Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped May 16, 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 our liturgy included Ascension-themed readings from the previous Thursday’s Ascension Day. Then Pastor Jonah preached Titus 3:12-15 to finish our series This Beautiful Church. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

May 16, 2021 – Jonah Sage – Beautiful Church from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

1 Come, everyone! Clap your hands!

Shout to God with joyful praise!

2 For the Lord Most High is awesome.

He is the great King of all the earth.

3 He subdues the nations before us,

putting our enemies beneath our feet.

4 He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance,

the proud possession of Jacob’s descendants, whom he loves.


5 God has ascended with a mighty shout.

The Lord has ascended with trumpets blaring.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;

sing praises to our King, sing praises!

-Psalm 47:1-6 NLT


—Song 1: “Forever” Key, Leader


[Relatively brief heads bowed, eyes closed prayer]

—Song 2: “Satisfied In You” Key, Leader


Themes: The Ascension of Jesus

1 In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. 3 During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.

4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”

7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

-Acts 1:1-11 NLT 

—Song 3: “I Stand Amazed in the Presence” Key, Leader


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

—Song 4: “Hallelujah What a Savior” Key, Leader

ANNOUNCEMENTS/Bradshaw video: Reader

—Song 5: “You Hem Me In” Key, Leader


15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light soz          that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!]

         -Ephesians 1:15-18 NLT

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