By Charles D. Cashdollar
A religious domestic explores congregational existence within British and American Reformed church buildings among 1830 and 1915. At a time whilst students became drawn to the daily event of neighborhood congregations, this ebook reaches again into the 19th century, a seriously formative interval in Anglo-American non secular existence, to ascertain the historic roots of congregational life.Taking the point of view of the laity, Cashdollar levels broadly from worship and track to fund-raising and management, from pastoral care to social paintings, from prayer conferences to strawberry gala's, from the sanctuary to the kitchen. Firmly rooted in broader currents of gender, type, notions of middle-class respectability, expanding expectancies for private privateness, and styles of professionalization, he unearths that there has been a gentle shift in emphasis in the course of those years from piety to fellowship.Based on documents, courses, and memorabilia from approximately a hundred and fifty congregations representing 8 denominations, a non secular domestic offers us a accomplished, composite portrait of non secular lifestyles in Victorian Britain and the United States.
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31 PART II Worship Together three The Lord’s Day The reputation of celebrated preacher T. DeWitt Talmadge had already spread from Brooklyn to London, from his regular audience of American Presbyterians to the English Congregationalists who were eagerly anticipating his visit. ” City Temple’s organist Ebenezer Minshall remembered that when the doors were ﬁnally opened, “The rush to get in . . ”1 This was an extreme example, perhaps, of the zeal with which nineteenth-century churchgoers sought out ﬁne preaching, but the point is sound: eloquent preachers could pack the pews.
Second Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, selected an 1895 committee of ﬁve—two elders, two trustees, and one congregational representative; a few years later, Central Presbyterian Church, Rochester, New York, used three elders, three trustees, and one at-large member. 43 In the years before midcentury, the meetings in which church members elected their ministers were preceded by prayer and fasting. As the congregation of Second Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia embarked on a pastoral search in 23 A Spiritual HOME 1833, the session appointed a day to be “set apart for .
Their oratory readily pulled individual listeners into its grasp. One of the ushers at Plymouth Church studied the young men around him, and while Beecher preached, they sat poised and receptive, “all sense of surroundings . . ”3 Viewed from inside the congregation, however, the perspective is less onedimensional. Preaching was important, but it was linked to the congregation’s ongoing life and work, and set in a context of worship. Clergy who did not have the status of celebrities successfully nurtured congregations, even if they did not draw curiosity seekers and tourists.