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FROM THE

MASTER OF A FAMILY

TO

HIS HOUSEHOLD,

RESPECTING THE PROPRIETY OF

JOINT CONTRIBUTIONS FROM EVERY MEMBER

OF HIS HOUSEHOLD

For Church Purposes,

AND PARTICULARLY IN AID OF THE FUNDS OF

THE SOCIETY FOR PROPAGATING THE GOSPEL IN

FOREIGN PARTS,

AND OTHER CHURCH SOCIETIES.

LONDON:
FRANCIS & JOHN RIVINGTON,
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND WATERLOO PLACE.

1847.

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A FEW WORDS,

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MY DEAR FRIENDS,

The subject of our Rector's sermon of this morning, in which he has notified an intention to establish in this parish a Branch of "The Societ for Propagating the Gospel,”-as has already been effected in very many other parishes throughout England, -induces me, as your earthly master, to address to you a few words in reference to the subject of parochial gatherings for Church purposes, and from a desire that all contributions which will, I trust, henceforth annually flow from this house, not only for the one society I have named, but for other kindred societies, may be presented as the joint offerings of myself and household. I hope, therefore, you will kindly and attentively bear with me, when I briefly lay before you the claims which this

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venerable Church Society has upon every member of her communion, however humble, and, especially, when I draw your attention to the enlarged benefits and widened influences resulting from joint family offerings for any specified purpose. This I am induced to do from the belief that I possess your affections and confidence, and in the hope that this beginning of little things may in the end promote the glory of God, and induce many others to follow our example.

Repeated use is made, both in the Old and New Testaments, of the term “servant." Its common meaning, in ancient times, was "slave;" and the expressions “servant of God," "servant of the Most High,” and such like, are the strongest terms of approval which we meet with in the Holy Volume, inasmuch as the word “servant,” when so used, implies entire submission of will, purpose, and being to Him whose servants they are declared to be. So, also, all who are in earnest in seeking a glorious “hereafter,” desire no higher title than that of " vants of Christ.” In this state of servitude, I truly believe, you equally with myself seek to be found; there is but one

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for all of us, and the days

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are probably not far distant when “it shall be as with the people, so with the priest, -as with the servant, so with the master, -as with the maid, so with the mistress.” (Isaiah xxiv. 2.) Why then, on an occasion like the present, when called upon by our spiritual pastor, as were the Corinthians of old by the holy Apostle Paul (1 Cor. xvi.), to aid in the intended “collection for the saints," why may not, nay, ought not, we to present our offerings, in one joint sum, as the offerings of " the Church in this house,” even, as in the same chapter, the apostle alludes to “ the Church in the house of Aquila and Priscilla" (verse 19); and, again, in his Epistle to the Colossians, “to Nymphas and the Church which was in his house ?" (Col. iv. 15.)

Our Rector, in this morning's sermon, powerfully drew our thoughts to the peculiar privileges which the dwellers in our land enjoy, both temporally and spiritually, in their twofold capacities of a nation and individuals. At the same time, he urged upon us with unanswerable force the weighty consequences of "abused and neglected privileges," since we have been expressly warned by our Lord, “that to whomsoever much is given, of him will much be

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