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SHORT 
SERMONS FOR CHILDREN. 



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SERMONS FOR CHILDREN. 



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REV. H. J. WILMOT BUXTON, M.A., 

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To MY CIJILDREN 

I DEDICATE 
THESE SERMONS. 



1 KNOW few tasks more difficult than that of writing for chililrcn. 
Since I have undertaken this present work, I am niore than ever 
impressed with admiration for the powers of tliose who clothe 
holy teaching in language suited to the intelligence of the little 
ones I have attempted in these Sermons to speak simply to 
young children, and to add some counsels for those who have 
left the nursery and the school-room for the wider, and more 
dangerous, world of domestic service. 

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CONTENTS. 



Sermon I. 

ADVENT VOICES. 

{Advent.) 

Revelation xxn. 20.—" Come, Lord Jcbus." 

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Sermon II. 

THE WINTRY FLIGHT. 
(Advent.) 

S Matthew xxiv. 20, — " Pray ye that your flight be not in 
ihc winter." 

Serhok III. 

EMMANUEL. 

{Christmas.) 

S. Matthew, ir. 2. — *' Where is He that is born Kinjj: of the 
Jews :-" 

Sermon IV, 

HOLY INNOCENTS. 

S. Matthew it. 16. — *' Then Herod was exceeding wroth, and 
sent forth, and slew all the children tliat were in Beth- 
leliem, and in all the coasts tliercof, from two years old 
and under." 

Sekmon V. 
THE LESSONS OF THE SNOW. 
XsAfAH LV. 10. — *'The Snow from IJeaven," 



X. 

Sericon VI, 
FIGHTING THE GIANT. 

(Lent.) 
1 Samuel xvir. 29.— '• And David t*aid, What have I now 
done ? Is there not a oauso r'' 

Sermon VII. 

WEEDS AND FLOWERS. 

{Lent.) 
Solomon's Song, v. 1. — '* I am come into my f^arden." 

Sermon VIII. 

TELLING JESrS. 

(Lent.) 
S. Matthew xiv. 12. — "His disciples .... went, and 
told Jesus.' ' 

Sermon IX. 

CHRIST ALL IN ALL. 
CoiX)SSTANS TIT. H. — ChHst is all, and in All. 

Sermon X. 

THE DESPISED AND REJECTED. 

{Lent.) 
1 Samuel x. 27. — '* But the children of Belial said, how shnll 
this man save us ? And they despised him, and hrouiiht 
him no presents. But he held his peaee." 

Sermon XI* 

THE GREAT SIGHT. 

{Good Friday.) 

BxoBus III. 3. — ** I will now turn aside, and see this great 



XI. 

Sermon XII 

MOTH .VND RUST. 

S. Matthew vi, 19. — " Lay not up for yourselves treasui'cs 
upon the earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt.'* 

Sermon XIII. 

GOD'S PICTURE GALLERY. 

Psalm xvii, 15. — " I shall bo satisfied, when I awake, with 
Thy likeness." 

Sbrmon XIV. 
SCHOOL-TIME. 
S. Matthew xi. 29. — " Learn of Me." 

Sermon XV. 
SALT OP THE EARTH. 
S. Matthew v. 13. — ** Ye are the salt of the earth.'* 

Sermon XVI. 
GOD*S BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE 

Malachi III. 16. — " A book of Remembrance.' 



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Sermon XVII. 
THE (JLORIOUS GOSPEL. 
1 Timothy i. 11. — " The glorious gospel of the blessed God." 



xu. 

Sermon XVIII. 

LIFE'S JOURNEY. 

Daniel xii. 13.—" Go thou thy way till the end be, for thou 
shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.** 

Sermon XIX. 

LITTLE DUTIES. 

S. LuKS XVI, 10,—" He that is faithful in that which is least 
is faithful also in much." 

Sermon XX. 
THE BEST SERVICE. 
Joshua xxiv, 15. — " Choose you this day whom ye will serre. 

Sermon XXI, 

PRAYER. 

S. LuKF xviii. 1. — "Men ought always to pray, and not to 
faint." 

Sebmon XXII. 
THE PRINCE OF SPEAKERS. 
S. John vn. 46. — " Never man spake like this Man.' 

Sesmon XXIII. 

HOLY CONFIRMATION. 

EccLESiASTES XII, 1, — "Remember now thy Creator in tlie- 
days of thy youth." 



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Sermon I. 



ADVENT VOICES. 



Kevelation XXI r. 20. 
" Come, Lord Jesus." 



** Come, and let us reason together, saith the 
** Lord." Such, dear children, is the message 
which God sends to us at this holy season of 
Advent. You know what Advent means ? It 
means ' coming,' and it tells us about our dear 
Saviour's first coming to save the world, and 
about His second coming to judge the world. 
What is the word which we have to think about 
most at this time ? It is the word " Come.'*^ 
This is the cry of the church all over the world, 
and of the church in Heaven also. When you 
learned the Creed you learned to say, " I believe 
" in the Holy Catholic Church." What does 
this mean ? It means that you believe in one, 
universal Church, part of which is in Heaven, 

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14 ADVENT VOICES. 

and part of which is on earth. Some people will 
try to tell you that there are many different 
churches. It is not so, there is only one Church, 
founded hy Jesus Christ. There are many 
branches of that one Church, just as there are 
many branches of one tree, one branch of the 
Church is here in England, another far away in 
another land, but they are all one. Those who 
belong to the Church believe in the same things, 
and worship God in the same way, whether they 
live here, or on the other side of the world. 
But I told you that the Holy Catholic Church 
was partly on earth, and partly in Heaven. 
When holy people die they pass away from the 
Church on earth, and they go to the Church in 
Heaven. They do not praise God any more in 
the old Church at home, but they go to the 
Church in Paradise, and praise Him there. 
Well, dear children, we have to think about the 
word 'come.'* This is what the Church on earth, 
and the Church in Heaven is saying to us. The 
poor sinner who is tied and bound with his sin, 
like a prisoner with his chain, says " come. Lord 
" Jesus, and set me free." Tlie weary invalid as 
he lies on his sick-bed says, " come Lord Jesus, 
"come good Physician, and heal me." The sad 



ADVENT VOICES. 16 

mourner who kneels by a new-made grave says, 
** come Thou Lord of comfort, wipe away all 
" tears from all faces." Then there is a great 
voice from Heaven which says, " come up hither, 
" and I will show thee the things which shall be 
" hereafter. — Jesus shall come with clouds, and 
every eye shall see Him, and they who pierced 
Him. And of that day of His coming knoweth 
no man, for He shall come as a thief in the night, 
and the great white throne shall be set, and 
the books shall be opened, wherein are written 
the stories of our lives, and the graves shall give 
up their dead, and those who are living shall be 
caught up and meet the Lord in the air. In 
that day there shall be heard a cry, " behold the 
" bridegroom cometh," that is, Jesus cometh, and 
it will be a sad day for those whose lamps are 
gone out, like the lamps of the foolish virgins, 
for the door shall be shut, the door of Heaven 
shall be shut against them. Listen, dear children, 
again we hear another voice, what does it say? 
It says — come, prepare to meet thy God, whose 
fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge 
His floor, and He shall gather the wheat into His 
bam, and He shall burn up the chaff with 
unquenchable fire. Who may abide tha da»^ ^1 



16 ADVENT VOICES. 

His coming? Who shall stand when He appear- 
eth, for He is like a refiner's fire, and like 
fuller's soap. 

Listen, again we hear a voice. It is the voice 
of one of God's warrior angels, one of those who 
fight for us. What says that voice ? It says, 
be strong and of good courage, quit you like men 
and fight, arise, good Christian child, and put 
your armour on ; come to the battle, the hard 
battle against sin, the world, and the devil ; if sin 
beset you, then, children though you be, be brave, 
quit you like men and fight; if the world tempt 
you, remember under whose flag you are, look 
up and see the banner of the cross over you, 
and fight ; if your enemy, the devil, tries to wound 
you, tries to injure your soul, tries to stain the 
white robe which was given you in baptism, then 
take courage ; you are but little children, weak 
and feeble, but remember that those who are 
with you are more than those who are 
against you. The bright angels, the watchers, 
the holy ones are on your side, they are about 
your bed when you sleep, and about your path 
when you walk abroad, they will fight for you, 
if you will fight for yourselves. And above all 
jemember that Jesus is on your side, He is the 



ADVENT VOICES. 17 

great Captain who leads yon, His little flock, to 
battle with sin, and so you may all saj' — 

" We march, we march to victory, 
With the Cross of the Lord hefore us, 
With His loving eye looking down from the sky, 
And His Holy arm spread o'er us." 

Listen again, there is another voice speaking to 
yon. It is the voice of the old, grey-haired man, 
St. Paul, Paul the aged. What will he say to 
you ? He says, come, take the whole armour of 
God, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the 
spirit, and the shield of faith. I have fought a good 
fight, I have finished my course, henceforth there 
is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, strive 
to shew yourselves good soldiers of Jesus Christ. 
Hark ! Again there is another voice which we 
must all hear. It is a voice soft as the breeze of 
summer sighing among the leaves, a voice gentle 
as that of a mother speaking to her child ; yet it 
is a voice clear "as a trumpet with a silver 
sound," a voice which is heard from one end of 
the earth to the other. It is a voice which we all 
know, it says to us, come unto Me, all ye that 
travail and are heavy laden, and J will give you 
rest. Come unto Me and take of the wat^t o{ 



18 ADVENT VOICES. 

life freely. It is a voice which says to those who 
have fallen into evil ways, come forth, and come 
hither. Come, for all things are now ready. 
Come, and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly, 
come, take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is 
easy, and my burden is light. Come forth out of 
the grave of sin and death, for I am the 
Eesurrection and the Life. Come forth from the 
paths of evil, and let the wicked forsake his ways, 
for I am come to seek and to save those who are 
lost. 

Come to me, ye children, for they who seek 
me early shall find me. I became a little child, 
I lay in a rough manger, I wore poor swaddling 
clothes, I was subject to my earthly parents for 
your sakes, that I might be the children's Friend, 
the Friend who never changes, that I might make 
you children of God, and heirs of everlasting life. 
Suffer the little children to come unto me. At 
the holy font of Baptism I receive them, there I 
take them in my arms, and they are signed with 
my sign, the sign of the Cross, in their foreheads. 
Then they are made mine for ever, and they shall 
be mine in the day that I make up my jewels. 

And that voice, the voice of Jesus, speaks to you 
who are older^ to you young men and maidens^ 



ADVENT VOICES. 19 



and it says, — "Wherewithal shall a young 
" man cleanse his way ? Even by ruling himself 
" after my word. Blessed are the pure in heart, 
" for they shall see God. My Son, keep thyself 
" pure." That voice too speaks to you when you 
are out in the world working for your living, and 
it says, — " Come, come to me you busy workers, 
" who rise early, and so late take rest, and I will 
" show you how to make your work a blessing. 
" I worked on earth, in the carpenter's shop in 
" Galilee. I was the friend of Joseph the 
*^ carpenter, and Peter the fisherman, I was 
" hungry and thirsty, and my soul fainted within 
" me. Are you sometimes weary ? I was weary 
" too. Do you sometimes think you are 
^ neglected, and lonely ? You were never so 
'^ lonely as I. Come to me, I will never leave 
*' you, nor forsake you, I will be with you in your 
*^ work, with you boys in the fields, with you 
*^ girls in your service, in the shop, and the 
"factory, and the farm, when you lie down, and 
*^ when you rise up, I am with you always, even 
" unto the end of the world." 

My children, if you are ever in doubt, 
troubled as to what you ought to do, listen to 
that dear voice of Jesus, and come to Him. "wko 



20 ADVENT VOICES. 

is the Light of the world, come to Him by 
prayer, come to Him by reading His gospel, come 
to Him by consulting His minister. If your lot 
is to be poor, then come to Him who became 
poor that He might make many rich, rich with 
the treasures of Heaven. When vou are sick 
and ill, come to Him who is the Good Physician, 
who has medicine to cure your sickness. He 
says to you when you are in trouble, and even 
you little ones have your troubles, " come to 
*' Me, the Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with 
"grief." When you have committed sin, and 
even you children often do commit sin. He says 
to you, " Come to me, for I came not to call the 
*^ righteous, but sinners to repentance. Whoso- 
*^ ever cometh to me, I will in nowise cast out.'* 
Never be ashamed, or afraid to tellJesus of your 
sins, He only can understand them, and for^Mve 
them. 

Thus the Advent voices speak to us. Shall we 
not say, " Lo, I come to do Thy will, Lord ?" 
Let your Advent prayer be that Jesus may come 
to us, and we to Him. When you pray, you ask 
God to make you and your friends prosperous 
and happy, and to keep your home safe and free 
from harm. But this is not enough. You 



ADVENT VOICES. 21 



should pray to be made more holy, to be made 
more like our great pattern, Jesus Christ, to be 
made more fit for Heaven, where we hope one day 
±0 be. 

Will you try for the future to pray more in 
ihis way, to pray that Jesus may come to you, and 
dwell with you, and guard you, and guide you, 
and make you holy ; and that He may come not 
•only to you, but to your friends and companions, 
to your school, and the homes of your neighbours? 
Will you try to pray that Jesus may come and 
•quiet the sharp tongues, and purify the every- 
day talk, and sanctify, that is, make holy, the 
every-day life around you ? Will you make this 
your Advent prayer — " Come, Lord Jesus." 



Sermon II, 



THE WINTRY FLIGHT. 
(Advent.) 



S. Matthew xxiv. 20. 
" Pray that your flight be not in the winter." 

When Jesus Christ spoke thus to His disciples 
He was near the end of His life on earth ; the 
Cross, and the grave in the garden were close at 
hand. These words, " pray that your flight be not 
"in the winter," meant much more than the dis- 
ciples understood. Jesus, who knows all thmgs, 
could read the future, and He was looking forward 
to a time when her enemies should cast a trench 
round about Jerusalem, and co|npass her, and 
keep her in on every side. When Sion, which 
had been called the joy of the whole earth, should 
be left desolate, when her people should no more 
sit under the shadow of their vines and fig-trees, 
but should see Jerusalem a heap of stones. He 
looked forward to a time when the blood of her 



THE WINTRY FLIGHT. 28' 



sons and daughters should stain the holy altar of 
the God of Abraham, when fierce hands should 
break down the carved work with axes and ham-- 
mers ; when, instead of the sacred songs of the 
Levites, there should be heard the laughter of 
rough soldiers, and instead of the holy instru- 
ments of music, there should be heard the cries 
of cruel men whose swords were red with the^ 
blood of their brethren. Jesus knew that all 
these things would take place in the siege of 
Jerusalem. He knew that the city would be 
crowded with people, met together to keep the 
Feast of the Passover, the last great public 
Passover which the Jews would ever keep — and 
He knew that the door-posts would not only be 
sprinkled with the blood of the lamb, but also- 
with the blood of murdered men and women and 
little children. Well, Jesus foresaw that all this 
was coming, so He told His disciples that they 
must escape from Jerusalem when that time of 
trouble came. He told them that their flight 
would be sudden, that they would have no time ta 
collect their property, not even their clothes ; and 
He told them to pray that their flight might not be 
in the winter. My children, you can understand 
what a terrible thing such a flight vrould b^ iw 



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ihe lianl winter time. You can imagine how the 
weak women and the little children would suffer, 
hurrying away suddenly from their homes, along 
bad roads covered with snow, with only the short 
•winter day for their journey, and a fierce enemy 
pursuing them. 

When the Emperor Napoleon I. was obliged to 
retreat with his army from Moscow, the snow 
was very deep, and hundreds fell down and died 
by the road side. When the city of Paris was 
last besieged, the winter was very severe, and the 
people, especially the women and children, suf- 
fered most terribly. Well might the disciples 
pray that their flight might not be in the winter. 
And they did pray, and their prayer was heard, 
and their flight was not in the winter. Forty 
years later the City of Jerusalem was besieged 
by the Romans. The siege began at the Feast 
of the Passover, in April, and the city was burned 
in August. So the winter was passed, and the 
flowers were coming on the earth, when the 
•Christians escaped from the city. All who 
believed in Jesus Christ remembered what He 
had said, and left their homes hurriedly, and fled 
io a little town called Pella, on the other side of 
the river Jordan. Not one Christian perished 



THE WINTRY FLIGHT. 25- 

in the siege of Jerusalem. The Jews who had 
refused to believe in Jesus, trusted to their strong 
walls, and their weapons, and stayed in the city. 
The place was crowded with people from all parts 
who had come to keep the Passover. This made 
the siege all the more dre jclful, as soon there was 
no food for them to eat. For four months and a 
half the siege continued. One million, one 
hundred thousand people, mei), women, and chil- 
dren, died in Jerusalem. lu the neighbouring 
country, two hundred and fifty thousand perished^ 
and ninety-five thousand were led away captive^ 
of whom great numbers were starved. But those 
who were signed with the Cross in their foreheads, 
that is, those who were baptised in the name of 
the Lord Jesus, were safe at Pella. 

Now, my children, I have not told you these 
things only as a chapter of history. I want you 
to learn some very important lessons from these 
words, "pray that your flight be not in the 
*^ winter." For us there is an escape, a flight, to 
be undertaken, and for us there is a place of 
refuge like Pella. Jerusalem was not a safe 
home for God's people, it was a doomed city, a city 
of destruction because of its sin, and its unbelief. 
So God's people were told to escape, and they 



'^ THE WINTRY FLIGHT. 

