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“ us free, and not suffer ourselves to be in" tangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Let us show our sincerity in using this petition, by resisting all attempts to remove the candlestick from among ourselves : let us bless God for the religious privileges we enjoy, and not suffer them to be violently wrested out of our hands, under any pretence whatever : let us not even expose them to the smallest danger, but guard them as the most valuable part of our property; and especially, let us be careful fo to improve them, that we may never provoke God him- . self to deprive us of them. - In the . . · 4th and last place, Let us extend our re. gards to those dark and miserable corners of the earth, which are full of the habitations of cruelty and wickedness. - Let us not only pray, that the gospel may be sent to them ; but let us do what we can to make our prayers effectual, by embracing every opportunity which the proviSince of God affords us, of conveying to the::inis inestimable blessing. It is our honou and happiness to have a Society for propagating Christian Knowledge erected
among us by royal letters patent, (and countenanced by an annual donation from his Majesty of L. 1000 Sterling), whose bufiness it is to attend to this very thing. The progrefs they have already made, is at once a convincing proof of their fidelity, and a manifeft token of the divine favour and acceptance: hitherto, indeed, their pious endeavours have been mostly laid out in the remote and barbarous parts' of our own native land, though they have not been wholly confined to these. They have been enabled to employ some missionaries abroad; of whose success among the Indians, especially of late, they have received such agreeable accounts, as gives the delightful prospect of a large accession to the kingdom of our Redeemer. The fields are already growing white in those parts, and promise a rich and plentiful harvest, were more labourers employed to gather it.
Here then is an opportunity, which God, in his Providence, affords us of obtaining the answer of our own prayer. By this Society, he demands a proof of our fincerity, and, as it were, offers us the honour to be
come fellow-workers, with himself, in gain, ing new subjects to his Son. Let us with thankfulness embrace the offer, and contribute as liberal an assistance as we can, for carrying on this glorious design.
You must all be. sensible, that your substance cannot be employed to a better purpose, nor indeed laid out in a way more truly advantageous to yourselves. This is charity to the souls of men, and, in the noblest sense, so lending to the Lord,” (Prov. xix. 17.), who will not fail to repay with usury.
This is a certain way of laying " up for “ yourselves treasures in heaven, where there “ is no corrupting moth nor'rust, and where “ thieves cannot break through to steal.” What is thus devoted to the immediate fervice of the Redeemer, can never be lost to the giver, but shall descend in showers of blessings upon his own head. “The liberal “ foul fball be made fat, and he who water“ eth shall be watered also himself,” (Prov. xi. 25.).
Such liberality will afford us, in the mean time, a most refined and delicate pleasure; an enjoyment not confined to a day, but
which lives and improves by reflection: and then it shall be amply recompensed at the resurrection of the just, (Dan. xii. 3.), “ When “ they that are wise shall shine as the bright“ ness of the firmament, and they that turn “ many untó righteousness, as the stars for 6 ever and ever."
Yea, this will bring down the blesling of God upon our land; the vigorous prosecution of this noble design will be a better defence to us than the most potent fleets or numerous armies, as it will engage the Lord of Hosts on our side, “ who will be a wall 5 of fire about us, and the glory in the midst
But I hope I need not multiply arguments to persuade you to so reasonable a duty: the glory of the Redeemer, the salvation of precious and immortal souls, our own prefent and eternal interest, all unite their force in exciting us to it. Let us then, whilst we pray “ Thy kingdom come,” do every thing in our sphere that may contribute to promote it; and then shall we triumph in eternal glory, when the body of Christ shall be completed. Amer.
S E R MON XII.
Psalm li. 18.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion : build
thou the walls of Jerusalem.
THERE is an advice becoming the wif
1 dom of Solomon (in Eccl. v. 2.), “. Be
bé few.” To pray to the Most High God