMMUNION]   —————————————–

—Song 4: “Raise Our Song (Power In Jesus Name)” Key, Justin



May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – peace be with you!]

                         –1 Th. 3:12-13

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