Christian Liturgy 101: Fourth Sunday Of Advent 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, and our Liturgy writing team (Rebekah Carroll, Ryan Marsh, and Lindsey Blair).

This Sunday Pastor Jonah Sage preached from Isaiah 53 in our series Rumors Of Messiah.

—Prelude: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” Key, Leader

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

out of you will come for me

one who will be ruler over Israel,

whose origins are from of old,

from ancient times.”

3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned

until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,

and the rest of his brothers return

to join the Israelites.

4 He will stand and shepherd his flock

in the strength of the Lord,

in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.

And they will live securely, for then his greatness

will reach to the ends of the earth.

5 And he will be our peace

-Micah 5:2b-5a NIV


—Song 2: “What A Wonderful Savior” Key, Leader

CONFESSION:  Band Member

Hear the word of the Lord:

1 Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,

you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.

O God, enthroned above the cherubim,

display your radiant glory

2     to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.

Show us your mighty power.

    Come to rescue us!

3 Turn us again to yourself, O God.

    Make your face shine down upon us.

    Only then will we be saved.

4 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies,

how long will you be angry with our prayers?

5 You have fed us with sorrow

and made us drink tears by the bucketful.

6 You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations.

Our enemies treat us as a joke.

7 Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies.

    Make your face shine down upon us.

    Only then will we be saved.

-Psalm 80:1-7 NLT


—Song 3: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” Key, Leader



Hear what Jesus come to do:


The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can’t get rid of sin. That is what is meant by this prophecy, put in the mouth of Christ:


You don’t want sacrifices and offerings year after year;

you’ve prepared a body for me for a sacrifice.

It’s not fragrance and smoke from the altar

that whet your appetite.

So I said, “I’m here to do it your way, O God,

the way it’s described in your Book.”

When he said, “You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,” he was referring to practices according to the old plan. When he added, “I’m here to do it your way,” he set aside the first in order to enact the new plan—God’s way—by which we are made fit for God by the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus.

-Hebrews 10:5-10 The Message


—Song 4: “O Come All Ye Faithful” Key, Leader



We read this passage earlier in our Call to Worship… hear it restated this way:


And the people will have a good and safe home,

for the whole world will hold him in respect—

Peacemaker of the world!

-Micah 6:4b-5a The Message

Our God is the peacemaker… of… the WORLD – he is surely the peacemaker of your homes, families, friends, neighborhood, and local church. Let’s greet each as daughters and sons of the peacemaker 🙂


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


—Song 5: “You’re Not Alone (Norah Jones)” Key, Leader




—Song 6: “O Holy Night” Key, Leader



Now may the God of peace—

who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,

the great Shepherd of the sheep,

and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—

may he equip you with all you need

for doing his will.

May he produce in you,

through the power of Jesus Christ,

every good thing that is pleasing to him.

All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you!

-Hebrews 13:20-21

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