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The West Douglas Church of Christ is a group of believers who really care! We love one another. We also have a great love for people. We love all kinds of people.
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Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth
John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church in England had seven rules for singing. They sang a cappella in their assemblies. He once remarked that the organ sounded as the braying of a Jackass in the assembly. Most of their assemblies were in the open or rented spaces. That might have had something to do with his attitude.
The rules were simple, but Wesley was very demanding that only the hymns approved from his Select Hymns were to be sung in the Methodist’s worship assemblies. He demanded that the hymns not be changed in any way or any other music be added from other sources. His reasoning was that the worship of the Methodists be uniform throughout their fellowship.
Here are Wesley’s rules quite condensed: 1) Sing all. 2) Sing lustily, 3) Sing modestly. 4) Sing in time. 5) Above all, sing spiritually. 6) Learn these Tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please. 7) Sing them exactly as they are printed.
Wesley recognized the importance of worship and that singing made up a great portion of our worship. Christian messages learned in melody and rhythm are not easily forgotten. An example is my own mother. Although she was disabled by a stroke and unable to speak, she would sing hymns and not miss a word.
Just before Jesus was arrested the Scriptures tell us they sang a hymn. Jesus and his disciples knew the importance of worshiping in song. Worshiping in song can and should be moving, uplifting to the worshipper and bringing glory to the One worshipped. We should always sing our best giving attention to the words and singing from our hearts. May praise, thanksgiving, exhortation and joy come from our lips in our singing. May our worship be in spirit and in truth.