^id SO. In the old days Lot was bidden to flee 
away from Sodom, because of its wickedness, and 
he escaped to Zoar and was safe. Tour first 
4ight from sin, dear children, was at your Baptism. 
When you came into the world, though you 
'<;ould not commit sin, yet you were not free from 
sin. As you inherit the looks or peculiarities of 
70ur parents, so you inherited the sins of Adam. 
You came into a sinful world, and you yourselves 
were sinful. But when you were baptised you 
"passed through the water of the Font, as the 
XJhristians passed through the waters of 
Jordan, and you were received into a place of 
eafety, the Church of Christ, just as they were 
■received into Pella. But this is not the only 
flight from sin which you have to undertake. 
After your Baptism you may fall into evil ways, 
-and you have often done so. And as long as 
you remain in that evil way you are in as great 
-danger as those people who stayed in Jerusalem, 
you are living in a city of destruction. If you 
are the slave of a bad habit, if some besetting 
-sin gets the better of you, then you have to flee 
away and escape. A vicious habit is a city of 
destruction, a besetting sin is a city of destruction, 
the company of the wicked is a city of destruc- 



THE WINTRY FLIGHT. 27 

tion, and from these you must escape. As long 
as you continue in some sin^ be it disobedience, 
or idleness, or impatience, or bad temper, or want 
of purity, or any other sin, you are like the 
doomed people in Jerusalem, not like those who 
were safe at Pella. 

Now you see what I meant by your flight, I 
meant the forsaking your sins, the escape from 
evil habits. Pray then that your flight be now, 
at once, not in the winter. 

What do I mean by the winter? First, I 
mean the winter of old age^ and weakness. What 
the winter is to the year, so is old age to our life. 
Sometimes when we speak to children and young 
people about religion, when we tell them that 
they must try to lead holy lives, and follow the 
example of Jesus Christ, and keep a watch over 
their acts and words, they try to put off the 
matter. "When I am old and grey-headed I 
*' shall have time to think seriously," they say, 
*^ now I have my lessons and my play to' think 
** of, when I am a man I shall have my way to 
"make in life, and when I am old I shall give up 
" my time to religion." Ah I my children, 
don't deceive yourselves in this way. What we 
put off from day to day we never do. Do you 



28 THE WINTUY FLIGHT. 



think God will let you live as you like now, and 
let you escape from all your sins in the winter of 
old age ? Besides, how do you know that you 
will ever live to be old ? There are many little 
graves in every churchyard. And even if you 
grow to be old men and women, you can only 
give God your heart when it has grown weak and 
feeble, perhaps hard and cold, you can only give 
God your thoughts when they are confused and 
wandering, and you can only give Him a body 
which is worn out. I have seen old people who 
long before they died were blind, and deaf and 
helpless, who were not strong enough to say a 
prayer, or to understand my voice ; when they 
died they went out like an uncared-for lamp, 
they had tried to put off their flight till the 
winter. There are some foolish people who say to 
themselves, " let me have my own will to-day, 
"to-morrow I will do God's will. Let me indulge 
** myself to-day, to-morrow I will be more strict 
** and careful. Let me think of my work or my 
" pleasure to-day, to-morrow I shall have time to 
" think of my soul." Dear children, to-morrow 
never comes. What we have to do must be done 
to-day. You remember that rich man in the- 
parable, be saidy ^^ to-morrow I will poll dowa 



THE WINTRY FLIGHT. 29 



"my barns and build greater," and God said, 
" Thoufool^ this night thy soul shall be required 
" of thee." Pray then that your flight from sin 
and the judgment which follows sin, may be now, 
not in the winter of weakness and old age. Pray 
also that your flight be not in the winter of a 
hardened conscience. You know that God has 
given each of you a conscience by which you 
know when you have done wrong. I believe and 
trust that now if you commit any sin, the 
thought of it makes your cheeks flush, and brings 
the tears to your eyes. But it will not be always 
so. When people go on sinning without repent- 
ance their conscience gets harder and harder, till 
at last they scarcely know right from wrong. 
God will not always speak to you by the voice of 
conscience. It is sweet spring-time with you 
now, dear children, but it will not be always so. 
K you let evil habits get the mastery over you, 
the time will come when it will be hard winter 
with you ; when you will sin, and not be sorry, 
when your conscience will be frozen hard. How 
will you escape from your sins in that dark, cold 
winter time? You may shed a few tears at the 
last, but they will be tears of fear, rather than of 
repentance. You know a few drops of rain won't 

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30 THE WINTRY FLTGHT, 

dissolve a frost which has lasted for many months. 
So a few tears on a deathbed won't dissolve a 
conscience that has grown cold and hard in the 
long frost of sin. Pray then that your flight be 
not in the winter of old age, nor in the winter of 
a hardened conscience. Your flight from sin 
must be now. since " now is the day of salvation." 
Whatever your sins are, whatever your bad 
habits are, now is the time to escape. JSow* 
That is the word for you to think about And 
you will ask me, how are we to escape, and where 
are we to escape to. You know from what you 
are to flee, from besetting sins and evil habits. 
But how ? By repentance. Now, my children, 
do you know what that means ? You will say it 
means being sorry for your sins. That is true, but 
it is only half the truth. A child may say, " I 
^^ am sorry," and yet go and commit the same 
sin wilfully directly afterwards. That is not 
repentance. True repentance means, first, that 
we feel really sorry, really ashamed of ourselves, 
really grieved that we have off*ended one so good 
and loving as God is to us ; and next, that we 
are determined to do better for the future. In a 
word, that we mean to flee away and escape from 
those sins, and the dangers which go with them, 



THE WINTRY FLIGHT. 31 



just as the Christians determined to flee away and 
escape from Jerusalem, Now they had a place 
of safety to escape to, Pella, the city beyond 
Jordan. You, too, have a place of safety, even 
better than Pella. Your city of refuge is Jesus 
Christ, who is " a place to hide you in." Tell 
Him in your own language, in your own simple 
prayers, that you want to escape from your sins ; 
tell Him what those sins are, for some of you 
fall in one way, some in another. Ask Him for 
pardon and He will give it, ask Him for strength 
and He will give it ; He knows all your tempta- 
tions. He was Himself a little chihl. 



Sermon III 



EMMANUEL. 

(Christmas.) 

S. Matthew ii. 2. 
•' Where is He that is born King of the Jews ?" 

I WANT you to go with me in fancy, my children, 
on this Christmas morning, to a little village far 
away from here, then we shall see the answer 
to the question of the text. The village is five 
miles from the great City of Jerusalem, and it is 
called Bethlehem, which means, the House of 
Bready and sometimes it is called Ephrath, which 
-mes^Tis fruitful. It is well named, for all its 
valleys stand thick with corn in the summer, its 
hill sides are clothed with grape vines, and its 
gardens are planted with olives and fir trees. 
There are many Bible stories connected with 
Bethlehem, let us think of some of them as we 
look in fancy on this fair viHage. 

A mile from Bethlehem, to the north, there is 
to this day a lonely grave. It is the grave of 



EMMANUEL. 33 



Rachel, who died when her boy was boru ; she 
called him Benoni, the son of my sorrow^ but 
Jacob his Father called him Benjamin, son of my 
right hand. There, then, close to Bethlehem, lies 
Kachel, the wife of Jacob. It was in the corn- 
fields, which gave the village the name of the 
House of Bread, that Ruth, the beautiful 
Moabitess, went to glean. If you were to go 
there in the time of barley-harvest, which is in 
April, you would see the corn fields just the same 
as ever, and the threshing-floor like that where 
Ruth slept at the feet of Boaz. Bethlehem is 
called the city of David, and it was there that 
the shepherd boy, who became King, kept his 
sheep. Many a time David must have looked 
up to the blue skies over Bethlehem, bright with 
stars, and then it was that he composed such 
Psalms as the 19th Psalm, where he says, " the 
^* heavens declare the glory of God, and the 
'* firmament showeth His handy-work." Many 
a time had He kept his sheep in the shady 
valleys of the fruitful village, and there he 
thought, " the Lord is my IShepherd, I shall not 
**want: He maketh me to lie down in green 
** pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters." 
The people of Bethlehem, which is a mountain 



34 EMMANUEL. 



village, were brave and active like all moun- 
taineers ; they could handle the sling and the 
spear, and often did so to defend their sheep 
from wolves or bears. It was among them that 
David became so skilful with the sling, and thus 
was able to conquer the giant Goliath. But 
why, my children, have I asked you to come to 
Bethlehem in fancy with me, on this glad 
Christmas morning ? It is that we may find out 
where He is, who is born King of the Jews, 
Where shall we look for Him? He is a King, 
therefore surely we shall find Him in the best 
house in Bethlehem ? No, He is not there. His 
earthly parents have come on a journey, let us 
seek Him then in the best Inn of the village, 
where the camels of the travellers are lying 
about the door. He is not there, " there was no 
'' room in the inn." '' Where is He who is born 
" King of the Jews ?" We must go to a poor 
cave, or grotto, used as a stable, where the oxen 
and the asses are eating their food. There 
wrapped in poor swaddling clothes, and lying in 
a manger, we shall find Him who is not only 
King of the Jews, but King of Heaven and earth. 
King of Kings and Lord of Lords. That rough 
manger is His Throne, and His only attendants 



EMMANUEL, B5 



are the cattle \vho seem to know that God careth 
for oxen. Here then in Bethlehem Ephrata, 
the fruitful House of Bread, He is born who is 
King of the Jews. 

But in another sense we may ask " where is 
" He who is born King of the Jews ?" And you 
would tell me that He is everywhere ; on His 
throne in Heaven, ruling the earth, ordering the 
seasons, bringing the winds out of His treasures, 
sending the early and the latter rain. This is 
true, my children, but in a special way He is 
present with us here. You remember how the 
prophet Isaiah foretold that a Virgin should have 
a Son, and call His name Emmanuel. Now that 
name means God with us^ and it was given to 
Jesus Christ because He was, and is, and ever 
will be, God with us. We cannot see Him 
dwelling among us as His disciples did, we may 
not look on Him talking to Martha and Mary in 
the house at Bethany, or turning the water into 
wine at Cana of Galilee, or working in the car- 
penter's shop, or opening the blind man's eyes, 
but yet Jesus is with us, and always will be, for 
He is Emmanuel, and He has said, " I am with 
'* you alway, even unto the end of the world." 
This is the great thought for us to dwell upon at 



36 EMMANUEL. 



Chirstmas. Many people seem to forget the true 
meaning of this holy season. They know it is a 
time for rejoicing, when good wishes are exchanged, 
when friends meet, when Churches and houses are 
decorated. But why is all this ? Because we 
know that Jesus took our flesh at this time, 
became man as well as God, and still continues 
God and man for ever. Though He ascended 
into Heaven, and the bright cloud hid Him from 
the disciples. He is still Emmanuel, God with 
us. How and where is He present ? I will tell 
you, my children. He is present in a special 
way in the hearts of His faithful people. When 
I see a pure, gentle, loving child, helpful and 
obedient, modest and unselfish, with Heaven 
looking out of its eyes, then I know that child's 
heart is a cradle for the Holy Child Jesus. 
When I see a man working honestly, humbly, 
and prayerfully, adorning His labour with the 
beauty of holiness, then I know that Jesus 
Christ is present in that man's workshop, as 
much as He was in the workshop of Joseph down 
in Galilee. When I see a woman ruling the 
house well, showing herself forbearing and 
patient, filling the whole house with the sweet 
perfume of good temper, then I know that Jesus 



EMMANUEL, 37 



Christ is present in that house, just as He was 
in the house of Martha and Mary at Bethany. 
If I see a person suflfering from some great sor- 
row, yet resigned and uncomplaining, then I 
know that Jesus Christ is present there, as surely 
as when He stood like a sheep silent before her 
shearers, and bore the scourging, yet opened not 
His mouth. Thus Jesus is Emmanuel in the 
hearts of His faithful people. Again, Jesus is 
Emmanuel, God with us, in His Church, and in 
the Sacraments of His Church. It would be of 
no use for us to be here in Church to-day, if 
Jesus Christ were not present in the midst of us. 
He was present in Bethlehem, the House of 
Bread, and He makes this Church a House of 
Bread to-day. He is present in the Sacrament 
of His Body and Blood, the true Bread which 
came down from Heaven, and He is present in 
that other Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Here 
then is the true secret of our Christmas joy. We 
have heard the glad tidings of great joy, that 
unto us a child is born, who is not only God 
Almighty, but man all sympathy, and that He 
is in the midst of us, dwelling among us. He 
came down to us, down from the sapphire floor 
of Heaven to the poor manger, down from the 



88 EMMANUEL. 



crown of glory to the crown of thorns, from His 
glorious throne to the cruel Cross, from the 
dazzling robes of Paradise to the coarse swaddling 
clothes, from His Father's House to the garden 
grave. 

We know then, my children, that we are not 
alone in the battle of life. Jesus the true Joshua, 
the great conqueror, leads us, and fights for us ; 
the Lion of the tribe of Judah is on our side, 
that little Baby, despised and rejected of men, 
and turned from the inn door, is mightier than 
all the powers of sin. '^ Where is He that is 
" born King of the Jews ?" Oh I May we all be 
able to say. He is with me, in my home, and in 
my heart, 

" Pleased as man with man to dwell, 
Jesus, our Emmanuel." 

** Him let old men, Him let joung men, 
Him let boys in chorus sing ; 
Matrons, virgins, little maidens. 
With glad voices answering ; 
Let their guileless songs re-echo. 
And the heart its praises bring, 

Evermore and evermore.*' 



SERMON IV. 



THE HOLY INNOCENTS. 



S. Matthett II. 16. 

" Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise^ 
men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children/ 
that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two 
years old and under." 

It was a sad day in Bethlehem and its neigh- 
bourhood, like that terrible day in Egypt when 
God slew all the first-born of the Egyptians, 
and there was no house where there was not one 
dead. Herod the King of Judaea, the worst of sir 
wicted line of princes, was greatly troubled. It 
was a little child lying in a manger which 
troubled him. He had heard and read prophe- 
cies that at this time the Messiah, the Christ, 
should be born, and he had heard Him called 
the King of the Jews- Though Herod believed 
that Jesus would be born as the prophets had 
foretold, he would not believe nor understand 
that He was the Son of God, and that His- 
kingdom is not of this world. He thought the 



40 THE HOLY INNOCENTS. 

little child would grow up to take his throne 
from him, and so Herod was greatly troubled. 
One day the king looked forth from his grand 
palace in Jerusalem, and saw three strangers 
Approaching. They had come from the East to 
Jerusalem, and they asked everyone whom they 
met, " Where is He that is born King of the 
"Jews?" Then King Herod called all the 
•Chief Priests, and rulers of the Jews, and asked 
where the Saviour, the King of the Jews, would 
be born. And they told him in the words of the 
prophet Micah, that He should be born in Beth- 
lehem. Then Herod was more troubled than 
ever, for Bethlehem was quite near, only five 
miles off. He tried, however, to deceive the 
wise men who had come from the East, and 
iisked them to let him know the place where they 
found Jesus, that he might come and worship 
Him also. They were warned by God not to 
return to the wicked king, and the mother of 
Jesus, and Joseph her husband, carried the 
youDg child into Egypt. Thus it was that 
Herod was enraged, and sent his cruel order 
that all the little children in Bethlehem and 
round about, who were under two years old, 
should be killed. So it was a sad day in Beth- 



THE HOLY INNOCENTS. 41 

lehem. Think, my children, of the sorrow, and 
terror and confusion, which must have filled the 
once happy village ; — it is supposed that at least 
two hundred little children perished. In one 
place we may think of a happy home, nestling 
under the shadow of its vine and fig-tree ; the 
young mother is playing with her infant at the 
open door, the father is away at his workshop, or 
minding his sheep in the valley ; presently he 
comes home, longing to see his wife and cliildr 
He hears a shout and a cry from his cottage. 
He rushes forward just in time to see a band of 
soldiers entering his house, and in another 
minute he is among them, but too late to save 
his child ; it lies dead, with a smile on its face^ 
and the soldiers go on in search of other victims. 
In another house a little one is prattling at the 
knee of his grandfather, the soldiers enter and 
seize the child roughly, the old man tries to 
shield his darling, but he is pushed angrily aside^ 
and soon that house is left desolate. And now 
there is a sound of bitter weeping in the valleys 
of Bethlehem, and the mourners go about the 
streets. 

Learn now, dear children, how those who fight 
against Grod are sure to fail. King Herod is 



42 THE HOLY INNOCENTS. 

waiting in his palace at Jerusalem, anxious to 
hear that the Child Jesus is dead. Presently one 
of his Captains arrives. The king questions him 
eagerly. The soldier looks troubled and sorrow- 
ful. He tells Herod that the Child Jesus has 
escaped into safety, and that one of the king's 
own children has been killed by mistake. Thus 
was the wicked Herod punished. 

