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date: 15 July 2019

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This article details the evolution of Methodist liturgical forms and practices. John Wesley exhibited a restrained liberty in adjusting established Anglican texts, rubrics, and canons while also taking up additional practices deemed expedient for spreading the gospel. We find within Mr Wesley himself a pattern and tension that would persist among later generations of Methodists in various places and times: the desire for clearly defined liturgical forms; the freedom within reason to depart from, emend, or supplement those forms; and reliance upon the witness of scripture and Christian antiquity to support both approaches.

Keywords: Methodists, Methodism, John Wesley, Common Prayer, liturgical forms, freedom of expression

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