and got out the first issue of the paper in January, and
have been able to publish a number every month since.
One reason why I took this advanced and unauthorized
step was because I thought I had the confidence of my
brethren, who appointed me, and that they expected me
to do whatever I found necessary in order to promote the
welfare of the cause I represented, and I hope I have not
been deceived. It might be well to state that the first
two issues were circulated gratis, in order that it might
be publicly known that such a paper was in existence.
All of which I submit for your consideration.
The necessity of having a uniform order of public
worship was then taken up and discussed. Several breth-
ron freely expressed their views, both for and against a
uniform order of public worship. After which the follow¬
ing was adopted:
Whereas, One of the grand objects in coming to¬
gether in a general body like this is to learn to speak the
same things and practice the same faith; therefore, be it
Resolved, It is the sense of this General Association
that it is essential to have a uniform system of public
worship as it is to have a uniform set of books in our
Resolved further, That this General Association rec¬
ommend the following order of public worship to all the
churches within its bounds.
1st. The congregation remain seated while the open¬
ing hymn is being sung, and all other singing during public
worship, except the doxology.
2d. Read the Scriptures.
3d. Prayer, the congregation rising quietly and
standing during prayer, being seated at the close.
1th. Intermediate hymn.
g8th, Benediction, the collection and other business,
as it best suits the church.
The total number of associations at this meeting
was 8, number of churches 327, number of ordained