GENERAL CONFESSION PART I
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
Racism Divided the Methodist Family
1787 St. Georges Methodist Episcopal Church
1796 John Street Methodist Episcopal Church
1870 The Methodist Episcopal Church, South
Racism Established the Central Jurisdiction
The Witness of Bishop James S. Thomas
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
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
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
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.
Call to Confession