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Faithful Reformed worship is: God-centered, a divine-human conversation, personal, formed by the presence of Christ in both word and sacrament, "home grown" and nourished in the rich soil of the whole church

Worship in the Reformed tradition: follows a biblical pattern of sin, salvation, and service; embraces both form and freedom; is biblical; is missional; nurtures both head and heart

Liturgies, Litanies, Songs, and Confessions

Seasonal Resources

  • Visit the Seasonal Worship Resources page for suggestions, materials, and more!
    Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Pentecost, and other Special Sundays

The Sacraments

Other Resources

Continuing Education

The Journey program at Western Theological Seminary offers regular worship-related events for ministers and other church leaders. For information, please visit journey.westernsem.edu.

  • The Bast Preaching Program, a continual and sustainable learning community around the theme of preaching

  • The Reformed Church Center at New Brunswick Theological Seminary offers a broad range of programs for a wide audience, including scholars, RCA members, and indeed everyone concerned about the Reformed tradition and its renewal. For more information, please visit the Reformed Church Center online.

At Home with the Word

Daily Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary.

Baptism in the RCA

An explanation of baptism in the RCA.

Beliefs about the Sacraments

An explanation of the two sacraments: baptism and communion.

Children and the Lord's Table

These resources address the theological and procedural questions concering baptized children participating in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

Confirmation and the Reformed Church

An overview of the understanding, practice, and development of the rite of confirmation in the RCA.

Faithful Worship

What does faithful worship look like?

Gifts of God: The Sacraments

Two videos and a companion study guide present a Reformed understanding of the sacraments along with questions for reflection and discussion.

Hymns and Songs for Worship

Several hymns and songs written by RCA members.

Liturgy of the RCA

The Liturgy (big "L") of the RCA consists of the rites that have been approved by the whole church. Many additional liturgies have been approved for occasional or local use.

Occasional Liturgies

These liturgies were commended to RCA congregations by General Synod 2009.

The Revised Common Lectionary

The Revised Common Lectionary harmonizes the major variants of the three-year lectionary used in North America, bringing to church-goers across the continent the same Scripture passages each week.

Seasonal Worship Resources

Special Sunday and liturgical seasons that occur during the RCA's Plan Calendar.

Special Litanies

Find litanies for celebration and reflection.

The Lord's Prayer

Four versions of The Lord's Prayer—from Scripture and from the Liturgy of the Reformed Church in America.

The Theology and Place of Music in Worship

In order to promote dialogue in the RCA about music and worship, and to encourage healthy and vibrant congregational singing as a vital part of ministry, this paper offers reflections on the theology and place of music in Christian worship.

Unique Themes of Reformed Worship

Five unique themes central to Reformed worship.