Worship

Ask The UMC: Worship practices of The United Methodist Church. Ask The UMC is a service of United Methodist Communications. Art by United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists offer many kinds of individual and small group-based ministries that vary from congregation to congregation.

But all United Methodist congregations gather regularly for worship.

Here you will learn more about the history, theology, and practices of worship in our churches across the globe. 


Before receiving communion, we are invited to confess and turn from a state of sin as part of the liturgy. It is only through acknowledging our sin that a process of restoration can begin. Communion elements photo by hudsoncrafted, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.
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Why do we confess our SIN, not SINS, in communion?

What is the difference between sin and sins? United Methodists confess both before celebrating Holy Communion.

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By using the Revised Common Lectionary, United Methodists share with other Christians the scriptures read each Sunday. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UM News.
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Why do United Methodists use the Revised Common Lectionary?

United Methodists have a long history of using a guide for scriptures in worship. United Methodists helped create the lectionary we currently use.

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Customs & Practices