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pear more reasonable, nothing more valence of the custom and from the natural, than that we should, by a re- peculiar situation of the church. May verent and lowly bending of the body, every one be enabled to fill up the hints testify our “ inward humility, Christian here imperfectly given to his own conresolution, and due acknowledgement, viction, and be induced firmly to adthat the Lord Jesus Christ, the true here to the apostolic command, that, eternal Son of God, is the only Saviour 6 at the name of Jesus every knee shall of the world; in whom alone all the bow."
J. L. mercies, graces, and promises of God to mankind for this lite, and the life to come, are fully and wholly com
For the Christian Journal.
ECCLESIASTES v. 1.--Keep thy foot Again-It is a custom, as we have shown, plainly enjoined in the church
when thou goest to the house of God. from which we-sprung—it has hereto
The awe and reverence which must fore been the constant practice among arise in the mind of any rational being us, and it is a practice against which wken about to present himself in an eswe firmly believe no just objection car pecial manner before his Maker and be offered—would it not then seein to Preserver, would tend to insure the obbe our duty (even although we may servance of this precept, were it even consider it unimportant) to adhere to it unsanctioned by the authority of revein order to preserve the unity of the lation. This is amply, demonstrated by church ? A house divided against itself the manner in which the heathen were can never stand ; and how trifling so accustomed to conduct their worship, ever the alteration may at first appear, although it was directed to the most yet no portion of a building is so per- unworthy objects. At the commencefectly useless, or so totally independentment of their ritual, it was customary of all connexion with the other parts, for a herald to announce the solemnithat the stability of the whole will not ties about to commence, concluding by be injured by its removal.
warning all profane persons to depart, We, as Trinitarians, worship our and exhorting all present to reflect Redeemer as God, as equal and co-ex upon the importance of the duties to be istent with the Father--the express performed. During the continuance of image of his Person-as King of kings, the ceremonies, all remained standing, and Lord of lords-and we testify in uncovered, and in the most profound our services our firm and implicit be- silence, intent upon, and assisting in lief in his divinity. But when we con the rites performed by the priest: and, sider that at the present day strong ef- when the ceremonies were finished forts are making to overthrow our faith, Aone presumed to remove from his to degrade the character of our blessed place, till warned by the cry of the Saviour, let us pause before we dispense herald, Go in peace. Thus orderly with
any form wkich may give the least were the pagans instructed to behave countenance to the exertions of our ad- in the presence of their supposed deiversaries. On the contrary, let us ties by the mere light of nature, aided boldly show our faith and confidence in only by obscure and interrupted tradihis divine nature, by a clear and honest tion. arowal of him in word and deed-a Among the Jews, who were favoured faith and confidence founded on a fair with a more perfect knowledge of the and candid interpretation of the Holy Deity, whose peculiar people they were Scriptures.
chosen to be, we find a still more reThus have I endeavoured to suggest spectful and reverential adoration. Prethe propriety of the observance of the vious to entering the temple they were practice, from our vast obligations to accustomed to wash and purify theniChrist as our Redeemer-from the pre- selves, that they might be in some mea
sure fitted to appear in the presence of • Engliste Canon, as quoted by Wheatley of hold iniquity, thus figuratively repre
him who is of purer eyes than to beCommon Prayer, p. 157, Am. Ed.
