Page:A Sermon Preached in the Temporary Chapel of Keble College.djvu/20

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page has been validated.


or of variety if they are asked to take a part other than that which they would choose. I shall venture even to mention a very trifling matter, a mere detail of order: I should be glad to get rid of the disorderly way which we have on Wednesday and Friday mornings, when some stand some sit in the pause between the Psalms and the Hymn: I would ask all to continue standing. I purposely refer to a small point of this kind, to shew you that the temper which I should wish each to have is impatience with any thing depending upon himself to remedy which forms the least blemish on the order and perfection of our Service.

But while I speak of externals, do not suppose that my thoughts stop there, that I forget, or that I wish to disguise from you that outward negligence and silence may have a deeper cause. I would rather hope that the consideration which, speaking at my last opportunity this Term, I ask you to give during the Vacation to what I have said, may lead some to ask themselves more plainly and distinctly the reason why they hold back from a hearty share in public worship. Maybe the enquiry will discover to some an inward indifference or rebellion towards that which is expressed by the words which a Service of Christian worship puts into their mouths; and they will find that their silence was an instinctive shrinking from the further sin of hypocrisy; that half unconsciously,