Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped 10-23-22

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 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 Sunday, Pastor Bobby Gilles preached on Hebrews 2:10-13.

—Prelude: “Praise to the Lord the Almighty” Key, Leader


CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist


23 Be glad, people of Zion,

    rejoice in the Lord your God,

for he has given you the autumn rains

    because he is faithful.

He sends you abundant showers,

    both autumn and spring rains, as before.

24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;

    the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,

    and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,

    who has worked wonders for you;

never again will my people be shamed.

27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,

    that I am the Lord your God,

    and that there is no other;

never again will my people be shamed.


-Joel 2:23-24, 26-27 NIV



—Song 2: “I Stand Amazed in the Presence” Key, Leader




1 Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion;

    to you our vows will be fulfilled.

2 You who answer prayer,

    to you all people will come.

3 When we were overwhelmed by sins,

    you forgave our transgressions.


-Psalm 65:1-3 NIV



—Song 3: “So Will I” Key, Leader



——————————————   [HOMILY]   ——————————————-


—Song 4: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”



Let’s join our voices and proclaim that… 


 We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, visible and invisible.


We believe in one Lord,

Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.


For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.


For our sake he was crucified

under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at

the right hand of the Father.


He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father,

who with the Father and the Son

is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.


We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.


—Song 5: “Jireh”


COMMUNION LITURGY: Kara, Ryan, Lindsey 



Let’s pray this together:


Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might, 

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord. 

Hosanna in the highest. 


Bow your heads


Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and when we had sinned against you and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent your only Son Jesus Christ into the world for our salvation. By the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary he became flesh and dwelt among us. In obedience to your will, he stretched out his arms upon the Cross and offered himself once for all, that by his suffering and death we might be saved. By his resurrection he broke the bonds of death, trampling Hell and Satan under his feet. As our great high priest, he ascended to your right hand in glory, that we might come with confidence before the throne of grace.




At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or may break the bread; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing the wine to be consecrated.


On the night that he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat; this is my Body, which is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me.”

Likewise, after supper, Jesus took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you, and for many, for the forgiveness of sins: Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith.



Say this aloud with me:


Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again. 


Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast!

Christ our Passover is sacrificed, once for all upon the Cross.

Therefore let us keep the feast!


As we begin to sing, come forward to receive communion. If you have not been baptized into the family of Christ, don’t come forward. This is a covenant renewal ceremony, where we remember the covenant Christ made with us by the shedding of his blood, the covenant we accepted as we were baptized into his name.

Instead, we urge you to pray to receive Christ, and then tell us afterward so we can prepare you to be baptized and begin celebrating this Love Feast with us in the weeks to come. 

Those of you who need gluten free communion elements will find them over here, to my left and your right. And if you need a hands-free, single serve cup, you’ll find them in this far corner, to my right and your left.


Behold the Lamb of God, 

behold him who takes away the sins of the world. 

Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. 


—Communion Song: “The Anthem” Key, Leader




—Sending Song: “Made Alive” Key, Leader



23 Peace to [you] brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!]

-Galatians 6:23-24 NIV

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