John Wesley and the Lectionary? Oh yes.
In delivering the Sunday Service to the American Methodists, at the same time he delivered the Articles, John Wesley wrote,
“I believe there is no liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breaths more a solid, scriptural, rational piety, than the Common Prayer of the Church of England.”
This article supposes that John Wesley was, at the least, a lectionary preacher. That’s right, John Wesley and the Lectionary.
I like this line: “solid, scriptural, rational piety.”
Personally, and this is just me speaking, but returning to the lectionary is appealing given that it was the proto-Rob Bell Swiss preacher who removed us from it. May Zwingli get his just reward.
Anyway, in reading Wesley I see a struggle between evangelistic fervor and a call to the high church. I think this is where the Big Tent philosophy comes into play. For me, I see a great purpose for the lectionary, but recognize that it may not be helpful to some. To dismiss it, however, is a privileged ploy.
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