Old Meeting House Congregational Church (1643)

The Best Hidden Church in Norwich

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You fearful saints, fresh courage take…the clouds you so much dread…are big with mercy, and shall break…. In blessings on your head.

You might have heard that on the 3rd Saturday every month we have Sing on Saturday at the chapel, this is a time when we sing the hymns which have been loved over the years and are not sung so often these days. You would be right in thinking that I love singing the old hymns especially as I find them so uplifting and inspiring.

It might surprise you if the hymn that I turn to more than any other was written by a man who contemplated suicide. Life had become so meaningless and hopeless for William Cowper, the famous English poet, that he decided to commit suicide. Hailing a horse-drawn cab, he gave as his destination a bridge over the River Thames. But the fog was so think that he rode about for an hour or more. Where was the river? Rebuking the cabbie for taking so long to find the river bank, Cowper thrust open the door of the cab. Upon doing so, he discovered that instead of being near the river, he was right back at his own doorstep! Smitten by the coincidence, he rushed to his room, took a quill and paper and penned the lines that have cheered millions who have come to the brink of disaster:

God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea,

And rides upon the storm.

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