I have received a few emails asking what a Reformed liturgy would look like. This is a sample of the liturgy we use for our Sunday morning worship. The selection of songs change as do the texts used in the Greeting, Call, Reading of the Law, Sermon and Words of Institution. The music is there as a sample of the genre of music that is sung.
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude – “All Creatures of Our God and King”
God Calls Us to Worship
Minister: Gal 1:3-5 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Minister: The Lord be with you! (Ruth 2.4)
All: And also with you!
Ps 116:1 I love the LORD, because he has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Ps 116:2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
Ps 116:3 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Ps 116:4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:
“O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!”
Song of Adoration and Praise* TH 277 Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Prayer of Invocation and Lord’s Prayer (alternate with Apostle’s/Nicene Creed)*
God Cleanses us in Worship
Reading of the Law
Silent Individual Confession of Sin
Corporate Confession of Sin
Declaration of Pardon
Song of Rejoicing – TH 305 Arise My Soul Arise
God Consecrates us in Worship
Prayer of the Church
Song of preparation TH 519 Fountain of Never-Ceasing Grace
*Prayer of Illumination
*Reading of Scripture:
God Communes with Us in Worship
Song of Preparation – TH 378 Here, O My Lord, I See thee Face to Face
The Lord’s Supper
Reading of the Words of Institution 1 Cor 11
Short Homily & Prayer of Consecration
Fence of the Table
Elders distribute the Bread
Elders distribute the Cup
Although both wine and white grape juice are available during communion, the elders strongly encourage everyone able to take wine.
Pastoral Prayer and Blessing
God Commissions Us in Worship
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures, here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.