Those little children who were killed at Beth- 
lehem are called by the Church the Holy Innocents. 
If you look in your Prayer Book you will see 
that the Church always observes the day of their 
death, and appoints a special Collect, and Gospel 
-and Epistle for it. Those Holy Innocents were 
the first Martyrs for Jesuo Christ. They died 
for Him that they might live with Him for ever. 
He lived that He might die for them. Let us 
■see what lessons there are for us from the story 
of the Holy Innocents. First, I think, we learn 
that even little children can do something for 
Jesus Christ. Those infants at Bethlehem were 
called upon to die for Him, you are not called 
upon to die, but to live for Jesus. And living 
for Jesus means that you will have to bear many 
things, and to give up many things, and often to 
fight against many sins. 



THE HOLT INNOCENTS. 43 

" We know the Holy Innocents, 
Laid down for Him their infant life, 
And martyrs brave and patient saints 
Have stood for Him in fire and strife. 

We wear the Cross they wore of old. 
Our lips have learned like vows to make ; 
We need not die, we cannot fight, 
What may we do for Jesu's sake ? 

day by day each Christian child 
Has much to do, without, within ; 
A death to die for Jesu's sake, 
A weary war to wage with sin." 

And next we learn from this subject a lesson 
of innocence. You, dear children, at your Baptism 
received a white robe of righteousness, will you 
not try to keep it unspotted from the world ? As 
you grow older and go forth among men, you 
will meet with many sins, many temptations, 
which will stain your white robe if you yield to 
them. If once your innocence be lost, nothing 
can give it back. If you handle a butterfly 
roughly, you destroy the bloom on its wings, and 
all your sorrow will not restore that lost beauty. 
So it is with your innocence ; once lose that, and 
all your repentance, all your tears, will not make 



44 THE HOLY INNOCENTS, 



you what you were. Tliiuk how sad the feelings 
of a man must be when he is forced to say — 

" Now 'tis Uttle joy, 
To feel I'm farther ofif from Heaven, 
Than when I was a boy." 

Pray, my children,to the Holy Child Jesus,pray 
that a Little Child may lead you in the paths of 
innocence, and keep you pure. We learn, too, a 
lesson of simplicity. Now there are some people 
who despise simplicity, as though it were the 
same as folly. These people praise those who 
are keen and cunning, but God speaks differently. 
He holds up the simplicity of a child as a 
pattern for all, even for the old. He says, 
*^ Unless ye be converted, and become as little 
" children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom 
"of Heaven." Try to preserve your simplicity, 
be simple in your tastes and pleasures, do not be 
in a hurry to exchange the innocence of childhood 
for the lessons of the world, lest you are forced 
to say one day, " Oh ! that I were as in the days 
^' of my youth, when the secret of God was upon 
"my tabernacle." 

And once more, to learn a lesson of trustful 
humility. You believe what your parents tell 



THE HOLT INNOCENTS, 45 

you ; if your father talks to you about the stars, 
or some mystery of nature, of which you know 
nothing, you do not doubt the truth of what he 
teaches you, — ** Father says so," — ^that is enough 
for you. Well, God our Father in Heaven takes 
us children by the hand, and leads us through the 
world. He tells us the truth in the Bible, and 
makes the Church our nursing mother. Let us 
then be humble, and be trustful. There are 
many things which God tells us which we cannot 
understand, but our Father says so, the Church 
our mother, says so, let that be enough for us. 

Let us trust God to give us all we need. You 
trust to your parents to provide for your wants, 
trust to God to give you food, and comfort, and 
help and protection alroays. And now before we 
part, let us all, young and old, pray that we may 
be led to follow Jesus as dear children, guarded 
by His Holy Angels, following the Lamb 
withersoever he goeth, so that at the last we may 
be found without fault before His throne on 
high. 



Sermon v. 



THE LESSONS OF THE SNOW. 



Isaiah ly. 10. 
M The snow from Heayen.* 



OoD is always preacliiiig to us by the works of 
nature. 7ou cannot go out into the fields and 
woods without going to school, the pleasantest of 
all schools, for God's lessons there are always 
delightful. Every bud which comes out in your 
gardens in the spring preaches to you of the 
resurrection to eternal life. Every summer which 
brings forth flowers or firuit tells you that you 
must bring forth the fruit of a holy life, and the 
flowers of a sweet and gentle disposition. Every 
harvest time reminds you that God will one day 
send His angel reapers to gather you in, and 
will separate the good from the evil. Every leaf 
which falls in the Autumn whispers to you that 
you must die : And now that the winter has 
brought the 8now> that too has a sermon for you. 



THE LB8S0N8 OF THE SNOW. if 

dear children. Let ns see what the snow has to 
teach us. First, we learn how wonderfully God 
works in the great workshop of the world. The 
moisture is drawn up from its secret reservoirs^ 
from marsh, and fen, from pond, and river, into 
the air, and then it is condensed, or formed into 
clouds : sometimes you see those clouds white and 
fleecy, looking like flocks of sheep in some far off 
pasture, sometimes you see them dark and threat- 
ening, when the storm is coming on. From those 
clouds the moisture comes down again to earth 
to do God's work, to ftilfil His word, to make the 
Earth bring forth and bud, to give seed to the 
sower, and bread to the eater. No work that 
€k)d does is done in vain. Not a drop of mois- 
ture is wasted, it returns to earth to do its work. 
By and bye the cold breath of winter breathes 
upon the rain drops, and they are transfigured, 
and become white and shining, so as no friller on 
earth could whiten them. We learn next from 
the snow the wonderfrd, sUent, irresistible way in 
which God works. A snow-flake is one of the 
weakest instruments by which God fulfils his 
purpose ; it is only the ghost of a dead and gone 
rain-drop, the touch of a hand, or the breath of a 
child will melt it^ it falls without sound, it is the 



4B THE LESSONS OF THE SNOW. 

quietest of all workers, and yet no one can stand 
against the power of the snow. In one or two 
nights the snow will stop the work which occupied 
men's brains and hands for years in planning. The 
mail-train starts for the north with hundreds of 
letters, for which people are anxiously waiting. 
The mighty steam-engine can easily draw all that 
great weight of carriages at immense speed, but 
the quiet snow stops it, and it must stand still. 
The great ships which plough their way through 
the water are blocked by the snow and ice, and 
all their sails, and their engines are powerless 
against the silent snow. The king's palace which 
is being built must wait till the snow has gone, 
the snow is no respecter of persons. The labourer 
must sit at home, his strong arms cannot work 
through the deep snow to dig the ground, all 
work is stopped by the quiet snow. The swift, 
bright, bubbling stream by which you played in 
the summer, is caught by the ice and the snow, 
and it becomes still and frozen. ^^Who can 
" abide His frost ?" Yet God who stopped the 
current of the river can in a few hours set it in 
motion. ^^ He bloweth with His wind, and the 
^^ waters flow." What all the men in the world 
eould Bot doy God does in a single night The 



THE LESSONS OF THE SNOW. 49 

snow disappears^ silentlj, swifUy, mysteriouBly, 
as it came, when its work is done. 

Now, my children, God works on our lives, 
just as He works with the quiet snow on the 
earth, mysteriously, and silently, and all power- 
fully. When you saw the snow covering the 
ground, you thought perhaps the earth was dead, 
and that the snow was like a white shroud* 
You thought perhaps that your garden and all 
your roots and flowers were dead. But it was 
not so. The earth was not dead, but sleeping. 
The snow was like a kind mother, wrapping up 
the ground, and the roots, and the flowers, in 
warm white raiment, for you must remember 
that the earth is very warm under the snow,— 
and when the sun comes in the spring, the snow 
will melt away, and become moisture which will 
give drink to your plants and flowers. So God 
deals with us in our lives. He is a God who 
hides Himself, we may not see Him with our 
eyes &ce to face, but we may see Him and His 
works in the summer flowers, and in the winter 
snow. Silently, surely. He brings His pur- 
poses to pass ; silently, surely, as the snow 
comes down from Heaven, and does its work. 
We think sometimes that we make our own 



fO THE LESSONS OF THE SNOW. 

fortunes^ and dig out our own path in life* 
One morning we get up^ and find that oar gar- 
den path is filled up by the snow, which God 
has sent in the night, and we cannot go on our 
way. So one morning we find that onr path in 
life is filled up, and blocked by God's hand. 
We had made certain plans, we had counted on 
a certain position, and we had forgotten to ask 
Qod about it. And so God in His mercy, know- 
ing what is best for us, comes and stops us in 
our course, and buries our plan, our scheme, 
our hope, just as He buries our gardens, and our 
fields in the snow. Learn then this lesson from 
the snow, that Gk>d is wiser and stronger than 
we are, and that we may not fight against His 
will. I want you to learn another lesson from 
the snow. Underneath the wintry snow God 
is taking care of the summer flowers and fruits. 
The com is there, safe under the snow, and the 
roses, and the lilies, and the violets are there ; 
that sweet resurrection flower, which you all 
love, the snowdrop, will be the first to come 
forth from the grave. Over every root and 
seed which lies buried in the earth, God has 
written the words, ^^ I shall rise again," just as 
He writes them over the giave of all His people* 



THE LESSONS OF THE SNOW. 61 

WeU, dear children^ God sends ns sorrows 
sometimes, which are like the cold snow, but 
under the snow of sorrow, He is taking care of 
flowers for us. Our hopes and our joys may 
seem to be dead and buried, and all the world 
may appear black and dreary, like a scene in 
winter; but just as the flower roots are safe 
beneath the snow, and waiting God's time to 
bloom again, so our hopes and joys are safe, and 
they blossom again with purer, and holier forms 
than ever. You know that the snow does good 
to the ground, so the sorrow which God sends 
upon us, silently and suddenly as He sends the 
snow, does us good, and preserves us from many 
sins. I think Jesus leads us to Him, and makes 
us His own people by means of sorrow, oftener 
than by means of happiness. We are all too fond 
of making our life a flower garden of our own 
planning. We like our enm tvay, better than 
God's way. Then God in His love for us, see- 
ing how foolish we are, comes and covers up our 
garden with the deep snow of trouble ; He ta>kes 
from us what we loved best, because we loved it 
better than God, He covers our earthly garden 
with snow, that we may think more of the 
Heavenly garden, where we hope to be one day. 



62 THE LESSONS OF THE SNOW. 

Learn yet one more lesson from the snow. We 
read in the Psalms that ^^ fire and hail, snow and 
vapours, and stormy wind are fulfilling His word." 
We see the rain and the snow come down from 
Heaven, like messengers from God ; though they 
are drunk up by the thirsty roots, and disappear 
from our sight, yet they are not lost. They are 
seen again in the green ear of wheat, in the sum- 
mer leaves of the trees, in the bright flowers, and 
the ripe fruits of autumn. Thus we learn that 
every event in our lives, every joy, or sorrow, 
every gain, or loss, has a work to do for our 
souls, as the snow has a work to do for the earth* 
We should learn to look at everything which we 
do as a fulfilling of Gtod's will. As every flake of 
snow has its appointed work, so every word and 
deed of ours has its appointed work, and all these 
things are noted in God's book. Every little act 
of unselfishness, every little fight with sin, every 
struggle against temptation, though no one 
knows of it in earth, is treasured up by God in 

Heaven, and shall bear fruit So too, every mean^ 
or cruel, and selfish act or speech, every secret lie, 
or hidden sin, brings its reward, and comes back 
like the black, bitter frost which kills. Tour 
influence also over others, comes down in the 



THE LESSONS OF THE SNOW. 68 

nnrserjy or the school like the snow, gently but 
snrely. Dearchildren^take care that yonr influence 
comes like the gentle rain or the quiet snow^ for 
good, fulfilling Gtod's word. Try for the future 
to learn from the rain which cometh down from 
Heaven, and the snow, the truth that they have 
their work, and that you have your work, and 
that they are both the same^ to do the will of God. 



Sermon vi. 



FIGHTING THE GIANT. 



1 Samubl xm. 29. 
^ And Dayid eaid, What liaye I now done ? Is there not a canse P" 

A GREAT battle is going to be fought. Two armies 
are drawn up in front of each other. On the 
one side are the banners of Saul, and Jonathan 
his son^ so we know that that is the army of 
Israel. On the other side are the banners of 
Oath, and Gaza, and Ascalon, so we know that 
that is the side of the Philistines. The scene is 
a valley called Elah, which belongs to the tribe 
of Bexyamin, and the armies stand on either side 
of the valley on a hill. It is a time of continual 
war between Israel and the Philistines. Gh)d's 
people are badly governed by brave, disobedient 
Saul, and the times are changed since Joshua, 
and Gideon, and Samson led out their people to 
victory. The two armies are waiting for the signal 
to b^gin the fight. Ftesently the Philistines 



FIGHTING THE GIANT. 55- 

suggest a duel between two championsi instead of 
a general battle. Such a way of deciding a dis- 
pute was very common formerly. In your 
Roman history you will read how three noble 
Bomans called the Horatii, fought with three 
other noble youths of a neighbouring state to 
decide which of the two countries should be the 
chief. So now the Philistines sent forth their 
champion to fight for them, and he was no com* 
mon soldier. He was a giant, for "there were 
"giants in the earth in those days," — and he 
was ten and a half feet high. Saul, king of 
Israel, was a tall man, but he must have looked 
like a child beside the Philistine Goliath. For 
forty days this giant had stood in front of the 
army, and had defied the children of Israel, and 
no one dared fight with him. There were many 
brave men there, but they thought they were nc 
match for Groliath, Saul even was not tall enough 
for that mighty champion. God, however, found 
a champion to fight for His people. Who wa» 
this ? Was it the best soldier in the army ? Was 
it another giant like the Philistine ? Ho, it was 
a ruddy-faced shepherd boy, whose name was^ 
David, who had come up from the sheepfolds at 
Bethlehem to see his brethren. €k)d oftea 



M FIGHTING THE GIANT, 

4)hooses strange instruments to do His work. 
He chose the little Hebrew servant-maid, who 
waited on Naaman's wife, to bring that great 
.captain to the trne Gtoi^ and to get him cured of his 
leprosy. He chose a weak woman to killAbimelech. 
He chose a few ignorant fishermen to preach the 
Oospel of Jesus Christ. So now He chose David 
^0 rid Israel of Goliath the giant. Look at the 
iwo champions. There is Goliath full of strength, 
und cruelty, and wickedness, armed to the teeth. 
There too is David, strong in the Lord, the breeze 
blowing his long fair hair about his shoulders. 
His eye is unflinching, though he has never seen 
a battle before ; instead of the helmet of brass, 
;and the spear as heavy as a weaver's beam, he 
has only his shepherd's staff, and the sling, and 
the stones. But David knows his weapons^ and 
in whose strength he must fight. Saul had 
•offered him his armour, but David would not use 
it, because he had not proved it. There is 
breathless expectation in both armies, and the 
4)hildren of Israel tremble for their young cham- 
pion. The sling, which he had learned to use 
jamong the hills of Bethlehem, is firmly grasped, 
ihe stone flies from it, Gh)d gives the aim, and 
the giant falls with a crash to the earth. And 



FIGHTING THE GIANT. ST 

there is weeping in the cities of the Philistines^ 
and the cry is, ^Hell it not in Gath, publish it 
" not in the streets of Ascalon," — ^for Goliath 
shall go forth with the armies no more for ever. 

Now I have told you this story, my children^ 
because you all have giants to fight against^ 
giants worse even than Goliath, of Gath. This 
world is like the valley of Elah, and there are 
giants always coming and defying God's children^ 
the army of the living God. You little childrea 
are part of that great army. Tou were enlisted 
at Holy Baptism, when the promise was made, 
a promise which you repeat at confirmation, that 
you would be Christ's faithful soldiers and ser- 
vants unto your life's end. When David came 
down to fight the giant, he said, ^^ Is there not 
** a cause ?" You may all say the same. You 
have a cause to fight for ; sometimes countries 
go to war with each other from very wrong causes, 
but yours is the best, the noblest, the most 
glorious cause. You fight for salvation, your 
own, and that of others. The soldier fights for 
his king and country ; you fight for the King 
of kings, and for the better country, which is the 
heaveidy. The battle which you have to fight is 
the hardest of all battles. That was a hard fighi 



M FIGHTING THE GIANT. 

