Book of Worship

Liturgies from the Book of Worship and The New Century Hymnal

Now online: two brochures from our series of “Practices of Faith” brochures introducing members of your church to the spiritual and liturgical practices of the United Church of Christ.

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The Book of Worship is an excellent resource for all who plan and lead worship in the local church. While published by the United Church of Christ, most of the liturgies would well serve any Christian denomination.

Book of Worship attempts to express the diversity of the UCC while at the same time lifting up the common liturgical threads which flow through the church, weaving past, present and future into a creative tapestry of words, music, and movement.

Liturgies include services of: Word and Sacrament, Baptism and Affirmation of Baptism, a Church’s Life, Marriage, Memorial and Thanksgiving, and Recognition and Authorization of Ministries.

Read the introduction to Book of Worship online as well as a proposed “Order for Marriage – An Inclusive Version” not currently included in Book of Worship. Also available online is the introduction to The New Century Hymnal, an inclusive hymnal published by the UCC in 1995. The NCH contains over 600 hymns, a Psalter, and other musical settings for worship, as well as liturgical resources. You will also find a sample of a reconcilation service here.

To order your copy of Book of Worship or The New Century Hymnal, call United Church Resources at 1-800-537-3394.

We invite you to explore our many other online resources. Worship Ways offers a wide array of liturgies and worship aids centered on the church year. It is published three times per year by the Worship and Education Team of Local Church Ministries. Archived issues are available here. SAMUEL is our online lectionary resource offering thoughtful reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the church year.