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Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195126983

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019512698X.001.0001

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Devotion and Discipleship

Devotion and Discipleship

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American Methodist Worship

Karen B. Westerfield Tucker (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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