The following is a typical Hungarian Reformed Sunday Worship Service prior to World War II. Here you can see how the Hungarian Reformed Liturgy changed somewhat upon coming to America. The translation of the Hungarian form was by Rt. Rev. John Butosi.

Sunday Morning Order of Worship Service

1. The Standing Hymn of the Congregation (standing)

2. Main Hymn of the Congregation (sitting)

3. Invocation (standing)

4. Bible Reading (minister from the pulpit)

5. Prophetic (small) Prayer

6. Hymn

7. Announcement of the Text Selection (by minister with congregation standing)

8. Sermon (sitting)

9. Pastoral (big) Prayer (standing)

10. Lord’s Prayer (standing)

11. Announcement of Offering (they would give as they leave the church)

12. Benediction of Congregation (standing)

13. Announcements

14. Closing Hymn (standing)

Order of Worship in American Hungarian Reformed Churches

(Adapted from the Reformed Church in Hungary)

ORGAN PRELUDE

CHORAL INTROIT (if a choir is available)

CALL TO WORSHIP (congregation stands and minister recites)

1) Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Amen.

or

2) Grace be to you from the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

INVOCATION PRAYER (said in unison with all standing)

OPENING HYMN (standing)

BIBLE READING

HYMN

PROPHETIC PRAYER (standing)

APOSTLE’S CREED (standing)

CHORAL ANTHEM (if a choir is available)

OFFERTORY (In Hungary, the congregation puts the offering in when they arrive at the church. There was no offering during the service. In later practice, the offering takes place either here or after the sermon.)

Offertory hymn (can be sung during collection if desired)

PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF OFFERING

DOXOLOGY

SERMON (congregation stands as minister introduces sermon with reading of bible text and then is seated during sermon)

PASTORAL PRAYER (standing)

LORD’S PRAYER (standing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Communion would go here on those occasions)

CLOSING HYMN (standing)

BENEDICTION (standing)

ORGAN POSTLUDE