senting the purity of mind and inno- than they either engage in conversation cence of manuers indispensably neces with their companions, or commence a sary to him who would worship in spi- review of those who have already met rit and in truth. They were not per- for the celebration of divine service. mitted to enter with their staff, upper Is this, we would ask, consistent with garment, or shoes. To this' the pas- ' that reverence so necessary to mortals sage in Ecclesiastes is supposed more who are assembled in the presence of particularly to allude, though intended their Maker? Would it even be congenerally to inculcate decency and re Jered proper in the presence of a felverence in the worship of God. They low mortal who may be more exalted carefully avoided the least appearance in rank than ourselves? The answer of irreverence or indecency in their be- is obvious. How carefully then should haviour; but having entered the tem we avoid such behaviour when collected ple, walked deliberately to that part in in the house of God, where he has prowhich they might choose to perform mised to be with us when two or three their devotions, and there either stood are gathered together in his name. We with the head covered, (in token of hu- say nothing of the anxious looks so remility,) and eyes fixed on the ground, peatedly directed to the door when or lay prostrate, while they offered their opened for the admission of some felpetitions to the Lord. Having con- low worshipper; of the attentive gaze cluded, they were accustomed to retire at some particularly curious or interest slowly, walking backward, (for it was ing object, so unbecoming the awful supposed disrespectful to turn their presence of the Deity; or of the lengthbacks upon the house of God, and, for ened and repeated yawn, so disrespectcertain superstitious reasons, departing ful, nay, insolent, to him whose worby a different gate from that by which ship they are engaged in celebrating : they entered. In this mode of worship, these, though extremely deserving of although mixed with much superstition, notice, are in a manner foreign to our a proper and just reverence for the present subject: we would but notice Deity may be observed, which is wor the precipitate and indecorous manner thy of our imitation, and should at all of retiring from church so common times be the chief principle of our among Christians at the present day. adoration,
No sooner has the last syllable of the When compared with these practices benediction passed the lips of the priest, of the Heathens and Jews, how unseemly than too many of the congregation rewill the behaviour which is too gene- tire with the utmost precipitation, aprally observable in Christian churches parently anxious to escape from the appear! Not unfrequently we behold irksome restraint to which they have the followers of the meek and lowly Je- been submitting. Is this decorous ? Is sus, the worshippers of the most high it becoming men who profess to be God, advancing into his presence in a worshippers of a kind and merciful manner more suitable to a soldier facing Deity? Instead of being thankful that the enemy, or to a proud and arrogant they had been permitted once more to individual advancing to meet his equal assemble in the more immediate preor inferior; and when arrived at the
sence of their Maker, solemnly to implace which they have chosen for their plore his pardon for past misdeeds, asstation, either rudely seating themselves sistance in future endeavours to do without the least acknowledgment of good, and protection from all danger the divine presence, or, if they conde- both temporal and spiritual; to hear scend so far as to incline the head, and his word read for their edification and seem to offer up a prayer for aid and instruction; and to praise him for his protection during their continuance in past mercies: it would appear that they the temple, doing it in such manner as considered this public worship as a fato afford but too much reason to believe your conferred by themselves upon
their that it is custom, not devotion, that God, or as an irksome task necessary prompts them to the performance of to be performed, but productive of nei, their duty. No sooner are they seated, ther pleasure nor profit. Did we but
seriously reflect upon our infinite obli- of tedious dullness and listless vacuity gations to God “ for our creation, pre- of thought. In this situation they were servation, and all the blessings of this all ready with one mind, and with one life; and, above all, for his inestimable voice, to embrace the mild, tolerant, love for the world by our Lord Jesus and liberal principles of the church, Christ; for the means of grace, and for and by attending to its pleasing duties, the hope of glory," (as it is most ex- improve their moral and social situacellently expressed by our church); tion, and add to their relative and indicould we behave with such negligence vidual happiness, and indifference towards him whom a Nor were the well wishes of the whole life of the most perfect service church confined to this village. The could in nowise repay? Let not then neighbouring towns were actuated by this blemish continue; but let us re the same feelings. Notice having been member, with the most especial care, given of the day of organization, some to “ keep our feet when we enter the from other towns attended and particihouse of God;" and to continually re- pated in the formation. A very recollect in what manner we ought to be- spectable vestry, including the two have ourselves in the house of the Lord, wardens, were chosen. They are the habitation of the living God. among the most respectable inhabitants
of the village and its vicinity.
On the same day was formed a BiMayville, Chatauque county) ble and Common Prayer Book Society . New-York, April 15, 1823.
This too is an important measure, and To the Editors of the Christian Journal. adopted with perfect unanimity. In
deed, that perfect, cordial union of feelMESSRS. EDITORS,
ing and action which pervades the inYESTERDAY was a proud day in the habitants of the town and its vicinity, annals of our little village. A brighter affords the surest evidence of the perera dawned upon us.
