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Liturgy of Repentance




ANTHEM Ohio Ecumenical Choir


Bishop Roy I. Sano will issue an invitation for response.


Bishop S. Clifton Ives, President of The
General Commission on Religion and Race, and
Chairperson of The Council of Bishops’ Task Force on Racism

The representative members of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church have repented for the sin of racism within our communion and, in good faith, intend to make a new beginning. Our church earnestly desires the leveling of God’s plumb-line; we yearn for unity in our faith family. We earnestly pray that the biblical symbols of prophetic judgment we have experienced tonight may become signs of hope.

As the hymn is sung, baskets of salt will be passed so that each participant in this service will remember our vowed intent to "preserve" our unity in Christ. Please stand as you are able for the uniting hymn.

UNITING HYMN Stand as able "Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee" 

Words: Charles Wesley 1749;
Music: Canterbury, adapt. from Orlando Gibbons, 1623

Jesus, Lord we look to thee; let us in thy name agree;
show thyself the Prince of Peace, bid our strife forever cease.

By thy reconciling love every stumbling block remove;
each to each unite, endear; come, and spread thy banner here.

Let us for each other care, each the other’s burdens bear;
to the church the pattern give, show how true believers live.

Free from anger and from pride, let us thus in God abide;
all the depths of love express, all the heights of holiness.


 Given by Byrd L. Bonner, Esq. a member of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns


Given by Bruce W. Robbins, General Secretary of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns

Friends in Christ,
Let us be sent from this place,
united together as one Methodist faith family.

In the Quest for Unity
We Stand Together

Righted by a Plumb-line,
Cleansed by Ashes,
Supported by the Saints.

As Sisters and Brothers in Christ
We are
Washed in a Font,
Nourished at a Common Table,
Held Together by Song and Story.

We Go Forth as One Church,
The Body of Christ,
The People Called Methodists,
Salted and Ready for Mission.

SENDING FORTH Bishop Roy I. Sano

The Grace 2 Corinthians 13:13

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with all of you, now and forever.

Go in Peace.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen!

 HYMN FOR DEPARTING - Stand as able - "Marching to Zion"

Words: Isaac Watts, 1707; Music: Robert Lowry, 1867

Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord,
join in a song with sweet accord
and thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne.

Refrain: We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion;
we’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God.

Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God;
but children of the heavenly King,
but children of the heavenly King
may speak their joys abroad, may speak their joys abroad.

The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets
before we reach the heavenly fields,
before we reach the heavenly fields,
or walk the golden streets, or walk the golden streets.

Then let our songs abound, and every tear be dry;
we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground,
we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground,
to fairer worlds on high, to fairer worlds on high. 

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