Mainstream Liturgical Developments

Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

in The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696116
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Mainstream Liturgical Developments

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This article details the evolution of Methodist liturgical forms and practices. John Wesley exhibited a restrained liberty in adjusting established Anglican texts, rubrics, and canons while also taking up additional practices deemed expedient for spreading the gospel. We find within Mr Wesley himself a pattern and tension that would persist among later generations of Methodists in various places and times: the desire for clearly defined liturgical forms; the freedom within reason to depart from, emend, or supplement those forms; and reliance upon the witness of scripture and Christian antiquity to support both approaches.

Keywords: Methodists; Methodism; John Wesley; Common Prayer; liturgical forms; freedom of expression

Article.  7472 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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