A Protestant manence and stability of the instituEpiscopal Church is organized. It tions. They are not a people easily secommences under auspices the most duced by every new doctrine, but exfavourable, and with the continued amine with assiduous care the grounds union of effort of its friends, and the of their faith; and, when it is once esblessing of God, its foundation will tablished on a reasonable foundation, grow stronger and stronger, and its they do not, like the supple reed, bend branches increase and multiply until before every adverse breeze, but nobly the whole country shall feel its vivi- breast the storm until its rage is past, fying and life-giving influence. We al- and the calm serenity of nature again ready feel the benignity of its mild and settles upon them. radiant rays in fostering and promoting In producing this happy consummaunion, repressing the spirit of discord, tion of the wishes of the friends of the blunting the edge of asperity and bitter- church, we are much indebted to the ness, and cherishing the free and social influence and exertions of the Rev. intercourse of man with man, by pro- DAVID BROWN, who, by the suavity ducing harmony and good-will among of his character, the mildness of his them.
manners, and the correctness of his senNever, upon any occasion, has it been timents, has called forth the united apmy good fortune to witness so perfect a probation of the whole community. We degree of unanimity as in the formation duly appreciate the purity of his moof this church. No other sect or deno- tives, and sincerely congratulate our mination has been molested or intruded friends on the success of his efforts. upon. Old established societies have not
W. been prostrated; no Christian worship BURBEN BROCKWAY, and pers disturbed; no sanctities of peculiar MARTIN PRENDERGAST, Esqrs. religious principles violated. The peo- Church-Wardens of St. Paul's Church, ple were without a pastor and without
Mayville. a church. Their Sabbaths were days T. A. OSBORNE, Secoy. of the Vestry.
Abstract of the Proceedings of the this church, and having produced the
Seventh Annual Convention of the requisite testimonials, have been acDiocess of North-Carolina, held in cordingly admitted. the Church at Salisbury, from Thurs Mr. Amos C. Treadway, a minister day, April 10th, to Monday, April of the Methodist church at Newbern, 14th, inclusive, 1823.
made known to the committee his wish The convention was composed of six to receive ordination in our church. presbyters, one deacon, and twenty- Having presented all the testimonials three lay delegates, representing thir- which the canons require, he was acteen parishes.
cordingly recommended to the bishop It was opened with morning prayer, for deacons' orders, and proceeded imread by the Rev. William M. Green, mediately to Virginia, where he was rector of St. John's church, Williams- ordained by Bishop Moore, and it is boro', and a sermon by the Rev. Rich- believed that he has since been em. ard S. Mason, rector of Christ church, ployed in that diocess. Newbern.
The attention of the committee has The Rev. Adam Empie was elected also been lately called to the applicapresident, and the Rev. Richard S. Ma- tion of Mr. Ira Parker, who has been son, secretary of the convention. for some years a minister of the Metho
The following churches, having been dist church in Halifax county, and duly organized, were received into parts adjacent, but now wishes to reunion with the convention:-St. An- ceive ordination in this church: The drew's church, Burke county; St. Ste- committee having had laid before them phen's church, Oxford ; St. Matthew's very satisfactory testimonials of Mr. church, Kinston, Lenoir county'; Zion Parker's character and qualifications, church, Beaufort county; Trinity cha- have determined to recommend him for pel, Beaufort county; St. Thomas's ordination. church, Bath; St. Peter's church, Lin The following persons have been aucoln county.
thorized to officiate as lay readers :The parochial reports furnish the Mr. George W. Hathaway, at Wadesfollowing aggregate: --Baptisms (adults boro'; Mr. Joel Patrick, at Grace cha20, children 145, not specified 37) 202 pel, Pitt county; Mr. Walker Andermarriages 16-burials 65-commu- son, at St. Mary's chapel, and parts adnicants 422.
jacent, in Orange county; Mr. Ichabod The following collections were re Wetmore, at St. Matthew's parish, ported as having been made :
Kinston, Lenoir county; Mr. James For the Missionary Fund $ 408 83 Marsh, at St. Thomas's church, Bath, For the Convention Fund 75 25
Beaufort county; Mr. Jarvis B. Bux
ton, at Zion church, Beaufort county, The following gentlemen were ap 'The Rev. John Phillips applied for pointed the standing committee:-The leave to remove to the diocess of VirRev. Adam Empie, the Rev. William ginia, which was granted. Hooper, John A. Cameron, Robert
A communication was received from Strange, and Charles T. Haigh.
