Observed on the Third Sunday of Easter, this Sunday celebrates the Church of the gifts, contributions and ministries offered by and with Native Americans to our Church and society. It was first celebrated in 1989 as Native American Awareness Sunday. United Methodists are encouraged to celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday in consultation with representatives of the Native American community in their region. Such a service should respect the traditions of the native peoples, and may be a service of repentance and reconciliation between indigenous and immigrant peoples.

Suggested Hymns from UMH


Amazing Grace (note stanzas in Native American languages)




Jesus Loves Me (stanza in Cherokee)

330 Daw-Kee, Aim Daw-Tsi-Taw (Great Spirit, Now I Pray) 148 Many and Great, O God
244 Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
See also in The United Methodist Book of Worship: Shawnee Traveling Song (Hymn 97) Kiowa Hymn: A Call to Worship (Hymn 184)


See Prayer to the Holy Spirit (UMH 329)
See also The United Methodist Book of Worship 455, 468, 470. 487. 521. 558. 562 and
“A Native American Service of Holy Communion” as used at General Conference 2012.

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Copyright: None. Note: This resource was edited, 2013, by Discipleship Ministries to reflect the change in the name of this Special Sunday and to add reference to the Communion resource now available. The Greeting included in the print edition is not included here because no definitive source could be traced establishing copyright ownership.

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