Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped February 28, 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 26:30-46  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 28, 2021 – Jonah Sage – Death Of Delusion from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Themes: The Passion of Christ – God’s redemption plan – The basics

23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!

All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

24 For he has not despised or scorned

the suffering of the afflicted one;

he has not hidden his face from him

but has listened to his cry for help.

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;

-Psalm 22:23-25a NIV

—Song 1: “Psalm 139 (You Hem Me In)” Key, Leader


[Spoken Text] 

14-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.

17-20 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

-Romans 7:14-20 The Message 

—Song 2: “O Help My Unbelief” Key, Leader



1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

3-4 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.

The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.

-Romans 8:1-7 The Message

—Song 3: “Power in the Blood” Key, Leader


And by God’s power we are united and at peace in Christ! Let’s enjoy a few moments of fellowship in that sweet reality now and welcome… 🙂

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

—Song 4: “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Vs 1 only)/My Soul Arise” Key, Leader



May God, who puts all things together,

    makes all things whole,

Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus,

    the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant,

Who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd,

    up and alive from the dead,

Now put you together, provide you

    with everything you need to please him,

Make us into what gives him most pleasure,

    by means of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah.

All glory to Jesus forever and always!

[…in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you!]

       -Hebrews 13:20-21

Previous post:

Next post: