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them, that our profiting may appear to all.
We must take heed unto ourselves, and our doctrine; we must continue in them; for in doing this, we shall both save ourselves, and them that hear us,' who bound by precept upon precept, and line upon line, to listen and obey, will do so as “hearkening not unto man but unto God.”
I have said that all, Clergy and laity, are stones of one and the same building, founded upon Jesus Christ “laid in Sion, as a foundation stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, a sure foundation.” Ordination distinguishes ; but love and charity and the commission of the ministry so bind and cement, that the stones form one solid edifice. Jesus Christ supports it, is in it, and throughout it, and will be so even to the end of time. Well then does one of the most pious, and excellent of modern divines say, " ? we talk of the solidity of rocks, of the stability of mountains, of the firm foundations of the earth; but every thing which appears vast and mighty in the eyes of man, shall crumble into ruins. The rocks shall be rent; the mountains shall be removed; the earth shall be consumed ; the heavens themselves shall flee away; yet in the midst of that wreck and conflagration, one building shall still remain,—the Church of God, with every living stone that be
1 Isaiah xxviii. 16.
longs to it, will stand firm on its immoveable foundation, uninjured, inconsumable. If ever the humble Christian is tempted to doubt of the security of them who believe in Christ, and continue faithful to his word, let him remember the foundation upon which he is placed; if ever the timid disciple is inclined to tremble for the safety of the Church, let him lift up his eyes to its Almighty Protector. It may be assailed on earth by the hostility of man, and the malignity of apostate spirits, but it is the Building of God, and there is no arm which shall dismantle its towers, or tear up its bulwarks. It may be obscured by the darkness of this lower world, but there is a light which shines upon it from heaven, and which shall never be extinguished!”
My brethren, may God give us all grace, in our respective stations, to promote the unity, the peace, and the enlargement of this His holy Church; and to that end let us pray,
“ Most merciful Father, we beseech thee to send upon us thy servants thy heavenly blessing, that we may be clothed with righteousness, and that thy word, spoken by our mouths, may have such success, that it may never be spoken in vain. Grant also that thy people may have grace to hear, and receive what we shall deliver out of thy most holy Word, or agreeable to the same. So
Service for the ordering of Priests.
that as well by us thy ministers, as by those over whom we are appointed thy ministers, thy holy name may be ever glorified, and thy blessed kingdom enlarged, through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end." Amen.
Gilbert & RIVINGTON, Printers, St. John's Square, London.
PREACHED IN THE
PARISH CHURCH OF SAINT PETER,
6th NOVEMBER, 1836,
IN SUPPORT OF THE
FOR PROMOTING THE
ENLARGEMENT, BUILDING AND REPAIRING OF
CHURCHES AND CHAPELS.
BY THE REV. H. PEMBLE,