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 “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”

John Fawcett, 1740-1817


“We just cannot break the ties of affection that bind us to you dear friends.”  As Mary Fawcett assured the little congregation at Wainsgate, England, of the bond of love that she and her husband felt for their parishioners, Pastor John decided to reiterate his wife’s feelings in poem and about the value of Christian fellowship.


The following Sunday, John Fawcett preached from Luke 12:15, “a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”  He closed his sermon by reading his new poem, “Brotherly Love.”


At the age of twenty-six, John Fawcett and his new bride, Mary, began their ministry at an impoverished Baptist church in Wainsgate.  After seven years of devoted service in meager circumstances, they received a call to the large and influential Carter’s Lane Baptist Church in London.  After the wagons were loaded for the move, the Fawcetts met their tearful parishioners for a final farewell.  “John, I cannot bear to leave.  I know not how to go!”  “Nor can I either,” said the saddened pastor.  “We shall remain here with our people.”  The order was then given to unload the wagons.


John and Mary Fawcett carried on their faithful ministry in the little village of Wainsgate for a total of 54 years.  Their salary was estimated to be never more than the equivalent of $200.00 a year, despite Fawcett’s growing reputation as an outstanding evangelical preacher, scholar and writer.  Among his noted writings was an essay, “Anger,” which became a particular favorite of King George III.  It is reported that the monarch promised Pastor Fawcett any benefit that could be conferred.  But the offer was declined with this statement, “I have lived among my own people, enjoying their love; God has blessed my labors among them, and I need nothing which even a king could supply.”  Such was the man who gave us these loving words.