SOME THOUGHTS ON PUBLIC WORSHIP
My second text was Romans 8. 14: “For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” I was enabled to speak with much freedom for half an hour, when all of a sudden felt dark and straitened in my soul, and I said, “Friends, it has
given over coming, and I feel quite fast and shut up; so I will give
over. There is a saying that it is no use pumping when the well is dry.”
One of my friends, a farmer, brought a young gentleman with him to this preaching, who, till very recently, was an honourable and useful man in the town and neighbourhood, and he was so pleased with the plain, honest and simple manner in which I suddenly concluded my discourse, that he often said to my friends that he should never forget it, and that it was best to be like John Kershaw, to close the sermon at once when it gives over coming.
I should not have noticed this trivial circumstance but from the consideration that it may be useful to young ministers into whose hands it may fall. I have often heard people complain, saying, “If ministers would give up sooner it would be much better than hacking and stammering, repeating the same thing over and over again.”
It is much better to leave them longing than loathing.
(J. Kershaw of Rochdale.)