Guide to Creating a Sunday Bulletin

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The following process is intended to guide lay and visiting worship leaders in producing a bulletin for the Sundays they will be leading a worship service.

Our goal is a simple, adaptable process that works for a wide variety of worship styles, but also ensures predictability for others with a role in the service.

During the week preceding the Sunday you will be leading worship, we ask that you follow these steps:

  1. Download and open the template (click here). [The bracketed text and examples should be deleted or replaced with your content.]
  2. Choose an image for the cover (see tips for finding images below) or ask Taylor (contact information below) to suggest one.
  3. Choose hymns (there are usually three, “opening,” “reflective,” and “closing,” but it’s up to you). Black and red hymnals are available in the sanctuary; please replace them when you’re done. It’s helpful to let Janell (contact information below) know what you’ve selected, or you can ask her to make recommendations.
  4. Edit the template with your desired content; this may or may not include scripture readings, prayers or other written material of your choice. This is your service, so modify it to reflect your own ideas and don’t feel obligated to do everything exactly the way anyone else does. Feel free to add an extra prayer, include a time for questions and discussion, or anything else that will enhance the experience. If you want to follow an existing order of service exactly, that’s fine too. Just please include these components at some point: Offerings and Joys and Concerns, and also leave room for announcements and our statement of faith.
  5. Once you have your content where you want it in the document, save it with a new file name and send it to Taylor, and if you haven’t already been in touch with Janell, send her the hymns you chose.
  6. The earlier in the week you complete this process the better, but by Friday evening is recommended.


Taylor (to send your completed bulletin, or consult about images): 703.443.0524
Janell (to consult about hymns): 540.748.1479
David (if you need help with online documents)


If you don’t know where to start, try searching Google images ( using the scripture reading or key words from your theme. Taylor often uses images by artists He Qi or James Janknegt because they have granted permission for churches to use their work.

Other tips:

The black hymnal (The New Century Hymnal, The Pilgrim Press, 1995) also contains several typical orders of service for reference.

The provided template is designed to be three half-pages, plus the cover image. You may have extra content that requires an insert, such as a song that isn’t in the hymnals; this is fine.

If you’re unable to edit a Word document, contact David at and someone will work with you to get the content needed to produce the bulletin.

For more examples, browse previous bulletins here:

Alternative versions of the Lord’s Prayer