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On Wednesday, May 24, 1738, John Wesley experienced his "heart strangely warmed." This Aldersgate experience was crucial for his own life and became a touchstone for the Wesleyan movement.

Scripture Readings

Psalm 130 (UMH 515, 516, 848)* Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Acts 2:1 –21 The giving of the Holy Spirit
Romans 5:1 –11 By faith we have peace with God.
2 Peter 1:4* Great and precious promises
Matthew 9:27 –30a According to your faith, let it be done.
Mark 12:28 –34a* You are not far from the kingdom of God.

*These scriptures were read or heard by John Wesley on May 24, 1738.

Suggested Hymns from UMH

363 And Can It Be That I Should Gain

420 Breathe on Me, Breath of God

386 Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown

710 Faith of Our Fathers

57 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

501 O Thou Who Camest from Above

332 Spirit of Faith, Come Down

342 Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin*

*Read as poetry or sing to the tune ST. PETERSBURG (UMH 153).


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.

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