Liturgical Revolutions

Lester Ruth

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

Liturgical Revolutions


This article focuses on Methodist worship. The worship of early Methodists helped shape the future of English-speaking Protestant worship, especially in America. Looking at Methodist worship in that region is useful as a case study to see how Methodists worshipped when free from the immediate oversight of John Wesley, free from the pervasive backdrop of an established church, and in contact with a non-European ethnic group (i.e., African Americans). As the first independent Methodist church (the Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1784) – and a hugely successful one at that (Methodists expanded from 2 per cent of the total church population in 1775 to 34 per cent in 1850) – American Methodism brought many practices to the mainstream of English-speaking Protestantism.

Keywords: American Methodism; Methodist worship; Protestant worship; African Americans; American Methodists

Article.  8263 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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