“Worship the Lord with gladness... Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

And his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.”  (Psalm 100)

WORSHIP WITH US


Third Reformed Church has discerned God’s call to worship with a classic Reformed liturgy. Often lectionary-based, our worship combines the great hymns of the faith with newer songs of the global Christian Church. We seek worship that first exalts God and then also reminds us of our identity, confesses our sin, celebrates creation, and heartens other believers.


We seek to make worship inviting and accessible to all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, incorporating the arts to transcend spoken language. We gather around the communion table on a monthly basis, participate in creative liturgies, and give dramatic readings often led by students and children. During the high and holy seasons of the Christian year, we intentionally develop themes for worship and spiritual disciplines that can be practiced and lived in daily life. 


The church is planning to adopt a new hymn book for Advent 2018 entitled, "Lift Up Your Hearts."  The new hymn book will help us to continue to sing the great hymns of the faith while expanding our singing to global songs, Taize, Ionia, and new songs.


Service times

Sunday Worship

During the school year: 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.  

During the summer: 10:00 a.m


Sunday education classes at 9:45 a.m. for all ages resume September 17.


Nursery: Offered for infants through age 3 during Sunday morning worship services and classes. Staffed by Andy and Jane Zoerman and Kara Green along with caring volunteers.


Children and Worship: Children ages 4 through second grade participate in the start of the sanctuary worship service, then leave to experience worship at their own level. The program offers singing, Bible story, response to God’s word, and prayer in a way that makes worship accessible. This program is offered throughout the year.

Midweek Celebration

During the school year, join us Wednesday night for supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by Life in Faith Together (LIFT) children's programming at 6:15 p.m. and youth and adult programming at 6:30 p.m.


Programming

LIFT is a multi-generational, mid-week offering of educational, musical, and spiritual development. Children's programming, Middle School youth group, High School bible study, Choir, and more are available.

Music at Third Reformed Church

Music has always been an important part of worship at Third Reformed Church. At Third Church, we acknowledge that music is a God-given gift that uplifts and edifies the worshipper. With our music, we intend not to perform but rather to offer a gift to God out of gratitude for his gift to us. When the gift is returned to God, he is honored and glorified as the Lord of our lives.


God has endowed many members of our congregation with musical ability and we invite new members to share their gifts by joining our music ministry, which includes choral and handbell ensembles for all ages from young children to adults. The Robert L. Sipe organ, installed in 1982 and refurbished in 2010, is a 40-rank, three-manual mechanical action instrument. In addition to this marvelous instrument, we regularly feature piano, timpani, and solo instrumentalists in worship services. 


Our music ministry staff includes Linda Strouf, Minister of Music, Director of Matins and Sanctuary Choirs, Director of the Carillon Choir, and Organist, and Mary Van Voorst, Children’s and Youth Choir Director. We encourage you to become an active part in our choirs. Whether your talent is great or small, whether your age is young or old, there is a place for you in a choir at Third Reformed Church.


Music Opportunities

  • Matins Choir

    Sings weekly at the 8:30 a.m. service. They rehearse at 8:00 a.m. Sunday mornings beginning Sunday, September 17. All ages and voices welcome.

  • Sanctuary Choir

    Sings weekly at the 11:00 a.m. service. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, August 30. High School-Adult ages are welcome!

  • Carillon Choir

    Plays regularly in both services and in the annual carol service. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons, 4:45-5:45 p.m. beginning Sunday, August 27. All ages are welcome, though you must be tall enough to see over the tables.

  • TRC Singers

    Sings regularly in morning worship services. Rehearsals for youth in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 begins on Sunday, September 17, at 9:25 a.m. This group also learns hand chimes in the winter season.

  • Children's Choir

    Rehearses Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 17. Children 4 years old through 2nd grade will learn to sing songs praising God and share them in worship on a regular basis.

  • TRC Ringers

    Rehearses on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 10:00 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 24. Youth in 6-12 grades are invited to join.

  • Lift up Your Hearts

    Our target date for the new hymnbook "Lift Up Your Hearts," is the First Sunday of Advent 2017.  We believe that this hymnbook will help us to continue to affirm the great hymns of the faith but help us to expand more effectively into global songs, Taize, Iona, and other new songs that can help us as a congregation to be both classical and relevant.