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Liturgy of Repentance

 

GENERAL CONFESSION PART I

LAMENT

The song, "Sometimes I Wish" by Jim Strathdee will be sung as a connecting link throughout the section on Lament.

CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE: ROOTS OF DISUNITY

I.
Racism Divided the Methodist Family
1787 – St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church
1796 – John Street Methodist Episcopal Church
1870 – The Methodist Episcopal Church, South

II.
Racism Established the Central Jurisdiction
The Witness of Bishop James S. Thomas

III.
Racism Remained For Those Who Stayed
Bishop Charles F. Golden of Los Angeles (Central Jurisdiction) and Bishop James K. Mathews of Boston were refused entry together to worship in a Methodist Church on Easter Day, 1964

IV.
Racism in the Church Today
Video Images of Racism Today
(United Methodist Communications)
The Witness of Bishop Woodie White

ANTHEM Ohio Ecumenical Choir

EXHORTATION WITH CALL TO CONFESSION

Bishop William Boyd Grove,
The Ecumenical Officer of the Council of Bishops

Scripture Lesson

The prophet Joel called upon the whole religious community to repent with these words (Joel 1:13).

Put on sackcloth and lament, you priests;
Wail you ministers of the altar.
Come, pass the night in sackcloth,
you ministers of my God!

Other prophetic voices lamented (Jeremiah 6:26a and Lamentations 2:10):

O my poor people,
put on sackcloth and roll in ashes
making most bitter lamentations.

The elders of daughter Zion
sit on the ground in silence;
they have thrown dust on their heads
and put on sackcloth;
the young girls of Jerusalem
have bowed their heads to the ground.

 

Exhortation

 Call to Confession

 Silence


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