With apologies to Paul, who long ago advised us to "be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves" (Ephesians 5:18-19), we have to admit we first thought about hymn singing as a spiritual practice when we came across some instructions in the front of a hymnal.
John Wesley, who founded Methodism in the 18th century (with the help of his brother, Charles, a hymn text writer) wrote: "Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Sing modestly. ... strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound."
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