Aldersgate Day

May 24, 1738 was a turning point for the people called Methodists…

From various resources:

On May 24, 1738, John Wesley, burdened by the rejection of his enthusiastic gospel message by his Anglican brothers, went very unwillingly to an evening society meeting in Aldersgate-street, London. But, as he records in his journal, about a quarter to nine he felt his heart strangely warmed. “I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for 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.” Wesley’s Aldersgate experience is identified as a turning point in his spiritual growth, a time in which the faith he preached so boldly became real for and in him. (from General Board of Global Ministries)

did you know?: Aldersgate Day

May 24, or the nearest Sunday, is Aldersgate Day or Aldersgate Sunday. This celebrates our founder John Wesley’s life-changing experience at a meeting on Aldersgate Street, London, May 24, 1738. He wrote extensively of that experience in his journal for that day, including these words:

“In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, 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 in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given to me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”

On this day each year let us pray for, or celebrate, such an experience in our lives.

–The Rev. Hoyt Hickman, Nashville, Tenn., is an author, educator and church worship expert. (Interpreter Magazine)

Almighty God, in a time of great need you raised up your servants John and Charles Wesley, and by your spirit inspired them to kindle a flame of sacred love which leaped and ran, an inextinguishable blaze. Grant that all those whose hearts have been warmed at these altar fires, being continually refreshed by your grace, may be so devoted to the increase of scriptural holiness throughout the land that in this our time of great need, your will may fully and effectively be done on earth as it is in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
(Prayer by Fred D. Gealy, as printed in the UMBW.) (from Wesleyan/Anglican Blog)

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