JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS DAVE HANSON
John Wesley loved communion and tried to have it every day. He called it a “converting sacrament” and insisted that it be open to all who repent of their sins, intend to live a new life following the commandments of God, and are in love and fellowship with their neighbors. He was thrilled when his own mother, at the age of 70 and after a lifetime of serving God and the Church, said that while she was taking Holy Communion she suddenly realized that Jesus gave his body and blood for her.
John Wesley’s father, Rev. Samuel Wesley, sent a pewter communion chalice with General James Ogelthorpe to be used in the first church in Savannah. John later sent a silver chalice to Francis Asbury for the church in America. That chalice is located today at St. George Church in Philadelphia. It was carefully sent to Drew University in 2003 and used to serve communion to participants in the World Wesley Conference held on that beautiful campus.
In the Arthur J. Moore Museum at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, there is another very special chalice. It is a copy of the one in Baltimore. This chalice was given to the museum by Rev. Lawrence Houston in memory of his first wife Barbara. It is used each year by retired South Georgia United Methodist pastors and their spouses at the Eagles’ Fall Retreat.