“I believe there is no Liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid, scriptural, rational piety than the Common Prayer of the Church of England.”
~ John Wesley: founder of Methodism, and a Presbyter (Priest) in the Church of England
As someone who was born, baptized, and raised in the Methodist tradition of Christianity, with a grandfather – the Rev. Dr. Carl W. Reamer, pictured below – who was not only an ordained Methodist minister but the only member of our family thus far to earn a doctorate (Doctor of Theology, from Rutgers University), this quote means a lot to me!
I have always felt – and argued, with parents who were none too keen on the idea, initially – that my embrace of the classical Anglican tradition was not so much a “conversion” as it was a completion: a return to what John Wesley had envisioned all along! I like to think, and hope, that Granddad Reamer would have agreed.