from my notebook

My head is full of thoughts, and I have to write them down.

Wesley’s Rules for Congregational Singing

  1. Sing All – See that you join the congregation as frequently as you can.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sing in Time – whatever the time is sung, be sure to keep with it.  Do not run before and do not stay behind it; but attend close to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can; and take care not to sing too slow.  This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it his high time to drive it out from among us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.
  5. Sing Spiritually – have an eye to God in every word you sing.  Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature.

John Wesley (1703-1791)


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