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atands the faithful and gracious purposes of our heavenly father, in the eteraal salvation of mankind, in Christ his ever blessed Son; the promises which God made of universal blessings in the promised seed, and the testimony that he who hath promised is faithful
Next was brought to view the faithfulness of the mediator, as he acted through the whole of his mediatorial office, with reference to those establishments of the purposes of his father, in the destruction of sin and death, and the deliverapce of mankind from all their woes, to the bliss of reconciljation to God.
Notice was taken also of the opposition which now ap: pears against the Gospel, similar to what appeared in the days when Christ was on earth, and the necessity of equal zeal and faithfulness now, as was then necessary to oppose the torrent of Pharisaical righteousness and religious pride. To this opposition, it has been observed, our blessed Saviour opposed the moral virtues, with all their divine energies" ; and too much care cannut now be exercised in this particu. lar, for nothing can overcoine evil but good. Under this head was urged the necessity of patterning after Christ in prayers, watchfulness, meekness, patience, vigilance in labor, and painful sufferings, and of improving the mild, tolerant government of our happy country, as an encouragement in the faithful discharge of ministerial labours. Particular notice of the necessity of the servants of the Lord paying strict attention to no WILL or work of their own, was thought not to be improper. And in this section is pointed out the evils, in short, which have been experienced in consequence of those who profes3 to teach mankind the knowledge of diyine things, departing from the plaiv revealed WILL of God, and setting up their own wills in opposition. The necessi. ty of faithfulness has been urged on the very just ground of that love which the seryant of the Lord ought to feel to his divine master, and the wants of the flock of God, whom he is directed, by the Holy Ghost, to lead to the green pastures of the redeemer's grace.
The imperfections of our earthly nacure, our proneness to go astray, has been urged, and no doubt with propriety, as a reason why the servant of the Lorá should be faithful in the government of all the natural appetites and passions. A remedy has been prescribed against a folly which too of. ten overtakes the labourer in the vineyard of the Lord, when
advanced in life. To this due attention ought to be paid, that the servant may finish his course with joy, and not in vexation. We have noticed the glorious crown of rejoicing, which, in the presence of angels, will be placed on the head of the faithful in the day of the Lord Jesus. And have found that divine revelation holds out such encouragements with a manifest design to interest us in doing well.
• REVEREND BROTHER, - In addition to your successful labors of love in the country, your brethren in the ministry rejoice in your having, by the blessing of the great head of the church, been enabled to feed the sheep and lambs of the spiritual fold in this place. It is with confidence in your sincerity and faithfulness in the ministry of the gospel, that this Council have obeyed the voice of this newly formed society, to assist rhem in their public acknowledgement of you as their minister in the Lord. Here, we hope, under your ministry, to see this vine of our heavenly father's plaoting, flourish for a long time to come; here, we humbly pray that God would add many souls to the happy number which may sparkle with divine beauty in the crown of your rejoicing in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Christian brethren and friends of this parish-The Council feel disposed to congratulate you on this solemn and joy. ful occasion. Your prosperity hitherto as a society, has been noticed with great satisfaction : and though our local situations and circumstances have not permitted us to visit you so often as we could have desired, our constant prayers for the promotion of your spiritual interest have been fervent ;, and it is our reasonable duty on this occasion to acknowledge the goodness of God in building up the cause of Zion in this place. .
Having joined with you in the former part of this day, in the dedication of this convenient edifice to the public service of God, and now in setting apart a brother in the ministry of the everlasting Gospel, to your spiritual service, our cup of divine comfort is full. May the good will of him who dwelt in the bush, abide with you, and render the connecsion between you and your pastor, a lasting blessing to both.
DEDICATION AND RE-INSTALLATION. On the 5th of September instant, the new brick Meeting House, crected hy the first Universal Society in Charlestown, (Mass.) was publicly dedicaced. The services commenced at 10 o'clock A. M. The dedication discourse was preached by the Rev. EDWARD MITCHELL, of Boston, from 2d Chronicles, 5th chapter, 13th and 14th verses. In the afternoon of the same day, the Rev. ABNER KNEELAND was re-installed Pastor of ihai Church and Society. Sermon by the Rev. Hosea Ballot, of Portsmouth, N. H. from Revelations ii, 10, last clause. The delivery of the Scriplures, and Charge, by the Rev. THOMAS JONES, of Gloucester, Cape Ann, And the Right Hand of Fellowship by the Rev. EDWARD TURNER, of Salem, Mass. A numerous assembly witnessed with the deepest solemnity and most dignified attention, the transactions of ihe day. A large band of vocal and instrumental performers of music, by a judicious selection, and elegant and impressive perforinance of several appropriate pieces, beightened the moral pleasure, ani. mated the devotion, and increased the rapturous joy of the Congregation in
DIED, At Murraysville, in Pennsylvania, on the 16th day of May last, the Rev. Noah MURRAY, aged 66, for many years a faithful, laborious, and able Preacher of Universal Salvation. The circum. stances attending his death, reflected high honor upon the Christian vocation, and evinced the strong exercises of that faith which rises superior to trials and death. A record of such events is not only donorable to the departed, but may be blessed of God to the edifi. cation of the Churches. Mr. Murray was seized with a violent typhus fever, on the 6th of May, and after 10 days severe struggling with the disease, finished his earthly course. During the whole period, his mind was filled with disine consolations, and he went on his way rejoicing in the Lord Jesus ; and having lost all power of speech for two or three days before his death, yet still retaining the unclouded light of his reason, he made signs for a table, and pen and ink, and left a written testimony behind him, in addi. tion to the many expressions which had fallen from his lips, while. able to speak, that lie died as he had lived, in the fulness of faith, nothing doubting. His remains were interred on the 18th, with civil and masonic honors : and his funeral sermon was preached to the Church and Society in Philadelphia, to which he had for. merly preached, by the Rev. GEORGE RICHARD4, their present pastor, from Hebrews Ilth chap. 13th verse.
Is Solitude thy pamc ?
There too, in mildest beams,
There God himself is known,
There would I choose to rest
Gen. xxiv, 63.
SIR RICHARD STEELE'S LETTER TO THE TOPE.
NAY, it is hardly credible. what I could relate to you, of the usage he hath receiv'd from those who most of all, would, in time, have found the want of him, had he not suco ceeded to this crown.
One of the first complements, he received from his most famous university, was a particular mark of respect, by the unanimous' vote of that learned body, given to a man, whom he had, with displeasure, dismise'd from his seivice ; and whom your friend, the pretender, had he been King here, would have distinguish’d, long ago with honours, for all his hearty servire to the Popish cause, in Ireland.
But, can this be a wonder to his majesty, when he once knows, that his very title, and succession to his crown, was a disputed point, between an Oxford decree, and an act of Parliament ; that he now possesseth his crown against the solemn decree of thut learned body; and a decree, which still hangs up, to the view of the world, uorepealed, as an open testimony of the tender regards of those who own it, to his cause, and of the sincerity of their hearts, in abjurig the Popish line. .
and from the members of his other university; what hath he received ? If violent, and tumultuous riuts, beyond what almost any other parts, of his kingdom have seen, be a dis
tinguishing mark of affection, and good-will; they have · given it him, beyond all double