American Methodist Worship (Religion in America) by Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

By Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

This publication deals a entire exam of Methodist perform, tracing its evolution from the earliest days as much as the current. utilizing liturgical texts in addition to written bills in well known and personal assets, Karen Westerfield Tucker investigates some of the rites and seasons of worship in Methodism and examines them when it comes to American society.

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As my strength was almost gone, I desired Brother Shadford to speak a few words to them. He attempted so to do, but was so overcome with the Divine presence, that he was obliged to sit down; and this was the case, both with him and myself, over and over again. We could only sit still and let the Lord do his work. For upwards of 2 hours the mighty pouring out of the spirit of God continued upon the congregation. As many of them had come from far, we with the greatest difficulty and the most earnest per- 38 American Methodist Worship suasions, got them to depart, between 7 and 8 o’clock in the evening.

25 The 1896 service expanded that of 1888 by including options for choral and instrumental music and for the unison recitation of the Apostles’ Creed immediately following the opening hymn as a statement of ecclesiological self-identity; these provisions had actually been proposed in 1888 by J. E. 26 In the 1896 outline, preaching is identified as the “sermon,” announcements are to be given before the collection, and the reading of the Old and New Testament lessons is split by the singing of the Gloria Patri, with provision given for a responsive reading of the Old Testament lesson if it is from the Psalms.

In short, look where we would, all was wonder and amazement! As my strength was almost gone, I desired Brother Shadford to speak a few words to them. He attempted so to do, but was so overcome with the Divine presence, that he was obliged to sit down; and this was the case, both with him and myself, over and over again. We could only sit still and let the Lord do his work. For upwards of 2 hours the mighty pouring out of the spirit of God continued upon the congregation. As many of them had come from far, we with the greatest difficulty and the most earnest per- 38 American Methodist Worship suasions, got them to depart, between 7 and 8 o’clock in the evening.

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