Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped August 8, 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 Bobby Gilles preached Ecclesiastes 11 and 12 to conclude our series through the book of Ecclesiastes, called Wise: Life As Gift, Not Gain. It was also Baptism Sunday, and we celebrated baptisms across both services. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

August 8, 2021 – Bobby Gilles – Life As Gift from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: “Magnificent Sanctuary Band” Key, Leader

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning Sojourn, and peace be with you. We’re so glad you’re here. You know, from the beginning of time, God the creator has loved to hear his people worship. It is a time where we get to come before our father and tell him what he has done for us. Hear these words: 

1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;

with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;

may I never forget the good things he does for me.

3 He forgives all my sins

and heals all my diseases.

4 He redeems me from death

and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

5 He fills my life with good things.

My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

-Psalm 103: 1-5, NLT

Let’s join the psalmist, David, and praise the Lord with our whole hearts.   

—Song 2: “In Christ Alone” Key, Leader


Despite our desire to love and serve God well, we fall short. Our minds are filled with harmful thoughts. Our tongues lash out. Our hearts wander. No one is free from this burden, so let us join together and confess to our Lord:

Awesome and compassionate God, you have loved us with unfailing, self-giving mercy, but we have not loved you. You constantly call us, but we do not listen. You ask us to love, but we walk away, wrapped in our own concerns. We have strayed from your way — we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

Say this with me:

God of grace, we ask for your forgiveness. Come to us in mercy, and restore our hearts.

–Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook

Let’s sing.

—Song 3: “How Long” Key, Leader



Hear these words:

8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse,

nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve

or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,

so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.

 –Psalm 103: 8-13

Rest assured, Christian, through the work of Jesus on the cross, you have been made right with the Lord. As the apostle Peter reminds us, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

—Song 4: “Your House” Key, Leader


The peace of the Lord is abundant, restorative, and all-consuming. Take a moment to share that peace with one another now.

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

—Song 5: “Great is Thy Faithfulness” Key, Leader



—Song 6: “Where Your Praise Never Ends tag Your House” Key, Leader


We may long to join the eternal party, but much remains before us in this life that the Lord has created for us. Let us live it well and fully so that when we stand before the Lord, we have much to share. Peace be with you.

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