Methodists/umc communion


our pastor forgot to read from the hymnal prior to communion he just had the ushers pass out communion and quickly said something before we received each element.  Then after we took and ate and drank he said he forgot to read from the hymnal.  Did we have unconsecrated communion?  When exactly are the elements consecrated?  Also, he never has a prayer of confession before we partake of the something missing...seems to me there is.  Thank You

Dear Arline:

    Our United Methodist denomination recognizes the full service of the Lord's Supper, as it appears in the Hymnal, as the official way to join in Holy Communion. There is no "moment" of consecration. Rather, the elements and the service are consecrated as pastor and people join the Great Thanksgiving, the taking, blessing, breaking, and giving of the elements, and in the final prayers. We consecrate together as we participate.

    The confession is part of the whole service. It would be good if it were included.

    "This Holy Mystery," by Gayle Carlton Fulton, is the church's official explanation of our understanding of Holy Communion. It is available from Discipleship Resources (  


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The Rev. William E. Olewiler


United Methodist church structure and doctrine. Science and religion. Christian Education and the Sunday School. Religion and race. Women in the church. United Methodist pastor for 22 years. Member, commissions on Religion and Race and Status and Role of Women. Masters in Divinity and Religious Education.


Ordained deacon and elder, United Methodist Church. District and conference leadership.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, George Washington University, Washington DC Master of Arts, Political Science, Brown University, Providence RI Master of Arts, Teaching Secondary Social Studies, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York NY Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC Doctor of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

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