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with it, while the very possibility of such a thing makes you! the mere slaves of terror. How inad the conduct which leads yoll to close your eyes upon danger, and to aim at case !y keeping it out of sight! Know ye not that if the danger be real, your disbelief of it will not put an end to it? Remember then, there is another thing still necessary to your safety, besides cavilling at these things, and denying them. You must prove that they have no existence. We ask, Can you disprove them: We appeal to yourselves. You cannot. The very possibility of these things proving true, ought to make you consider, and scrionsly cuquirc into, their nature and evidence. Reinerber that you stand as much in need of a revelation on your system, as we sind in need of the information which revelation communicates. You need a revelation to show you (as you have no certainty in yourselves !) that these things are mere unfounded chimeras; and that therefore you may fearlessly go on, and live as you plcase. Till you obtain this, do not take it for granted that there is no hereafier, or that death is eternal sleep; or fancy, because you persuade yourself that the burning lake has disappeared, that it is extinguished. Take warning

- You are ceriainly hastening to fire unquenchable.

Do you say Christians differ as much as we? This is not true Real Christians do not differ as to any thing essential to Christianity. They are all agreed as to those important articles wherein you cssentially differ -- and also in others which you overlook or deny. They all believe in one God-in inan's guilly, ruined condition, as a sinner, -ihe sufficiency of Jesus venit for their salvation, - and the certainty of life an: inmortality through his blood. Though professors of Christianity differ, this does not alter the case; because genuine Christianity is plainly revealed, and cannot be altered. They only are its genuino friends who embrace it as a wbole, and live according to it, have ing their conversation and conduct conformed to its precepis. It has described the character and conduct of those who believe it in truth; and those to whom these will not apply, have neither part nor lot in the matter. Look for such as these, and scck to bu like them, by believing in Jesus Falkland

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REFLECTIONS
ON RETURNING FROM AN ORDIVITION.

How solemn, yet delightful, have been the engagements of this morning! Surely, I can appropriate the language of the church of old, and say, “ My Lord has taken me to his banqnting house, and his brinner over me was love; I sit down uiler his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was swieci lu aj taste.” Oh! that my soul may have the savour of these rich eria joyments long in remembrance, and whilst she is humbled under a sense of her unworthiness of such privileges, may she be refreshed and invigorated by the participation of them, to pursue with greater alacrity her immortal course. Oh! that such divine entertainments as these may raise me above the grovelling delights of this vain anl transitory state, and make me earnestly long after those yet more glorious and ravishing pleasures, which are laid up in reserye for the righteous, when, through the iron gate of death, they shall pass into the immediate presence of their Saviour and their God; and be put in possession of that fulness of joy which is found at his right hand for evermore!

Ilow deeply has every one present been interested in the transactions which have just taken place! To the dear servant of God who has been set apart to the pastoral oflice, they must have been peculiarly solemn. He has entered into a sacred engagenient to feed and watch over the flock of his divine Master; to go in and out before them, and guile their footsteps in the paih that leads to glory and to Gol. To him it henceforward appertains to strengthen the weak, to counsel the ignorant, to succour the tried and tempted, to comfort the afllicied, to reclaim thie wanderer, to reprove the stout-hearted and rebellious, nay, to raise the dead! The eyes of the church will be turned to him for an example; and, perhaps, forgetting that he is a man of like passions with themselves, they will be ready to expect too much from him; the eyes of the world will be upon him to watch for his haltins, and to magnify every little infirinity into a crime. Angels and Devils will be looking on its strict observers of his actions; and God himself will mark, with his allscrutinizing eye, his faithfulness or negligence in the great work to which he has called him. Ho'r weighty, how important the charge! Well might even an apostle exclaim, “ Who is suffcient for these things?” What shoulder, what heart is strong enough to bear such a burden, and not be crushed under it? Not one of the sons of mortality is equal to the task, independent of the infinite power and omnipotent arm 'of Jehovah 3esus. But here we turn to the bright side of the subject ;here is a fand of grace and of strength laid up, which is fully adequate to all his needs; and, by chrawing daily supplies from this inexhaustible treasury, he may fulfil the important duties of his high and holy calling with credit to himself, and with honour to his God; - may meet the eyes of men and angels with an undaunti courage, and sustain even the heart-searching glance of the Almighly wil houble satisfaction and joy.

Be thon, ibcii, O thout great Shepherd of thy flock, be thou cver with him! and how mphis going's in thy pails, that his footstepis slide noi! Loft to himself, he will be more likely to lead thy sheep istray than to restore them from their wanderjnys, but guiding himself liy chec, he shall conduct them into

green pastures, and lead them beside the still waters of comfort and of peace. O! support him by thy grace under all his trials and discouragements; direct him by thy Spirit into all truth; ratify in Heaven the connexion this day formed; and, if it be thy will, spare liim long, we beseech three, to be a blessing to thy church in this place; and make him thy honoured instrument in converting numbers from the error of their ways; and in comforting, establishing, and building up those who are already brought into thy fold.

