Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped Sunday After Epiphany 2023

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 Travis McGowen preached on Psalm 118:17-15, 29.

—Prelude: “We Three Kings” Key, Leader


CALL TO WORSHIP:   Liturgist

60 “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see.

    For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.

2 Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth,

    but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.

3 All nations will come to your light;

    mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

4 “Look and see, for everyone is coming home!

    Your sons are coming from distant lands;

    your little daughters will be carried home.

5 Your eyes will shine,

    and your heart will thrill with joy,

for merchants from around the world will come to you.

    They will bring you the wealth of many lands.

6 Vast caravans of camels will converge on you,

    the camels of Midian and Ephah.

The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense

    and will come worshiping the Lord.

-Isaiah 60:1-6 NLT


—Song 2: “Jordan’s Stormy Banks” Key, Leader


LAMENT:  Band Member


1 Give your love of justice to the king, O God,

    and righteousness to the king’s son.

2 Help him judge your people in the right way;

    let the poor always be treated fairly.

3 May the mountains yield prosperity for all,

    and may the hills be fruitful.

4 Help him to defend the poor,

    to rescue the children of the needy,

    and to crush their oppressors.

5 May they fear you as long as the sun shines,

    as long as the moon remains in the sky.

    Yes, forever!

6 May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,

    like the showers that water the earth.

7 May all the godly flourish during his reign.

    May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.


11 All kings will bow before him,

    and all nations will serve him.

12 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;

    he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.

13 He feels pity for the weak and the needy,

    and he will rescue them.

14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence,

    for their lives are precious to him.


-Psalm 72:1-7, 11-14 NLT


—Song 3: “In The Hours” Key, Leader




6 And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. 


8 Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. 9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.


10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.


12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.


-Ephesians 3:6, 8-12 NLT


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


—Song 4: “Fellowship So Deep ” Key, Leader



Today’s sermon taught us that ___________. Let’s join our voices and proclaim our belief together 

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 of God’s faithfulness and goodness, 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!

{newly baptized believers take communion here}

Now we want to pay special attention to our new brother and sister (sisters…?). Welcome to the family, we joyfully celebrate with you as you come to the feast with us. NAME, the body of Christ was given for you, and the blood of Christ was shed for you. Take and eat in remembrance of him. NAME, the body of Christ was given for you, and the blood of Christ was shed for you. Take and eat in remembrance of him

Now, all believers are invited to join Name and Name. Our tradition is to come forward…

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: “Amazing Grace” Key, Leader




—Song 6: “Doxology” Key, Leader



The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. [Peace be with you!]           – 2 Corinthians 13:14

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