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ment-even now, perhaps, it is accomplished. Think of our Lord's assurance to his disciples---" If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, be thou plucked up by the roots, and be thou planted in the sea, and it should obey you.” Put your faith to the trial now, you may never have another opportunity given you; say to the anxious and perplexing thoughts which engross your minds, to the unreasonable cares which harass and distress you, to the groundless terrors which would estrange you from God, be ye plucked up by the roots, and cast out, and they will obey you. Should there be one here, as I trust there is not, who has ventured to cross this venerable threshold, determined beforehand, in his own mind, to reject the terms of reconciliation offered him, to refuse this gracious invitation, I beseech him, in the face of these holy sentences, which, speaking as it were in


warning accents from yonder whitened wall, admonish him to think of a worļd to come.--I beseech him by these frail memorials of human pride,* some of which are fast decaying from the view, and none of which can outlive the greatness they would honour, more than a few short years--- I beseech him by the dead, whose ashes rest beneath us, to recall his rash vow. If the seed of eternal life be as yet unsown in his heart, does he not think, that the same almighty power that commands the earth, all barren and unfertile though it be, to send forth from its bosom rich and abundant harvests, can cause to spring up within his bosom more excellent fruits than they? We are none of us so well prepared to partake of this holy rite, as that we may venture to cease from continual

prayer; none so ill prepared, to whom earnest prayer will not be efficacious; let us, then, in such a spirit as God may please to put into our hearts, draw near his holy altar, not trusting in our own righteousness, but in the infinite mercy of Almighty God.

* Hatchments in the church.

Now to God, &c.





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