Occasional Liturgies

The liturgies below were commended to RCA congregations for their use by the 2009 General Synod. They are available in two formats, PDF or RTF.

A Brief Order for the Celebration of the Lord's Supper
This order was developed by the RCA's Commission on Christian Worship, in response to a request for a liturgy that was briefer than was currently available while also including the elements generally considered essential for the celebration of the Lord's Supper. It is commended for occasional use in all RCA congregations and it may especially appeal to congregations that celebrate the supper with greater frequency and in new RCA congregations.
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Formula of Agreement Liturgy
In 1998 the General Synod examined the order of worship prepared by the Lutheran-Reformed Subcommittee on Worship for joint celebrations of the adoption of full communion between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Reformed Church in America. Upon the recommendation of its review committee, the synod voted “to encourage RCA congregations to make occasional use of the order of worship and the guidelines prepared by the Lutheran- Reformed Subcommittee on Worship.”
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Lima Eucharistic Liturgy
Upon recommendation by the Commission on Christian Worship, the 1986 synod commended the Lima Eucharistic Liturgy to the churches “as a provisional form for occasional use.” The Lima Eucharistic Liturgy is recommended for occasional use by churches, presumably in ecumenical settings and within the context of a particular congregation’s worship when the RCA’s relationship to the universal Christian church is emphasized. Therefore, approval of this liturgy for use by RCA congregations should not be understood to imply regular use or adoption of the form.
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Consultation on Church Union Liturgy
This liturgy, like the Lima Eucharistic Liturgy, is recommended for occasional use by the churches, particularly in ecumenical settings, but also, perhaps, within the context of a particular congregation’s worship when the relationship to the universal church is being emphasized. Therefore, approval of this liturgy for use by RCA congregations should not to be understood to imply regular use or adoption of the form.
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