Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped Palm Sunday 2022

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 full service from our Facebook page (see a video of our sermon alone below).

Worship Director Justin Shaffer directs our liturgy, collaborating with our Creative Staff at Sojourn Church New Albany and our Liturgy writing team (Rebekah Carroll, Ryan Marsh, and Lindsey Blair).

This week we celebrated Palm Sunday, and Pastor Jonah Sage preached from Matthew 16:13-20 to conclude our series Desecrated.

—Prelude: “Fall on the Rock” Key, Leader

CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

    his love endures forever.

2 Let Israel say:

    “His love endures forever.”

19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;

    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord

    through which the righteous may enter.

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;

    you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected

    has become the cornerstone;

23 the Lord has done this,

    and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 The Lord has done it this very day;

    let us rejoice today and be glad.

25 Lord, save us!

    Lord, grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

    From the house of the Lord we bless you.

27 The Lord is God,

    and he has made his light shine on us.

With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession

    up to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will praise you;

    you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

    his love endures forever.

-Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 NIV   

—Song 2: “King of Glory” Key, Leader


—Song 3: “Bless the Lord Who Gives and Takes” Key, Leader


21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 “Say to Daughter Zion,

    ‘See, your king comes to you,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

          -Matthew 21:1-11 NIV

—Song 4: “Hosanna” Key, Leader


…and our humble king ushered in an era of grace and peace that lives on in and through his church even today. Let’s greet one another in the grace and peace of Jesus 🙂 

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

—Song 5: “Hope to Carry On” Key, Leader


—Song 6: “Bless the Lord (Son of Man)” Key, Leader


From Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday,

may God in his infinite mercy

grant you a journey

of renewal and hope;

a time of prayer and reflection;

And joyful anticipation

of our Lord’s resurrection.

May you live and serve this week in remembrance of Christ’s love.

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

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