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recalled to the hear. ar effect. I think it no if we even draw our text 1, or the psalms or les. will be more likely to
retain what they hear from us, when it, in any manner, falls in with what they have been reading in their prayer-books, or when they are afterward reminded of it by reading the psalms and lessons at home. But there is another species of accommodation of more importance, and that is the choice of such disquisitions, as may either meet the difficulties, or assist the reflections, which are suggested by the portions of Scripture that are delivered froni the reading-desk. Thus, whilst the wars of Joshua and the Judges are reJated in the course of the lessons which occupy some of the first Sundays after Trinity, it will be very seasonable to explain the reasons upon which that dispensation was founded, the moral and beneficial purposes which are declared to have been designed, and which were probably ac. complished, by its execution ; because such an explanation will obviate the doubts concerning either the divine goodness or the credibility of the narrative which may arise in the mind of a hearer, who is not instructed to regard the transaction, as a method of inflicting an exemplary, just, and necessary punishment. In like manner, whilst the history of the delivery of the law from mount Sinai, or rather the recapitulation of that history by Moses, in the Book of Deuteronomy, is carried on in the Sunday lessons which are read between Easter and Whitsunday, we shall be well engaged in discourses upon the commandments which stand at the head of that institution, in shewing from the history their high original and authority, and in explaining their reasonableness, application, and extent. Whilst the history of Joseph is successively presented to the congregation during the Sundays, in Lent, we shall be very negligent of the opportunity, if we do not take occasion to point out to our hearers, those observations upon the benevolent but secret direction, the wise though circuitous measures of Provi. dence, of which this beautiful passage of ScripCure supplies & train of apposite examples. ThC
are, I doubt not, other series of subjects dictated by the service as exlifying as these; but these I propose as illustrations of the rule.
Next to the semise of the church, the season of the yeamnaay the made to suggest useful and approppintse toomiss of meditation. The beginning same year as belonging to it a train of very Sebennu meltextus. I the devotional pieces of heelatte Dr. Johnsenthis occasion was never passekills. We mes lean from these writings the perbe made of it; and by the example
ellent person, how much a pious mind
to be affected by this memorial of the Tips one. There are also certain proprieties at sunrespond with the different parts of the year. For example, the wisdom of God in tiewe af the creation is a theme which ought
te reserved for the return of the spring, when te nemess, it se, her activity; when er. ery animal is chestiul and busy, and seems to forsing weetestiis Maker's kindness; whes Assesesean pails, the objects and enjoy ments Sous accord and harmonize with
entinents.of delight and gratitude, whick se above all others, is calculated to in
here is no deration so genuine as that
from these meditations, because it is cand self-excited. There is no frame of mare desuable, and, consequently, no
useful, than that which leads the lize Christiliself. If it be not to sow the thesh seserejse. It is laying a foundation send, it is ideas prepare the soil. The evilume of eventuries with much greater
n unseen intelli
- universe ; and f a supremạe will. 3 almost always in rength of this conDies of instruction
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of which our hearers are more capable than we may at first sight suppose. It is not necessary to be a philosopher, or to be skilled in the names and distinctions of natural history, in order to perceive marks of contrivance and design in the creation. It is only to turn our observation to them. Now, beside that this requires neither more ability nor leisure than every man can command, there are many things in the life of a country parishioner which will dispose his thoughts to the employment. In his fields, amidst his flocks, in the progress of vegetation, the structure, faculties, and manners of domestic animals, he has constant occasion to remark proofs of intention and of consummate wisdom. The minister of a country parish, is never, therefore, better engaged, than when he is assisting this turn of contemplation. Nor will he ever do it with so much effect, as when the appearance and face of external nature conspire with the sentiments which he wishes to excite.
Again : It'we would enlarge upon the various not bounty of lence, in furnishing a regular supply for
ad especially for human subsist
ut by numerous and diversified speci
d clothing, we shall be best hear
and amidst the occupations of bars
hearers are reaping the effects of t
es for their support, and of that
ervation, which their Father w!
1, hath exercised for them. If th
a favourable, we rejoice with ty which fills their granaries, es, and feeds their families. If SS so, we have still to remark, 1 the husbandman's disappointthe dangers and inclemencies of ons, a competent proportion of the Irth is conducted to its destined may observe also to the repining
value, if not the existence, of his n, depends upon the very uncer.
turn, and such as, being yet recent in the meme ry of our hearers, may dispose their mindst the admission and influence of salutary reflection
My reverend brethren, I am sensible that t discourse with which I have now detained
you not of that kind which is usually delivered at chancellor's visitation. But since (by the favou ot' that excellent prelate, who by me must laze be remembered with gratitude and affection hold another public station in the dioces, para embrace the only opportunity afforded me of so mitting to you that species of counsel and exher tation, which, with more propriety, perhaps, would have received from me in the character your srehdeacon, if the functions of that office he remained entire.