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

By Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

This e-book 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 bills in well known and personal resources, 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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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.

Though cautions were put forward and claims made that some had gone too far in “using that liberty which Methodism has always allowed to its representatives,”14 Methodists from the beginning of the twentieth century have explored and accepted new forms of scholarship with the intention that the church might more authentically address the times in which it ministered. ”15 The incorporation of responsive psalmody into worship had the unintended result of depriving congregations of the fullness of Old Testament riches.

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. Thus the tension found early on concerning freedom or form in worship in general was borne out liturgically by the method of prayer used and theologically through the pneumatological presuppositions that undergirded the definitions of authentic prayer.

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