Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped August 22, 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 from Genesis 3:8-10 in our brand new series Questions From God. Glenda Faith was our Lector.

August 22, 2021 – Jonah Sage – Where Are You from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.

—Prelude: “The Master’s Calling” Key, Leader 

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Good morning! Welcome to Sojourn!

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,

Lord Almighty!

2 My soul yearns, even faints,

    for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God.

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;

    they are ever praising you.

10 Better is one day in your courts

than a thousand elsewhere;

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

the Lord bestows favor and honor;

no good thing does he withhold

from those whose walk is blameless.

12 Lord Almighty,

    blessed is the one who trusts in you.

-Psalm 84:1-4, 10-12 NIV

—Song 2: “10,000 Reasons (up tempo)” Key, Leader



The situation on the ground is fluid right now. Pray for God’s protection over His people.


Ask God to bless our brothers and sisters with discernment as they decide whether to stay or go and even with whom they should talk.


Believers in Afghanistan often must keep their faith a secret — even from family members. Pray that God will help each Afghan believer to connect and fellowship with at least one other believer in person, by phone or through some other technology. Pray that God will remind them that they are not alone, but are part of the global body of Christ.


Pray that God will provide safe passage to those who feel led by God to leave Afghanistan and provide for their immediate needs in their new location.


Pray for military troops that are in or being deployed to Afghanistan right now or have been in recent years. Protect and comfort them as they have laid down their comfort to protect the persecuted.


The Taliban claim to be “true Muslims,” strictly adhering to Sharia (Islamic law). As Muslims in Afghanistan see this cruel face of Islam, pray that they will be drawn to Jesus Christ, the shepherd Savior who doesn’t oppress but instead chose to lay down His life for His sheep.


Though there were probably early Christians from now Western Afghanistan present at Pentecost, they have largely struggled there for two millenia. Pray for the wisdom of front-line workers, and pray that God will open new pathways for them to continue their work under Taliban control.

Heavenly Father we remind you of the word you spoke through the prophet Isaiah: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.”                                                                      –Isaiah 41:10-12

…this is our prayer for the persecuted in Afghanistan and around the world. Amen.

—Song 3: “Psalm 139 (You Hem Me In)” Key, Leader

ASSURANCE: Liturgist

Hear this beautiful word of encouragement:

God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

-Ephesians 6:10b-18 The Message

—Song 4: “What a Beautiful Name” Key, Leader


Let’s greet one another this morning in strength and joy, grace and peace 🙂

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

—Song 5: “Oh to be Loved By Jesus” Key, Leader


—Song 6: “Yes and Amen (up tempo)” Key, Leader


To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you!]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -Rev. 1:5b-6

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