Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped 12-18-22

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 Jonah Sage preached on Hebrews 4:16a.

—Prelude: “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” Key, Leader


CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

Candle of Love


Good morning! Peace be with You! Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent…


A song to our strong God!

    a shout to the God of Jacob!

Anthems from the choir, music from the band,

    sweet sounds from lute and harp,

Trumpets and trombones and horns:

    it’s festival day, a feast to God!

A day decreed by God,

    solemnly ordered by the God of Jacob.

He commanded Joseph to keep this day

    so we’d never forget what he did in Egypt.


    I hear this most gentle whisper from One

    I never guessed would speak to me:


6-7 “I took the world off your shoulders,

    freed you from a life of hard labor.

You called to me in your pain;

    I got you out of a bad place.

I answered you from where the thunder hides,

    I proved you at Meribah Fountain.


-Psalm 81:1-7 The Message



—Song 2: “We Three Kings” Key, Leader




Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,

    you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.

O God, enthroned above the cherubim,

    display your radiant glory

2     to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.

Show us your mighty power.

    Come to rescue us!


3 Turn us again to yourself, O God.

    Make your face shine down upon us.

    Only then will we be saved.


Psalm 80:1-3 NLT


—Song 3: “Shine Into Our Night into Away In A Manger” Key, Leader




Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:


Who, being in very nature God, 
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 
but made himself nothing, 
taking the very nature of a servant,
 being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man, 
he humbled himself
 and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! 
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


-Philippians 2:5-11 


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


—Song 4: “This Is The Christ” Key, Leader



Today’s sermon taught us that we can pray because we are welcomed in the throne room of God. Let’s recite the Nicene Creed together, as believers have been doing for centuries.


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 made it possible for us to be welcomed in the throne room of God, 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. He surrounds us, invigorates, and inspires 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 5: “The First Noel” Key, Leader




—Song 6: “Angels We Have Heard On High” Key, Leader




Long live the king!

    May the gold of Sheba be given to him.

May the people always pray for him

    and bless him all day long.

May there be abundant grain throughout the land,

    flourishing even on the hilltops.

May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon,

    and may the people thrive like grass in a field.

May the king’s name endure forever;

    may it continue as long as the sun shines.

May all nations be blessed through him

    and bring him praise.  […in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you


-Psalm 72:15-17 NLT

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