By Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
This publication deals a complete exam of Methodist perform, tracing its evolution from the earliest days as much as the current. utilizing liturgical texts in addition to written money owed in renowned and personal resources, Karen Westerfield Tucker investigates many of the rites and seasons of worship in Methodism and examines them when it comes to American society.
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Since the unchurched and unconverted were often the intended participants in the evening service, worship generally took on an evangelistic ﬂavor. Many of the early Methodist preachers record in their diaries and journals the Scripture texts taken for the evening services and for other times of day, and note with pride the reaping of the harvest of new souls or their dismay at the coldness and hard-heartedness of their hearers. In a move that may have reﬂected either the dwindling practice of multiple Sunday gatherings or the expectation that services at all hours should conform to the morning pattern, the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1912 eliminated from the disciplinary section “Order of Public Worship” all references to afternoon and The Lord’s Day: The Shape of Worship 25 evening worship; eight years earlier, the paragraph on afternoon and evening had been reduced to a simple footnote in the section.
1 Wesley’s revision of the Prayer Book therefore was intended to equip the American Methodists for what their self31 32 American Methodist Worship deﬁnition charged them to do. The Sunday Service also recognized the radical departure that Methodists had made from the Prayer Book tradition when it allowed for the option of extemporary prayer in public worship,2 though this rubric came not in Wesley’s orders for morning and evening prayer, but in the service for the Lord’s Supper. 3 The use of printed prayers on Sunday morning was not the favored practice of the majority of early American Methodists, who preferred the extemporary style over the reading of prayer texts; Methodists who worshiped in the large urban centers and utilized both types of prayer were, for a time, the exception.
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American Methodist Worship (Religion in America) by Karen B. Westerfield Tucker