Pastor Connects Through Protest Hymn

Date Posted: 6/2/2020

Many United Methodist clergy gave Pentecost Sunday sermons on the scourge of racism, prompted by the latest high-profile killing of a black man in police custody.
The Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson may have outpreached and outreached them all by offering his own protest hymn, titled “It Is Enough!”

Clad in jacket, dress shirt and slacks, hands held out prayerfully, Johnson stood before a video camera, closed his eyes and sang, “There are no words that can contain, the depth of sorrow, grief and pain, that mothers, sons and all exclaim: Kyrie eleison!”

The video of Johnson singing that and the rest of “It Is Enough!” for online worship at Christ United Methodist Church, in Sugar Land, Texas, had about 19,000 Facebook views as of June 2. Facebook shares of the performance number in the hundreds.

At least eight other churches across the U.S., from Maine to Hawaii, offered their own performances of the hymn on May 31, after Johnson and United Methodist Discipleship Ministries posted the words and music online last week.

“I continue to be overwhelmed by how this has resonated with so many,” said Johnson, pastor of music and worship life at Christ Church.

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