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adjournment, in Winthrop, at Br. Jacob Nelson's, and opened the business of the session by solemn and devout prayer, by Br. LEVI BRIGGS.
Organized the Council by choosing, 1. Br. Joseph BUTTERFIELD, Moderator, 2. Br. RussELL STREETER, Clerk. 3. Br. SYLVANUS COBB, Assistant Clerk. -4. Order of public service, Wednesday, A. M. Br. RusseLL STREETER, introductory prayer. Br. FAYETTE Mace, the sermon, Rom. viii. 16, 17. “The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and, if, children, then heirs ; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ."
Closing prayer, Br. DANIEL YOUNG.
5. Met in Council, and chose the ordained ministers present, a committee to receive, examine, and report applications for fellowship or ordination, during this session. Also read several letters from different societies, most of which brought intelligence of prosperity.
6. Service, P. M.
Sermon, Br. R. STREETER, Isaiah xxxv. 10. “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads : they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
Last prayer, Br. J. BUTTERFIELD.
7. The committee of a special meeting of most of the ministering brethren belonging to this Association, made a Report, according to their appointment, of a Constitution for the future regulation and government of this religious body; which was several times read and examined, and appointed to be again read, and acted upon, at this place, to-morrow, helf-past 12 o'clock.
8. Service at 5 o'clock, P. M. Opening prayer, Br. William Frost. Br. LEVI BRIGGS, the sermon, Gal. vi. 14. "Bút
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."
Closing prayer, Br. FAYETTE MACE.
9. Thursday morning, 8 o'clock, met in Council, and Br. SYLVANUS COBB addressed the throne of grace.
Read and accepted the request from the Society in Portland to be received into fellowship with this Association. Heard the report of the committee on ordination, &c. who recommended the Rev. Wm. Frost and Mr. W. A. Drew to receive letters of christian fellowship, and Brs. F. Mace and s. Cobb for public ordination, as preachers of that everlasting gospel, into which the angels desire to look: which was unanimously accepted.
A CONSTITUTION, embracing a STATEMENT OF FAITH,-ADMISSION OF PREACHERS AND SOCIETIES, DISCIPLINE hereafter to be observed.
STATEMENT OF FAITH. We believe in one God, infinite in wisdom, power, and goodness, the Almighty Creator, Preserver, and Redeemer of all men ; and that he has not only displayed his glorious character in nature, but also more fully and clearly revealed his divine perfection, his gracious will and purpose, in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments : particularly, in revealing the doctrine of the resurrection of all men through the mediation of the risen Savior, whereby life and immortality are brought to light through the gospel.
We believe all men are amenable to the law of God according to the degree of light with which they are blessed ; and that as professors of the Christian religion, we are under obligation to obey the precepts and commands of Jesus Christ, as recorded by men under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ, our risen and ascended Lord and Savior, will ultimately see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied, and in the dispensation of the fulness of times, gather together all things in
both which are in heaven and on the earth. Amen. Of the Admission of Preachers, Societies, and Churches,
and of Discipline. I. Every Preacher and Society in fellowship with this Association, is supposed to assent to the above statement of Faith, [and will govern themselves accordingly] and none are hereafter to be received as such, whose faith is essentially different; not questioning however their sincerity and piety, but conceiving those points indispensable, in forming the character of a religious body, professing Christian Universalism.
II. It shall be the duty of every Church and Society belonging to this Association, to make a yearly representation of their standing, members, and prospects, by delegate or letter, at our annual meeting, as far as convenient, as long as they continue in this connexion.
III. Every ordained brother, in said fellowship, is hereby authorized to administer the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper ; the latter, to a church composed of moral and pious believers in Jesus Christ; being at liberty to invite all others of christian habits, to a participation, without respect to peculiarity of christian belief.
IV. It shall be the duty of this Association to require a virtuous and religious life and conversation, in the Preachers of this connexion, and withdraw fellowship from such, if any there be, as wound and dishonor our common cause by disorderly conduct, (and do not reform after suitable admonition and reproof.]
V. Every church, or society under christian regulations, is at liberty to constitute their own rules in relation to discipline, and deal with their own members accordingly, public teachers excepted, being amenable to this Association ; this article not being construed to mean, however, that immorality, wickedness, or
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persecution of christian professors are hereby tolerated, but strictly discountenanced.
Sermon, Br. W. A. DREW, John xix. 30. "When Jesus, therefore, had received the vinegar, he said, H is finished : and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
Concluding prayer, Br. S. COBB,
11. Thursday, half past 12 o'clock, met according to adjournment, when the foregoing Constitution was again read, each particular carefully examined, and the same unanimously accepted.
It was also moved to alter the time of this Association ; but on taking the vote, agreed that no alteration be made.
12. Ordination service, P. M. First prayer, Br. LEVI BRIGGS. Br. RUSSELL STREETER, the sermon, Mark xvi. 15, 16. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned."
Consecrating prayer, Br. Wm. Frost.
13. Voted to adjourn this Association to the last Wednesday and Thursday in June, 1822, then to meet, by divine permission, at Turner, Me. and returned slevout thanks to Jehovah.
J. BUTTERFIELD, Moderator
Ministering Brethren-present. Br. Levi Briggs, Orange, (Mass.) Br. Joseph Butterfield, Fryeburg, (Maine.), Br. Sylvanus Cobb, Winthrop. Br. Fayette Mace, Strong. Br. W. A. Drew, Farmington. Br. Daniel Young,
Br. Russell Streeter, Portland. Br. Wm. Frost, Lisbon.
THE EDITOR'S JOURNEY TO ST. JOHNSBURY. In this journey, which was performed in the latter part of the month of June, were a few occurrences, which may be of some use to the public. On the 15th, 1 preached a Lecture in Barre, from John vi. 12. There I had the pleasure of commencing an acquaintance with a new brother in the ministry, by the name of John E. Palmer. This brother, as he informs me, has been a preacher in the Christian connexion about 13 years ; but has recently been taught to believe in the salvation of all men. He is a man of good report anong the brethren ; and boldly preaches the grace of God that bringeth salvation to all men, and that teaches to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Possessing a happy talent of communication, and a deportment worthy of a servant of the Lord, his labors excite much interest in Barre and the neighboring vicinity. He has lately received an amieable dismission from the connexion of his Christian brethren. This is mentioned to their honor, as they have been careful to avoid the mischiefs of that detracting spirit which is so often manifested on similar occasions.
Sunday, the 17th, preached three discourses in St. Johnsbury Tuesday, one. Wednesday, delivered a discourse in Danville, and had between 70 and 80 hearers, where, I was told, but a few months ago, there was but one brother in the faith of universal salvation. There is a prospect of a society of brethren established in this town, whose minds are tender; whose hearts, we trust, are honest ; whose faith is established; and whose lives are innocent. Thursday, attend-