“Aldersgate Sunday”, May 24, 2020

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate St., where one was reading Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust Christ, Christ alone for my salvation and an assurance was given me that he had taken away MY sins, even MINE and saved ME from the law of sin and death.– John Wesley’s Journal May 24, 1738.

The Aldersgate experience remains central to Methodist understanding and belief. These words continue to be the heart and soul of “the people called Methodist.” 
On this “my heart was strangely warmed” day, join me praying:  For hearts burning to live the love of God so that those to whom love is a stranger will find United Methodists generous and godly friends; 
For The United Methodist Church, to kindle such fiery fervor that those whose faith has cooled, may be warmed at our altar fires;
For burning brands of destruction to be transformed to hearts, minds and lives ablaze, with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, that in this OUR time of great need, United Methodists may be an inextinguishable presence of Spirit’s gifts: “affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity, a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion on the heart, a conviction that basic holiness permeates all things and people, loyalty in commitments, never needing to force our own way and directing our energies wisely.” (Galatians 5:13-16, The Message) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
excerpt taken from:”Aldersgate Day” written by Rev. Fred Day,  General Secretary; General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH)

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