Ancestry: The People Who Made the Methodist Movement
Now, more than ever, we can learn about our unknown and distant ancestry. The Methodists have been around for hundreds of years, but we may not know about some of our more colorful ancestors, or the tense moments, and the passion that made a group of people begin the greatest Protestant movement in England and America. Join us as we trace our ancestry!
April 27 & 29| The Wesleys and Everyday People
This sermon introduces the Wesleys, John and Charles, and their family of origin. We learn how the Wesleys were impacted by a stagnant church and Oxford, which had become a stagnant training ground for pastors. Learn how the Wesleys embraced the ministry of the laity together, which began in their very own home with guidance from their devout parents.
May 4 & 6 | American Evangelists: The Flea and The Student
Read Paul’s words to Timothy, and journey with two of the most prominent early Methodists.
Thomas Coke—“The Flea,”so known by Wesley because he was always hopping around to his missions, also the Father of Methodist Missions. (He died at sea on the way to another today’s Sri Lanka).
Francis Asbury—Less educated, an apprenticed black smith, Asbury became an example of leadership and the intellectual inquiry needed to spread the movement and required by the Oxford scholar, Wesley.
May 11 & 13 | The Strong Sisters of Methodism: Susanna, Sojourner and Shaw
The long list of Paul’s helpers comes at the end of Romans, and it includes many women. This sermon will begin with Susanna—we may have touched on her background in the first sermon some—but move also to early women in Methodism, including lay women speakers to modern ordination 61 years ago. I think this topic is very important after the year of #metoo. Churches still do not want to accept women as their clergy, and some also have ridiculous assumptions about women as leaders.
May 18 & 20 | All Shall Prophesy: The Black Methodists
There is a great timeline titled, Methodism in Black and White that includes such facts as John Wesley baptizing “Negro slaves”to spread the Methodist societies in the “new world.”It lists organizing Black Methodists like “Bettye”, Philip Embury, “Black Harry”Hosier, Richard Allen, and those who come later.