Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped July 17, 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, Libby Thorngate, and Lindsey Blair).

This week Pastor John Starke from the Apostles Church Uptown in New York was our guest preacher. He preached from John 21:1-18 in our summer sermon series The One That Changed Me (a different sermon text each week, from a different preacher, about a passage of the Bible that changed their life).

—Prelude: “Hope To Carry On”

Welcome! God has indeed given us hope to carry on through His Son, Jesus. Let’s hear and read together the Word of the Lord:

Great and marvelous are your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous deeds have been revealed.

-Revelation 15:3b-4 NLT

Amen! Let’s worship Him now!

—Song 2: “Lord You’re Mighty” Key, Leader

Heart these words from Jesus:

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

-Matthew 22:37-40 NLT
Take a moment to consider these words…..

[10 seconds of silence]

We have all fallen short in loving God and loving each other…. yet we know this about our patient, loving God:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

-1 John 1:9 NIV

May we turn our eyes and hearts to Jesus as we continue singing of his goodness and faithfulness.

—Song 3: “Power to Redeem”

Though we’ve all fallen short, 2 Timothy tells us this:

This is a trustworthy saying:

If we die with him,
we will also live with him.
If we endure hardship,
we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny who he is.

-2 Timothy 2:11-13 NLT

No matter how bad you screw up, no matter your circumstances, God loves you. We can trust that He will always remain faithful, keeping His promises throughout the ages. And His love never fails. He’s unchanging. He’s patient with us, leading us to life as we trust in Him. Let’s sing.

—Song 4: “Promises”

PEACE: Band Member
Once we were estranged from God, but Jesus not only made peace for us, he invited us into his family. Family, greet each other in the grace and peace of Christ

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

—Song 5: “Jesus Paid It All” Key, Leader


—Song 6: “Where Your Praise Never Ends” 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.

-Hebrews 13:20-21 NLT

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