John Wesley’s Singing Rules for Congregations

j04387001I suppose John Wesley had a “method” for most everything. 😉  Sometimes it is helpful to look more closely at the things we do routinely–especially in our worship–to guard against complacency and  drudgery.  See if you are approaching congregational singing  “decently and in order” by looking at this checklist below:

  1. Learn the tune.
  2. Sing them as they are printed.
  3. Sing all. “If it is a cross to you, take it up and you will find a blessing.”[So much for the typical Baptist “first and last” tradition} 😀
  4. Sing lustily and with a good courage.[When I read this, I think of our dear missionary friend Jon Gleason in Scotland.]
  5. Sing modestly. Do not bawl.{When I read this I think of…well, nevermind who I think of! :P]
  6. Sing in time. Do not run before or stay behind.
  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. [This is my favorite…when was the last time you really thought about the words of a very familiar hymn, like, say, “Blessed Assurance”?

One thought on “John Wesley’s Singing Rules for Congregations

  1. RE: “I suppose John Wesley had a ‘method’ for most everything.”

    If he had a “procedure” the Methodists would be called “Proceduralists”


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