^hen the Normans swept up the hill at Hastings, 
iuid oar own Saxon King Harold fell with the 
^nel arrow in his eye. That was a hard fight 
when the Old Guard charged at Waterloo. 
That was a hard fight when the Six Hundred 
Tode into the valley of death at Balaklava. Your 
£ght is harder still, it continues all through your 
life, and when you are wounded, it is your souls, 
not your bodies only which suffer. Your battle 
is with giants. There is that giant of wickedness, 
the Devil, who desires to rob you of Heaven. He 
£ghts with you in different ways, with the arrows 
of evil thoughts, with the hard blows of strong 
temptation, with the cunning wiles of self- 
deception. The wounds which he inflicts are 
worse than the keenest sword, or the most cruel 
bayonet. Then there are other giants in his 
train. The sins which beset you, these, my 
children, are the giants against whom you have 
to fight. You know some of the names of these 
giants. There is b&d temper^ that dark and 
^vil giant, which grows stronger every day if it 
is not conquered ; making home-life or school- 
life miserable, spoiling your work, and poisoning 
jour play, till he is crushed. There is disobediemey 
that proud and self-willed giant, far greater and 



FIGHTING THE GIANT. i$ 

stronger than Golmtb, which separates you from 
the love of yonr friends and parents, and worst 
of all, from the love of Gk)d« There is ^e^hnesSy 
that giant which robs you of every kind, and 
noble, and generous feeling, and keeps you from 
doing good to others. There is impurity ^ a giant 
of foul and hideous look, which increases in 
stature and power every time you yield to it, till 
at last it gets the mastery over you, and you 
become its miserable slaves. And there are many 
other giants whose names I need not mention 
now. Against these you must fight, or they will 
conquer you. But you will say. How can we 
weak children overcome these giants of strength? 
Do you think David the shepherd boy could have 
conquered Goliath by his own power ? Do you 
think his staff and his sling would have prevailed 
against the shield of brass, and the mighty spear 
and sword of the Philistine? No, David tri- 
umphed because he trusted in the Lord, because 
he felt ^^ the Lord is on my side, I will not fear 
^^ what man doeth unto me." Take him as your 
example when your are called upon to fight with 
the giants. First, do not fight in armour which 
you have not tried. Do not trust to your good 
name, or your harmless life, or your knowledge 



&i FIGHTING THE GIANT, 



of the Bible, or your attendance at Church. When 
yon think you are strong, you are most weak. 
Oo to the battle in the strength which Gk)d gives 
you, go in the armour which Jesus sends you. 
That armour has been proved. It was proved in 
the temptation ; it was proved in the garden of 
Gethsemane; it was proved on the Cross of 
Calvary. We shall be more than conquerors 
through Him that loved us. Take the staff of 
Christ's love, and the sling of Faith, and the 
stone of Prayer, and put upon you the whole 
armour of Gk)d. Bemember the giants fight in 
different ways; there are sins which are open and 
violent, which come right at us. Others creep 
and crawl among us like serpents. Some hide 
away like moths in secret comers, and these are 
the most dangerous of all. Do not grow weary 
of the fight, dear children, dear soldiers of Jesus 
Christ A time will come when you may say with 
that brave old soldier, S. Paul, ^^ I have fought a 
'^ good fight, I have finished my course, I have 
^^kept the £uth; henceforth there is laid up for 
''me a crown of righteousness." Fight to win 
that crown. Go, and the Lord be with you. 



SERMON VII. 



WEEDS AND FLOWERS. 



Solomon's Song t. 1. 
" I am come into my garden.*' 



Ton most all have noticed the difference between 
a well-kept, and an ill-kept garden. In the one 
yon find beauty, order, and sweetness, in the 
other are disorder, wildness, and desolation. In 
a well-kept garden the plants are arranged in 
order, some to give shade with cool green leaves, 
some to give beauty to the scene with bright 
colours, some to support the weaker flowers, 
others to send forth sweet scent. But in a neg- 
lected garden the weeds have it all their own way. 
HI weeds, you know, grow apace, and they soon 
choke the good seed, and hide the flowers from 
sight, and instead of sweetness, give forth 
poisonous berries. Now, dear children, your life 
is like a garden. Christian graces and virtues are 
the flowers, our sins and evil habits are the weeds. 

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62 WEEDS AND FLOWEJiS. 

You know what kind of garden God would have 
your life to be, a sweet, fair flower garden, full 
of beauty and fragrance. Your life began at 
Holy Baptism, when you were made God's chil- 
dren. Then the seeds of all good flowers were 
sown in your hearts. It is our enemy the devil 
who plants the foul weeds in our life garden^ 
Now our life garden is not our own to do what 
we like with, Jesus is the Lord of it, for He 
purchased it at a price. Think what it cost Jesus 
to redeem yqur life, to make your garden His, 
and to plant it with beautiful flowers. It costs 
much money to lay out and beautify a garden ; 
the hanging gardens of Babylon in old times, and 
the palace gardens of kings in these days were 
planted at vast expense. But it cost Jesus, the 
Lord of our gardens, far more. Silver and gold 
could not purchase what He came to buy. To 
make our life-gardens beautiM it cost Jesus 
thirty-three years of toil and pain on earth i it 
cost Him poverty, and insult, and agony, and at 
last a cruel death. The seed for our gardens was 
gathered on a blood-stained Cross. Since we are 
bought with a price, since Jesus suffered so much 
to plant our gardens. He naturally looks for 
^ return. He expects fruits and flowers, sweet- 



WEEDS AND FLO WEES. <8 

nesfl and beauty in our lives. He comes and 
looks into oar hearts and sees what thoughts are 
there. He comes and looks into our lives and sees 
how we are spending our time^ He says, ^^ I am 
" come into my garden." Dear children, Jesus 
is watching your lives. He sees you in the school 
and in the playground, at home, and abroad, 
" He is about your path, and about your bed, and 
"spieth out all your ways." What does the 
Lord see in your life-garden, is it planted with 
weeds, or flowers, or rather, have you let the 
weeds grow and choke the flowers ? I fear we 
shall find many tangled, troublesome, unsightly 
plants growing in our garden. There is the 
prickly thorn of ill-temper^ which wounds every 
one who comes near it, and the deadly night- 
shade of impurity J which poisons all around it, 
and many another evil weed. Let us think of 
some of the best of flowers for our life-garden, 
that it may be altogether lovely, and such as our 
dear Saviour would have it. There is obedience^ 
a sweet and comely flower, bowing its head 
humbly, and giving forth a sweet smell. No 
flower is better for a child's garden. Bemember 
the obedience of the Child Jesus, ^^He went 
^^ down with His parents to Nazareth, and was 



64 WEEDS AXD FLOWERS. 



" subject to them," and yet He was their God. 
If your gardens are to be acceptable in God's 
eyes, obedience must be chief among the flowers. 
Look now into your heart and think what you 
have said and done during the last week, or last 
month, have you been obedient to your parents, 
to your teachers, have you been obedient to your 
God? I think you will find that ugly weed 
disobedience growing in some neglected corner of 
your garden. Let us pluck it up at once by the 
roots. If it remains it will spread its seed and 
increase a hundredfold. K you wer^ disobedient 
last week, you will be more so this week, if that 
weed is not plucked up. But you will say, how 
can I get rid of this weed. I could pluck up a 
handful of weeds from my little garden at home, 
easily enough, but I cannot overcome this obsti- 
nate growth disobedience. You are right, my 
children, you are not strong enough alone to do 
this. You must call in some one stronger than 
you to help you in weeding your garden ; you 
must ask God to send you the help of His 
Holy Spirit, for Jesus Christ's sake, you must 
pray fdr strength to be given you to overcome 
this evil sin, and then God will plant the 
fiweet flower of obedience^ where once the foul 



WEEDS AND FLOWERS. 65 

weed grew. Another flower which must be in 
your garden is modesty. You have all noticed 
how the sweet violets hide themselves from sight, 
growing close to the ground, and giving forth 
their perfume from a nest of dark green leaves. 
Some of you may think that you would like to 
have tall, showy flowers in your garden, but 
remember that none of these showy flowers are 
as sweet as the violet. Many of you may have 
to occupy a humble place in life, where few people 
will notice you, or hear of you ; well, try to make 
your quiet corner of the world sweet with the 
virtue of modesty, just as the sweetest corner of 
the flower garden is where the modest violet hides 
itself. Another flower for your garden, my chil- 
dren, must be contentment. You have all seen 
that beautiful, old-fashioned flower, the Hearts- 
ease. Well, take care to have that in your 
garden, contentment, you know, is Hearts-ease. 
You can never be happy in life if the weed of 
discontent is growing among your flowers. 
Everything in your garden will look dark and 
miserable, if that evil weed spreads over it. 

You all love the delicate white snowdrops, 
which come out when no other flower is seen. 
They are pure and spotless as the snow from 



66 WEEDS AND FLOWERS. 

which they take their name. There is a flower 
like them which you must have in your life-gar- 
den, it is called Purity. Jesus says, " Blessed 
** are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." 
Now, dear children, it is very hard sometimes to 
keep ourselves pure, because there are many 
impure things in the world, like deadly 
weeds, which would kill the fair flowers in our 
life-garden. I have called impurity the deadly 
night-shadej because like that plant it appears 
pleasant to the eye, but it is poison all the same. 
Never forget to pray that the pure and holy 
Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, may help you 
to keep yourselves pure, unspotted from the world. 
What do you think is the best flower in the 
flower garden. I think we shall agree that the 
Bose is the queen of the flowers. It is not only 
beautiful, but it is also sweet. Well, there is a 
flower like the rose which we should have in our 
life-garden, that is Love. Love gives beauty to 
life, and love gives sweetness to life. Why is 
it that the world of nature is lovely, made up of 
bright flowers, and green woods, and sparkling 
rivers, and clustering fruit ? It is because God 
is love^ and He is ever showing His love in a 
beautiful world. If we are Gtod's children we 



WEEDS AND FLOWERS. $7 

must show love one towards another. A loving 
child in a school or a home, is like a rose in a 
garden, it fills the place with sweetness, and with 
beauty. There are many other flowers which we 
should have in our garden, and many other weeds 
which we must try to root up, but I will leave 
you to think of these for yourselves. I will only 
tell you now to ask Jesus, the Lord of the garden, 
to plant day by day new flowers for you, and to 
water them with His mercy, and make them 
grow ; so that your gardens may become more 
beautiful day by day, till at last you shall be 
transplanted to that fair garden above, where no 
weeds are, and where the flowers fade not for 
ever and ever. 



SKRMON VIII. 



TELLING JESUS. 

S. Matthew xiv. 12. 
f* His disciples .... went and told Jesns." 

Mt children, there is nothing in this world like 
sympathy. Do you know what that word sym- 
pathy means ? It] means to feel with another, 
to enter into his feelings, whether of joy or 
sorrow. The joys of life are twice as good, the 
sorrows of life are only half as heavy, if they 
are shared with some one else. K yon gain a prize 
at school, or receive a present, your first thought 
is to shew it to your parents and friends, that they 
may rejoice with you. If you are in trouble you 
run to those who love you, and what you expect 
from them is sympathy. Who would care to 
possess all the gold and silver in the world and 
have no friends ? Once a man was shipwrecked, 
and lost on an island, a beautifril place, frill of 



TELLING JESUS. «9 



fruits and flowers, where he was " Monarch of 
all he surveyed," yet we are told that he would 
rather have lived at home with a friend however 
humble, than have been a king with no one to 
sympathise with him. Have you ever thought how 
terrible it would be to live without a friend in the 
world ; to feel that no one cared about you, or 
took any interest in you ? Well, there is some- 
thing worse even than that, and that is to be 
without God in the worlds and there are many 
people, even in our own land, who live without 
God in the world, and never pray to Him, never 
think of Him. You, my children, have been 
taught differently, and 1 want you now to try and 
understand that Jesus Christ sympathises with 
you in all you do, in your joys, and in your 
sorrows, and that therefore, you are never alone 
in the world, since He is with you always, even 
unto the end of the world. I want you to come 
very close to Jesus, to feel as though He held you 
by the hand, or as though you were lying on 
His breast, as the blessed S. John did. Have 
you not felt that Jesus is far away from you in 
heaven, and that you were sending your prayers 
to Him a long way off, like letters sent to 
Australia? Now I want you to alter this, and 



TELLING JESUS. 



to try and feel that Jesus is a friend who is close 
toyouy a guest who comes home to your houses, a 
Brother who feels for you ; and then I would 
have you in all your sorrows, and joys, all your 
sins and troubles, go and tell Jesus. 

In times of joy and prosperity^ go, and tell 
Jesus. Why? Because He gives you this 
prosperity. An ungodly man talks about his 
lucky if he is successful, and grumbles at his bad 
luck if he falls into trouble ; do not you do 
this, my dear children, the same God sends the 
sunshine and the cloud, the joy and the sorrow, 
and when your time of happiness comes, go and 
tell Jesus, and ask Him to make you thankful. 

It is not always good for us to be prosperous, 
any more than it is good for us to be always in 
the sunshine. David says, ^* before I was 
" troubled, I went wrong," and I fear a great 
many people are ruined by being what is called 
prosperous in the world, because they forget to 
thank God. When all things are bright and 
happy around you, go and tell Jesus, and ask 
Him how to use your happiness rightly. 

In the time of sorrow and trouble j- go j and tell 
Jesus. Ah ! dear children, to whom can you go 
better than to Him, the Man of sorrows. Is any 



TELLING JESUS. 7T 

sorrow of ours greater than His sorrow ? We 
may lose our home, or our money, but He left 
Heaven to lead a homeless life on earth. We 
may have to work hard, but not harder than 
Jesus worked. We may lose our friends. He lost 
Lazarus, and the rest forsook Him and fled. We 
may think ourselves neglected, and misunder- 
stood, but not by the whole world, as He was* 
Qt) then, and tell Jesus your troubles. There is 
not a aching heart for which He does not feel > 
there is not a sob which does not find an echo with 
Him, there are no sad tears which He does not 
count, and treasure up. We cannot live long m 
this world without knowing sorrow, we soon 
find that this is not Heaven where all tears are 
wiped away. You children have your griefs, and 
losses, your trials and disappointments. Some of 
you, perhaps, have seen the shadow of death 
creep over your home. Some little play-fellowy 
" some wee white-rose of all the world,'* has been 
taken from you, and you have seen him laid in 
the grave, to sleep in that cradle which needs no 
rocking. How could you bear that bitter sorrow^ 
if you could not go and tell Jesus about it?* 
You will not be able to part with those you love, 
unless you believe that Jesus is the Resurrection< 



72 TELLING JESUS. 



jand the Life, and that He is stronger than death, 
and will raise np our dear ones again at the last 
4Jay. Go and tell Jesus your grief, and He will 
teach yon that the souls of those who left us are 
living still, and that their bodies are safe in the 
churchyard, sown like seed in God's garden. 
Then we shall learn to say : — 

''She is not dead, — the child of our affection, 
But gone unto that school, 
Where she no longer needs our poor protection, 
And Christ Himself doth rule. 

In that great cloister's stillness and seclusion, 
By guardian angels led, 
Safe from temptation, safe from sin's pollution, 
She lives, whom we call dead. 

Day after day we think what she is doing 
In those bright realms of air ; 
Year after year, the tender steps pursuing. 
Behold her grown more fair." 

Again, in the little troubles of daily life^ go, and 
iell Jesus. You know earthquakes do not come 
^very day, neither do great sorrows, but every 
-day brings its little care, or anxiety. These 
.little frets and worries are like little moths 



TELLING JESUS. 73 



fretting a garment, they make the white robe of 
our righteousness foil of holes. They make us 
fretful and discontented, they sharpen our 
tongues, and make us quarrelsome ; well, if we 
are to bear these little worries, and trials properly, 
and not to sin about them, we must go and tell 
Jesus. There is nothing too small for Him to 
take notice of. He knows your childish sorrows, 
my children. He knows your childish temptations, 
He knows the troubles of school-life and of home- 
life. He understands the sort of battle which 
every child has to fight, and the sort of cross 
which every child has to bear ; He is never tired 
of hearing about your difficulties, and He i& 
always ready to come and help you. When you 
have sinned, and feel miserable, when you are 
dissappointed and feel cast down, when you are 
tempted, and do not know how to act, never 
forget that you have an all-loving Saviour who 
can forgive sins, a sympathising friend who can 
cheer, a wise counsellor who can advise, Go^ and 
tell Jems. 



SERMON IX, 



CHRIST ALL IN ALL. 
(Lhnt.) 



COLOSSIAMS III. 11. 

"Christ is all, and in alL" 



Tou know that our Lord Jesus Christ is called 
by many different names in the Bible. Let us 
try and remember some of these names. He is 
.called the Lamb of God, — the Wonderful, — ^the 
<?ounsellor — the Mighty Lord, — the Light of the 
World, — the Lily of the Valley, — ^the Rose of 
Sharon, — ^the True Vine, — the Bread of Heaven, 
— ^the Children's Bread, — ^the Friend of Publi- 
-cans and sinners, — the Good Shepherd, — the 
Bright and Morning Star, — ^the Bridegroom, — 
the Resurrection and the Life. He is called also 
the Captain of Salvation, — ^the Captain of the 
Lord's Host, — ^the Deliverer, — ^the Desire of all 
nations, — ^the Head of the Church, — the Precious 
Stone, — ^the Faithful Witness, — the Judge of 
^uick and dead, — the Prince of Peace, — the 



CHRIST ALL IN ALL. 16 

Saviour, There are many more titles by which 
Jesus is known, you must try to find these for 
yourselves. In the text S. Paul takes all the 
names of our Lord, and makes one name out of 
them. He wants us to understand that Jesus is 
all love, and all power, and all beauty, and all 
purity, and all sweetness, and all comfort, and 
all gentleness, and all glory, so he says " Christ 
*^ is all, and in all." Now, my children, to a 
worldly man money is all, and to a glutton eating 
and drinking are all, and to an ambitious man 
success is all, and to a vain jmon praise is all, but 
to a real Christian Jesus is all. Take your Bible 
and study it, and you will find that Christ is all, 
and in all there. I do not speak now of the New 
Testament only, I speak of the whole Bible. 
Perhaps you think that you can only read about 
Jesus Christ in the four Gospels, and in the Acts 
of the Apostles, and the Epistles, and the Book 
of Revelation. But this is not so. You can 
read about him in Genesis, and in Exodus, and 
in Deuteronomy, and in the Psalms, and in 
Isaiah, and in every book of the old Testament 
as well as in the Gospels ; because the whole 
Bible is God's Book, and that Book was given 
to us that we might learn about His Son. I 



76 CHRIST ALL IN ALL. 

dare say on a sunny day you have noticed how 
" coming events cast their shadows before," how 
the shadows of people are cast upon a wall or 
glass, or window, before you see their actual 
bodies. Well, in the Old Testament you see the 
shadow of Jesus Christ, in the New Testament 
you see the substance. 

