Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped October 3, 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 2:7-8 in our series Sacred. Meagan Baker was our Lector.

—Prelude: “Everything is Yours” Key, Leader


But now, God’s Message,
the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.

the people I made especially for myself,
a people custom-made to praise me.
-Isaiah 43:1-3, 21 The Message

—Song 2: “Beautiful Savior” Key, Leader

LAMENT: Band Member

Human beings are made in God’s image, are made to be representations, representatives, and reminders of the living God – Beautiful people, reflecting a beautiful savior – you and me, our children and our parents, our neighbors and our enemies. One of the reasons old testament law forbade making images or statues of God’s image is because we ourselves are His image bearers. Perhaps the most fundamental aspect of humanity is the inherent dignity and worth imbued into each person by the very hands of the creator… and the fall – our sin and the suffering it produces, twists and subverts that reality to devastating effect. We must acknowledge this if we are to receive God’s renewal. Let’s pray together, reciting the underlined portions aloud with one voice:

Heavenly Father, today we grieve the bodily suffering that we, and people throughout the world endure in our own bodies – Illness, inactivity, malnutrition, and sleep deprivation.
Heal us, strengthen us, feed us, and give us rest.

We repent for the ways we have sinned against our bodies and the bodies of others – Abuse, addiction, violence, sexual sin of all kinds, all manner of subjugation.
Forgive us for treating your image-bearers worse than enemies.

Lord, we have often stood idly by when we see and hear of these abuses.
Lord in your mercy, bring swift justice, comfort, and healing to victims of abuse. Give us courage to stand with the downtrodden and against the oppressor.

God, you have made our bodies to be a temple of the holy spirit, who is in us. We are made by and belong to you, yet we treat our bodies with casual contempt and disdain.
Remind us of our infinite value, body and soul until the day we don our resurrection bodies and this reality is gloriously self-evident. Amen.

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


1 Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. -Hebrews 1:1-3 NLT

In 1-2 Sentences: “”

—Song 4: “Graves Into Gardens” Key, Leader

PEACE: Band Member
Let’s greet one another in the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus, and while you’re at it, tell your neighbor one thing you’re thankful for today 🙂

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

—Song 5: “Here I Am to Worship” Key, Leader


—Song 6: “Is He Worthy” Key, Leader

Jesus [after his resurrection] came and stood among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” [Church, go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!] -John 20-:19b-21

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