Friday, April 20, 2007

John Wesley has directions for singing. Did you know that? His Directions for Singing are found in the front pages of most Methodist hymnals. It reads as follows:

1. Learn these tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please.

2. Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can.

3. Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a single degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing.

4. Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, then when you sung the songs of Satan.

5. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.

6. Sing in time. Whatever time is sung be sure to keep with it. Do not run before nor stay
behind it; but attend close to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can; and take care not to sing to slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.

7. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.
From John Wesley’s Select Hymns, 1761

Also, yesterday I was reading a blog from some excellent expositor's and there was a great post on Matthew 1:21:

The title of the blog was "Thoughts on His People from Matthew 1:21." I thought he did a very good job working through the text and with the historical context in mind. I agree with his conclusion. It is definitely worth the read.


Paul Lamey said...

Thanks for the kind comment about my article.

BTW: my wife's maiden name is "Kirkland" so maybe you have relatives down here in Alabama...I hope that doesn't depress you.


Anonymous said...

Love that JW!

-Fiance Next Door's Mom

Geoffrey Kirkland said...


Hahaha, no that doesn't depress me 'too much.' Where are you serving in Alabama?

I know my buddy Steve Lawson is there in Mobile at Christ Fellowship as well!

I check expository thoughts daily. It always is very insightful, helpful and accurate (most of the time) :=)

Yea what can we say..."Kirkland", it's the COSTCO brand. That should sum it all up!

Blessings to you,


Paul Lamey said...

I pastor in Huntsville which is on the north end of the state and Steve Lawson is in Mobile which is all the way south. My parents are in his church and that is the congregation my wife and I are from.

As for "Kirkland" and Costco we have certainly missed out on the royalties.

Blessings and take care,

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