Ministers and Music; Princeton Lectures

Ministers and Music; Princeton Lectures

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...Ward Beecher--confessed his indebtedness to John Zundel and his chorus choir, and Dr. Talmage, too, was careful to have a great organ and a fine cornetist to lead the singing of the people. All of our great modern "Masters of Assemblies " have thus magnified the musical part of the service, and have given their personal attention to it. The habits of some ministers, however, during this part of the worship amount almost to an indecorum. The hymn is listlessly announced, with no indication that the pastor personally cares very much about it, and the learned brother takes his seat and begins to survey " the makeup of the congregation, or to study his notices, or to complete his toilet by rubbing his spectacles, or by blowing out his nostrils like an engine on a switch blowing out her flues. If this ordained and consecrated gentleman has never suspected that he is the leader of the people's praise, why has he never learned to show respectful deference to other people s efforts to praise God, or how to behave himself in the House of God during that exercise. God did not make all good people competent musicians, but He did give them the ability to honor the Church s ordinances, and thus to take part spiritually in them. But this is not the worst. It is no slander to assert that certain of the clergy treat the musical features of worship with a virtual contempt. They not only do not ever themselves try to sing, or urge others to sing, but they speak, sometimes, with levity of musical gifts and musical people, and of the incidents and necessities of the praise service. In their whole ministerial life they never give so much as one earnest thought as to how the praises of our Redeemer are to be rendered more general, or offered more worthily by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236676858
  • 9781236676856