Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped June 27, 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 week’s liturgy was written by Rebekah Carroll.

This Sunday Pastor Travis McGowen preached Ecclesiastes 4:1-12 to begin our series Wise. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

June 27, 2021 – Travis McGowen – Wisdom Of We from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: “Faithful?” Key, Leader 

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning Sojourn, and peace to you this morning. We’re so glad you’re here. Let’s take just a second to recognize that we all walked into this room carrying LIFE with us. As a church, we come together to share in the heavy burdens as well as the beautiful, breath-taking celebrations. Hear these words: 

1 How good and pleasant it is

when God’s people live together in unity!

2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,

running down on the beard,

running down on Aaron’s beard,

down on the collar of his robe.

3 It is as if the dew of Hermon

were falling on Mount Zion.

For there the Lord bestows his blessing,

even life forevermore.

— Psalm 133

Let’s sing to the Lord in thanks for this beautiful gift of unity with one another.

—Song 2: “Fellowship So Deep” Key, Leader

CONFESSION:  Band Member

God the creator has given us a vision for what life in harmony with Him can and should look like, yet we fail, time and again, to put these guidelines into action. Let’s confess this together:

Lord, too often we let you, and one another, down.

We dare your justice,

mock your mercy,

jeer your patience,

slight your power, and

show contempt for your love.

We even say, “I’m sorry” insincerely and confess our sin flippantly.

We plead your help

to own up to how we have wronged one another, and

to admit how our selfishness has grieved you.

Draw near to us Lord, and show us where we fall short so that we might better fulfill your vision for our lives, our church, and our community.

–Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook

Let’s sing.

—Song 3: “Let Justice Roll Like a River” Key, Leader


Hear these words:

18 Where is another God like you,

who pardons the guilt of the remnant,

overlooking the sins of his special people?

You will not stay angry with your people forever,

because you delight in showing unfailing love.

19 Once again you will have compassion on us.

You will trample our sins under your feet

and throw them into the depths of the ocean!

20 You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love

as you promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago.

–Micah 7: 18-20, NLT

The good news, Church, is that God is an unchanging and tireless source of love and mercy for his people. Jesus stepped in for us and took the punishment so that we could experience a right relationship with our Father. Psalm 103 says that God removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. That’s cause for celebration! Let’s worship our gracious God together!

—Song 4: The Anthem  Key, Leader


We have been made right with God and can bravely pursue a life of hope, peace, and unity with God and one another. Let’s share that peace with one another now.

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

—Song 5: “Is He Worthy/It Is Well vs 1 and refrain” Key, Leader 


—Song 6: “We Are Listening” Key, Leader


As you return to your community, be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Peace be with you!

–Adapted from Romans 12: 15-18

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