Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped July 31, 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 we heard from guest preacher Lisle Drury, Lead Pastor of Sojourn J-Town. Pastor Lisle taught from Proverbs 3:5-6 in our sermon series The One That Changed Me.

—Prelude: “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” Key, Leader


CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist


Good morning and welcome to Sojourn. We’re so glad to see you this morning. There are many things on our minds as we stepped into worship this morning with school starting, viruses spreading, things going on at work, unsettling world news, and so much more that we carry with us this morning. 

Let’s take a moment to rest in the knowledge of the provision of the Lord. Please read the underlined portions with me. 


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

    his love endures forever.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—

    those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

3 those he gathered from the lands,

    from east and west, from north and south.

8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love

    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,

9 for he satisfies the thirsty

    and fills the hungry with good things.

Psalm 107: 1-3, 8-9



Nothing we carried in with us this morning is too large for our God to handle, Amen? Let’s worship. 


—Song 2: “How Great Thou Art” Key, Leader




20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. – Ecclesiastes 2:20-23


Let’s pray: Lord, it is easy to convince ourselves that our toil and our actions are what makes the world go round. We confess that we have lost sight of the role you set apart for us – to be a light in the darkness. Draw us back to you and your design for our lives. Help us to set our hearts on things above. Amen. 


—Song 3: “Shine Into Our Night” Key, Leader





Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3: 1-4


When our attention is drawn in a thousand different directions, we can draw our focus to Jesus – our source of salvation, hope, joy, grace, mercy, and peace. He remains steadfast and faithful, and that is very good news. 


—Song 4: “We Are Listening” Key, Leader


PEACE: Band Member

[Spoken Text]


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


—Song 5: “Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone)” Key, Leader




—Song 6: “Crown Him With Many Crowns” Key, Leader



Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end, and he loves you completely. Turn your focus to him and experience his everlasting joy in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you! 

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