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But next to the Intellectual and Religious claim of the Work, is that which arises from the object of unquestionable benevolence to which the large profits arising from its sale have been invariably devoted. In their Preface for 1793, the Editors express a hope, “ that the profits arising from the sale of the Work, will enable them to alleviate the distresses of many Widows and Orphans of God's dear faithful servants.” Such were the anticipations cherished by those devoted men, who, more than half a century ago, established the Evangelical Magazine-anticipations which have been fully realized, in the distribution of a sum considerably above Thirty THOUSAND Pounds, among the Widows of Christian Pastors of various Orthodox communions. By the publication-arrangements, moreover, of the last ten years, the income applicable to their relief has been considerably increased. One HUNDRED AND FIFTY Widows are now receiving regular annual grants; and have had voted to them, in 1847, the sum of One Thousand Two HUNDRED AND Eighty-seven Pounds!
May we venture, then, earnestly to remind the friends of the Pastor's Widow, that they cannot dispense with the Fund connected with the Evangelical Magazine? There is nothing else to supply its place. Let it be remembered, also, that no charitable supply can be provided with less inconvenience to the Public. Every purchaser of the Evangelical Magazine, may have the soothing satisfaction of ministering effectually to the relief and comfort of many a widowed and sorrowful heart. Who would deprive himself of this pure and unmingled feeling of delight, for the sacrifice of a single sixpence per month? But it must not be forgotten, that the present large revenue at the disposal of the Trustees depends entirely upon the continued extensive circulation of the Magazine and Missionary Chronicle.
We look, then, to our earnest friends, in Town and Country, for an enlightened and generous estimate of our claims. Surely they ought to be regarded as paramount. The competition of the Periodical Press, at the present moment, is extraordinary and almost perplexing. We rejoice in this. We hail it as a happy omen for our country and posterity. The sun is up; and the darkness of former ages is passing away. But we plead, on moral grounds,—in consideration of long and important services rendered to the public,—of the intrinsic merits of the Work committed to our care,—and, above all, of the humanity and tenderness due to objects entitled to the warmest sympathies of good and Christian men,—that the Evangelical Magazine may continue to occupy the high place which has been assigned to it for more than fifty years.
We look, then, with confidence to the Ministers of Christ, for the full realization of our hopes. They cannot doubt the claim. They cannot be unmindful of the Pastor's Widow. The very stones would cry out against them, if they were to relax their efforts on her behalf. On the first or second Lord's Day in December, we ask of them an effective pulpit notice. They will offend no good man by such a course, and they will please and gratify the most benevolent portion of their flocks. It is but fair then to give the signal, and thousands will forthwith order the Magazine. Whatever will best tend to promote the circulation of the Work, will not, we are sure, be wanting on their part. We confide in their generous conduct. We know they will not disappoint our hopes. Let the orders for January encourage the Trustees to take on all the new cases that may be presented to their notice at their next meeting. Why should not the Fund connected with the Magazine be sufficient to afford relief to all the necessitous Widows of Evangelical Pastors ?-We say to every beloved Brother, for the case is urgent, “What thou doest do quickly;" and “verily you shall bave your reward !"
FOR JANUARY, 1847.
FAMILY WORSHIP. Wat delightful associations are con- is Domestic Worship. It is simple, and nected with nome! The very word has its very simplicity gives it a charm. a pleasant sound, when it is descriptive Where will a man, with religion in his of reality, and not of fiction. Its true soul, love to sing the praises and suppliexistence and genuine comfort depend cate the blessing of his Maker, so well as much more on moral excellence than on under his own roof, in the midst of his any outward and adventitious circum- own family? There it will be his delight stances. What is home without religion? | to worship God—“the God of the famion this its highest happiness and real lies of Israel,” — whose Revelation to man enjoyments depend. Nowhere is sterling has formed domestic society, and thrown piety, in its power and manifestation, a halo of sweetness and grace around all of more value than around the family the domestic relationships. Where can hearth, and in the midst of the family you find the enjoyments of home, and circle. This is the sphere of its greatest the ties of conjugal, parental, and filial influence—there, ought to be the scene of affection, fully, faithfully, and feelingly its purest exhibition, and the field of its recognised, but where Christianity has holiest attractions. It will come out sown its seed and scattered its blessings? from the soul where it exists in vitality In vain do you look to the mythology of and vigour; it will issue, glowing with antiquity, or the philosophy of Confucius affection, from the closet, and first of all to the religion of Brahma, or the pashow itself with sacred attraction and ganism of Caffreland, for the sacredness holy beauty around the family fireside of family relationship and the pure enthrowing a charm over the enjoyments joyment of family love. No; apart from of the parlour, and scattering its bless- religion, through its influence, either ings through all the departments and direct or indirect, domestic society, in all employments of home, in a way that the sweetness and sanctity of its bonds, nothing earthly or temporal can.
