Actually, I missed this one because it was yesterday, but Aldersgate day was yesterday. In case you are wondering what it is, I’ve included part of the Wikipedia entry below:
Aldersgate Day is a holiday celebrated by Methodists on May 24 to commemorate the day in 1738 when Anglican priest John Wesley attended a group meeting in Aldersgate, London, where he received an experience of assurance of his salvation. This was the pivotal event in Wesley’s life that ultimately led to the development of the Methodist movement in Britain and America.
The “Aldersgate experience”
According to his journal, Wesley found that his enthusiastic gospel message had been rejected by his Anglican brothers. Heavy-hearted, he reluctantly attended a group meeting that evening in a Moravian chapel on Aldersgate Street in London. It was there, while someone was reading from Martin Luther‘s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans, that he felt that his heart was “strangely warmed.” He describes it as:
Daniel L. Burnett called this event Wesley’s “Evangelical Conversion”, even though he was already a priest. In 1739 Wesley broke with the Moravians and founded a new society, which would become the Methodist movement.
I’ve included another link from Seedbed – are you worn out? Here are three things that we can learn from the founder of Methodism, John Wesley – A Strangely Warmed Preacher.