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Of the world’s population of 7.8 billion, Christianity is the most widely practised religion in the world, with more than 2 billion followers. Next in popularity are 1.5 billion followers of Islam and 900 million Hindu. There are many beliefs that Christians have in common. There are however, not unsurprisingly, also many differences in the more than 21,000 Christian denominations.

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While Christianity started with a small group of adherents, many historians regard the spread and adoption of Christianity throughout the world as one of the most successful spiritual missions in human history.
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Christian Worship

Christian worship can take many forms, but most denominations have some form of Communion.
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When Christians talk about worship they are referring to the practice of putting God first in their lives. This can be done either in private worship or in public worship - for example, Sunday church service.[1] Christians worship personally, privately, and collectively. Some denominations use rituals, sacred objects, symbolism, and liturgy. Other denominations are non-liturgical and take a different approach in their worship. There are various expressions of worship that can include music, dance, prayer, study, art, and serving others.[2] The central ceremony in most Christian denominations is the Eucharist or Holy Communion. Holy Communion is a ritual instituted by Jesus in which bread and wine are prayed over and then consumed by the faithful in memory of Christ. The holy meal is considered to be a sacrament in most Christian churches. Despite Holy Communion being a common practice among most Christian groups, some denominations contest what the bread and wine represent and how the ritual of Communion should be practiced due to Scripture’s ambiguity as to those specifics.[3] Beliefs diverge as to the nature of the Communion bread and wine, the frequency with which believers should receive Communion, who should serve Communion, who should receive Communion, what prayers should be said during Communion.[3]

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  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zbp7y9q/revision/1
  2. https://justdisciple.com/types-of-worship-in-christianity/
  3. https://www.christianity.com/wiki/church/why-is-there-so-much-disagreement-about-holy-communion.html

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