Planning Worship

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In this post you’ll find several good resources to assist with worship planning. More resources are available on The Network or by searching Reformedworship.org by topic. 

Reformed Worship

  • E-Newsletter contains timely and current items for worship planning. Sign up for this free e-newsletter to be delivered directly to your email box.
  • Reformed Worship print journal is a quarterly print publication that provides practical help and support to worship planners. It is a valuable resource supporting traditional, contemporary, and blended types of worship services.
  • Back issues of Reformed Worship are available free online or for purchase from Faith Alive Christian Resources. This is the print content only - the copyrighted music and art is not available in these free resources. Search by topic to access 30 years of quality published worship planning resources (note: the most recent two issues are password protected).

Lift Up Your Hearts

Lift Up Your Hearts is organized into two sections. Section 1 is The Story of Creation and Redemption, highlighting the biblical narrative from creation to new creation. Section 2 begins with the Opening of Worship section and is organized for the various worship elements found in a worship service such as Praise and Adoration, Confession and Lament, etc. Included is a section on the sacraments. This hymnal not only contains hymns and song, but prayers, scripture texts, litanies and prayers placed in the appropriate worship section. This can be used for congregational worship, as well as small group, family, or devotional worship.

The Worship Sourcebook

Available in print or e-book versions. This valuable resource for worship planners and pastors includes texts, prayers, and litanies that can be read aloud as well as outlines that can be adapted for your situation. Teaching notes offer guidance for planning each element of the service. Thought-provoking perspectives on the meaning and purpose of worship are great for discussion and reflection. The companion CD contains the entire text of the book for easy cutting and pasting into bulletins, PowerPoint slides, orders of worship, and more. 

See more worship products available from Faith Alive Christian Resources.

Liturgical Forms

The following forms are the approved resources for the following celebrations and circumstances in the life of the Christian Reformed Church.

Worship Planning Resources from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

A variety of resources to help plan the various aspects of worship that are recommended by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship can be found here.

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