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our Christian course, and walk and not faint. And, O Lord, we pray Thee to guide and protect us in our journey and pilgrimage through the world. Help us to fill up our days with usefulness and duty, that we may honour Christ our Saviour daily, that we may be prepared and fitted for that rest which remains for the people of God. And, our Father, on that great day when Thou makest up Thy jewels, let not one of those present here be missing, but may we all appear at Christ's right hand in glory, washed in the blood of the Redeemer, and fitted to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb

Amen. DR. GILES PEASE : It is pleasant to contemplate the work of God that is carried forward in this city, in our commonwealth, in the land, and among the nations; and it is worth while very frequently to take note of our own personal condition in regard to the work of grace that is going on. It is written, “Thou hast created all things; and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." “ God has made all things for Himself.”—“Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever.” God also, in His address to His covenant people, wherein He describes what mighty things He would do for them, uses this language : "I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake.” Now, we shall do well to keep continually in mind the reason why God is making Himself manifest in His glory to ourselves personally, to the city, to the state, to the country, and through the world. It is to glorify and exalt His own name. It is not on account of any personal merit of ours, or any worthiness of His covenant people. It is to magnify the riches of His glorious grace in Jesus Christ, and shew what the mercy and grace of God can do. This, then, is an argument we may always use with Him—“For Thine own sake, O my God.” We may plead always the glory of His name in the fulfilment of His own promises respecting Zion, and the interest and advancement of His kingdom in the earth. Let this, then, be our continual plea. He permits us to desire and ask for the manifestation of His glory—“Father, glorify Thy name." We are not to seek it for our own interest; we are to have no personal interest in this matter any further than we are interested in the glory of God. If we are saved, it will be through no merit of our own, but for the glory of God's grace. We must pray, For Thy name's sake, pardon Thou mine iniquity.” For Jesus' sake—not for your sake, but to magnify His glory-He has taken your feet out of "the horrible pit and miry clay.” Let us pray.

Blessed God, there is none in heaven whom we would adore but Thee, and none on earth that we desire in comparison with Thee. We desire that Thou shouldst be exalted, and that Thy name should be glorified, and Thine alone. Now we come to ask Thee, our Father in heaven, let Thy name be hallowed in all the earth. Oh, let it be hallowed by those who have hitherto, for a long period of time, been accustomed to profane and blaspheme Thy dear and blessed name. O righteous Father, gracious Saviour, send the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of such to see their guilt and condemnation by sin, and their need of the atoning blood of Jesus ; and we pray Thee now to turn their hearts to Thee, that they may lift up their voices in


mercy. O Lord, disenthrall the souls of our fellow-men in


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bondage to sin and Satan. Let Satan's kingdom fall as lightning from heaven. And 0 Thou most mighty Prince of life and glory, let Thine arrows be sharp in the hearts of Thine enemies, whereby they shall be made to feel the need of Thee, and to submit to Thee. 0 Thou most mighty, gird Thy sword on Thy thigh, and ride forth triumphantly in the midst of this city, among all the people. Enter every dwelling-place, every habitation of men in this city, and here magnify Thy mercy in the disenthrallment of souls from the bonds of sin and death. Carry forward the work of grace through all the land, among all the nations of the earth, upon the land and upon

Let the fulness of the sea be converted to Thee. Great God, we pray Thee to move by the power of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh, and let all flesh together rejoice in the salvation of our God.

Now prepare us for the duties that devolve upon us individually to-day. In our varied relations, give us to understand what Thou wouldst have us to do, the work in which Thou wouldst have us engage ; and do Thou prepare us for the coming Sabbath, and meet with Thy people in their usual places of convocation for worship. Strengthen Thy servants, the ministers, to open their mouths and speak boldly in the name of Christ, in all fidelity, sincerity, and affection, and with supreme regard for Thy glory, and absorbing concern for the salvation of lost souls. Pour out Thy Spirit upon Zion in all her borders, quickening our people, strengthening their faith, augmenting their zeal, for Thy blessed name's sake. Amen. One verse was then sung :

“We are pressing on to Canaan's land,

Never to come back any more,
To join the blood-washed pilgrim band,

Never to come back any more."


MR. DUNBAR, of New Bedford : I rejoice that I ever found a Saviour whose practice and habit is to save those to the uttermost who come unto God by Him. When He healed the blind man, He did not leave his sight dim; when He unstopped the ear of the deaf man, he could hear perfectly. Jesus Christ came into the world to save man as perfectly from his sins as he is by nature perfectly free from righteousness-save them to the uttermost. My Saviour is a perfect Saviour; He is a perfect Saviour, and I thank God that He can, and does, save those to the uttermost that come unto God by Him. Man, by the power and grace of God, has accomplished considerable in this world, but yet He has hardly made a beginning. Man is like a complicated machine, or, if you please, like an instrument of music. We will liken man to a great organ. He never, never can give forth the music he was created for, until the great Architect, the mighty God, who constructed him, has the handling of him altogether. It is verily possible for us to lean towards heaven, lean very hard towards heaven, by our profession, and yet go towards hell by our practice.

Now, I have been made to rejoice in this place of worship. I do not know that it will do anybody any hurt if I say that this is the freest place I have found anywhere yet. I remember going once into a silversmith's establishment, where there was a great furnace, in which the silver was melted, and I noticed that the silversmith, after he put his metal into the crucible to be melted, every now and then lifted up the cover and looked in. After he had done this several times, my curiosity was excited, and I asked him, “ What do you do that for ?"

Said he, “When I can see my face in the metal, then it will make the choicest jewels.” Well, that man gave me a sermon. The Lord puts us in His crucible, and when we reflect His image, then we are the most useful, then we make the choicest jewels.

I do not know that it is my place, but I wish to suggest that we have an evening meeting. I see some young men here, and perhaps I had a little to do with getting them to come in; but no glory to Dunbar for that. The other day, a young man came into a shop, puffing a cigar, and pretty soon he saw a card stuck up like that one pointing to a card over the pulpit), “Stand up for Jesus.”

” “What is that for ?” he asked. He had opened the way, and I thought I could do no less than try to instruct him what it was for. I did so, as well as I knew how; and pretty soon I saw that, notwithstanding his assumed carelessness, there was a heart full of deep feeling in his bosom. He has come in here, and perhaps others like him ; but the opportunities for inquiry are not great. But I hope that the gentleman who is taking notes here this morning will write this down for a fact, not to be rubbed out, that the Old South Church shall be the Bethesda, or the furnace, if you please, not only to melt the people (for it is one thing to melt a substance, and another to mould it), but to mould them into the image of Jesus Christ, that they may go forth, and let their light shine, and bring forth fruit unto God.

Mr. D. H. HENSHAW: I wish to say a word on the advances which religion has made since my boyhood. I recollect reading in a religious newspaper, nearly fifty years ago, that it was uncivil,

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