the board of managers of the Domestic The standing committee of the last and Foreign Missionary Society, to year presented the following:
know whether there could be expected
from this diocess any aid to the funds of Report of the Standing Committee.
that Society, and whether it would be The standing committee of the Pro- expedient to send an agent to make testant Episcopal Church in the dio. collections for that purpose. To this cess of North-Carolina, beg leave to communication it was replied, that the present the following report of their church in this diocess having immeproceedings during the past year: diate and pressing wants which call for
Mr. George W. Freeman, of War the concentration of all its resources, renton, and Mr. George W. Hathaway, was not prepared at present to lend of Wadesboro', having made applica- that aid to the Domestic and Foreign tion to become candidates for orders in Missionary Society which it could wish,
and which it hopes in time to effect of the state, that missionary labour is. All which is respectfully submitted. the only possible method of supplying By order of the committee. their call for the ordinances of the W. HOOPER, Clerk. church. These scattered sheep should
not be neglected. The committee, The following gentlemen were elect- therefore, would recommend, not only ed delegates to the General Conven- to this convention, but to the church at
-The Rev.John Avery, the Rev. large, the propriety of increased exerWilliam Hooper, the Rev. Richard S. tions and increased liberality in behalt Mason, the Rev William M. Green, of the Missionary Society. John A. Cameron, Josiah Collins, Mo At this convention seven new conses Jarvis, and Alexander Caldcleugh. gregations have been admitted into
The Rev. Adam Empie, and Dun- union with the church in this state; can Cameron, esq. were chosen to be most of them are from the eastern part nominated to the General Convention of the diocess. The number of comas trustees of the General Theological municants belonging to the church in Seminary.
this state is 480, as reported; though The following report was presented: the exact number, or the increase since
last year, cannot be correctly ascertainReport on the State of the Church.
ed, owing to the fact, that a great part The committee on the state of the of the congregations not having the church, in reporting to the convention, benefit of regular ministrations, their rejoice that they have again such abun- true state cannot be reported. The dant cause fur praise and thanksgiving baptisms during the last year have been to him from whom «cometh the in- about 200. Our friendly intercourse crease” of the church. On reviewing with the Lutheran Synod still conthe parocbial reports of the last year, tinues, and may it long continue. A and comparing them with those of the representation from that body has appreceding year, we find that many have peared in the convention, and we hope been added to our communion; and to draw still more closely the bonds that, without exception, each individual which have for some time connected parish appears to be in a flourishing us. condition. The establishment of pa In taking a general view of the state rish libraries appears to be engaging of the church, the committee, whilst the attention of the clergy, and it is a they acknowledge with gratitude our measure which the committee cannot past success, cannot help regarding this too highly recommend to every con- portion of the tabernacle as a body in a gregation. The Sunday Schools, which great degree without a head. Our exhave heretofore been established, are ertions hitherto, conducted we hope reported by the rectors of the respec- with a single eye to God's glory, have tive churches as still receiving the at met indeed with unexpected success; tention of the pious, and, they hope, but, except when blessed with such the blessing of the Almighty.
counsel and assistance as the pious and The missionaries who have been em excellent Bishop Moore was able, from ployed by this convention during the the multiplicity of his engagements, to last year, report favourably of the pros. afford us, have still wanted the fatherly pects of the church in that section of direction of a bishop. We would therethe state in which they have laboured. fore urge upon the convention the neThe committee would remind the mem- cessity of maturing, as speedily as posbers of the church throughout the state, sible, the plans for obtaining a bishop as well as those here present, that for in this state. our past success, particularly in the The above is respectfully submitted western part of this state, we have been as being a brief notice of the circumindebted (under God) to the exertions stances which have engaged the attenof a few zealous missionaries. The tion of the committee. members of our communion are so scat
W. M. GREEN, tered throughout the different sections.