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I. The Christian Panoply ;-By Rev. Thomas Tracy, Newburyport.
Pierce, D. D., Brookline, Mass.
XII. Salvation come to the house of Zaccheus ;-By Rev. Thomas
My hearers, for what purpose have we assembled this morning,—this morning of the new year ? For myself I make answer : I come to worship God,--to worship God with those on earth, with whom I hope to worship him in heaven. That I wish also to promote your best good, I trust I need not declare : you know it to be both the wish of my heart, and the grand aim of my ministry.
But, my friends, what are the warmest wishes of man? A christian king desires the growth and glory of his kingdom ; a christian president desires the prosperity and power of the republic, over which he presides ; a christian minister longs to witness the improvement and salvation of the souls, for whom he performs the duties of his office ; but, compared with the Supreme Being, what is the pastor of a flock, a superintendent of states, a ruler of realms or empires ? Compared with the favor of the Almighty, their wishes, their desires are feeble and ineffectual, as the breath that gives them utterance,