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The Work of the People in Racial Tension

2018 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Vesper

This Vesper Service
We cannot escape the grasp of sin and death. In this service, Urban Doxology responds to events of hate and racism, death and tragedy through song, with words of both lament and hope. This service will include songs such as “Come by Here,” “Holy Spirit,” “Shalom,” “Spirit Pour Out,” “Isaiah 58,” “Purge Me,” “Speaking,” “We Are Good,” “Who Has the Final Say,” “Say Yes,” “Declaration of Dependence,” “Without You,” and “Get Up and Dance.”

What does “Urban Doxology” mean?
An “urban doxology” is any liturgy, preaching, music or art that crosses boundaries in ethnicity, race, and class and prepares God’s people for the city of God.

The Urban Doxology Story
Urban Doxology is a ministry that writes the soundtrack of reconciliation in the racially diverse and gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill, Richmond, Virginia. The band evolved out of the Urban Songwriting Internship Program that is a partnership with Arrabon and East End Fellowship. Most of band members are an active part of East End Fellowship, a community that endeavors to be a faithful presence, seeking God’s joy and justice for their neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia, out of love for Christ. Urban Doxology is a ministry of Arrabon through worship formation. Urban Doxology creates worship experiences and resources to equip Christian communities with the spiritual formation needed to faithfully practice reconciliation. You can find out more about Urban Doxology, their mission, and their music on their website:

What is “Arrabon”?
The word arrabon means “a foretaste of what is to come.” The ministry of Arrabon (www. believes that the church should be a “foretaste of a reconciled heaven to our divided world.” Arrabon works to equip Christian leaders and their communities with the resources needed to increase their cultural intelligence to effectively participate in reconciliation.