Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped March 7, 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 Lindsey Blair and Rebekah Carroll.

This Sunday Pastor Bobby Gilles preached from Matthew 26:47-68  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.

March 7, 2021 – Bobby Gilles – Death Of Dependability – HD 1080p from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Themes: Third  Sunday of Lent

Good morning, friends, and welcome to Sojourn on this third Sunday of Lent. Whether you are worshiping online or here in person today, we come together and remember that we worship a God who has made a way for us to experience His peace and His presence here and now.

This is what God says,

the God who builds a road right through the ocean,

who carves a path through pounding waves,

The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—

they lie down and then can’t get up;

they’re snuffed out like so many candles:

“Forget about what’s happened;

don’t keep going over old history.

Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.

It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,

rivers in the badlands.

Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’

—the coyotes and the buzzards—

Because I provided water in the desert,

rivers through the sunbaked earth,

Drinking water for the people I chose,

the people I made especially for myself,

a people custom-made to praise me.

-Isaiah 43: 16-21, The Message

Let’s worship together, Church!

—Song 1: “Rock of Ages” Key, Leader

We are loved and held by God, right where we are, but because of His transforming love and abounding grace, He doesn’t leave us where we are.  Let’s spend a few moments acknowledging the ways that we have fallen short.


Holy and merciful God, we confess to you and to one another,

That we have sinned by our own fault, in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done,

And by what we have left undone.

We confess to you, O God, that we have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength,

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others

As we have been forgiven.

We confess to you, O God.

For all of our past unfaithfulness:

The pride, hypocrisy, and impatience in our lives.

We confess to you, O God.

For our self-indulgent appetites and ways of our exploitation of other people,

We confess to you, O God.

For our  anger at our own frustration and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,

We confess to you, O God.

For our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts and our dishonesty in daily life and work,

We confess to you, O God,

For our negligence in prayer and worship and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,

We confess to you, O God.


If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins,

O Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness;

Therefore you are feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

And in his word I put my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord

More than watchmen wait for the morning,

More than watchmen wait for the morning.

  • Psalm 130: 3-6, NIV

—Song 2: “Psalm 51” Key, Leader



God the creator gives new life, He forgives and redeems. Let’s take a moment to remember the hope that we cling to in Christ.

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners,

Christ died for us. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness

And brought us into the kingdom of Son he loves,

In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

-Romans 5:8, Colossians 1:13-14, Romans 5:1, Romans 8:1, NIV

This is  Good News, Church! Let’s sing these words together.  I hope that you can open your heart  and receive His love for you this morning! Believe these words are true….

—Song 3: “How He Loves” Key, Leader


God has brought us, through Christ, into the forever family of God. We are at peace with God, and can share God’s peace with one another. Let’s take a moment to greet each other and extend that peace to our brothers and sisters. If you are watching from home, text a friend, or leave a greeting of peace in the comment section of our live feed.

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

—Song 4: “Hope to Carry On” Key, Leader 



Please extend both hands…

To him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Go now in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.

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