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Prayers of Confession
There are four prayers of confession, assurance and pardon in The United Methodist Hymnal. They are numbered 890-893.
890. This contemporary confession and pardon is from The Book of Common Prayer (1979) of the Episcopal Church.
891. This traditional confession is from the service of “Morning Prayer” in The Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. John Wesley sent it to the Methodists in America as part of his Sunday Service in 1784. It was included in the 1935 and 1966 Methodist hymnals and in the 1957 Evangelical United Brethren hymnal. The words of assurance are from 1 John 1:9.
892. This confession was introduced to Methodists in an order of worship adopted by the 1932 Methodist Episcopal General Conference and then published in the 1935 and 1966 hymnals. The words of assurance are from 1 Timothy 1:15 and 1 John 2:1-2.
893. This contemporary litany of confession comes from the Cathedral Church of Saint George in Cape Town, South Africa, which was Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s cathedral.
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