the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
Absence From Week-Night Services
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
'Prayer-Meeting and lecture as usual on Wednesday evening, in the lecture-room. Dear brethren, I urge you all to attend the weekly meetings. 'Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.' Some of the 'dear brethren' deported themselves in this way: Brother A. thought it looked like rain, and concluded that his family, including himself of course, had better remain at home. On Thursday evening it was raining very hard, and the same brother hired a Carriage, and took his whole family to the Academy of Music, to hear M. Agassiz lecture on the 'Intelligence of the Lobster.' Brother B. thought he was too tired to go, so he stayed at home and worked at the sledge he had promised to make for Billy. Sister C. thought the pavements were too slippery. It would be very dangerous for her to venture out. I saw her next morning, going down street to get her old bonnet 'done up.' She had an old pair of stockings drawn over her shoes. Three-fourths of the members stayed at home. God was at the prayer-meeting. The pastor was there, and God blessed them. The persons who stayed at home were each represented by a vacant seat. God don't bless empty seats.United Presbyterian.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Absence From Week-Night Services'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​a/absence-from-week-night-services.html. 1870.