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They have caused the house to be insured for 2500 dollars. It was dedicated to the service of God on Sabbath evening the 11th of October. A sermon from Psalm
cxxxii. 8, was preached by the Rev. Mr. Matthews, and the Rev. Messrs. McClelland and Mc Leod assisted on the occasion, making the opening and concluding prayers,
The Board cannot forbear to congratulate the Society upon this joyful event, and to solicit.them to unite in thanksgiving to God, whose good hand has enabled us to build this temple for his worship: and, in ardent supplications to the Head of the Church, that he will incline the hearts of the poor to attend in that sanctuary to the ministrations of their present and future Missionaries, and bless them to their present comfort and eternal salvation.
On the 14th of September they resolved to employ Mr. Robert Steel, a licentiate of the Presbytery of New York, as their Missionary in this city. He entered upon the duties of his appointment a short time previous to the opening of the Mission House ; and was employed in visiting the families in the neighbourhood, apprizing them of the objects of the Society in its erection, and inviting them to attend the solemnities of its dedication. On Sunday, the 18th of October, he commenced his publick duties as a preacher in that place. His ministrations have bitberto been well attended, and appear to be acceptable to the people. He preaches morning and evening on the Sabbath, and holds a meeting for prayer on Thursday evenings. A Sunday school has been established under the direction of Mr. Steel and a Committee of the Board ; and received under the care of the Sunday School Union Society, as School No. 35. The school meets in the Mission House in the afternoon of every Lord's day, is in a prospering state, and likely to be a useful appendage to the mission. During the residue of the week Mr. Steel is employed, as Mr. Miller was, in visiting the sick, the afficted, and the dying; in gathering scholars for the school, and inviting the ignorant and the poor of the vicinity to attend this sanctuary and hear the Gospel of Jesus, who is able to make the one wise unto salvation, the other rich in faith ; and both, heirs of a kingdom that shall never fade away.
Early in the spring the Board directed their Secretary to open a correspondence with the London Missionary Society. Several copies of the last annual report were transmitted to that venerated institution, with a number of copies of the anniversary sermon. An answer to this communication is daily expected.
In addition to the sums received from the members as their dues, and the collection, amounting to $328 67, made after the anniversary sermon in December last, the Board bave received the following donations, (not yet acknowledged,) viz. $30 from several individuals belonging to the Rutgers-street church, 45 Bibles from the Auxiliary New-York Bible Society, 30 from the Union Bible Society in this city, 50 from the Oneida Bible Society, preserted ta Mr. Dunlap, various donations of Tracts, from members of the New
York Religious Tract Society, and several sums of $30 each, to con
? stitute individuals members for life.
The amount in the treasury during the year has been composed of the following particulars, to wit :
Balance in the treasury, Nov. 19, 1817, $ 791 03
And the expenditures have been as follows:
Salaries of Missionaries and ordinary expenses,
Leaving a balance in the Treasury of
$ 291 46 It will be perceived that the amount already advanced by the Board out of their Missionary funds, for the completion of the Mission House, is $692 29.
There yet remains of the subscription list uncollected about $300, and to be paid on account of the Mission House about $200.
During the last year twelve Missionaries have been employed by the Board, including Mr. Searle. If Mr. Timlow, Mr. Davenport, and Mr. Woods, have proceeded on their Missions, as it is hoped they have; the Society have still in their employment eight Missionaries, to wit: Messrs. Dunlap, Platt, Woods, Chester, Snodgrass, Timlow, Davenport, and Steel. The Directors have lately received an application from a gentleman who desires to be employ ed as a Missionary on the West banks of lake Champlain. If inquiries whieh have been instituted, as to his character and qualifications, result in the satisfaction of the Board, the Society will then have a prospect of commencing a new year of Missionary exertion with nine Missionaries in their service..
It will be perceived that the enlarged sphere of action and usefulpess, into which the Providence of God has led the Society, demands very ample resources, a great increase of numbers, and all the liberality of themselves and their friends, to enable the Directors to continue such extended operations. It is particularly recommended to every member to interest himself in obtaining new associates and doRations from among his friends and acquaintances.
On a review of the transactions of the year, the Directors, although they sincerely regret the many infirmities with which they have administered the important trusts confided to them by the Society, and find much reason for humiliation before God for the very imperfect manner in which they have attended upon his work; yet they disçover abundant reasons for gratitude to the Head of the Church, for the signal manner in which he has vouchsafed to own and bless their feeble and unworthy efforts to spread abroad the knowledge of his name: giving them, not to say much more than their deserts, but,
far more than their most sanguine expectations, at the commencement of the year, ventured to anticipate.
Brethren-We have a gracious Master, who, verily, rewards his servants with a liberal hand! He knows and pities their infirmities; and while he tenderly rebukes the weakness of their flesh, deigns to accept and commend the willingness of their spirits. Let his goodness excite us to make greater efforts in his cause.
We have every inducement; for, it is a glorious cause in which we are engaged. It is the cause of this Master, against the arch enemy of the human race: the conflict of the Prince of Light and Life with the powers of darkness and of death. It is a most benevolent cause; for it aims to rescue sinners, of our own flesh and blood, from the captivity of Satan. It is most honourable ; for we, unworthy as we are, are permitted to be fellow-workers with the whole Christian world in evangelizing the nations ; nay, with God himself, in fulfilling his promise to his Son, of putting all enemies under his feet, of giving him the heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for a possession. And, it is also a hopeful cause. Already is he giving to it, every where, earnests of future success. It must and shall prevail ; for God has promised a final victory; and our leader is Jesus, THE CAPTAIN OF SALVATION. Let us, then, be true to him to whom we have sworn allegiance, and under whose standard we are arranged. God has already condescended to give us a reputable name among the missionary institutions of our country. Let us never be contented, until, by his blessing, we have made the Young Men's Missionary Society one of the most efficient legions in the armies of the LORD OF Hosts.
