The Dismissal Hymn

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The Dismissal hymn sends the people forth into the world with a sense of mission and Christian purpose.

Just as an Entrance hymn symbolizes coming into the presence of God, so a Dismissal hymn symbolizes going forth into the world to serve God. Therefore it is most appropriate to sing a sending forth hymn that touches on service, mission, or the Christian life.

During the hymn, leaders of worship recess to the back of the sanctuary. In the liturgical tradition, the order of recessing is the...


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