Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped July 25, 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 9:1-12 in our series Wise. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

—Prelude: “Lead Us, Holy Spirit” Key, Leader

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning sojourn! Peace be with you! This week, you’ve been working, learning… maybe you just got back from vacation or maybe you can’t afford to go on vacation… you’ve experienced a range of human flourishing and suffering… incredible life-giving blessing and aspects that result from the fall and curse. This Sunday, don’t waste the opportunity to experience God’s presence through his word with your church family, the brothers and sisters around you who will be singing not only to God, but also to you… who will be praying not only for themselves, but also for you. Hear the word of the Lord:

Drink the Spirit of God, huge drafts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs!

Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.                                        -Ephesians 5:18c-20 The Message

Let’s worship together!

—Song 2: “King of Glory” Key, Leader


Let’s ask the Spirit to search our hearts, to reveal areas of unconfessed sin and unacknowledged suffering. I invite you to pray aloud with me:

Lord we have said in our hearts,

“There is no God.”

Our thoughts and actions are diluted and tainted;

Not one of us consistently does good.

The Psalmist says: “The Lord looks down from heaven

on all mankind

to see if there are any who understand,

any who seek God.”

In order for us the receive God’s invitation to life, forgiveness, healing, we must acknowledge that: “we have all turned away, all have become corrupt;

    there is no one who does good,

    not even one.”

When we consider the depth of our depravity, and the price you paid to rescue us from Satan, sin, and death, we are overwhelmed with praise and thanksgiving. We praise you will all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Amen.

(from Psalm 14:1-3 ) 

—Song 3: “Farther Along” Key, Leader

ASSURANCE: Liturgist

Hear the apostle Paul praying for the church from a prison cell –

14-19 My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

-Ephesians 3:14-21 The Message

[Smooth transition… music already playing, don’t waste much time before song begins]

—Song 4: “The Love of God” Key, Leader


Let’s spend the next few moments greeting one another in the grace and peace of God 🙂

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

—Song 5: “God in the Dirt” Key, Leader 


—Song 6: “Made A Way” Key, Leader


15-17 So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech. [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!]

         -2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 The Message

Previous post:

Next post: