Worship is at the center of the church’s life. Through worship, we acknowledge God’s worth. In the Reformed tradition, worship is so essential that its forms—the liturgy—are part of the RCA’s constitution. Historically, Reformed worship services have a particular flow that reflects our encounters with God: approaching God, receiving the Word of God, and responding to God.


From a Reformed perspective, baptism and the Lord's Supper are "a means of grace" within the church. They are visible signs and seals of something internal and invisible. God uses them to work in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

When we celebrate the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper, God comes to us through all of our senses. We hear God's promise of forgiveness; we see and hear the water of baptism that cleanses; and we touch, smell, and taste the bread and wine that signifies Christ's body and blood. Our faith is awakened, renewed, and energized when we celebrate the sacraments.


Baptism is a sign and seal of God’s covenant of grace with us and our children. Baptism points to the reality that we are cleansed in Jesus’ blood, buried with him in death, and raised with him in new life. The Saddle River Reformed Church baptizes infants, as well as older children and adults.




Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, is a means by which Jesus Christ continually nourishes, strengthens, and comforts us. As we share the bread and the cup, the Holy Spirit joins us to Christ and to each other. All who have been baptized into Christ are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper. Reformed Christians do not believe that the bread and cup are physically transformed into Christ’s body and blood.

Communion is offered on the first Sunday of every month. We offer gluten free communion wafers and use grape juice in the cup. We do this so everyone may use both elements.



As a service of Christian worship, the marriage service is under the direction of the minister and the supervision of the consistory.

Christian marriage is a joyful covenanting between an engaged couple. In this covenant they proclaim, before God and human witnesses, their commitment to live together in spiritual, physical, and material unity. In this covenant they acknowledge that the great love God has shown for each of them enables them to love each other. They affirm that God’s gracious presence and abiding power are needed for them to keep their vows, to continue to live in love, and to be faithful servants of Christ in this world. Human commitment is fragile and human love imperfect, but the promise of God is eternal and the love of God can bring our love to perfection.


At a Christian burial, a service of witness to the Resurrection, we gather together to praise God, to witness to our fatih, and to give thanks for the life of our loved one. We come together in grief, acknowledging our loss so that God may grant us grace that

in pain—we may find comfort,
in sorrow—hope,
and in death—resurrection.
Dying, Christ destroyed our death. Rising, Christ restores our life. In baptism, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own forever.