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them celebrate the praises of the All-bountiful and All-wise for their existence and his bounties, rejoice in their connection with him, and renew their vows of fidelity and obedience: what an impression must it not make upon me! How forcibly must I not then feel my own imbecility, my entire dependance on that sovereign spirit, how intimately feel his prefence! How strongly feel myself penetrated with reverence, with love towards him, with fubmission to his will, with confidence in him, with joy at all. the instances of his mercy! How important must not religion then appear to me! How light and chearful must not I there find myself, humbling myself in the dust, with all my brethren and sisters, high and low, rich and poor, in the presence of our common creator and father, adoring his infinite greatness, and drawing life and happiness from his sufficiency ! And must not this incitement, this ardency of devotion, though it should not always have place in an equal, and still less always in a superior degree, must it not give a great value to public and social worship?

What a value, in short, must it not receive from hence: that by it the fentiment of the natural equality of mankind and their mutual affinity, is maintained and invigorated, and that they are brought into fo close a connection and so intimate a union together by its means ! Every thing that is here tranfacted and taught reminds us of our common origin, of our common wants, and infirmities, of our com

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mon destination. Every thing that passes here must humble the pride of the great, and inspire courage and confidence into them of low degree; every thing must promote the interests of humanity and love. And what binds men more together than the community of faith, of hope, of religious worship? Here we all present ourselves as feeble, dependent creatures, as creatures that are in want of instruction, of ability, of support and assistance, who cannot 'subfist of themselves; all as frail, sinful beings, who are asking for grace and pity. Here we all humble our. selves before him who only is wise, only mighty, only great, and to whom all men, all nations, all worlds, are as nothing. Here we all eat of the same bread, drink of the fame cup, and, as the children of one father, all enjoy at one table the repast of christian love. Here the distinction of rank and dignity falls totally away, or meets with no peculiar regard. We are here, and feel ourselves, not as powerful or weak, not as superior or inferior, but as men, as christians; are all subjects, all children of God, all the redeemed of Jesus, the prince as the vassal, the rich as the poor, the learned as the ignorant. The prince now hears himself thus addressed: - Thou art god upon the earth, but thou wilt die like any child of man. Abuse not thy power, for thou hast a master, a judge, in heaven, with whom there is no respect of persons. And the poorest, the lowest of the people, is thus at the same time admonished :-Even thou art formed after the image of thy God, thee too hath Jesus re

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deemed, and thou art immortal ; thee likewise an eternal life awaits ; forget not thy dignity, and by a generous and independent conduct shew thyself worthy of thy origin and thy destination. And a divine service, which may contribute, and actually does contribute so much to our instruction, to our improvement, to our repose, to the exciting and inflaming of our devotion, to the advancement of humanity and brotherly love, must surely possess a great, an inestimable value.

Yes, ever shall ye be hailed, ever blessed shall ye be of me, ye places confecrated to the adoration of God, ye folemn assemblies of his worshipers on earth! With the profoundest reverence, with a thankful and chearful heart will I enter your gates, and celebrate with my brethren the worthiest, the noblest solemnities that mankind can perform on earth. Here will I wholly surrender myself to the sentiment of what God is and of what he is to me; and while I fulfil the duties of a worshiper and a child of God, will at the same time enjoy the blessedness of being so. Here will I enter into the closest bands of affection with all who know and love God, and Jesus Christ whom he has sent, and enjoy my own felicity and theirs. Here will I seek nourishment for

my mind and my heart, deeply imprint every lesson of truth, every word of exhortation, of comfort and peace, that shall be delivered to me, and thence return to my bufiness in the world with invigorated powers, more joyfully discharge every duty of life,

and my course.

and bear every burden of it with more submissive resignation. Here will I take on my pilgrimage, the comforts that refresh and restore my soul; I will consider my way, represent to myself the prize for which I am striving, and then with new courage pursue

Here will I enjoy in foretaste the blessedness of that better world, where I shall be furrounded by a purer emanation of day, where my faith shall be changed into fight, where, with the just made perfect, with spirits of a superior order, I shall adore him, and celebrate his praises who lives for ever and ever!

dear brethren, must be the sentiments with which you are impressed by the consideration of the great importance of social and public worship; these the dispositions and views in which you must frequent it; this the generous fruit

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will gather from it.

So will it constantly become more estimable, more venerable, more delightful to you, nev er be irksome or unpleasant, and will procure you never-ending felicity and bliss.

These, my

SERMON XXVII.

The Value of Solitude.

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GOD, thou hast elevated us to the rank of

intelligent beings, made us creatures who have a clear inward consciousness of themselves and their condition, who can act with confideration and from perspicuously known principles, who can make ever farther progress in wisdom and virtue, who can feel thy being and thy prefence, and have communion with thee the father of spirits. Oh that we might never mistake these our privileges, never leave them unemployed, and constantly make the best use of them! We are still, alas, oppressed by the yoke of sensuality, we still too often and too easily are induced to withdraw from ourselves and from thee our creator and father, and wander about, unconscious of ourselves, beguiled by sensual lufts among things that have more femblance than reality! Alas, but too

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