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with some adults who were once children in our Sunday Schools, and were there taught to love our sanctuary privileges, so that they now value our Free Church as a most precious gift.
And as you see and hear all these, responding with their glow of earnestness in the devotions of our liturgy, then listen, with their.marked attention, to the simple but effective preaching of the Gospel by the Missionary whom God has given them. Reflect, that the same God of grace has so poured out his blessing on this station, that, during the year, thirty-seven persons have been added to the communion, who have for the first time commemorated the sacrifice of the death of Christ, and the benefits which we receive thereby; that several teachers have been here brought to CHRIST; that some have been led to give themselves to the ministry; and that many, who have few of the good things of this life for their consolation, have found here a far greater luxury in the Gospel preached to them. Then learn that all our arrangements at this station are complete, the poor provided with employment by our House of Industry; and, in our Daily and our Sunday Schools, at our stated Thursday Evening Lectures, and at our three services every Lord's day, — infants, youth, adults, instructed in the way of righte
— ousness, built up in our most holy faith, and fitted and prepared for heaven, as the ransomed people of the LORD.
O then lay your hand upon your heart, and ask, each for himself, What have I contributed to these results?
Am I not bound in duty, to do more for Christ than I have done, by winning for him some of the many destitute, not on a remote continent or island, but within the very circle of my daily walks?
God touch your hearts, my brethren, with the love of Christ, that you may give freely to our good work. God open to us the windows of heaven, and shower on us the influences of his Spirit, that our city may become the Zion of the LORD, and, like those ancient cities where the first outpourings of the Holy Ghost converted multitudes, be a type of that city which cometh down out of heaven from our God. (Rev. iii. 12.)
When your bodies, brethren, shall be sleeping in the dust, and your souls occupied amid those wonders of the spiritual world
that are yet unrevealed, even then our successors in the CityMission, (oh delightful thought!) may be still publishing the Gospel, and still winning souls.
The love of Christ constrain you now to honor him, by laying at his feet your treasures. In all you do, in all you give, be your motive, and your rich recompense, the love of Christ. And finally, be it your joy, with all the company of heaven, to laud and magnify his glorious name, evermore praising him, and saying, WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN, To Receive POWER, AND RICHES, AND WISDOM, AND STRENGTH, HONOR, AND GLORY, AND BLESSING.
NEW-YORK PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CITY-MISSION. In April, 1833, there were two Stations occupied by two Missionaries, the Rev. Benjamin C. Cutler, and the Rev. Lot Jones. The average number of attendants at the Mission-Church of the Holy Evangelists, in Vandewater-street, was about 700, and the communicants 106. At a room in North-street, near which it has been proposed to erect the Mission Church of the Epiphany, the attendants were about 200, and the communicants 30.
There were three Mission Sunday Schools : No. 1, in Vandewater-street, with 31 teachers, and 493 scholars; No. 2, in Ridgestreet, with 10 teachers, and 97 scholars ; No. 3, in North-street, with 19 teachers, and 98 scholars, in all, 60 teachers and 688 scholars. A Daily INFANT School, in Vandewater-street, under the superintendence of the Ladies' Board of Visiters, and conducted by two teachers, contained 476 names of children on its register, and recorded an average attendance of 160.
At the first Station LIBRARY, connected with the MissionChurch of the Holy Evangelists, the exchange of books, during the quarter which ended in March, was 4812, and the number of accounts 308. From the beginning of January to the close of March, there were 112 women furnished with work, who made 759 garments. A large number of men also were provided with employment.
The Journals of the Missionaries contain accounts of cases, cal. culated to set forth, in a very interesting manner, the true nature of the Mission, its importance in our community, and the blessed fruits, which, by the grace of God, it has already yielded.
[NOTE to page 100.)
DR. CHALMERS, OF EDINBURGH, ON PREACHING CHRIST. Extracted from his Address to the Inhabitants of the Parish of Kilmany.