Little is yet done in comparison with what remains to be executed. Innumerable are the strong holds of Satan in our land yet to be reduced, and they are multiplying with fearful rapidity. Some of them we have conquered, and converted into temples for God's praise. These conquests are to be secured. The country around them is still in the hands of the enemy. They are still invested by watchful foes. Be diligent, therefore, in protecting what has been gained, and in vigorously prosecuting further acquisitions. one, over whom any of us have an influence, remain unconnected with our ranks. Allure, persuade, and entreat them to help us in our exertions in the cause of our Master.
Brethren-Remember the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ, THE LORD OF Glory. He was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, that we, through his poverty, might be made rich! Has he not commanded us to love one another as he hath loved us? He does not ask us to become poor, that we may make the destitute inhabitants of our country rich. But, this he does require, that we should forego some of our superfluities, to impart to those who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness, a little of the bread and water of life, of which we enjoy such copious abundance—at least enough to alleviate the violence of their famine.
Let not the Infant Churches, which have been planted by your
Missionaries, cherished by their prayers, and watered with their tears, and in whose behalf they so tenderly entreat you, wither and die for want of cultivation. Remember the tears of the people of Carthage, when they besought your Missionary, who first made the name of Jesus' melody in their ears, to intercede with you, not to forget, but to pity and to succour them. Let the cries of the Church at Bolton-where in a fews hort months no less than 65 souls, trophies of rich grace, were awakened and made alive unto God-not only enter your ears, but penetrate your hearts. Listen to what they say! “We are totally destitute of preaching, save Missionary labour, and that is very infrequent. We are not able to support the Gospel. We are composed of 40 families, and there are about eighty communicants in our Church-mostly minors and females—all extremely anxious to have a minister of Christ among them as a Spiritual guide and teacher. We throw ourselves upon your charity, as a needy people; for we have no prospect to cheer our hopes from an approaching famine of spiritual instruction, except through the agency of your benevolent institution." Hark, Brethren! Is not the voice of him who once spake to the son of Jonas, on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias, now saying to you-If you love me, go and FEED THOSE LAMBS ? In behalf of the Board of Directors,
JOHN NITCHIE, Secretary. New-York, Dec. 10th, 1818.
RELIGIOUS CONVENTION. Minutes and Resolutions of the Religious Convention of Christian Denomina
tions, held at Washington, (Mis.) November 19, 1818. The Religious Convention of Christian Denominations met, pursuant to an appointment made at Clear Creek, December 19th, 1817. By request, Rev. Joseph Bullen preached a sermon from Ephesians iv. 3—Endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
After service, Rev. J. Menefee called the meeting to order, and Rev. J. Bullen was unanimously chosen Moderator, and the Rev. J. Smylie, Clerk.
The following ministers, of regular standing in their respective denominations, came forward and took their seats:
Rev. Joseph Bullen, Rev.John Menefee, Rev. Wm. Montgomery, * Rev. Lawrence Scarborough, Rev. James Carson, Rev. Saml. Royce, Rev. James Smylie, Rev. Nathan Williamson, Rev. Daniel Smith.
The following official members of different churches appeared and took their seats :
+ Mr. John Henderson, Mr. Chilion F. Stiles, & Mr. John Bolls, + Mr. John Grafton, Mr. Matthew Smylie, Mr. Daniel Camron, Mr. Abram Galtney, * Mr. Joel Pate, f Mr. Geo. Daugherty.
*Took their seats the 2d day ;- -8 Took their seats the 3d day:Absent the 2d and 3d days. Absent the 3d day.
Rev. Dr. Smith, J. Menésee, W. Montgomery, and L. Scarbotough, (in the event of his appearing to-morrow,) were appointed a committee of overtures, to prepare and bring forward the business of the meeting.
On which the convention adjourned to meet to-morrow at 10 o'clock. Concluded with prayer.
Friday, Nov. 20th, 1818. The Convention met according to adjournment. Opened with prayer.
Rev. N. Williamson preached.
The committee of overtures reported in part, and the convention adopted the following
RESOLUTIONS. Resolved unanimously, That this meeting, having heard and considered “ The Minutes, Resolutions, and Address of the Religious Convention holden at Clear Creek,” cordially approve, the senti, ments and feelings expressed therein, and strongly recommend them to the religious public.
Whereas our youth are indeed "the rising hope of our churches and our country”—and whereas their temporal welfare, and their spiritual salvation, very much depend, under God, on the exercise of parental fidelity—therefore,
Resolved unanimously, That this Convention earnestly recommend to all parents or guardians, that, by the early, assiduous, and persevering use of christian instruction, persuasion, and prayer, they should labour to train up for society, the church, and the kingdom of heaven, the precious immortals committed to their care.
And further resc!ved, That this convention earnestly recommend. to all the friends of religion, to inculcate a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures on the minds of the rising generation. In order to which, that they select such passages as they think best, and teach them to their children. We the more earnestly recommend this, as it would give our children a knowledge of Scriptural truth in the language of our truly excellent version.
And further resolved, That this convention recommend to all the friends of true religion, to spend some time on every Sabbath in catechising their children on the Scriptures; and, if practicable, to establish Sunday Schools for that purpose.
And whereas, next to parents, school-masters, preceptors, and other public instructors, are instruinental in forming the understanding, fashioning the faith, moulding the heart, and controling the habits of our youth-therefore,
Resolved unanimously, That this convention regard with heartfelt satisfaction, and unfeigned gratitude to God, the establishment of every seminary of instruction for our male or female youth, that is conducted on christian principles, and that with the rudiments of buman science, inculcates the grand fundamentals of scriptural morals and religion