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Sacred Actions of Worship

SACRED ACTIONS AMONG THE CONTEMPORARY CHURCHES

Christians have always had diverse opinions on the sacred actions that take place in worship. Sacramental churches—Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and some mainline Protestant churches—regard the Lord’s Supper, baptism, and sometimes other actions as special signs that bestow grace on those who receive them. Other Protestant groups believe that the sacraments by themselves confer no special power and do not necessarily indicate the presence of God. They tend to refer to sacred actions as ordinances or actions to be observed because Christ commanded his followers to do so. Regardless of their theology, as shown in these entries, all Christians agree on the importance of keeping these sacred actions and on the tremendous benefits that come through their proper observance in worship.

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Adventist Churches

With roots in the radical Reformation, Adventists have not placed great emphasis on sacraments. Nevertheless, they traditionally have regarded Communion, baptism, and sometimes marriage as sacred acts. Footwashing, ordination, and anointing the sick are also practiced, though with less frequency.

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American Baptist Churches in the USA

American Baptists have stressed the autonomy of local churches to determine the emphasis given to sacred actions. The radical Reformers, particularly Zwingli, have greatly influenced the development of American Baptist thought; hence Communion and baptism have tended to be simple services that have been secondary to preaching. Nevertheless, American Baptists are reexamining their practices in light of recent worship reforms in other churches.

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Anglican/Episcopal Churches

The Book of Common Prayer has traditionally defined the sacramental life of Anglicans and Episcopalians. In addition to the Eucharist and baptism, Anglicans recognize five lesser sacraments. Recently, some congregations have opted for more variety in their liturgical practices.

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Baptists (Evangelical Denominations and Independent Baptist Churches)

Baptists recognize the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is an act of public declaration, and those making this profession are immersed in a lake, river, or baptismal tank. The Lord’s Supper is observed ten to fifteen times a year. Congregations exercise some latitude in their observance of these ordinances.

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Baptist General Conference

Like most Baptists, the Baptist General Conference (BGC) recognizes the ordinance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Other sacred actions, though not commanded of believers, are practiced in many churches.

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Brethren (Plymouth) Assemblies

Plymouth Brethren limit the sacraments to those actions commanded in Scripture by Christ. Some differences in baptism practices exist between Open Brethren and Exclusive Brethren, while all Brethren practice Communion weekly in a service known as the Breaking of the Bread. Some congregations have introduced minor changes in recent years, but Brethren remain essentially nonsacramental.

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Christian Churches and Churches of Christ

Christian churches consciously seek to imitate the worship practices of the New Testament church, and this thinking has shaped their practice of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In recent times, churches have introduced innovations to add new meaning to traditional Communion and baptism services.

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Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Of the churches that originated in the Restoration Movement, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been most open to change in worship practices. For the most part, Disciples continue to practice baptism by immersion and weekly Communion.

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The Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches

Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) churches practice believer baptism and regular (usually monthly) Communion. Many congregations combine Communion with services for healing and cleansing from sin.

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