I took my cousin to a candle light service at the local First United Methodist Church on Christmas eve because our church didn't have a service. I understand the Methodist denomination is liberal to say the least but I have no problem attending churches that are not Free Will Baptist/Baptist. Throught the service which was led by the pastor, a pastor from a local Presbyterian church and a pastor from the local Episcopal church, we read back comments or answers to comments or questions of the speakers. Toward the end of the service we read a confession and pardon which said: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." Response from the speaker: "Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God's love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. We responded: "In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven." Here is the thing, do you think the people reading the prayer actually thought they were forgiven if they just read the words? Because we know if they were not from the heart they didn't mean anything. Plus there is many more things to ask forgiveness for than the things on the program. Anyway, what do you guys think about this and do you know if the Methodist read back and forth every service or if it's for special services?