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Devotion and Discipleship

Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

in American Methodist Worship

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780195126983
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834754 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019512698X.003.0009

Series: Religion in America

Devotion and Discipleship

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From the earliest days, Methodists were exhorted to practice works of piety and works of mercy in order to nurture both inner religion and social holiness. These works of piety include family worship, public prayer (often manifested during the week as the “prayer meeting”), and fasting. The visitation of the sick and ministries of healing numbered among the means of caring for others. Eventually, these services of prayer and acts of discipleship, which were understood as essential occasions for worship and channels of grace, came to be regarded as no more than personal options.

Keywords: family worship; fasting; grace; healing; prayer meeting; public prayer; visitation of the sick; works of mercy; works of piety

Chapter.  8017 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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