For example, when you read about the brasen 
serpent which Moses lifted up in the wilderness, 
so that the poor dying Israelites might look on 
it and be cured, you see there a shadow of Jesus 
Christ, who was lifted up on the Cross, in the 
wilderness of this world, that those who are 
dying in trespasses and sin, may look unto Him, 
and be healed. When you read how God sent 
manna, the bread from Heaven, to feed His 
people, you see there a shadow of Jesus, who came 
to be the True Bread from Heaven, and who 
feeds His people in the Blessed Sacrament of His 
Body and Blood. When you hear about the ark in 
which Noah and his family were saved in the 
flood, you see a shadow of Jesus who is a place 
to hide us in, and who puts us in the ark of His 
Church, where we are safe from the flood of 
wickedness and unbelief around us. The story ^ 
of Joshua, the brave captain, shows you a shadow 



CHRIST ALL IN ALL, 77 

of JesoSy whose name is the same as Joshua, 
the SaviouTy and reminds you that He is the 
Captain of oar salvation, who shall subdue all 
our enemies under us. As often as you are 
told how the Paschal Lamb, was offered at the 
Feast of the Passover, without spot or blemish, 
as an atonement for the people, you find a 
shadow of Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, in 
whom was no sin, who was offered as a sacrifice 
for us at the Passover time on the Cross of 
Calvary. Look at the Psalms, and you will find 
David speaking of Jesus, when he tells us how 
"they pierced my hands and my feet, they 
'^ parted my garments among them, and on my 
^' vesture did they cast lots.'' Who does Isaiah 
mean when he says, ^^he was despised and 
"rejected of men, a man of sorrow, and 
" acquainted with grief, surely he hath borne our 
"griefs, and carried our sorrows; — He was 
" wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised 
** for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace 
"was upon him, and with His stripes we are 
"healed?" You know, my children, that this 
is none other than Jesus of whom the prophet 
speaks. Thus you see that, " Christ is all" in 
the Old Testament. Now look into the New 



78 arnisT all in all. 



Testament. There you will find '^ Ulirist is all,'^ 
no longer the shadow, but the . substance. You 
see Him walking on earth, and you are never 
tired of hearing " that sweet story of old, 
How Jesus came down among men." 
You see Him at the marriage feast, by the 
bedside of tbe ruler's little daughter, weeping by 
the grave of Lazarus. You will find Him too in 
the miracles, and in the parables, and the sermons 
of the Gospel, — " Christ all, and in all." When 
you read about the water changed into wine at 
Cana, you should think how Jesus changes our 
poor nature from the water of weakness, to the 
strong wine of holiness. When you read of Him 
feeding the people in the wilderness by bread, 
given by a miracle, you should remember how 
He feeds us in the Holy Communion by food 
given by a miracle. The seed^ which the sower 
in the parable went forth to sow, is Christ's 
Word, the mustard seed which is small, and 
grows into a large plant, is His Church, the 
leaven which made the meal swell and increase, 
is His grace in our hearts. You would not care 
so much about the story of the good Samaritan, 
if you did not believe that it was a story about 
Jesus. You would grow tired of hearing of the 



CUItlST ALL IN ALL. 7» 

dresser of the vineyard, and the master and the 
talents, and the prodigal son, if you could not 
find the likeness of Jesus in everyone of these 
*^ earthly stories, with a Heavenly meaning." 

Again, who is it that S. Paul, and S. Peter, 
and S. James, and S. John, are always talking 
about in their letters ? Surely it is always Jesus. 

When we come to the last book in the Bible, 
the Book of the Revelation of S. John, who is 
He who is seated on the throne, and on whose 
head are many crowns? It is Jesus, the 
beginning and end of the Bible, " Christ all, 
« and in all." 

My children, you have all been taught to read 
your Bible, and to love it, but if it is to 
be real use to you, you must read with one 
great purpose, to see Jesus in it. You can find 
history in your Bible, and very interesting 
history, and you can find poetry there, very 
beautiful poetry, but this is not enough, this will 
not tell you how your souls are to be saved. You 
may learn a lesson of sweet unselfishness from 
the story of Ruth, a lesson of loving devotion 
from the story of the little Hebrew maid, a lesson 
of patience from the life of Job, a lesson of 
faithful friendship from the example of Jonatki^x^.^ 



M CBR18T ALL IN ALL. 



but you want something more than all this, 
these life stories, beautiful as they are, will not 
show you the way of salvation. We must see the 
Babe of Bethlehem, and the Saviour on Calvary, 
we must see the cradle and the cross, all through 
the Bible, ^* Christ all, and in all.'' Bead your 
Bible for the future as those who seek in a mine 
for precious jewels, look for Jesus everywhere ; 
learn to say as those strangers said who came to 
the feast, *' we would see Jesus," and learn to 
feel that for you, " Christ is all, and in all/' 



Sermon X. 

THE DESPISED AND REJECTED. 

(Lent.) 



1 Samuel x. 27. 

«• But the children of Belial said, how shall this man saTS us f 
and they despised him, and brought him no presents. Bathe 
^eld his peace." 

The children of Israel had God for their King, 
yet they were not satisfied. They forgot how 
He had brought them out of Egjrpt, with a mighty 
hand, and a stretched out arm, and how he led 
them through the wilderness like a flock. They 
lightly regarded the Most High, neither kept 
they his great goodness in remembrance. They 
forgot His mighty acts, His wondrous works in 
Hie land of Ham, and fearM things by the Bed 
Sea. The Manna, — ^the angels' food, the rock 
smitten in Horeb, the patience of Moses, the 
wise counsel of Joshua, were all forgotten. The 
people asked for an earthly Eang, and He was 



S2 THE DESPISED AND REJECTED, 

given. Samuel, by God's command, made the 
tribes of Israel pass before him, that he might 
know whom God had chosen ; and the tribe of 
Beigamin was chosen. Then all the families of 
the tribe of Benjamin passed before him, and 
the choice fell on one family, and then all the 
members of that family passed before him, and 
Saul, the son of Kish, was chosen. And so Saul 
stood forth among the people, in his youth, and 
strength, and beauty, his mighty head towering 
above all, — that head which was to lie low 
enough oiie day, on the blood-stained field of 
Gilboa. And the people shouted, " God save 
" the King ;" — ^yet even then they were not con- 
tent : no sooner had they got a King than they 
deserted him ; a few whose hearts God had 
touched, remained with him, but the rest said, 
" how shall this man save us ? And they des- 
" pised him, and brought him no presents, but 
^* he held his peace." 

Now I want you to look very closely into this 
Bible story. What do you see first? You see 
how foolish and fickle the Israelites were, first, 
to refuse God, and then, to refuse the King 
whom they had asked for. But look again, and 
I think you will see Jesus Christ in this story. 



THE DESPISED AND REJECTED. 83 

You will see Him of whom Isaiah says, " He 
" was despised and rejected of men." 

Let us try, my children, to follow out the 
story step by step. The tribes of Israel passed 
before Samuel, and Saul was chosen to be the 
Saviour of the people. All the tribes of the 
earth, and the angels and powers of Heaven, 
passed before the eyes of God the Father, yet 
not one of them was chosen to be the Saviour of 
mankind. " It cost more to redeem their souls." 
Jesus, the only Son of God, was alone found 
worthy to be the Redeemer of the world. I 
think I see Jesus standing in Jerusalem among 
the people, as Saul had stood long ago ; if Saul 
excelled in beauty and stature, how must Jesus 
have looked ? He who is fairer than the children 
of men, who is altogether lovely, the chiefest 
among ten thousand, — how must He have 
looked ? No one has ever yet painted the face 
of Jesus as we could wish to have it, because all 
the tints of the rainbow, all the colours with 
which God lights up the sky, are too dim to 
describe the features of God's Son. There is an 
old story which tells us that when our Lord was 
on His way to die on the Cross, and His face 
was bathed with the sweat of agony and weari- 



84 THE DESPISED AND REJECTED, 



nesS; a holy maiden named Veronica oame 
forward and wiped His £ace with a napkin, and 
the likeness of the divine features, was, by a 
miracle, printed on the cloth of the ministering; 
woman. I wish we conld believe that story, how 
precious would that picture be : but we may not, 
since it is only a story. Well, Hook in imagina- 
tion, and I see the King in His beauty, standing 
among the people. Some of them shout 
'^Hosannal Blessed is He who cometh in the 
"name of the Lord," — just as they shouted 
" God save the King" for Saul. 

But most of them have another cry, — " Away 
" with Him, — crucify Him, we will not have this 
" man to reign over us, — ^how can this man save 
^' us I" So they despised Him, and brought Him 
" no presents. " Hm shall this man save us ?" 
So thought the Jewish shepherds when they 
came to Bethlehem, and saw a little infant lying 
in a manger. How shall this feeble babe save 
us, they thought. So thought the people in 
QalUee, when they saw Jesus working in 
Joseph's workshop. "Is not this the carpen- 
" ter's Son ?" they said. Shall those hands which 
handle the craftsman's hammer be stretched 
forth to save us, they thought They looked 



TBE DESPISED AND REJECTED. aS 

for a MeBsiah, a Christ, who should come in 
pomp and great glory, and behold, He was 
meek and lowly. They expected a diadem of 
gems, and, behold, a crown of thorns. They 
looked for a splendid throne, and behold, a rongh 
Cross, ^^How shall this man save ns?" So 
some people talk now. They will not believe 
that Jesus is the Son of GK)d, that He died to 
redeem ns from our sins, and rose again for pnr 
justification, and ascended into Heaven to pre- 
pare a place for us. 

'^ Tkeif de&piaed Him.^'* If that was true of 
Saul, how much more true of Jesus ! The Jews 
insulted and mocked Him ; they said, ^^ He hath 
" a devil." — ^They spat on Him, and smote Him 
with the palms of their hands. 

So it is now, many people despise the Lord 
Jesus Christ. There are proud people who des- 
pise Christ's religion because it teaches them to 
be humble. A man who is proud of his learning, 
is told that he must become as a little child, if 
he would be saved, and he is angry. A man 
who is proud of his money, is told that it is more 
blessed to give than to receive, and he is angry. 
A man who is proud of his righteousness, is told 
to confess his sins humbly, and eataem. Qtk^T% 



86 TITE DESPISED AXD liEJECTED. 



better than himself, so he is angry too, and says, 
" I am as good as my neighbour." A man wants 
to do some great thing for religion, and he is 
told, — ^^ Go, wash in the waters of baptism, wash 
^^ you, make you clean. — Come, eat of the flesh 
^' of the Son of man, and drink His blood, or you 
^* have no life in you." — But he cries, " What I 
^^ A little water wash away sin ? A little bread 
^^ and wine give life !" And so he goes Away in 
a rage, and despises the meek teaching of the 
^leek and gentle Jesus. 

" They brought Mm no presents^ That was 
true of Saul, more true still of Jesus. No pre- 
sents for Him ! There were gold, and purple and 
fine linen for Dives, and Pilate and Caesar, only 
coarse swaddling clothes for their Master. There 
were ivory palaces, and gilded houses for them, 
but no room at the inn for Him. There were 
silken hangings, and beams of cedar for the 
Temple, but only rough garments and a carpen- 
ter's shop for the 2'emple's God. They brought 
Him no presents. Of all the Kings in the earth 
only three came at Epiphany with their gifts. 
Of all the women in Judaea, only one gave the 
ointment; Joseph ministered to Him, but it was 
only to lend Him a grave when He was dead. 



THE DESPISED AND nEJECTED. ' 8f 



Now, dear children, what of ourselves ? Do we 
give Jesus presents ? Perhaps you will think 
men cannot give anything to God who possesses 
all things ; perhaps you will say that little 
children can give no presents to Jesus. Our 
Saviour tells us differently. He says that when 
we give anything to His poor, we give it to Him ; 
so every little act of kindness shown to the needy^ 
and the sorrowful, is a present made to Jesus 
Christ. When you give anything to the Church 
to make it more beautiful, you give a present to 
Jesus Christ. When you gather flowers to 
decorate the Altar, when you give your time 
and your talents to the choir, when you play the 
organ, or try to teach in the Sunday School, 
then you are bringing a present to Jesus Christ. 
Nothing that you offer to Jesus is too poor or 
small for Him to accept as a present, if it be the 
gift of love. Let me tell you a story to illustrate 
this. Once upon a time, a great Emperor named 
Justinian determined to build a beautiful Church 
to the glory of God. He ,was anxious that no 
one else should contribute to the work, that all 
the credit should be his. When this Church 
was finished, he ordered a marble slab to be set 
up, bearing this inscription : — " Justinian, the 



;£8 THE DESPISED AND REJECTED. 

<< Emperor, gave this Church to Gk)d/* On the 
day of the consecration, the Emperor went in 
istate to the Church of S. Sophia, full of pride at 
what he had done. Suddenly, when he looked 
.«t the marble slab, he saw that the inscription 
was changed, and it now stood thus : — ^^ Euphrasia 
'^ the widow gave this Church to Gtod.*' Then 
Justinian was very angry, and accused the 
sculptor of carving a wrong inscription, but the 
jurtist assured him that he had done what he had 
been commanded, and that the words could only 
have been changed by a miracle. Justinian 
wondering at all this, commanded Euphrasia to 
1)6 brought before him, and after a time, a very 
poor widow was led in. The Emperor asked her 
sternly what she had done for the Church, and 
why she had disobeyed his orders. The widow 
:answered that she lived by the waterside, and 
liad been very ill, and God had relieved her of 
her pain. She had been anxious to show her 
gratitude, and when she saw the oxen drawing 
lip the marble blocks for the Church, she had 
plucked a little straw from her poor bed and 
given it them for food, and that was all. Then 
the eyes of Justinian were opened, and he under- 
tfitood how Gk)d had accepted the widow's mitei 



THE DESPISED AND REJECTED. 9» 

the gift of love and gratitude, and refused hi& 
costly work, which was the gift of pride. 

Try then, my children, to bring presents ta 
Jesus, do something for Him, for His poor, for 
His Church, give Him the present which He loves 
best, your heart j try "to present yourselves, your 
" souls, and bodies, a living sacrifice unto Him/'' 

Once more, "^ held his peace.^'^ That was true 
of Saul, true also of Jesus. It has been said 
that speech is like silver, but silence is golden. 
That was golden silence indeed, when Jesus stood 
before His enemies as a sheep dumb before her 
shearers, and opened not His mouth. Let us 
pray that we may be like Him in this, that when 
troubles vex us, cruel speeches excite us, and 
enemies speak evil of us, we may be able to keep 
our mouths as it were with a bridle, and hold 
our peace. 



SKRMON XL 



THE GREAT SIGHT. 

(Good Friday.) 

Exodus hi. 3. 
" I will now turn aside, and see this great sight." 

I WANT each one of you, my children, to echo 
these words, and say to himself, " / will now turn 
-^^ aside, and see this great sight." Turn aside 
from what ? From the thoughts and works of 
the world, from the cares and pleasures of the 
day ; and to see what great sight ? The greatest, 
the most wonderful, the most glorious, and yet 
the most terrible of sights. 

Do you know why this is called Good Friday, 
why the Church is hung in solemn mourning ? 
Because it is the day when Jesus Christ died on 
the Cross. This is the great sight which I want 
to turn aside and see, Jesus dying on the Cross. 
Try to turn your thoughts aside from the world, 
from your work, from your play, and fix them 
upon the dying Son of God. Where must we 
look upon this great sight ? We must turn our 



TIIK ORE AT Siaiir. 91 



thoughts to a spot outside the gates of Jerusalem, 
a slightly rising ground, called, probably from 
its shape, Golgotha^ the place of a skull. It was 
the spot where criminals were put to death. 
Thither they take Jesus, the sinless One, bearing 
His own Cross. His body is yet bleeding from 
the cruel scourges of the soldiers. He is worn 
out by sorrow, and pain, and suffering, and insult. 
Only a little while since He was praying in the 
Garden, where His enemies foimd Him, and, led 
by the traitor Judas, took Him prisoner. Since 
then He has been brought before Pontius Pilate, 
the Governor, and before Herod ; He has been 
mocked and set at nought by the rough soldiers, 
all His disciples have forsaken Him, and even S. 
Peter has thrice denied Him. Now utterly for- 
saken, crowned with cruel thorns, He is going to 
die a slow and horrible death. He is nailed by 
tlie hands and feet to a Cross, and on either side 
of Him is another Cross, on which hangs a thief. 
'' Look on His Head, that bleeding Head, 

With crown of thorns surrounded ; 

Look on His sacred Hands and Feet 

Which piercing nails have wounded ; 

See every limb with scourges rent ; 

On Him, the Just, the Innocent, 

What malice hath abounded." 



W THE GREAT SIGHT. 



