Sacraments & Membership
Our Communion liturgy begins like this: “Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in fellowship with one another…” Following this is the confession of sin we give before each Communion. By such confession of the things we might have done, the things we might have left undone and more we continually are restored by the grace of God to live whole-heartedly into community with God and one another.
We practice the Open Table, which means that all are welcome to Communion in the United Methodist Church. Before serving, the pastor offers: “This table is not the table of the Lake Houston United Methodist Church, or of the Methodist Church, or of any Church, but it is the table of the Lord Jesus Christ, and all are welcome.” We say and do this because Jesus ate with sinners.
First-time baptism is available to all who profess a faith in Christ and seek to truth and follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We baptize infants if the parents will agree to raise the child so that by teaching and witness the child will one day confirm the faith for himself or herself. Because the congregation agrees to support the new believer in his or her faith or to raise the child in the faith, we will baptize only those who want to be part of this community of believers.
Membership is available to all baptized professing Christians who want to be part of the mission and ministry of this church. Persons seeking membership can talk to the pastor.