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supported chiefly by their exertions, shame the low boast of party triumph. If we underthe calumny.
stand our principles aright, and hold them as Does he talk of abuses? No true church- we ought, no party spirit will taint our man defends them. He would not have a conduct. Only unworthy objects require spot stain the purity of the Church he loves. angry violence. As the substance of the But evils are not always abuses. If a living Gospel is perfect truth, and the spirit of the be too poor to support a minister, it must be Gospel perfect charity, and these two are held in plurality. If the parish cannot afford inseparable; so it is our business to prove a glebe-house, there must be non-residence. that our cause is holy, by the meekness, as They who do all they can, are not to be well as firmness, with which we maintain it. condemned because they cannot do all they Against our enemies, indeed, let us war with would. Let the practice of Dissent itself be determined, deadly hatred. Our enemies are considered. It forms a Home Mission, to ignorance, misery, and sin; and, in striving carry religious instruction into “poor and to exterminate these, we shall best subdue the benighted districts.” Here is the main prin- prejudices of political opponents. ciple of an establishment,--that if the people There never was a time when the Church are too poor to obtain instruction, it shall was so strong as at the present moment. The be provided for them; and if they are too trials of the last seven years have taught her ignorant to seek it, it shall be forced upon friends to understand her claims, and to know their attention. The Committee send a Mi- their duty. Silently, but surely, she has been nister into a district. Here is lay patronage. everywhere extending former means of useThey charge him with three village stations, fulness, and introducing new agencies for at each of which he preaches once every good. Through the long and bitter winter, Sunday. Here is plurality, non-residence, while the Government looked upon her coldly, and single duty.
and the storms beat heavily against her, she It is a glorious thing to churchmen to see has been swelling her buds, and giving new the burst of enthusiasm which has filled the force to all her energies. The winter is almost land; at once the means of deliverance from gone. With returning spring she will stand present danger, and the pledge of tenfold admired in her beauty. The fragrance of her exertions henceforward in Christian duties. blossom will perfume the land, and the richThus let us consider it as Christians, scorping ness of her clusters gladden the nations.
London, Murch, 1837.
The order which prevails in the yearly service of the SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT......... p. 13
Evening Lesson. — The signs of Christ's coming
The office, commission, and independence of the
christian minister. Epistle. His character, to be
direct his followers to Christ. Gospel.-The glory
and happiness of the Church at the coming of Christ,
for which his ministers are appointed to prepare.
Morning and Evening Lessons.
Trust in man condemned, and the help of God
promised. Morning Lesson.—Christ foretold to come
as our King, refuge, and Saviour. Evening Lesson.
The joy, confidence, and peace of such as wait for his
coming. Epistle.-Ministers are sent to prepare his
way, and to call the people to him. Gospel.
SECTION II. CHRISTMAS.
We celebrate at this season the first coming of Christ,
when he visited us in great humility ; and learn the
doctrines connected therewith. On Christmas day, we
On the feast of the Circumcision, the covenant of
the blessings we obtain thereby.
The promised child is both God and man.
ing Lesson. - He is Immanuel, born of a virgin.
Epistle. His deity, manhood, humiliation, and rejec-
tion. Gospel. His birth. Second Morning Lesson.-
xlv. The blessings of his reign, lxxxv. The son of
ment of his Church, cxxxū.
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS... p. 27. THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY.p.43.
Jesus, the Saviour of his people. Gospel.–Salva- The blessings of the Gospel are offered freely to
9—12, and Gospel, v. 12.- Forgiveness of enemies
is required of us, as we have been forgiven. Epistle.
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE
God's government, in blessing the righteous, and
lowly, and punishing the wicked, and rebellious.
Morning and Evening Lessons.-Christ exercises ab-
solute authority over the material and spiritual worlds ;
controlling the elements, and commanding the un-
Rulers for conscience sake, seeing that God hath
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY. p. 45.
God's justice and mercy in his dealings with the
Church. Morning Lesson.—A fallen but repenting
ment. Evening Lesson.-Christ revealed from heaven
with his angels. Gospel.—The hope and duty of his
people who wait for his coming. Epistle.
SECTION IV, LENT.
Septuagesima Sunday shews the creation of man in
The Redemption of God's people. Morning und gesima presents him fallen and guilty ; yet an object of
people, and the judgment of impenitent sinners. The
second, condemns sin. The third, enforces holiness.
The fourth, illustrates the free grace of God, who for-
gives, and blesses penitent sinners. The fifth, intro-
from their enemies, by his power; and reconciling
serve Him. Gospel.
Strenuously, and perseveringly ; as they who contend
· P. 59.
Morning and Evening Lessons. The excellency of the
The Almighty Saviour who came to deliver Israel.
The Fall of Man. Morning Lesson. General cor-
· p. 62.
QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY.............p. 60.
SECTION V. PASSION WEEK.
From the consideration of our state as sinners, we
proceed, in order, to the means of our deliverance. In
we observe our Lord's example of condescension and
us, and the victory he achieved with his single arm.
On Tuesday, his firm and patient endurance of indigni-
SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE EASTER
God's judgments upon Egypt for the deliverance
of Israel. Morning and Evening Lessons.—The suf-
ferings and death of Christ, as related by St. Mat-
MONDAY NEXT BEFORE EASTER
The victorious Saviour: Israel, justly punished,
TUESDAY NEXT BEFORE EASTER
Christ's firm and patient endurance. Epistle.-
His crucifixion, as related by St. Mark. Gospel.
WEDNESDAY NEXT BEFORE EASTER, p. 86.
Israel destroyed by their own guilt, but redeemed
by God's goodness. Morning Lesson. The blessings
they enjoy, when thus restored to his favour. Even-
ing Lesson. The prophecy of Caiaphas that Jesus
should die for the people. Second Morning Lesson.-
The efficacy of bis one sacrifice to put away sin.
Epistle.--The betrayal, agony, denial, and condem-
nation of Christ, as related by St. Luke. Gospel,
• p. 80.
The new Covenant of blessings which he brought Proper Psalms. The exaltation of Messiah, ü.
giving for the salvation he hath so triumphantly
wrought for us, cxviii.
The offering of Isaac a type of the sacrifice of MONDAY IN EASTER WEEK ..........p. 93.
The gift of Manna. Morning Lesson ; and of
water from the Rock at Horeb: the victory over
Amalek. Evening Lesson.-Christ, being risen, is
made known to the disciples at Emmaus in the
breaking of bread. Gospel.—He commissions the
Apostles to teach and baptise all nations, promis-
ing the help of his presence even to the end of the
the Resurrection is preached to the Jews. Second
Evening Lesson ;—and to the Gentiles. Epistle.
The Law is given from Sinai. Morning Lesson.
The sin of the golden calf; Moses intercedes for Is-
rael; but executes judgment on the sinners. Evening
Lesson. The fact of the Resurrection, as related by
St. Luke. Second Morning Lesson. The truth that
our Lord rose again with his body proved by his
eating before his disciples. Gospel.—The Resurrec-
tion of Christ establishes the certainty that we shall
rise again with our bodies. Second Evening Lesson.
tion, warns that all who despise salvation shall
SECTION VII. THE SUNDAYS AFTER
second; the duty of all its members, on the third ;
on the Sunday after.
....p. 91. FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
The character, faith, and privileges of those who
are members of Christ's Church. Epistle.—The
power and authority of the ministers whom he hath
set over it. Gospel.—The guilt and danger of in-
truding into their office. Morning Lesson.—The deadly
tendency of a worldly spirit shewn in the covetousness
of Balaam. Evening Lesson.
good shepherd. Gospel. The safety we enjoy therein.