By Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

This booklet bargains a finished 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 a few of the rites and seasons of worship in Methodism and examines them relating to American society.

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In remote areas, the main service of the week was not held on Sunday at all, or Lord’s Day worship was presided over by a licensed local preacher or an approved exhorter, a role that, in later times, might also be assumed by the Sunday school superintendent. Afternoon worship was to include the same components as the morning service, though with a reduction in the amount of Scripture to be read; Methodist Protestants from their formation indicated that both afternoon and evening services were to be comparable to the morning service, except for the number of Scripture lessons.

So observed Mississippi native Maria Dyer Davies, writing in her late teens: December 29, 1850. Went to church to day, heard Mr. Massingale. Subject, analogy of the ancient races to the christian etc.

Anthem The Responsive Reading Gloria Patri Affirmation of Faith The Lessons: Old Testament, New Testament Pastoral Prayer IV. The Dedication of Life All that follows the Pastoral Prayer, from Offertory to Benediction, should be in a mood of dedication, which is centralized in the Sermon. The goal of all worship is the dedication of ourselves, in the name of Christ, to his Church and Kingdom. Offertory Hymn The Sermon An Invitation to Christian Discipleship Hymn Silent Prayer Benediction Postlude Not simply outlines (a separate outlined “Order of Worship” is provided), these services are richly developed with a variety of texts incorporated for prayer and praise.

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