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Heritage Sunday

The Sunday designated by the General Conference as a day for the church to remember the pastor by committing itself to the continuing call of God. Heritage Sunday is to... Read More

Higher Education and Ministry, General Board of

The agency whose chief purpose is to prepare and assist persons to fulfill their ordained ministries and to provide general oversight for campus ministries and institutions of higher education. Its... Read More

Holy Thursday

The Thursday of Holy Week, the day on which the Last Supper and the institution of the Lord's Supper is commemorated. Since the Gospel of John records that the Last... Read More

Holy Week

The week of Christian observances leading to Easter Sunday. It begins with Palm Sunday and progresses through Holy or Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. More

home missioner

Deaconesses and Home Missioners are laywomen and laymen who are called by God to be in a lifetime relationship in The United Methodist Church for engagement with a full-time vocation... Read More


An acclamation of praise and adoration to God. It comes from the Greek word hosanna, which serves as a translation for the Hebrew phrase meaining "save now, we pray." Its... Read More

Human Relations Day

A special Sunday authorized by the General Conference to be observed with an offering taken throughout the denomination during the season of Epiphany on the Sunday before the observance of... Read More

hymn, hymnal

The first, a religious poem set to music so that it may be sung during worship. The second, a collection of hymns printed and bound together for use in congregational... Read More

Hymnal, The United Methodist

The name of the hymnal of The United Methodist Church. More than four years in preparation, the latest version of the hymnal was approved by the 1988 General Conference and was... Read More