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Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195126983

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019512698X.001.0001

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The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper

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(p.118) 5 The Lord's Supper
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American Methodist Worship
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Karen B. Westerfield Tucker (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019512698X.003.0005

Methodism arguably became a separate denomination in response to the desire for the “constant communion” advocated by John Wesley. Yet, the frequency of reception varied over the years because of theological, social, and geographical factors. Even though the eucharistic rite inherited from Wesley was left largely unaltered until the twentieth century, Methodists debated other matters related to the Lord's Supper. These included the presence of Christ in the sacrament, admission to the table (“open” versus “close” communion), the composition of the communion elements (e.g., wine or grape juice), and the method of reception.

Keywords:   admission to the table, communion, communion elements, eucharistic rite, frequency of reception, Lord's Supper, method of reception, presence of Christ, sacrament, John Wesley

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