Wednesday, March 17, 2010

When to sit and when to stand

Wed 17 March 1784: We went to Cheltenham, which I had not seen for many years. I preached at noon to half a houseful of hearers, most of them cold and dead enough. I expected to find the same at Tewksbury but was agreeably disappointed. Not only the congregation was much larger, but I admired their teachableness. On my mentioning the impropriety of standing at prayer and sitting while we were singing praise to God, they all took advice, kneeling while we prayed and stood up while we sung Psalms.

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