Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped 12-11-2022

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 Sunday, Pastor Jonah Sage preached on Hebrews 4:15b.

—Prelude: “Joy To The World” Key, Leader


Band: Justin, Ryan, Steve, Miguel, Joe on bass, female vocalist?


CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Candle of Joy


Good morning! Peace be with you! Today’s the third Sunday advent…


Praise the Lord!


Let all that I am praise the Lord.

 I will praise the Lord as long as I live.

    I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.


Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;

    there is no help for you there.

When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,

    and all their plans die with them.

But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,

    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He made heaven and earth,

    the sea, and everything in them.

    He keeps every promise forever.

He gives justice to the oppressed

    and food to the hungry.

The Lord frees the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.

    The Lord loves the godly.

The Lord protects the foreigners among us.

    He cares for the orphans and widows,

    but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.


The Lord will reign forever.

    He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.


Praise the Lord!


Psalm 146 NLT


Be prepared to stall in case the kids are not fully assembled 


—Song 2: “Three Kids Choir Songs. Hosanna, Go Tell It, O Come Let Us Adore Him (three refrains)” Key, Leader



Wilderness and desert will sing joyously,

    the badlands will celebrate and flower—

Like the crocus in spring, bursting into blossom,

    a symphony of song and color.

Mountain glories of Lebanon—a gift.

    Awesome Carmel, stunning Sharon—gifts.

God’s resplendent glory, fully on display.

    God awesome, God majestic.


Energize the limp hands,

    strengthen the rubbery knees.

Tell fearful souls,

    “Courage! Take heart!

God is here, right here,

    on his way to put things right

And redress all wrongs.

    He’s on his way! He’ll save you!”


Blind eyes will be opened,

    deaf ears unstopped,

Lame men and women will leap like deer,

    the voiceless break into song.

Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness,

    streams flow in the desert.

Hot sands will become a cool oasis,

    thirsty ground a splashing fountain.

Even lowly jackals will have water to drink,

    and barren grasslands flourish richly.


There will be a highway

    called the Holy Road.

No one rude or rebellious

    is permitted on this road.

It’s for God’s people exclusively—

    impossible to get lost on this road.

    Not even fools can get lost on it.

No lions on this road,

    no dangerous wild animals—

Nothing and no one dangerous or threatening.

    Only the redeemed will walk on it.

The people God has ransomed

    will come back on this road.

They’ll sing as they make their way home to Zion,

    unfading halos of joy encircling their heads,

Welcomed home with gifts of joy and gladness

    as all sorrows and sighs scurry into the night.

Isaiah 35, The Message


——————————————   [SERMON]   ——————————————-


—Song 3: “What Child Is This” Key, Leader



Today’s sermon taught us that the humanity of Jesus frees us to pray honestly and wait patiently. Now let’s recite the Nicene Creed together aloud:


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 and the Son

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.

COMMUNION: Liturgist

Because Jesus invites us into an enduring way of life that ends in a wedding feast, we announce the mystery of faith, and we can also experience it. In the Lord’s supper, we are invited to remember that Christ’s very presence is available to us. Let’s turn our minds and imaginations to the night that our Lord Jesus was betrayed. He 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 announce the mystery of faith together (say this 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. Our tradition is to take a piece of bread and dip it in the juice or wine – the wine will be marked by twine. If you are not a Christian, we ask you to wait and consider the Lord’s invitation for you today. 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. 

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


—Song 4: ”Great Things (Mary)” Key, Leader




—Song 5: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” Key, Leader



Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. [Go in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you

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