Christian Order and Custom



Swiss Reformer of Zürich
Service of the Word

  • Greeting
  • Prayer for Illumination
  • Intercessions
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Scripture
  • Sermon
  • Remembrance of the Dead
  • Confession
  • Prayer for Forgiveness
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Ave Maria (first half)
  • Decalogue
  • Apostles’ Creed
  • Prayer for the Poor
  • Benediction
  • Dismissal

Service of the Lord’s Supper

  • Exposition of Gospel and Lord’s Supper
  • Confession
  • Prayer for Forgiveness
  • Trinitarian Invocation
  • Prayer of Praise
  • Epistle (1 Cor. 11:20–29)
  • Gloria
  • Salutation
  • Gospel (John 6:47–63)
  • Praise and Prayer for Forgiveness
  • Apostles’ Creed
  • Exhortation
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Prayer for Strength
  • Words of Institution
  • Prayer for Worthy Remembrance
  • Distribution
  • John 13–17
  • Short Prayer of Thanks
  • Psalm 113 or Prayer of Thanksgiving
  • Words of Exhortation and Comfort
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving
  • Dismissal

O Almighty, eternal God, whom all creatures rightly honor, worship, and praise as their Maker, Creator, and Father; grant to us poor sinners that we may observe, with true fidelity and faith, your praise and thanksgiving, which your only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, has commanded us believers to do as a remembrance of his death; through the same, our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives with you and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer before Lord’s Supper