INCIDENTS #11 - ELIZABETH RUSSO
Subject: INCIDENTS #11
From: ELIZABETH RUSSO
Date: October 27, 1998

INCIDENTS AND CHARACTERS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM

By

The Reverend John Elmore DuBois

Edited by Elizabeth A. DuBois
(c) 1998  DuBois Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

[There are handwritten notes indicating that KENNON below may have been
KENNEAR--ed.]

FOUR
Rev. Kennon and Rev. Graves
The Power of Methodist Singing


 The Conference of 1822 sent Peyton Graves and Meredith Kennon to Vernon
circuit.  This was a wise appointment.

   Graves was a man of superior natural endowments and liberal culture. 
He possessed many of the graces of oratory and other gifts which go to
make up the successful preacher.  He studied his subjects and fashioned
many of his sermons after the models of Blair.  His language was chaste
and elegant, and his manner of speech fervid and impressive.  When he
preached he had an object in view, and that object was the glory of God
and the salvation of souls.  With such gifts and such a spirit it is not
surprising that he accomplished his object and reaped the rewards of a
rich inheritance. 

     As a preacher, Kennon was by no means the equal of Graves, but as a
field officer he was the peer of any man.  What he lacked in preaching
he made up in singing, exhortation and prayer.  The bugle note of his
martial song,

          "We are going to join the army of the Lord,        
        We are going to join the army"

as it rolled forth full and clear from the rustic encampment, or the
crowded country church, was the paean of many a victory and the
harbinger of many a shout of joy.

     The power, the holy power of entrancing song, is not be measured by
human capacity.  The sermons of Moody have doubtless converted their
thousands, but no more perhaps than the songs of Sanky.  The thrilling
eloquence of the Methodist pulpit has done much to set the world aglow
with the revival spirit, but not more perhaps than Methodist singing. 
But in these days of fashion and show, we very greatly fear that
Methodist song is losing much of its spirituality and power.

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