Worship at AUMC

Worship is our weekly practice of offering our hearts and lives to God! Here's what to expect in worship at Albany UMC:


When do I arrive? Our worship begins at 9:00.


How long should I expect to stay? Our services are an hour long, plus or minus five minutes. There are always coffee and snacks available after the service is finished!


What should I wear? Some people like to put on their "Sunday best" for worship. Others just like to dress comfortably. However you choose to dress for worship, we will simply be glad to have you with us.


Will my kids have something to do? Your children are absolutely welcome. Fidgeting and "kid noise" are 100% okay in worship. Pastor Jake invites the children forward for a short lesson before the sermon, but if your little ones would rather sit with you instead, that's alright too. After this, younger and older children are dismissed downstairs for activities with our Sunday School teachers.


If I'm a new visitor, will I have to stand up and introduce myself? We will never, ever make you do this. Period. We do, however, have a two-minute "meet and greet" time during worship when some folks will want to introduce themselves to you!


What's the music like? For the most part, we sing God's praises using time-honored and popular songs from the United Methodist Hymnal. Gospel tunes from The Chorus Book: Contemporary and Traditional Favorites are also included each week. Our music team accompanies the congregation on the organ, piano, flute, trumpet, and tambourine. When it comes to music, God doesn't insist on our perfection. We love loud voices, shaky voices, and tone-deaf voices all the same!


Is there a choir? Yes. We have a choir for singers and a choir for handbells, which each share music in worship every few weeks.


Can I be in the choir? Of course you can! Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings: 6:45 for handbells and 7:30 for singers.


What about Holy Communion? Our custom is to celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of every month. United Methodists practice Open Communion, meaning that all people who feel God's Spirit inviting them to Christ's table are welcome to come and receive the bread and cup. "Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another." Our Communion bread is always gluten-free.


What if I've never been baptized? Baptism is God's free gift of new birth for all who are ready to repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through baptism we are brought into the body of Christ and set free from the evil power of sin. You don't have to be a baptized Christian to worship with us, or even to receive Holy Communion, but if you are feeling led to take this life-changing step towards God soon, please tap Pastor Jake on the shoulder and let him know.


I have some other questions that aren't addressed here. Please e-mail Jake at jake.ohlemiller@inumc.org!