1.3 Suggested Order of Worship

The elements of worship set forth in the Scriptures may be used in the service of public worship in the order suggested here:

  • Call to Worship
  • Salutation
  • Invocation
  • Psalm or Hymn
  • Scripture
  • Prayer
  • Psalm or Hymn
  • Sermon
  • Prayer
  • Offering
  • Psalm or Hymn
  • Benediction
  • Doxology

These specific elements may also be used in the service of public worship when desired: the reading of the Law, the Apostles’ Creed, reading from the Heidelberg Catechism, the Lord’s Prayer, the Gloria Patri, and congregational readings from the Holy Scriptures.

¶ The prayers in this Directory are suggested only. Extemporaneous prayers may be used, if desired. The singing of one or more of the biblical Psalms is recommended for every worship service.
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