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New Eucharistic Prayers

New Eucharistic Prayers The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Directory for Worship offers the following outline for the church’s Great Thanksgiving, or eucharistic prayer: The one presiding is to lead the people… Read more »

Pastoral and Occasional Services

  Guidelines and resources for pastoral and occasional services in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)   Ordination and Installation Download sample services (Word documents) based on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Occasional… Read more »

September 11 Anniversary

  Remembering September 11 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. — Psalm 46:1-2a Use the materials and information here… Read more »

The Directory for Worship

  What is the Directory for Worship? The Directory for Worship is the middle part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order. This section of our denominational constitution: describes… Read more »

Worship Education Materials

  Teaching worship is a way to pass on the faith as well as help people enter more fully into the transformative presence of God. The Office of Theology and… Read more »

The Service for the Lord’s Day

  Christians may worship at any time, for all time has been hallowed by God. The covenant community worshiped daily. But God set aside one day in seven to be… Read more »

The Word

  The church confesses the Scriptures to be the Word of God written, witnessing to God’s self-revelation. Where that Word is read and proclaimed, Jesus Christ the Living Word is… Read more »

Frequently asked questions

What’s a Paschal candle? Who is responsible for choosing the hymns? Is it an altar or a table? Our frequently asked questions page seeks to demystify some of the basics… Read more »

The Christian Year

What are the liturgical seasons? The PC(USA) Directory for Worship says: God has provided a rhythm of seasons which orders life and influences the church’s worship. God’s work of redemption… Read more »

Planning and leadership

Who is responsible for planning worship? The Presbyterian Directory for Worship helps to outline responsibilities for worship planning and policy-making: In a particular church, the session is to provide for… Read more »