Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped July 11, 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 Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9 in our series Wise. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

July 11, 2021 – Jonah Sage – Wisdom Of Money from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: “My Maker and My King” Key, Leader

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning! Welcome to Sojourn! Once again we gather to worship our beautiful God, who is faithful, good, and unchanging through the ages. Whether you’re here today feeling glad and joyful, or feeling weighed down with the heavy burdens of life, God’s word will always stand true. Let’s hear this psalm now:

I will praise the Lord at all times.

I will constantly speak his praises.

I will boast only in the Lord;

let all who are helpless take heart.

Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;

    let us exalt his name together.

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.

He freed me from all my fears.

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;

    no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;

he saved me from all my troubles.

For the angel of the Lord is a guard;

    he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Fear the Lord, you his godly people,

    for those who fear him will have all they need.

Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,

but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.                       Psalm 34:1-10 (NLT)

—Song 2: “Psalm 34 (Taste and See)” Key, Leader


Hear God’s Word:

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.

The world and all its people belong to him.

For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas

and built it on the ocean depths.

Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?

Who may stand in his holy place?

Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,

who do not worship idols

and never tell lies.

They will receive the Lord’s blessing

and have a right relationship with God their savior.

Such people may seek you

and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.

Psalm 24:1-6 (NLT) 

The truth is that we could never climb the mountain to reach God on our own. We could never clean our hands or purify our hearts enough to make ourselves righteous before God. But God was gracious and made a way for us through his Son, reaching down to us so that we no longer have to try climbing that mountain. Since we know Jesus is mediating for us, let’s come boldly before God to confess our sins, and ask him to reveal sin that you may not even be aware of. Let’s pray.

[A few moments of silent prayer]

—Song 3: “Nothing Without You” Key, Leader


Let’s hear of how our generous, loving God freed us through his Son:

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

Ephesians 1:3-10 (The Message)

God has made us abundantly free through Christ. Let’s lift our voices in song!

—Song 4: “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” Key, Leader


Greet each other now in the peace of Christ, knowing that God has lavished his love on you.

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

—Song 5: “All I Have Is Yours” Key, Leader 


—Song 6: “Solid Rock” Key, Leader


May the Lord bless you

and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you

and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor

and give you his peace. [Peace be with you!]              

Numbers 6:24-26

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