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Happy, if we could expel them from our Father's house and the habitation of his Spirit, and thus purify the temple of the Lord !
“ In regard to those whose peculiar situation in families which fear not God, and make no provision for the spiritual privileges of those who are under them; and in regard to others whose callings prevent them from regular and full attendance on the public worship of God,—the minister and elders very earnestly and affectionately beseech them to cherish in their minds a right understanding of the law of God, much tenderness of conscience, that they study the true and scriptural idea of works of necessity, and be much on their guard against being carried beyond the boundary of that necessity through the love of the world; that they thankfully avail themselves of the opportunity which Providence may afford to them of escaping from such unfavourable situations in life; and that they cherish confidence in the gracious care of their Father in heaven, to provide for them under their sufferings through tenderness of conscience, and a sacred regard to what they conceive to be the path of duty. While the Session deeply sympathise with their brethren, to whose distress of mind in this matter they are no strangers, they most solemnly warn all against every thing which may be denominated servile work on the Lord's day,—the labour of the body where worldly gain is the object of the mind, and where the plea of either necessity or mercy is inadmissible.
“ Finally, they invite you to listen to the promises of your faithful and covenant-keeping God, as powerful encouragements to your hearts. • If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord ; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.'”
It was more congenial to the benevolent and kindly affections of Dr. Waugh's nature to employ the language of commendation than to administer reproof. The following is an address to the congregation on occasion of a collection made for liquidating the debt on the chapel,—an encumbrance that had long been heavily felt, and for the removal of which, now that the chapel had been rebuilt, his affectionate people, by contributing money, or taking shares in the property, had exerted themselves with an honourable and praiseworthy liberality.
“I am requested to convey to you, brethren, in the most respectful manner, the warmest acknowledgments of the managers of your temporal concerns, for the singular liberality you manifested last Lord's day, in a collection which has amounted to the sum of 1031. 14s. 6d.; an effort of Christian generosity which, while it fixes your character in the churches of the saints, emits an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God, who shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
“ The minister cannot suffer this opportunity to pass unimproved. He would, therefore, very earnestly draw the attention of his beloved people to the great ends for which churches are built, and property expended in their erection. It is that, by the Gospel there preached, the eyes of the blind may be opened, the dead in trespasses and sins may be quickened, the slaves of Satan may become the freemen of Christ, polluted hearts may be purified, sour tempers be sweetened, the stubborn and refractory become docile and tractable, the rude become gentle and mild, and, in a word, the image of Christ be impressed on minds hitherto degraded by the image of Satan. Let these sacred objects be ever in your eye, and let nothing less than the enjoyment of them be the compensation you seek for all the expenditure you have made, first and last, in the cause of the Gospel. Say each of you to himself — Pity it will be to assist in building churches in which every body's soul is richly benefited but mine; to feed, with fresh oil, the lamps that shed celestial light on every understanding but mine!'
“ Lean not intemperately on such deeds of beneficence, however sacred and dear to Heaven be the cause. Call it to your devout remembrance, that many assisted in building the ark who themselves perished in the waters.
“ But let me improve your liberality in another way; let me urge it in the service of your
stability in the faith of Christ. You have assisted in rearing this house for the preaching and preservation of the sacred truths of the Gospel: continue in the faith, profession, and obedience of those evangelical truths. Should you ever abandon them, this house will witness against your defection; as Solomon's splendid Temple must have witnessed against his apostasy, in suffering high places to be built for Ashtaroth, and Milcom, and Chemosh, and other abominations of the heathen. But, on the other hand, by persevering in the profession and practice of the truth, you bid fair yourselves to reap ineffable benefit to your own souls, and to leave a respectable place of worship for your children.”
From the commencement of 1807 his health seems to have been completely restored, with a few slight interruptions; and he generally preached in his own pulpit three times every Sabbath. But owing to a fall he met with, in May 1823, by the scaffolding giving way at the laying of the foundation-stone of the Orphan Asylum at Clapton, his ancle was severely bruised, and his whole frame greatly shaken. “ As a proof of my dear father's anxiety to fulfil his public engagements,” says a member of his family, “ although the day on which this dangerous accident occurred was the Monday after the sacrament in the city, where he had pledged himself to preach in the evening; and though his friends, seeing that he suffered much from his fall, expressed great anxiety that he should return home and see his medical adviser, --- yet no entreaty could prevail on him to give up
his duty, and he preached with uncommon spirit. When he reached his home, he was quite unnerved, and burst into tears. He passed a very bad night, and did not leave his bed the next morning; but, to the great surprise of his family, he rose in the afternoon, saying that he must meet the children in the vestry, and attend the prayer meeting. All persuasion was in vain; he considered it his Master's work; he would not give it up; and performed it to the astonishment of every person. But when it was over, all could see the great effort he had made. His sufferings were so severe, that his friends were obliged to help him home: when he left the coach he could not stand; and he did not leave his room for three months afterwards.”
He was entirely disabled for all public labour till the 5th of October, when he again appeared in his pulpit, and preached in the forenoon; and this part of the service, with a few intervals, was all that he was able to perform till the following spring. From the lameness and general debility occasioned by this accident, he never recovered ; and though he continued frequently to officiate three times on the Sabbath, it was evident to all his family, that while his intellectual vigour was unimpaired, he had lost much of his physical strength, and was labouring under a broken constitution. Towards the end of the summer he. went to Brighton, and returned in the beginning of October. During the winter and spring of 1825 he was more than usually active, performing his