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With roots in the 16th century, distinctively Reformed worship dates back to John Calvin.  Radical at the time, his liturgies introduced enduring principles that we still use in Palo Alto.  First and foremost, Reformed worship is characterized by the centrality of the Word of God given to us in the Bible. We also believe worship consists of a dialog between God and his people and we encourage the congregation to be active participants in this dialog.



The worship style at PACRC is often called “convergence worship.”  We try to blend the best of various worship styles into our Sunday morning service.  Music participation at PACRC consists primarily of the congregational singing of psalms and hymns with piano or organ accompaniment. We also benefit from brass and woodwind instrumentalists in the congregation who contribute to the liturgy. We are open to other genres like gospel, country, rock, or soul music being incorporated into the worship experience. We readily make use of the musical gifts among us, so we encourage you to share yours any time!

The hymnal we normally use in worship (the one you’ll find available in your seat) is called Lift Up Your Hearts / Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.


The following recordings were made during the pandemic, when we could only worship remotely.  Musicians include Barbara Hull (trumpet), Gretchen Hull (organ/piano), and the rest of the Hull family (voice).


Gather us In
00:00 / 03:45
Order My Steps
00:00 / 01:19
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
00:00 / 03:39
Give Thanks to God, Who Hears Our Cries
00:00 / 06:10
Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounded
00:00 / 02:24
On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry
00:00 / 01:51
Ere Zij God (Glory to God)
00:00 / 02:59
O Come, All Ye Faithful
00:00 / 03:46
Silent Night! Holy Night!
00:00 / 04:14

Service Music

Prelude to Divinium Mysterium, arr. Hull
00:00 / 03:42
Trumpet Tune in D Major by David N. Johnson
00:00 / 03:28
Breathe on Me, Breath of God
00:00 / 02:53
La Rejouissance, Georg Frederick Handel, arr. Keith Snell
00:00 / 02:32
Toccata Avanti La Messa Della Domenica, by Girolamo Frescobaldi
00:00 / 01:21
Johann Jakob Froberger Toccata in D Minor, FbWV 102
00:00 / 04:53
Chaconne in F Minor, by Johann Pachelbel
00:00 / 01:52
Ding Dong! Merrily on High, arr. Louis Harris
00:00 / 01:52
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