The Guild published its manifesto, Methodist Worship: a plea for toleration, in 1905 after several preparatory years. Its supporters included T.B. Stephenson, Hugh Price Hughes, James H. Rigg, H.B. Workman, J. Ernest Rattenbury, Sir Frederick Howard and H.H. Fowler. Its aims included the hope that Wesleyans would adopt ‘a friendly attitude to liturgical worship’. It supported the Prayer Book tradition for Wesleyan morning services, pleaded for reverence in worship, kneeling for public prayer, standing for singing, reverent administration of the sacraments, use of the lectionary, the receiving of the collection at the Lord’s Table, better observance of the Christian Year, a greater frequency of Holy Communion and less sensationalism in the advertising of church events. With its overlap in membership and aims it was in many ways a precursor of theMethodist Sacramental Fellowship.
See also Public worship