Liturgist Instructions

In order to be effective in leading worship a liturgist needs to be extremely comfortable with the material to be used as well as with the reasons for its use in the service. Reading material to oneself is not adequate preparation for leading worship. The material needs to be read out loud until it is alive and familiar. It is helpful for this rehearsal to occur in the sanctuary in order to become comfortable with that space. Please arrive in the Sanctuary at least 15 minutes before worship to go over any last minute changes with the pastor. Join the choir and pastor for a prayer before the service in the choir room.

Call to Worship

The words "Let us worship God" can be used to get the attention of the congregation and then move directly into the responsive Call to Worship. The Call to Worship is lively and joyous. Your voice and facial expressions will set the tone for the congregation's worship experience.


The hymns names and numbers are NOT announced.

Prayer of Confession

In light of the Call to Worship and opening hymn of praise which remind us of who God is, the corporate body recognizes its need to confess to God that it has failed to live up to the demands of our great God. Yet it is only because that God is also a loving and forgiving God that we are free honestly to confess our sin.

Sometimes a Call to Confession reminding the congregation of this is included in the bulletin. If the call is not written, please use one of the calls from the Calls to Confession page or one of your own.

We pray, not "say," prayers. Thus the introduction is to be "Let us pray together" or "let us confess our sin together."

Assurance of Forgiveness

That God forgives again and again and presents us with new beginnings is overwhelmingly good news. The liturgist declares this news, and the declaration in tone should reflect the joy in hearing such good news. There is no need to announce "assurance of forgiveness" - just proclaim it in a way that makes it vital.

The assurances of forgiveness commonly used in our worship are available on this website.

Response of Joy

The organist breaks into this response. It does not need to be announced.

First Lesson

A central act of worship is opening our lives to hear God speak through the Word. The lesson is to be introduced in one of the following ways:

"A reading from _________________"
"The first lesson is_______________"

The lesson is to be concluded with: "Amen" or "This is the Word of the Lord."

The prayers for illumination commonly used in our worship are available on this website.

The liturgist is free to take a seat in the congregation during the time the children are coming forward or during another time of the congregation standing or other general movement.