James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >
Assembled in Thy house of prayer. J. Montgomery. [Divine Service.] Written for the Sheffield Sunday School Union, Whitsuntide gathering, 1840, and first printed on a fly-sheet for use at that time. The same year it was sent to Dr. Leifchild, and in 1842 it appeared as No. 31, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, in his collection of Original Hymns, and headed, "For a divine blessing on the ministry of the word." (M. MSS.) In Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, it reappeared with the same title as No. 98.