This is the great sight which I would have you 
look upon. It is a great sight^ because it shows us 
a great mystery. God knows all things, and can 
do all things in a moment^ in the twinkling of 
an eye, yet He allowed the world to go on sinning 
for ages till He sent a Saviour to redeem it. 
Then whom did He send ? Greater mystery still, 
He sent His own Son into the world, to take our 
nature, to be like us, only without sin ; and more 
mysterious still, although Jesus was without sin, 
yet He suffered for sin, and died for sin, but not 
for His own. The whole world was lying in 
wickedness, and the wages of sin is death. All men 
have been, and still are born in sin, and all had 
conmiitted sin, and so sentence of death had been 
pronounced on all. Jesus redeemed the world 
from that sentence by dying Himself, the Just 
for the unjust. Here then is a great mystery. 
God so loved the world that He pardoned those 
who had sinned against Him, and the price of 
that pardon was the death of His only Son. 
Jesus is God as well as man, therefore He is 
Almighty, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, 
yet He allowed a petty Roman Governor to con- 
demn Him. All the Angels in Heaven form 
His army, yet He permitted a few soldiers to take 



THE GREAT SIGHT 9S 

Him prisoner. He is the Prince of Life, yet He 
died ; and all this was done that He might save 
you and me, and all who have lived, and all who 
are yet to live, from their sins, and might open 
the gates of Heaven to all believers. wonder- 
ful mystery, great sight indeed! Now you 
know why Jesus suffered so terribly on the Cross, 
now you know why His heart broke. It was not 
the crown of thorns, and the keen nails which 
killed Him, it was the weight of sin, the sins of 
the whole world. 

Again, it is a great sight on which we look 
to-day, because in it all the prophecies are ful- 
filled. Jesus, the seed of the woman, has bruised 
the head of the serpent, that old serpent the 
Devil, by conquering the power of sin ; now in 
Jesus, the seed of Abraham, all the nations of 
the earth are blessed. The star, which Balaam 
foretold, has come out of Jacob, and the sceptre 
has arisen out of Israel. The familiar friend 
in whom He trusted, has lifted up his heel 
against Jesus, as David long ago foretold. As 
Isaiah prophesied, the eyes of the blind have 
been opened, and the ears of the deaf have been 
unstopped ; Jesus has been despised and rejected 
of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with 

F 



04 THE GREAT SIGHT. 

grief. He has been wounded for our transgres- 
sions, and bruised for our iniquities, the chastise- 
ment of our peace was upon Him, and with His 
stripes we have been healed. As said the prophet 
Zachariah, the King has come to the daughter of 
Zion, lowly, and riding upon an ass ; and they 
have weighed for His price thirty pieces of silver, 
and they have looked on Him whom they pierced 
They have parted His garments among them, and 
cast lots upon His vesture ; He has made His 
grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His 
death, — for we know they laid Him in the rich 
man's sepulchre, — all has been fulfilled which 
God spake by the mouth of His holy Prophets, 
which have been since the world began. 

Again, this is 9l great sight^ because in it all the 
types of Jesus are fulfilled. T have told you, my 
children, that many persons and things in the 
Old Testament are types, or signs, or shadows of 
our Lord. As in Adam all men die, so Jesus has 
become the Second Adam in whom all are made 
alive. Jesus, the true Noah^ has brought an 
Ark to save us from the flood of sin, even His 
holy Church. Jesus, the true Isaac, has been 
born the Child of Promise, and been obedient 
unto death, and carried the wood for His own 



THE GREA T SIGHT. 95 

sacrifice, unto the mount of death. Jesus has 
come as the true Melchizedekj a Priest, a Prophet, 
and King, the King of Peace; He, the true 
JosephyihQ dearly beloved Son, has been hated 
of His brethren, to whom He has been sent ; 
though bom late in time. He has inherited the 
birthright ; Judas or Judah, (the same name,) 
has sold Him for money. He has been falsely 
accused by a false witness. He has been bound 
between two malefactors, He has given life to 
one malefactor, death to another, He has minis- 
tered to the spirits in prison. He has been raised 
the third day, every knee has been bowed before 
Him, He has fed the hungry with good things, 
and has departed to the far off heavenly Goshen, 
to prepare a place for those who were once His 
enemies. Jesus, the true Aaron, has made an 
atonement for the people, He*has stood between 
the living and the dead, and the plague is staid. 
He, the true Joshua, (Joshua and Jesus are the 
same names, and mean Saviour,) has led us to 
victory against our enemy ; He, the Captain of 
our Salvation, will carry us across the Jordan 
of death to the good land of Paradise beyond. 
Jesus, the trae David, has conquered Satan, the 
giant of wickedness; and now, as the Good 



96 THE GREA T SIGHT, 

Shepherd^ He leads His people through green 
pastures, and beside still waters. Jesus, the true 
Manna, the Bread from Heaven, has given Him- 
self as food for His people in the wilderness ; 
He, the true rock smitten in Horeb, has poured 
forth the refreshing waters of grace and pardon. 
He has been lifted up on the Cross as the brazen 
serpent was lifted up, for the healing of the 
nations ; He, the true Paschal Lamb, has been 
sacrificed outside the camp, and not a bone of 
Him has been broken ; of the fulfilment of the 
prophecies, of the types, of His own work on 
earth, the dying Jesus says, ^^ it is finished.'* 

As we turn aside now to see this great sight, 
let us remember two things, first, that Jesus died 
for sin, and that all sin is therefore hateful to 
Him ; aud next, that Jesus still lives to pardon 
us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
Selieve, my children, that every sin wilfully 
committed is like a fresh nail in His dear hands 
and feet, a fresh thorn in His dear brow. Try 
to get the better of your sins, not from fear of 
punishment, but from love to Him Who suffered 
and died upon the Cross that He might redeem 
US by His Precious Blood. 



SERMON XII. 



MOTH AND RUST. 



S. Matthbw VI. 19. 



** Lay not up for yonrselves treasures upon earth, where moth 
and rust doth corrupt." 

" Where your treasure is, there will your heart 
'*be also," Now, we all have some treasure, 
my children, even the poorest among us. The 
patriarchs of old, men like Abraham and Job, 
knew nothing of banks, and stocks, and securities, 
yet they were very rich, their treasure consisted 
of flocks and herds of cattle. The savage in the 
South Sea Islands has a string of beads given 
him, and that is a treasure in his eyes ; the child 
has his toys, the fisherman has his nets, the 
shopkeeper his stock, the workman his tools, all 
these are treasures. 

We all think too much of our earthly treasures; 
I fear we all think far more of ourselves, and our 
every-day life, than of God, and the life to come ; 
and so Jesus warns us not to lay up treasure 



98 yroTH AXD nm^T, 

upon earth, uot to fix our hearts upon this life, 
since here the rust and moth corrupt, and thieves 
break through and steal. By the rtist is meant 
anything which eats away a substance ; it may 
be mildew, or damp, or dry-rot, or the wear and 
tear of time ; by the moth is meant that little 
insect which looks so weak and powerless, and 
which can yet in some countries reduce a garment 
to a mere network of threads in a single night. 
The first thing which we learn from the text is 
the sin and folly of setting our minds and our 
affections entirely on earthly things, instead of 
first seeking the Kingdom of Heaven. We are 
sure to be disappointed in our earthly treasure, 
for either we must leave it, or it will leave us, 
and often while we have it, it causes our ruin. 
There is an old fable which tells us that a certain 
King once prayed that everything which he 
touched might be turned into gold. His prayer 
was granted, and the food which he wanted to 
eat became hard and solid gold, so that he would 
have starved, had not he prayed again that his 
foolish request might not be longer granted. 
Many a person, for the sake of gaining treasure 
on earth, starves his soul and perishes. There 
is another story which tells us how a man once 



MOTH AND BUST. 90 



obtained great riches and hid them in a chest;» 
bnt when he went to look at them in the morning, 
he fonnd only a box of dead leaves. So many a 
one who trusted only in his treasure, has found 
it as worthless as the dead leaves at last. Pray 
then, my children, not for riches, but for holiness^ 
that is heavenly treasure, which neither moth 
nor rust can corrupt. 

" Lay not up treasure on earth, where moth 
and rust doth corrupt." How true that is ! If 
you were to bury some gold and silver plate in 
the earth, as the miser does, it would soon 
become dull and eaten away by rust ; if you spend 
your treasure extravagantly, it goes from you, 
and you have nothing. If you wear your clothes 
constantly, the wear and tear of life soon makes 
them threadbare and ragged, if you store them 
away, and lock your drawers and cupboard, 
the moth gets among them, and frets them 
to pieces. The moth will not spare either 
the Queen's purple robe, nor the beggar's rags ; 
whilst the owner is asleep the tiny silent moth is 
doing his work of destruction. The door is 
locked and barred against the robber, but a 
worse enemy is there. 

Now, dear children, you will wonder what I 



100 MO TH AND R U8T. 

have to teach you from all this, I will tell you. 
Our worst and most daDgerons enemies are those 
of whom we think least Whilst we lock up oar 
clothes to preserve them from thieves, we forget 
to search among them for the moth. Kow do 
yott see what I mean ? Ton all have a garment 
to take care of, the most precious of all garments, 
far more valuable than the Queen's best robe, it 
is the white robe of righteousness given you at 
your Baptism. How are you all guarding that ? 
You may have locked the door against the great 
sins which come like robbers, — such things as 
theft, or impurity, or lying, but are you guarding 
against the mothj the little sins which hide away 
in dark comers, and fret away, eat away your 
spiritual nature ? The great terrible sins, which 
only the worst criminals commit, are like a fire, 
they burn up the robe of righteousness at once ; 
but, though you may never have your clothes 
burned by fire, they may be eaten away by the 
moth. 80, though you may never have com- 
mitted what people call great sinSy though you 
may never have gained the terrible name of 
mcked ehildrenj yet you may be indulging in sins 
small and insignificant in appearance as the tiny 
moth, but quite as dangerous. 



MOTH AND BUST. 101 



Which do you think would do most harm in 
your garden, a herd of stray cattle, or a cloud of 
tjiiy insects ? The great, clumsy cattle, would 
trample a few beds, and break a few flowers, but 
yon can see them, and soon drive them out; 
whereas the tiny insects get into every leaf and 
bud, and all unseen by you, eat out the heart of 
your plants, and kill them. It is just the same 
with our sins. If your besetting sin is bad tem- 
per, you can see that, every one can see when you 
are in a passion, it is a violent, noisy sin, like 
the wild cattle in the garden. But if you are 
not bad tempered, but yet are deceitful, there 
is a moth-like sin, hiding away in a comer, 
concealing itself like the insect in the 
flower. You may deceive others, you may even 
deceive yourselves. Your teachers may think 
you are honest, and straightforward, and your 
friends may praise you, yet all the while 
you krum that you are not honest, not open, that 
you are only cunning and deceitful. Or perhaps 
you have a good character in your school, and 
stand high in your class, and are regular at 
church, and are called good children^ and all the 
time you are concealing the sin of pride in your 
heart, you are thinking how much better you are 



102 MO TIT AND li UST. 



than your school-mates ; you are vain and 
conceited, and so, hiding away like a moth, is a 
sin which is eating away your white robe of 
righteousness. Or perhaps, you are doing right 
from a wroDg motive ; you are trying to be first 
in your class at school, not because you want to 
learn, not because you know it is right to work 
hard at your lessons, not because you want to 
please your parents and teachers, but because 
you want to disappoint a school-fellow of whom 
you are jealous ; or perhaps you come to church 
regularly, not because you love God, and love 
to hear about Jesus, and are anxious to sing His 
praises, but because you want to get into favour 
with some one, and obtain a reward. Here is 
the moth like sin, the love of praise, hiding 
away, and destroying your robe of righteousness. 
Perhaps you give way to indolence, neglect your 
lessons, or your work, and perhaps you think 
that as long as you are not found out, it does not 
matter. But, dear children, you always are 
found out, did you ever read that text, " thou 
" God seest me ?" God knows when you are 
wasting the time which He has lent to you to 
use. Every minute, every hour, every day from 
life, will have to be accounted for at the last day. 



MOTH AND liUST. 103 

Do you remember those men in the parable, who 
where asked why they stood idle all the day ? 
They answered *' because no man hath hired us." 
Now, you cannot say that. You know that a 
Man has hired you, even the Man Christ Jesus,, 
who is also the God Christ Jesus, He hired you« 
at your Baptism, to be His faithful soldiers and 
servants unto your life's end. Remember then 
that when you waste, or idle away your time,, 
you are wasting what is not your own, but God's 
time, which He has lent you to work in. People- 
may tell you that it is nothing to be lazy^. 
nothing to be late for school, nothing to be idle 
at your work, but, believe me, that sin ot 
indolence is like a moth, fretting away your 
garment of holiness. If you are idle about your 
earthly duties, you will be idle about your 
Heavenly duties ; if you are careless in school^, 
you will be careless in church, if you neglect 
common duties, you will neglect the things- 
which belong to your peace. 

Then there are the sins of the tongue, the little 
foolish things which you say, and the little 
exaggerations and stories which you repeat. 
You may think them only trifles, but they are 
some of the moths which eat away your white 



104 MOTH AND RUST. 

robe. A christian child should think before he 
rspeaksy should keep his mouth as it were with a 
bridle, when he is provoked, should never repeat 
idle tales of others, lest he should tell a lie. If 
you have any good thing to say of a companion, 
rsay it, if you know nothing but evil of him, pray 
for him, and say nothing. Never listen to idle 
tales about others, and never repeat them. 

These sins of which I have spoken are only some 
•out of the many which are called secret sinSy and 
which hide away like the moth. Now, how are 
you to get rid of them ? If you want to cleanse 
a room from moth, you open the windows and 
4oors, and let in the fresh air and the sunshine, 
and use something to disinfect, or purify the 
room, but first of all, you search about in every 
nook and comer, to find where the moth is 
hidden. Do the same with your hearts, my 
.<^hildren ; look carefrilly into your lives, examine 
yourselves, try and find out the sins which hide 
away like the moth, and then pray to Gt)d to 
send the light of His Gospel, and the pure fresh 
air of His Holy Spirit. Pray as David did 
^^ who can tell how ofb he offendeth ? cleanse 
•^< thou me from my secret faults.'* 



SERMON XIIL 



GOD'S PICTURE GALLERY. 

FSALX XYII. 15. 

**I shall be 8atisfl«d,when I awake, with Thy likeness." 

I AK going to show you some pictures, my chil-^ 
dren ; they are some of the oldest pictures in the 
world, yet there is always something fresh about 
them. Probably you have all visited a picture 
gallery at some time or other, now I will take 
you into Gk)d's Picture Gkdlery, and I will try to 
paint the pictures in words, that you may recog- 
nise them. We shall find, too, that they all have 
a lesson for us to learn. I scarcely know where 
to begin, for Gh>d's Picture Gallery is the Bible, 
and it is full of pictures : there are terrible battle 
fields, and calm smiling meadows; there is the 
sweet scenery of Paradise, as yet unstained by 
sin, and the awful black darkness of guilty 
Egypt. We may look on King Solomon in all 
his glory, and wicked Ahab sinking down in hi& 



A06 GOD'S PICTURE GALLERY. 

blood-stained chariot,with the fatal arrow sticking 
between the joints of his harness. Beantifol, 
kindly Esther is praying for the Jews in Shu- 
rfihan the palace, and cruel Jezebel is plotting 
the death of innocent Naboth. One series of 
pictures shows us God's people in the wilderness, 
now gathering the precious manna, the food from 
Heaven, and crying in their wonder, " What is 
•^' it ?" — ^now murmurring against the beautiful- 
faced, melancholy leader who was once drawn out 
of the water at the word of Pharaoh's child. 
One picture shows us the lightning flashing round 
Mount Sinai, and the people trembling as they 
look on Moses bearing the tables of the law; 
Another shows us the same Moses being carried 
to his burial in that sepulchre which no man 
knoweth. Who is that time-worn old man, who 
;Stands in the midst of the people, his grey hair 
iiying in the wind, and his face scarred by many 
wounds ? It is Joshua, the brave Captain who 
has led the people through so many enemies, and 
who is now saying farewell before his death. 
Hark ! We can almost hear the old man say, 
^* Choose you this day whom you will serve. As 
^* for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." 
Take another picture. It is a golden com field, 



GODS PICTURE GALLERY, 107 

the brown reapers are busy at their toil, the 
women are gleaning in the stubble. Who is that 
fair girl on whom all eyes are turned, beautiful 
as a Queen, yet modest and retiring ? It is Ruth 
the Moabitess, who has left her own land, and 
her own people, for love of poor, desolate Naomi. 
They have come from Moab to pleasantBethlehem, 
and the House of Bread is full of life and activity, 
for it is the time of barley harvest. Here is a 
picture of unselfish love, for us, dear children. 
Kuth has come a stranger to a strange land, for 
love of her dead husband's mother. 

See, the picture changes, yet still it is a corn 
field in the harvest time. Look at that bright 
boy playing among the sheaves ! Suddenly he 
lifts his hand to his forehead, and cries, *^ my 
^'head, my head." The fierce sun has struck 
him down. It is the child of the Shunammite, 
the child of prayer ; they carry him to her, and 
he lies on his mother's knee till the hot noon-day 
and then breathes softly, and dies. That is a sad 
picture, children, but the next is brighter. The 
mother has been to Elisha, the Man of God, and 
he has prayed, and stretched himself on the dead 
child, and he has revived, and once more he who 
was dead^play s with the reapers in the sunny fields • 



108 OOirS PICTUliE QALLEUY. 

Here is a picture of another childy he is girded 
with a linen ephod, and he ministers in the 
tabernacle of God. Ah! Happy child, to be 
permitted to dwell close to GK)d*s altar, and serve 
the Lord in His Holy Place ! You, my childreny 
who sing in tlie choir, remember the privilege, 
the blessing, thus given you, and be ready to say 
with the child Samuel, '^ Speak, liord, for Thy 
" servant heareth." 