To the church over which he is ordainel, this service has likewise a voice. "It reminds us of the vows of God wlrich ate upon us, and calls us to renewed vigilance and activity in the performance of the most sacred duties to our God, to our pastor, and to each other. If it is justly expected of the Bishop to guide, instruct, and care for the people, it is not less incumbent upon them to receive his taition with affection and thankfulness, and reduce his precepts into practice; to estcem him very highly in love for leis work's sake, and take care to respect hin them selves, and to maintain his respectability in the eyes of others; to promote, by all the means in their power, his comfort and the success of his labours; and particularly to live in peace an! harinony among themselves, and endeavour so to walk that they may be his joy and crown, rather than a cause of sorrow and hea vicess to his soul; to make due allowance for the imper'fections to which human nature in its best estate is liabic; and, above all, to hold up his hands, ánil assist liim in his work, by fervent and unremitted prayer. But here we are ready to repcat the question, “Who is sufficient for these thints" and we ans. wer as before, None, unless they are assisted by Christ Jesus. If the pastor must derive strengti froin him for the discharge of his duties, to the very same source must the people apply for ability to fulfil theirs; for without him we can do nothing. May he then condescend to afford to each individual anongst us the aids and infiuences of his blessed Spirit, and so direet all our conduct and conversation, that we may adorn the doctrine of God our Suviour in all things; encourage the heart of our beloved minister, and help each other forwaril in õlir lisavenly journey:

may he cement all our frcarts closer and closer to liimself, and to each other, that we may be ever really to all the kindl oslices of mutual friendship and afiction, and tous force an anibelieving world again to exchim, " $2e how these Christian's love!"

Nor could the ministers or meinlers of other churches be in. concerned spectators of these solemnities; try must have inca reminded of former engagements, and of their obligatious in fuifil them; for surely, if a contract just entered into is binding's that cinnot be less so which has subsisted for years, add brenomsolidated by long-continued labours of love, on the one bancha?! by frequent testimonials of esteem an] aliiction, on the other

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Such, too, with ourselves, must have experienced the sacred pleasure which ever flows from the recollection of the day of our espousals to our heavenly Bridegroom; and the period when we first obtained a name and a place amongst his dear people. May such recollections inspire us with a lively sense of gratitude to that gracious Leader, who bas conducted us safely ihus far in our Christian course, and induce us to devote ourselves afresh to him, whose we are, and whom it is at once our duty and our delight to serve.

But can we hope that in an assembly of several hundreds of people, there were not some to whom these ideas do not apply? some careless sinners, who have hitherto lived in the neglect of their souls, and been saying in effect to the Most High, “ Depart from us, for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways ?" If there had been none of this description, it would surely have been the most privileged, the most singular congregation that was ever known : and if such there were, what aspect did the ser vice of the day bear to them ?---had it no message, no admonition for them ?

, yes, it had! It represented to them the awful state of rebel. lion and conscquent misery into which the posterity of Adam were fallen, which rendered it necessary for an act of free pardon and sovereign mercy to be passed in their favour in the court of heaven. It proclaimed the amazing goodness and compassion of the Almighty, in not only passing such an act, and sealing it with blood divine ; but in instituting a standing gospel ministry, to promulgate the same, and point out the medium through which alone the benefit of it can be obtained : and in raising up and qualifying instruments in all succeeding ages for this important purpose : and it loudly warned them of the dreadful-the unspeakably dreadful consequences of slighting such a gracious institution, and thus rejecting the counsel of God against themselves. O that the warning may prove effectual! Forbid, O Father of mercies, forbid it that the means which thou hast kindly ordained to be a savour of life unto life, should prove by sad perversion, a savour of death into death, to any who ba ve attended with us this day! Forbid that thy dear ministers, whose desire and whose study it is, to bring them to a knowledge and enjoyment of salyation, should be obliged to appear at the last great day as swift witnesses against them, and approve the righteous sentence that dooms them to endless woe! Rather do thou, we pray thee, convert them by thy grace, and cause them to give up their names to thy people, that they may participate with us in all the sweet enjoyments of Christian communion and sacred ordinances below; and at last assemble with us and all the blood-bought throny around thy throne above; and there celebrate the high praises of redeeming grace and love, through the countless ages of a blissful eternity.

E. T. Sandaich.

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ORIGINAL LETTER
FROM MR. PEARCE TO MR. BIRT.

The following Letter was written by the late Rev. Samuel Pearce, soon
after his first awakening, to the Rev. Isaiah Birt, whose ministry had been
Blessed to his conversion.
My very dear Mr. Birt, Plymouth, Oct. 27, 1782.

Was I to make the least delay in answering your very affectionate letter, I should deem myself culpable of the greatest ingratitude to its author. Its contents so fully manifest the regard you have for me, that I am constrained to acknowledge myself under the highest obligations to you. I wish I could express it better.

You almost commence your kind letter with mentioning, that my tears at parting with you demanded your fervent prayers . But do, my dear Sir, consider, that separating from an earthly parent, the author of animal life, must, where a filial affection subsists, be an affectionate scene. How much more moving then must it be to part with a father in Christ Jesus ! To part with one whom the Almighty had made the happy means of raising from a state of death in trespasses and sins, to that of life in a dear dying Redeemer!

0, Sir! such it was when you and I parted; such was the case when I parted with my ever dear Mr. Birt. Did this require your fervent prayers? Has this caused you to reinember me when prostrate at a footstool of mercy? Let me beseech you, my dear Sir, still to continue it; and whenever you bow the suppliant knec at a throne of grace, not to fail beseeching the Author of mercy to extend his mercy to an object so unworthy as myself. O! beg of him that, since he has begun a good work in me, he would carry it on. As he has enabled me to put my hand to the gospel-plough, may I never look back; but may he grant me grace and strength to hold on, and hold out to the end; to conquer every foe, to be continually pressing forward toward the mark and prize of my high calling in Christ Jesus ; and, in the end, to come off more than conqueror through Him, who, I trust, has loved me and given himself for me. Ob beg of him that he will ever keep me from possessing a lukewarm, a Laodiccan spirit ! May my affections to the crucified Saviour be continually on a flame.

I am "prone to wander ;" yes, I feel it, “prone to leave the God I love." that my affections may be more and more united to him! My dear Sir, pray for me, and you will do your best. Use your interest at a throne of grace on my behalf; and as God has promised to be a God hearing and answering prayer, and as he is willing and able to perform all his promises, I doubt

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