In the Reformed liturgy in South
Africa the sermon has traditionally been reserved a special place, taking precedence over the
liturgy and music. In this article an argument is put forward for a better balance between
preaching, liturgy and music in the Reformed liturgy in churches in South Africa. In order
to do so, the South African Reformed liturgical context is briefly sketched and thereafter a
theological and liturgical-historical argument is presented. Existing approaches with regard
to the relationship between liturgy, music and preaching by some established scholars are
discussed before the implications of the argument are examined in conclusion.