“And here I cannot but record the effect of an actual though undesigned experiment, which I prosecuted for upward of twelve years among you. For the greater part of that time, I could expatiate on the meanness of dishonesty, on the villany of falsehood, on the despicable arts of calumny, - in a word, upon all
those deformities of character, which awaken the natural indignation of the human heart against the pests and the disturbers of human society. Now could I, upon the strength of these warm expostulations, have got the thief to give up his stealing, and the evil speaker his censoriousness, and the liar his deviations from truth, I should have felt all the repose of one who had gotten his ultimate object. It never occurred to me, that all this might have been done, and yet every soul of every hearer have remained in full alienation from God; and that even could I have established in the bosom of one who stole, such a principle of abhorrence at the meanness of dishonesty, that he was prevailed upon to steal no more, he might still have retained a heart as completely unturned to God, and as totally unpossessed by a principle of love to Him, as before. In a word, though I might have made him a more upright and honorable man, I might have left him as destitute of the essence of religious principle as ever.
“But the interesting fact is, that during the whole of that period in which I made no attempt against the natural enmity of the mind to God, while I was inattentive to the way in which this enmity is dissolved, even by the free offer on the one hand, and the believing acceptance, on the other, of the Gospel salvation ; while Christ, through whose blood the sinner, who by nature stands afar off, is brought near to the heavenly Lawgiver whom he has offended, was scarcely ever spoken of, or spoken of in such a way, as stripped him of all the importance of his character and his offices, even at this time I certainly did press the reformation of honor, and truth, and integrity among my people; but I never once heard of any such reformations having been effected among them. If there was any thing at all brought about in this way, it was more than I ever got any account of. I am not sensible, that all the vehemence with which I urged the virtues and the proprieties of social life, had the weight of a feather on the moral habits of my parishioners.
“And it was not till I got impressed by the utter alienation of the heart in all its desires and affections from God; it was not till reconciliation to Him became the distinct and prominent object of my ministerial exertions; it was not till I took the scriptural way of laying the method of reconciliation before them; it was not till the free offer of forgiveness through the blood of Christ was urged upon their acceptance, and the Holy SPIRIT given through the channel of Christ's mediatorship to all who ask him, was set before them as the unceasing object of their dependence and their prayers; it was not, in one word, till the contemplations of my people were turned to these great and essential elements in the business of a soul providing for its interest with God and the concerns of its eternity, that I ever heard of any of those subordinate reformations which I aforetime made the earnest and the zealous, but I am afraid at the same time the ultimate object of my earlier ministrations.
“ You have at least taught me, that to preach Christ is the only effective way of preaching morality in all its branches; and out of your humble cottages have I gathered a lesson, which I pray God I may be enabled to carry with all its simplicity into a wider theatre, and to bring with all the power of its subduing efficacy upon the vices of a more crowded population."
“ May the very God of peace sanctify you wholly! May he shed abroad his love in your hearts! And may the Spirit, which I call on you to pray for in the faith of Him who is intrusted with the dispensation of it, impel you to all diligence, that you may be found of Him, at his coming, without spot, and blameless!"
PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL PULPIT.
SERMON BY THE REV. WILLIAM E. WYATT, D. D.
THE DUTY OF CARING FOR THE PROMULGATION OF
RECTOR OF ST. PAUL'S PARISH, BALTIMORE.
Acis xviii. 17.-" Gallio cared for none of these things."
The conduct and spirit of the proconsul, in the case here recorded by the sacred historian, may be advantageously employed to illustrate principles very prevalent in the world in regard to certain religious obligations.
“When Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment-seat, saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law. And when St. Paul was about to open his mouth in his defence, Gallio, interrupting him, said, unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong, or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you. But if it be a question of words, and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. And he drave them from the judgment-seat. Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue," probably supposing him to be secretly the defender of St. Paul, “ and beat him before the judgment-seat. And Gallio cared for none of these things.” This person, who beld the office of Roman Governor in a province in Greece, was also distinguished as brother of the philosopher, Seneca. He was, moreover,
. so remarkable for his amiable deportment, that he had commonly superadded to his name, a term expressive of gentleness