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 has adopted a new hymn book in 2018 entitled, "Lift Up Your Hearts." The new hymn book helps us to continue to sing the great hymns of the faith while expanding our singing to global songs, Taize, Ionia, and new songs. In the year 2020, we have been adding a song with instruments from the front of the church reflecting more of the diversity of spiritual needs in the life of our congregation.
**Please note this information is subject to change during COVID**
Service Time: 10:00 a.m.
Sunday education classes at 11:45 a.m. for all ages resume September 12.
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.
**Please note this information is subject to change once we are able to gather in-person again**
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.
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 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.
Sings weekly at the 10:00 a.m. service. Rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. High School-Adult ages are welcome!
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.
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.
Rehearses Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 16. Children 4 years old through 2nd grade will learn to sing songs praising God and share them in worship on a regular basis.
Rehearses on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 10:00 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 23. Youth in 6-12 grades are invited to join.