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Rituals and Worship

Sacred Time

United Church of Christ congregations worship weekly on Sundays, and on special occasions throughout the year connected to commemorations of significant events in the life of Jesus. These include Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday.

Sacred Space

United Church of Christ congregations worship and gather for social events in buildings called churches. The buildings exhibit a wide range of architectural styles. The interiors tend to be brightly lit with minimal decoration.

Rites and Ceremonies

Following its Reformed Church heritage, United Church of Christ congregations recognize two sacraments, baptism and communion. These are considered to be symbolic acts, and not embodiments of the presence of God.

Worship and Devotion in Daily Life

Many UCC congregants will study scripture and pray daily, and the church provides a schedule and guide to assist. In addition, families will often pray together at special times, such as before meals or before sleep.


The United Church of Christ has a distinctive symbol. A cross, crown, and orb are enclosed within an oval inscribed with the name of the church and a quote from John 17:21, in which Jesus prayed "that they may all be one."