does not exist. What is more natural, One of the most important and beauti- then, and what more appropriate, than ful manifestations of this family religion domestic worship—the grateful acknow
ledgment of the goodness of Him who | tude, worship God, as in the bosom of “setteth the solitary in families,” Psa. his family, surrounded with family merIxviii. 6.
cies? To the young members of the Family Worship is the most ancient household the services of the sanctuary of all kinds of worship. It is the sim- are unmeaning, indefinite, and too proplest and earliest institution for the ho- tracted: the value of closet worship is mage of God amongst men. Of course, neither seen nor understood by them; for a considerable period, in the first ages but domestic worship, where it is conof the world's history, and while there ducted as it ought to be, meets their age, were but comparatively few families upon their position, and capacity. the earth, there could be no such thing Active and vigorous piety in the souls as public worship. The head of every of the heads of families will seek such family was a prophet, priest, and king in adaptation, in domestic exercises, to the his own circle-offering to the one true condition of the younger branches. The God, with his children and dependents, word of God will be read, his praises the homage due unto his name. Thus sung, and his blessing sought, in a way it was in the days of Adam, of Noah, of to impress children and servants with Job, and of Abraham of the last of the idea that God is worshipped “in whom God said: “I know him, that he spirit and in truth.” will command his children and his house- One or two suggestions on this subject hold after him, and they shall keep the may be useful. way of the Lord, to do justice and judg- Let the domestic worship be conducted ment,” Gen. xviii. 19. Nor after the with simplicity. It is, as we have said, institution of public religious services, primitive in its institution—from its very during the legation of Moses, was do- nature it is simple, and ought to be conmestic worship abolished. On the con- ducted with simplicity. All technical trary, the children of Israel were com- phraseology should as much as possible be manded to teach the statutes of the Lord avoided, and nothing allowed to have a diligently unto their children, and to place in the family devotions which is talk of them while they sat at home, beyond the general understanding of the Deut. vi. 6.; and Joshua, determined to assembled household, or which might act on this command, intimated that tend to give a difficult and impracticathey might serve idols if they were so ble view of religion. As already binted, disposed, but that he and his house the exercises will usually consist of singshould serve the Lord,” Joshua xxiv. 15. ing, or reading the Scriptures and prayer And during all subsequent ages, whether --and in each and all of them simplicity under the old or the New Testament will seek for appropriateness. It is quesdispensation, family worship bas flou- tionable how far the reading of commenrished, wherever God has been known taries and annotations at family worship and adored. Thus it is the primitive is desirable. It tends to distract the has been the most general, and is per- attention, and embarrass the minds of haps the most useful of all forms of wor- children and domestics, rather than to ship. In the present state and claims of interest them. A simple verbal explanasociety, public worship is absolutely ne- tion, where it may be necessary, or a cessary and important. To the vigorous pointed practical remark, when the porgrowth and lively maintenance of reli- tion of Scripture suggests it, is far better. gion in the soul, private devotion is in- Let there be fervour and solemnity. God dispensable; but the worship of God in is professedly worshipped where his word the family has an attraction and an influ- is read, his throne is approached; and ence which, in some respects, belong to there ought to be, as in all religious neither. And where can a man with exercises, so in this especially, devout such interest, and earnestness, and grati- reverence and holy fervour. Yet some