We look upon another picture, and see a soldier 
who is the greatest man in the land, next to the 
King, his master. His servants honour and obey 
him, and when his banners go out to war, his 
enemies tremble. He is a good man, and his 
wife is fair and gentle, yet her face is sad. Her 
husband, the great captain, has a terrible disease 
which no doctor can cure. Look at the picture 
again, who is that little maid who waits on the 
soldier's wife ? She is a captive, a slave. She 
has been carried away from her home and friends 
in the war. Once she lived happily among her 
kinsfolk in the land of IsraeL Perhaps her 
home was under some spreading fig-tree, or oUve 
grove, at Bethlehem, perhaps she was a native of 
the great, busy city of Jerusalem, or she may have 
dwelt among the palm trees of pleasant Jericho* 



GOI/S PICTURE GALLERY. 109 

Now she is a slave, yet she loves her master, the 
great captain, and her mistress, his wife. She 
tells her how Naaman, the soldier, may be 
cored of his disease. She has heard of Elisha, 
ihe man of God, the same who raised the Shn- 
nanmxite's son, and she advises her master to go 
to him and be cored. My children, some of yoo 
may be already in service, or may go into service 
one day. Bemember the little Hebrew maid, 
who is a model for all servants. 

What other pictures shall we look at ? Shall 
I show you an old, white haired prisoner in a 
dungeon, waiting for death ? We all know that 
noble face, worn with fastings oft, and perils by 
sea and land. It is ^' Paul the aged," once Saul 
the enemy of Christ It was he who was sbip<^ 
wrecked in the storm near Melita ; whose feet 
have often been made fast in the stocks, who has 
been beaten with many stripes, and stoned for 
Christ's sake. See the smile on his face, the 
iron is about his limbs, but it has not entered 
into his souL He knows that the sword of the 
executioner will soon be ready for him, yet he 
shrinks not Hear what he says, ^^ I am now 
^^ ready to be offered, and the time of my depart- 
^^ nre is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I 



!!• GOI^a PICTUBS GALLEBT. 

'^ have finished my coarse, I have kq>t the fioth, 
^' henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of 
^^righteousness, which the Ixnrd, the righteous 
^^ Jndge, shall give me at that day/' Ah I Biwre 
soldier of Jesos Christ, may we be able to fight 
onr battle, and finish our conrse as nobly as he 
did! 

There is one portrait which we have not looked 
on yet, my children, which I know you all want 
to see. '^ I shall be satisfied, when I awake, witii 
^« Thy likeness." Whose likeness is it? It is 
the likeness of Him Whom we desire to see above 
all things, of Him Who came on earth in the 
likeness of man ; T know that each one of yoa 
would say with those Greek strangers in the Gk)8pel 
^< We would see Jesus." Let us look on some pic* 
tares in the life of Him Who was called the Man of 
Sorrows. The first picture we have seen alrea^ 
at Christmas-time. There is the village of Beth- 
lehem all astir with guests who have come for 
the census ; there is the mother of Jesus, weary 
and footsore, trying to find shelter at the village 
inn. There is no room. He is the Child oS, 
sorrows even before His birth, ^' He came unto 
" His own, and His own received Him not.** 
The rude stable, the cave, where the ox and the 



QOIfS PICTUnE GALLEIiT. lU 



UBS know their master's crib, is His only shelter^ 
the numger is Uie throne of the King of Elings. 
Tet all the starlit sky over Bethlehem is bright 
with angels, singing the glad tidings of great joy. 
TOie picture changes, the weak mother with her 
babe in her arms is mounted on a camel, escaping 
into Egypt. Joseph is guiding them, and in 
Bethlehem yonder there is mourning and weeping, 
for Herod has slain the Holy Innocents. Again 
the picture changes, we look on a carpenter's 
shop in Nazareth. There is the bench littered 
with tools, and the shavings, and the half-cut 
wood upon the floor. The Child has grown into 
a young man. Why is His face so sad ? From 
other workshops the merry song is heard, and 
smiling faces look forth. But there is no smile 
on the face of the Man of Sorrows. These other 
workers have only their own cares and sins to 
think of. He has the sins of the whole world 
upon Him. The shadow of the Cross falls upon 
all His work , He knows the temptations, and the 
trials, and the agony which He has to bear. He 
has left the bright courts of Heaven for this 
rough workshop, the presence of saints and 
angels for the company of ignorant peasants $ 
the apprenticeship of the Man of Sorrows is hard 



112 QOiyS PICTURE GALLEBT. 

cindeed. Again the picture changes, there is not 
<evai the poor (Galilean home for Jesus now* He 
is in the wilderness, a barren, stony placet with 
no trees, and where the wild beast wanders. His 
face is pale and wasted with fasting, and with 
the struggle against the temptations of Satan, 
fie is the Man of Sorrows still. Another scene ! 
Jesus is no longer the bumble worker, and the 
Child learning, and increasing in wisdom and 
stature. He is the Minister of mercy. The 
winds and waves obey Him, the water blushes 
into wine at His command, yet He is the Man of 
Sorrows still. He seeks out those who are in 
trouble. He meets a palsied man, and He heals 
him, 'the blind men cry to Him, and they receive 
their sight; the ruler's little daughter dies, Jesus 
is there by the bedside ; the widow's son is car- 
ried to his burial, Jesus is there ; He passes 
through towns and villages. He sees bright faces 
and cheerful homes, but they are not for Him, 
fie has not where He may lay His head. He 
sees friends taking sweet counsel together, but 
His followers misunderstand Him, even His 
mother thinks Him mad. There are no home 
joys for Him, He must go out into the cruel 
streets, into the house of death and monmii^, to 



QOIfa PICTURE GALLERY, U» 



the grave of Lazarus. Now the pictures grow 
darker, and sadder. We see the Man of Sorrows 
weeping over wicked Jerusalem, we see Judas, the 
traitor, plotting His death for the price of a slave. 
Look at that garden, overhung by rocks and trees, 
the Paschal moon is at the full, and floods all the 
fiky, but there are long dark shadows in Qethse-^ 
mane. There kneels the Man of Sorrows in His 
lonely agony, the blood starts from His throbbing 
brow, and the disciples are asleep. See how the 
torches fliash among the dark shrubs, the hour is 
come, the traitor has kissed His Master, and the 
Man of Sorrows is led away. 

Ah ! my children, do not our cheeks tingle, 
and our eyes fill with tears as we look on the 
pictures which follow ? Mark how they blindfold 
those gentle eyes, how they strike that patient 
face, how they tear the flesh with scourges. " It 
is finished." The three Crosses stand out against 
the black sky. The cruel mob has gone home 
after the crucifixion. Joseph, the councillor, has 
carried the broken body to the garden tomb, and 
there, among the sweet spring flowers, the Man 
of Sorrows lies, *^ where the wicked cease 
** from troubling, and the weary are at rest.'* 

We will only look on one more picture now. 



114 G0D*8 PICTUBE GALLERY^ 

It is that which S. John looked on, as he stood 
on the rocky shore of his island prison at Patmos. 
It is the Heavenly City, having the Glory of Gk)d, 
and her light like unto a stone most precious, 
whose twelve gates are twelve pearls, and her 
street like pure gold, as it were transparent glass, 
where they need not the sun, nor the moon to 
shine in it, for the glory of God doth lighten it, 
and the Lamb is the light thereof. 

If we had not seen those pictures of the Man 
of Sorrows, we could not have looked on this 
vision of peace. By His Cross and Passion, by 
His Precious Death and Burial, by His glorious 
Besurrection and Ascension, He opened the gates 
of Heaven to all believers. God grant, for 
Christ's sake, my children, that we may all one 
day look upon Heaven, not as a picture, but as a 
reality, and be permitted to see the King in His 
beauty, in the land which is very far off, and be 
shtisfied, when we awake on the resurrection 
morning, with His likeness. 



SERMON XIV. 



SCHOOL TIME. 

S. Matthew xi. 29. 
** Learn of Me." 

It is school-time with us all, my children. The 
young have their lessons in the class and at the 
desk, men and women have their lessons out in 
the world, and even when we are old and grey- 
headed, as long as we live here, we are at school* 

'' This life is bat a school-iimey 
In which we learn io love 
The friends we see around us. 
The unseen God above. 

Some learn by active service, 
Others in grief and pain ; 
Some seem to reap in gladness, 
The rest to toil in vain. 



116 SCHOOL TIME. 



The great thing is to stady 
To seek our Lord in all. 
His great love to remember, 
Whatever may befeill." 

First, let me speak to you of the school-tiiiie 
of tasks and lessons. Perhaps some of you find 
the daily round of school-work troublesome^ and 
are inclined to say ** Oh ! the weariness of it** 
Perhaps you are looking forward impatiently to 
the time when you will quit the school room 
altogether. Bather learn to look at your school- 
time as the most important period of your life. 
It is to your future, what the seed time is to the 
garden, Solomon says truly, ^' there is a time to 
^' get, and a time to lose.'* Now is your time to 
get habits of order and obedience, without 
which you can never succeed in life ; now is your 
time to rise above that ignorance which is the 
source of so much sin and misery in the world ; 
now the choice is given you of learning good 
things, which you may one day teach to others, 
and unlocking treasures of knowledge, which will 
hereafter afford you endless pleasure. Many a 
man has been forced to look back with bitter 
sorrow to the wasted days of his school-time. I 



SCHOOL TIME. U7 



know that our school days are not always 
pleasant, there is plenty of hard work, plenty 
of drudgery to be gone through. The first steps 
up the ladder of knowledge always seem difficolti 
but then everything worth doing, or worth 
having, costs trouble. It may appear troublesome 
to you to have to learn the dry elements of a 
language, or the notes of a musical exercise, or 
the dates of history, but remember that great 
results always come from small beginnings. 
Samson, the strong man, and Goliath the giant, 
were once feeble infants, and learned to walk 
at first with tottering steps by the nurse's side. 
The greatest painters in the world, whose 
pictures delight our eyes, began by learning how 
to draw a straight line. The greatest sculptors, 
whose statues seem to live and breathe, began by 
moulding a lump of clay, the musicians who have 
filled the world with sweetness, began by 
picking out their notes with slow and uncertain 
fingers. Watt, the inventor of the steam engine, 
got his first ideas of the power of steam from the 
tea kettle. Never then despise the day of smdl 
things. As the tiny seed grows into the flower 
or shrub, as the little spring swells into the greats 
rushing river, as the acorn developes into the 



lit SCHOOL TIME. 



giant oak, as thousands of words are formed from 
only a few letters, and millions of nmnbers from 
a few figures, so your patient work now will some 
day bear fruit, and the seed of perseverance 
blossom into the flower of success. Here is a 
text for your school-time, and for all your life, 
'^Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with 
" thy might." 

No one succeeds in any work unless he 
performs it heartily. 

What was it which enabled some of the most 
famous persons in history to rise from obscurity 
and conquer all difficulties, and win the front 
place? They were in earnest, they did what 
they had to do with their might When 
Christopher Columbus told the learned men of 
his country that the world was round, and that 
there was another land beyond the sea, they 
thought him mad; when he started on his 
voyage of discovery, his sailors mutinied, and 
every difficulty was thrown in his way, yet he 
persevered, and he discovered the New World. 
All the engineers in England told Stephenson 
that it was impossible to make a railway over 
Chat-Moss, but he did not know such a word as 
'* impossible," and so the railway was made« 



SCHOOL TIME. ll** 



The greatest general in the army of Peter the- 
Great of Bassia, began life as a poor boy who- 
sold eakes in the streets of Moscow. It was 
being in earnest which made Joan of Arc a 
heroine, and G^rge Washington a patriot, and 
Nelson a hero. It was being in earnest which 
carried Livingstone through Africa, and enabled 
men to pierce through the Mont Cenis tunnel^ 
and the Suez Canal. 

Now, my children, I told you that it was 
school-time for us all, that to the end of our lives 
we are learning lessons. This life here on earth 
is Gk)d's school, where he sets us tasks to learn, 
and gives us prizes and punishments. When 
this period of schooling is over, we shall go home, 
home to our Heavenly Father's house, if we have 
employed our time of learning rightly. What is- 
the one great lesson of life, do you think ? Job- 
tells us, ^' the fear of the Lord that is wisdom,. 
^^ and to depart from evil is understanding." To- 
learn this great lesson aright, we must leam^ 
tobsblj other lessons. 

One of these is the fact of our own weakness*. 
Yon have often seen a very little child try to run 
alone, it has escaped from the nurse's hand, and 
trieB to make its way without assistance, and it 



120 SCHOOL TIME. 



soon falls to the ground. So it is with us, when 
we try to learn the lessons of life in onr own 
strength. We think we can overcome temptation^ 
and choose the good, and avoid the evil, and 
presently we fall into some grievous sin, and 
learn how weak we are. 

My children, we want a teacher in this great 
school of life, one who will take us gently by the 
hand, and show us the right way, and be patient 
with us, and sympathise with our troubles and 
mistakes. Where shall we look for such a 
teacher ? I think you all know, we must go to 
Him who came on earth to save us from our sins, 
And to give us an example of a holy life, to Him 
who said, ^^ learn of me, for I am meek, and 
^^ lowly in heart," to our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ. Some of the lessons which we have to 
learn are very hard. One of the hardest is to 
like God's way better than our own way, we 
learn that lesson as often as we pray from the 
heart, " Thy will be done." One of the teachers 
which Gk)d employs in this schpol-time is sorramy 
the lessons of this teacher are very severe, and 
will cost us many tears, yet they are among the 
best. 

When our kind Master Jesus sees that we aie 



SCHOOL TIME. 121 



growing too fond of this world, He sends that 
stem teacher sorrow to oar side, and although his- 
ficdiooling is very sharp, and the lesson learned- 
perhaps beside a new-made grave, yet through 
our tears we get a glimpse once more of that 
Heaven which we had forgotten. Always remem- 
ber then in whose school you are all your lives 
through, and when you are in doubt and trouble,, 
or find your lesson too hard for you, go to your 
Master Jesus, and He will help you. 

I told you to be in earnest in your ordmary- 
school-work, I tell you to be in earnest also in» 
God's school. Who have become the greatest 
saints in the church ? Not the most clever, or 
most wealthy, or most powerful, but those who- 
did what they had to do with their might, those 
who were in earnest about their religion. It was- 
this earnestness which carried Joshua over 
Jordan, and through all his enemies to the 
Promised Land. It was this which enabled S. 
Stephen to bear the cruel stones, and S. Peter 
to bear the cross, and S. John the Baptist to* 
bear the sword, S. Paul to bear his fastings, hi» 
perils, his stripes, his chains, his martyrdom. 

Once more, my children, in Qod's school aim 
tit the first place. You know that if you are 



122 SCHOOL TIME. 



contented with the second place in the class, you 
will never be first. So in the great school of 
life, you must not be satisfied with a litUe 
religion ; you mnst not be content with being 
no worse than others, yonr Master says ^^ be ye 
"^'holy, for I am holy, be ye perfect as yoor 
^^ Father in Heaven is perfect'* That is to say, 
:8trive for the first place. 
And now, what of the reward for which we look ? 
In your school-life, two things encourage you to 
work hard at your lessons, the hope of gaining a 
prize^ and the expectation of going home. 

In the greater school of life in which Gh)d 
teaches us lessons for life eternal, there is the 
fiame encouragement There is a prize to be won, 
a crown of glory laid up in heaven for those who 
have tried manfully here to follow the teaching 
of their Master Jesus. And there is the thought 
that we shall one day go homej home to our 
Father's House, home to the presence of Gt)d 
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost^ 
home to the land where sin and sorrow are un- 
known, home to the company of angels, and of 
just men made perfect, home to ^^ the rest that 
^* remaineth to the people of God." 



•SfSJSMOV XV, 



SALT OF THE EARTH. 



8. Matthew t, 13. 
** Ye are the salt of the earth." 

Only a little salt I Perhaps yon think that is a 
strange text for a sermon. Remember, however, 
my children, who it was who preached from that 
text, Jesus Christ Himself. I think He chose 
the salt as His subject, to show us that there is 
Bathing too insignificant in Creation to teach 
some lesson of the greatness and goodness of 
€k)d. The religion of Jesus is the religion of 
common life ; and so He often spoke of common 
things, and from them brought out a Heavenly 
meaning. K He saw that people were ovcar 
anxious. He pointed to the birds finding a place 
for their nests, and the young ravens calling 
upon Gk)d, and then He bid His hearers consid^ 
the lilies of the field. There was His sermou 



124 SALT OF THE EARTH. 

against over-anxieiy. If He wished to teach 
the people how the grace of GUxl grows in our 
hearts, He went to a cottager's bread-trongh, 
and said/Hhe Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, 
^'which a woman took, and hid in three measures 
^^ of meal.'' K He desired to speak of Christian 
influence and example, He compared them to 
salt, and said to His disciples, ^'ye are the salt 
^^ of the earth." Let us think of some of the 
peculiarities of salt. First, it is a betmti/ul 
thing. Ton may not think salt very beautiful, 
as you see it prepared for the table, but if you 
were to visit a salt mine, you would discover that 
ihe ciystals which hang from the roof and sides, 
are among the most glorious sights in nature. 

