Jul 30 – Wilberforce & Cooper

A Great Cloud of Witnesses

Illumination - Wilberforce and Ashley-Cooper

William Wilberforce, 1833
Anthony Ashley Cooper, Lord Shaftesbury, 1885
Prophetic Witnesses

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From the Satucket Lectionary

detail of portrait of William WilberforceWilliam Wilberforce was born in 1759 and served in Parliament from 1780 to 1825. A turning point in his religious life was a tour of Europe. In the luggage of a travelling companion he saw a copy of William Law‘s book, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life. He asked his friend, “What is this?” and received the answer, “One of the best books ever written.” The two of them agreed to read it together on the journey, and Wilberforce embarked on a lifelong program of setting aside Sundays and an interval each morning on arising for prayer and religious reading. He considered his options, including the clergy, and was persuaded by Christian friends that his calling was to serve God through…

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