Worship Services

What to expect

Our worship services are structured in a traditional manner, with the general format dating back to the days of the Reformation.

Article 52 (“Worship Services”) of the Church Order provides the following:

"The consistory shall call the congregation together for worship twice on the Lord’s Day.
The consistory shall ensure that, as a rule, once every Sunday the doctrine of God’s Word as summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism is proclaimed."

The Church Order also instructs that Psalms and Hymns approved by general synod shall be sung during worship services, and that the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper):

"Shall be administered only under the authority of the consistory, in a public worship service, by a minister of the Word, with the use of the adopted Forms (Infant Baptism, Adult Baptism, Lord’s Supper)."

“Dress Code”

There is no dress code related to our worship services. That being said, we meet together on the Lord’s Day to worship our Lord and King! Much like you would ensure you’re looking your best if you ever got a chance to meet royalty, members typically dress in a manner to show that they feel honoured to be a part of the worship service. We encourage you to do the same!


Psalms & Hymns

The Book of Praise: Anglo-Genevan Psalter has an important function within the worship services of the Canadian Reformed Churches. The word “praise” in the title reminds us of the exhortation in the letter to the Hebrews: “… let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess His name” (13:15). Because of His grace and faithfulness, the Lord meets with the people of His covenant in the worship service. In response to His Word we offer up our sacrifices of praise in psalms and hymns. The creeds and confessions are also the fruit of lips that acknowledge God’s name.

Our Book of Praise can be divided into four main parts, each of which serves as a reminder of our Reformed heritage: the Psalms and Hymns, our doctrinal standards, the liturgical forms and prayers, and the Church order and subscription forms. You can read the rest of this introduction on the BookofPraise.ca website!

Listen to live service

Services are broadcast beginning at 10 AM and then again at 3 PM every Sunday.

Please let us know if there are issues that prevent you from listening to the service by emailing webmaster@livingword.guelph.canrc.org, thanks! 


Voice of the Church

Voice of the Church is a weekly radio broadcast, and is supported by our church. We invite you to tune to CJOY 1460 AM at 7:30am on Sundays for the 15-minute broadcast (listen here)- or visit their website for more information.

Need a ride to church?

Would you or a family member like to attend church but don’t have transportation? Do you know someone who would like a ride to church? We can help. Whether you live nearby in Guelph or are a student at Conestoga, UW, or WLU living in Kitchener or Waterloo, we probably have a church member living near you!

Please don’t let a lack of transportation prevent you from joining us in worship on Sunday – we would love to have your company and fellowship.

In order to expediate communication, please send an email to our Caring Hands Committee with the following information:

  • When would you like a ride? Morning of afternoon service – this week or next?
  • Where you live and a suggestion for pickup location
  • How to get ahold of you – we suggest you leave a phone number as well as your email address

Upon receiving your email, a member of Caring Hands will contact you as soon as they can with arrangements. We will get back to you as soon as possible. See you soon!