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Have you ever heard of Dr Nathan Bangs?

Dr Nathan Bangs, the first Canadian Methodist preacher, participated in a camp-meeting at Adolphustown in the western part of Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1803. An estimated 2,500 people took part in the meeting which lasted for several days. The meeting, which also served a social purpose, consisted of singing, preaching, and prayer meetings held at intervals: “At five o’clock Saturday morning, a prayer-meeting was held, and at ten o’clock a sermon.” Following the sermons, the clergy went among the people, exhorting the impenitent and comforting the distressed. Bangs wrote, “It was truly affecting to see parents weeping over their children, neighbours exhorting their unconverted neighbours to repent, while all, old and young, were awestruck.”

Stevens’ Life and Times of Dr Bangs, pp. 150-154, cited in Ryerson, Canadian Methodism, pp. 117-119

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Do it again, Lord

Nov 22, 1740 First Great Awakening (278 years ago today)

George Whitefield: “All of a sudden, God’s presence so filled my soul that I could scarce stand under it. I prayed and exhorted, then exhorted and prayed again, but with such power that every person in the room seemed to be under very great impressions, sighing and weeping.”