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truths so solemn and affecting; and let all the powers of your nature be engaged in the arduous work of your salvation.
We now press upon the moment that difsolves the interesting relation that has so long connected us. Speaking to you for the lait time as your instructor, it is my best, and most earnest advice, and if they were the last words I should ever pronounce, I could only utter them with the greater fervency, fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man. Soon death shall fore. ver stop my tongue and close your ears, and then shall we both discern, in infinitely stronger lights, their unspeakable importance.-Go, beloved youth! to your several destinations in life. May the God of your fathers protect and guide you ! My wishes, my prayers, and my hopes shall follow you. In hearing of your future virtues and success, I shall partake of the tender and lively joy of your own parents. But Oh! with pleasures unknown, and worthy only of eternity, shall I hear from the lips of your final judge this blelled and mercitul decree if he shall pronounce it on your diligence and fidelity in all the duties of life " well
done, good and faithful servants ! enter ye into the joys of your Lord!”
To that blessed end, Almighty God! in thine infinite mercy, bring us all, for the fake of Jesus Christ our Lord!
THE LORD'S SUPPER A MEMORIAL .
1 Cor. XI. 24. Do this in remembrance of me. NTATIONS have endeavoured to per
V petuate the memory of great events, or of illustrious benefactors, and individuals to renew the recollection of beloved friends, or of interesting scenes by festivals, by monuments, and by tender memorials. In conformity with customs so natural, and that have been established among mankind from the beginning of time, it hath pleased God, in the various periods of his church, to record signal events of his providence, or peculiar dispensations of his grace by fimilar monuments and institutions. His gracious covenant with Abraham was perpetuated by a seal impressed upon all his
offspring. And the deliverance of his people from the bondage of Egypt was celebrated by a festival that revived the memory of this illustrious miracle throughout every age. The christian church hath, likewise, its rites, its feasts, and its feals. Baptism hath succeeded to circumcision as a visible seal of the covenant of grace, and like that, consists of an emblem of the purity of heart that becomes the disciples of Christ. The Lord's supper, which we are convened to celebrate, contains the memorial of a much higher salvation than that of Israel from Egyptian thraldom. It is a feltival that exhibits in significant emblems, whatever religion contains most sacred in its own nature, and most interesting to mankind. Our blessed Lord, the night on which he was betrayed, insituted his holy supper to be a perpetual rite in his church, that, by the presence of such lively symbols, he might recall to the meinory of his faithful disciples his love, and his fufferings for them —“ Do this, said he, in remembrance of
The bread, and the wine employed in this sealt are expreflive images of the great objects it is designed to represent. As the bread corn is ground beneath the weight of the millstone, so was he wounded for our transgrespons, and bruised for our iniquities. As the wine is preiled from the broken grape, so hath he been cast into the wine-press of divine justice, and broken for our sins.
Our blessed Lord, on that night that preceded the consummation of his great sacrifice on the cross, chose these emblems, and appointed them to be used as perpetual memorials of his sufferings.*—How interesting was that scene! How tender was that moment, when he met the little, and affectionate family of his disciples for the last time! Endeared to them by his labours, by his dangers, and by the ineffable sweetness of his manners-by the sublime and confolatory doctrines of which he had made them the depositaries—by his distinguishing love in selecting them to be ever near his person that they might be the subjects of his divine
* The bread and the wine in this ordinance may be con. sidered as emblems, likewise, of the strengih, nourishment, and confolation to be derived from it by a sincere disciple of Christ. But these views of them are not immediately connected with the present subject.