Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped 2-6-22

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 here  (you can also see a video of our sermon alone, below).

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 Psalm 82 in our series entitled Desecrated.

—Prelude: “All of Creation” Key, Justin


CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist


Good morning! Welcome to Sojourn! We gather, along with all of creation, to worship the God who doesn’t need us, but loves us so much that he sent his son for us…


1-3 Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!”

Angels listen as I sing my thanks.

I kneel in worship facing your holy temple

and say it again: “Thank you!”

Thank you for your love,

    thank you for your faithfulness;

Most holy is your name,

most holy is your Word.

The moment I called out, you stepped in;

you made my life large with strength.

4-6 When they hear what you have to say, God,

all earth’s kings will say “Thank you.”

They’ll sing of what you’ve done:

“How great the glory of God!”

And here’s why: God, high above, sees far below;

no matter the distance, he knows everything about us.

-Psalm 138:1-6 The Message


—Song 2: “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” Key, Justin


CONFESSION:  Band Member

Hear the Word of the Lord spoken through the prophet Isaiah:


6 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other,


“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!

The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.


5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”


(Brief prompt and moment of silent prayer)


6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”


8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”


I said, “Here I am. Send me.”


We too, are messengers… we are messengers of the good news that Jesus saves sinners like you and I and invites us into a new life with him in his kingdom! Let’s sing, asking the Lord to spark our imagination, curiosity, creativity and vision of the good life with him.


—Song 3: “Be Thou My Vision” Key, Leader


ASSURANCE: Liturgist

Themes: The most important teaching!


1 Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. 2 It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.


3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.

-1 Corinthians 15:1-2a, 3-8 NLT


—Song 4: “How Great Thou Art (Big Gospel, Full Voices)” Key, Ryan


Let’s take a moment to welcome one another in God’s grace and peace 🙂


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


—Song 5: “For the Beauty of the Earth” Key, Leader




—Song 6: “Ancient of Days” Key, Ryan



58 With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!] 

    -1 Corinthians 15:58 The Message

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