Now, my children, Jesus says to you, " you 
" are the salt of the earth," and therefore you 
should try to make your lives beavtifuly altogether 
lovely with the beauty of holiness. You know 
that we cannot all live in grand houses, or wear 
fine clothes, or a Crown, as the Queen does. But 
the poorest person can wear a crown of virtues, 
such virtues as love, and gentleness, and meek- 
ness, and unselfishness, and they form a crown 
which is better than that of all the princes in 
the earth. We cannot all have grand houses, 



SALT OF THE EARTH. 12& 

but we can decorate our homes, however humble 
they are. We can adorn them with the ornament 
of a meek and gentle spirit, we can place the 
sweet flower of good temper in the room, we can 
have Jesus Christ as our guest, and then our 
house will be as good as the finest palace of 
Solomon in all his glory. Next, salt pwrifiesy 
and keeps things sweet. Now, remember, you, as 
Christian children, are the salt of the earth, and 
so it is your duty to purify, and keep things 
sweet A little salt will keep a great many 
things pure, so a little child in a school, or a 
home, may do the same. An old writer long ago 
called the Kingdom of Greece the salt of the 
nations, but you are more, you are the salt of 
the earth. 

If you belong to a large family, where bad 
temper often shows itself, you can be the salt, 
by showing gentle Christian love, and so make 
things sweet. If your companions are impatient, 
and discontented, you can be the salt, and by 
being patient and contented yourselves, you can 
make things sweet and wholesome. We want 
this salt of Christian injhefnce everywhere, in our 
great towns, and our little villages, in our work- 
shops, and our ships, and our railway carriages. 



12G SALT OF THE EARTH. 

to counteract the evil example of the wicked^ 
of the foul speaker, of the liar, of the unbeliever, 
and you, dear children, can do your part. You 
know that Elisha healed the deadly water with 
saMj so you may cure many foul streams of evil, 
streams of evil talk, streams of evil habits 
around you, by the salt of a good example. Gtod 
has scattered you over the world to be the salt 
of the earth, will you try to have salt in your- 
selves, that is, to have the GK)spel of Jesus 
¥rithin your hearts, so that you may be able to 
purify others ? 

Again, salt ffims flavour to food^ and makes it 
wholesome. So the influence of a Christian man, 
woman, or child, gives a right flavour to society. 
Life without the religion of Jesus Christ, is like 
food without salt, very tasteless. Some people 
think they can do very well without God, and 
without religion, they live to work, and eat and 
drink, but they find that like the Prodigal S(hi, 
they are feeding on husks which do not satisfy. 
The work of life, and the pleasures of life have 
no true flavour, unless they are salted with the 
salt of the Gospel What you have to do, or to 
try to doi my childreQ, is to give a flavour of 

leligion, to your homes^ to your 




SALT OF THE EARTH. 127 

work, to your companions, because yon are the 
salt of the earth. Again, salt gives hecUth and 
strength to us. You know how a little time by 
the seaside restores colour to your pale cheeks, 
and strength to your limbs. So without the salt 
of Christ's Gospel our religious lite cannot be 
strong, and healthy. Without it we shall become 
weak and feeble, our faith will grow dim, our 
hope uncertain, our piety languid. Without 
Jesus and His teaching we shall be too weak to 
bear the troubles of life. The first severe blow 
will crush us, the first open grave will swallow 
up all our hopes. We have a hard battle to 
fight in the world, against sin, and sorrow, and 
trouble, and we need bracing up for the battle, 
and it is only the pure strengthening salt of 
Christ's Gospel which will help us. We want 
to be kept pure from the sins of the world, 
first, we must have salt in ourselves, firm faith, 
helped by constant prayer ; then we must try to 
be as salt to others, and to keep them from the 
corruption of the world, the flesh, and the devil. 
Finally, salt gtienckes fire^ and heals nmtnds. 
Learn then, that nothing puts out the fire of 
passion like the salt of good temper and gentle- 
ness; that nothing puts out the fire of selfishness 



128 SAL T OF THE EARTH. 

like the salt of self-denial, and try, when others 
are passionate, or selfish, to be the salt of the 
earth. 

If you hear bad talk among your companions, 
and you, my children, who are at school, often 
hear it, strive to have your own talk pure, 
seasoned with the salt of holiness, and you will 
soon quench that fire of impurity. I have said 
that salt heals a wound. There is nothing like 
the salt of meekness to heal the wound of insult 
or injustice. When you are vexed, or injured, 
think thus, — Jesus bore it, why may not I ? 

Try and remember how much so common a 
thing as salt has to teach you. Think what your 
influence is over other children, perhaps over 
older persons, and try to use that influence for 
good, because Jesus has said, ^' Ye are the salt 
^' of the earth." 



SERMON XVI. 



GOD'S BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. 



Malachi III. 16. 
** A. book of remembrance." 



In some of oar great libraries there are old books 
stored away, which were written ages before 
printing was discovered. But there is an older 
book than the oldest volume on earth, and that 
is Ood's Book in Heaven. It is not only the 
oldest, bat the most interesting, for in it are 
written the life-stories of all mankind from the 
beginning of the world. There are the stories of 
Abraham and Noah, of JoVs patience and Saul's 
disobedience, there are the stories of strong men 
and little children, your story and mine are 
there. Let as think of some of the things 
which are noted in Gknl's Book. Our tears of 
sorrtm and penitence are there. They were shed 
in secret, bat Gk>d saw them. The tears which 



180 GOD'S BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. 

have fallen on a sick bed, in prison cells, or a 
workhonse-ward, are noted there in Qod's Book 
of Remembrance. The tears of Adam shed 
over lost Paradise, the tears of Esan shed over 
his forfeited birthright, of David over Absalom, 
of S. Peter over his denial, of Jesas over Jeru- 
salem, your tears and mine are recorded there. 
When the memory of some sin has made you 
weep bitterly like S. Peter, those tears were 
very precious in God's sight, since there is joy 
in the presence of the angels of God over one 
sinner that repenteth. There is a story which I 
have read, which tells how a little school-boy 
came, carrying his slate and books, and crying 
bitterly, to G^d's priest to tell him of some sin 
which he had committed. The good old man 
tried to learn what the little scholar had done, 
but the child's sobs choked his voice. The Priest 
told the weeping child to write on his slate what 
he could not utter, he did so, but when the old 
man tried to read it, the confession was blotted 
out by tears. Then with a face full of love and 
gentleness, the Priest told the little scholar to 
depart in peace, since his sins were cancelled by 
th& torrent of his repentant tears. Do yotc 
remember, my children, that poem of Paradise 



GOiyS BOOK OF MEMEMBRANCE, 131 

and the Peri, which describes how the only gift 
which could restore the spirit to her lost home 
was the treasured tear of a penitent sinner ? 

What other things are noted in God's Book of 
Bemembrance? Our Tieglected opportunitieSy our 
Tvasted chances. Ah I my children, what a long^ 
sad catalogue! The opportunities of your 
childhood, the lessons of your teachers, the gentle 
schooling of your parents, the precious seed time 
of youth, what a sad list these must make in 
(Jod's Book, if they have been neglected. Do 
you remember that man who dropped his axe 
into the water, and then came to the prophet 
Elisha saying, ^'Alas, Master, for it was 
borrowed?" Well, your opportunities, your 
chances of learning what is right, and of doing 
what is good, are borrowed ; every hour we live 
is lent to us by God, and we must give an 
account for it. If we waste the time which 
God gave us, we shall be forced to cry in our 
sorrow one day, "Alas, Master, for it was 
borrowed." What next is noted in God's Book ? 
Our unrepented sins, which are therefore unfoV'- 
given sins. Every cruel, foolish, angry speech 
which we have not repented of, is written 
there. That passionate word said to a companion^ 



132 OOD'8 BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. 

that cruel tale told of a playmate, and not 
atoned for ; that secret sin of pride or eniry 
nourished in the heart ; are not these things 
noted in God's Book ? 

There are other things too written there. 
Every little act of self-denial, every struggle 
with a fault, every gentle act and word, are in 
Ood's Book of Bemembrance. The names of 
the small and great are there, all who have tried 
to do good for the love of Jesus Christ. The name 
of the little Hebrew maid which is not written in 
the Bible, is written in Heaven. The widow's 
mite, and Mary's alabaster box, and the clothes 
which Dorcas made for the poor are not for- 
gotten. So, my children, every time you have 
tried to minister to the sick and suffering, if you 
have only carried a few flowers to a poor person's 
sick room, or stayed to read a little to a lonely 
sufferer, or given up your play to sit by the bed- 
side of a school fellow, these things are noted in 
God's Book. 

That Book of Bemembrance will be opened 
on the Great Day of Judgment, and from it we 
shall be judged. Before that great and terrible 
<lay comes, let us strive, my children, to repent 
truly of our past sins and mistakes, our negli- 



QOiyS BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. 133 

genoes, and ignorances, so that God may, for Jesus 
ChriBt's sake, blot out our transgressions like 
a thick cloud : and for the future let us ask our 
dear Lord to help us to make our life's story 
better, and purer, whilst we let this thought 
act as a check upon our thoughts, and words, 
and works,— 1^^ are not these things noted in 
" Thy Book r 



SERMON XVII. 



THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL. 

1 Timothy i. 11. 
** The glorious Gospel of the blessed Grod.** 

A glorious Gospel indeed, my children, is the 
good news from a far country, even from Heaven. 
S. Paul calls the Gospel gloriouSj because it is 
the Gospel of the glory of God, wherein are 
shown the majesty, the power, the wisdom, the 
justice, and the love of the blessed God. 

The glory of God, as described in the Gospel, 
is shown in (1,) the Creation of the world, (2,) 
in the salvation of the world, (3,) in the Judg- 
ment of the world, and lastly, in the revelation 
of Heaven. 

First, the glory of God is shown in the 
Creation of the fvorld. How glorious a mystery 
is it that God created everything out of nothing* 
No wonder that the angels shouted for joy on 



THE GLOnWUS GOSPEL. 13fi» 

that first birthday of the universe^ when all the* 
worlds, many not yet discovered by our weak 
sight, were marshalled to their places. How 
glorious is that Hand which poured the brooks' 
into the rivers^ and the rivers into the seas,, 
which created the powers of heat and electricity, 
and moulded the dust into human form, and- 
breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life ! 
All Creation, in us and around us, is a living* 
picture of the glory of God. We see GodV 
hand everywhere, in the towering Alps, and the 
tiny ant-hill, in the fires of Vesuvius, and the- 
frosts of Mount Caucasus, in the tropical forest^ 
and in the English meadow, in the man of 
science discovering a world, and in the little- 
child gathering a daisy, in the glittering glory 
of the peacock's tail, and in the brown of the 
sparrow's wing. Yes, my children, the glory of 
God is shown everywhere in Creation. It is- 
painted on every flower, and carved on every 
rock, it flashes alike from the diamond and the- 
ice. The summer sun, and the wintry snow^ 
seed time and harvest, wind and storm, fulfllling^ 
His word, all preach to us the glorious migesty 
of the most High. There is not a hair of your 
heady not a pulse in your body, not a seed ii^ 



136 THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL. 



your garden^ which is not a living sennon <m 
the glory of the Blessed Gk)d. 

But if the glory of God is shewn in the 
Creation, it is still more shewn in the redemption 
of the world. The Creation is wonderful, the 
salvation is more wonderful. The sun shining 
in the Heavens is glorious, the lightning rending 
the cloud is glorious, the sea tossing its wavee, 
the rainbow spanning the sky, — these are all 
glorious, and wonderful, but a new-born child is 
more wonderful still. Man was created by Gh)d to 
have everlasting life, and man forfeited that gift 
by disobedience ; Adam fell, and all mankind fell 
with him. God in His love and mercy, deter- 
mined to restore men to that which they had 
lost He showed forth His glory by saving men. 
Now God might have shown His glory in other 
ways; He might have formed new worlds, or 
lighted up new suns, but He chose to show it by 
His long suffering and patience. He, who is 
Almighty, pleaded with man whom He had 
made; He, the offended God, provided a Saviour, 
Bnd, greatest mystery of all, God gave His own 
Son to be that Saviour. GK)d the Son left the 
4M>nrts of Heaven for the meanest place on earth. 
He who made Heaven and earth, wanted a 



THE G LOU 10 US GOSPEL, 18T 

home. He who loves all men, wanted a friend ; 
He the teacher of love, was hated, the King of 
Kings worked in the carpenter's shop. That 
same God who created bread to strengthen 
man's heart, Himself fasted for forty days ; He 
who poured out all the rivers and streams sat 
thirsty by a well. He who commands legions 
of angels, yielded to a few Roman soldiers ; He 
the King of Life, died on a Cross, and lay in a 
borrowed grave. In all this the glory of God 
is shown. 

Now, my children, you will probably misun- 
derstand this, you will say, we see the sorrow, 
the humiliation, the dishonour of God, but we 
do not see His glory. What does Jesus Christ 
Himself say ? He says, " Tiow is the Son of man 
*^ glorified." When was that ? Was it when the 
people shouted " Alleluia ?" Was it when He 
had raised the dead, and healed the sick, or when 
the winds and the waves obeyed Him ? No, it 
was when He was going to die. It was when 
Judas was plotting against Him, when the Gross 
was ready, when the nails and the hammer were 
prepared, w^en the thorns were gathered for His 
crown, then it was that Jesus said, ^^ the Son of 
^^man is glorified." Why did He say that? 



fl38 THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL. 

Because the sacrifice was so great and glorions, 
such a sacrifice as God only could have made; 
because the result was so glorious, the salvation 
^f the whole world. My children, what do we 
^hink of most in the glory of God, for what do 
we praise Him and glorify Him most ? Is it 
because He has made the world so beautiful, so 
wonderful ? No, we rather praise Him, ^^ because 
•" God so loved the world, that He sent His only- 
'** begotten Son, that all that believe in Him 
•** should not perish, but have everlasting life." 
We praise Gk)d indeed for our Creation, our 
preservation, and all the blessings of this life, 
but above all, for His inestimable love in the 
{redemption of the world, for the means of grace, 
and for the hope of glory. Our thoughts do not 
d;urn so often to God on His glorious throne in 
Heaven, as to God lying in the Bethlehem 
manger, or dying on the Cross of Calvary. 

But again, the glory of Gk)d shall be shown in 
ihe JudgmenJt of the world. Glorious and terrible 
will that day be which shall bum as an oven, 
when the sun and moon shall be darkened, and 
the stars shall reel from their places, when the 
.earth shall be like one great grave-yard, and 
^hall give np its dead, and the stone shall be 



THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL. 120 

rolled away from every sepulchre, when the great 
army of the dead shall flock together, kings and 
beggars, small and great, Oaesar and OsBsar'a 
slave, dark African and pale northerner, false 
and true, John the faithful and Judas the 
betrayer. Dives no more in purple, and Lazarus 
no more in rags* Then shall the glory of God 
be shown in His perfect justice, and perfect 
righteousness, then the pardoned shall shine 
forth as the sun, and the wicked shall go for ever 
from the presence of God. 

Lastly, my children, the glory of Gk)d is shown 
in the glimpses of Heaven which He has given 
HS. No wonder is it that the writers of the New 
Testament tried every sort of language to describe 
Heaven, which, after all, must be far too beautiful 
to be described. Well may they talk about 
streets of gold, and gates of pearls, and walls of 
precious stones, and yet all this can be nothing 
to whatHeaven really is. What is it which we look 
for most in Heaven ? It is very sweet, when we 
are parched with the journey of life, to hear of 
that pure river in Heaven, clear as crystal. It 
is very sweet for the tired worker to hear of rest 
beside the glassy sea. It is very sweet for the 
mourners to know that there all tears are 



140 THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL. 

wiped away, and for the weary watcher to learn 
that there is no night there. Bat there is one 
thing beyond all these to which we should look 
forward in Heaven. It is not the peace, nor the 
beaaty, nor the rest, which should attract us 
most, nor the goodly company of saints and 
angels ; to be with Jesus, to sit at His feet, to 
see with our eyes the glory of which we read in 
His GK>speI, this is Heaven, since Heaven is to 
be with JesHS. 



Sermon xviii. 



LIFES JOURNEY. 



Daniel xii. 13. 



M Go thou thy way till the end be, for thou shalt rest^ and stand 
in thy lot at the end of the days," 

We all started on a journey some years ago, my 
children, some of us started sixty years, some 
twenty years ago, most of yon began your journey 
only a few years since. That journey is from the 
cradle to the grave, from this world, to the world 
to come. It is a journey upwards to Heaven, or 
downwards to Hell. Let us think now what that 
journey is like, how we are making it and where 
it will end. The first thing of which we have to 
think in a journey is the start. When children 
leave home first to travel on the road of life, their 
father usually gives them his blessing, and 
duch gifts as he can afford. So when we started 
en our journey of life firom the font of Holy 
GK)d our Father gave us His blessing, 
t 



142 LIFETS JOURNEY. 

and the gifts of His Holy Spirit. Next, we 
most think of the path which we must tread in 
our journey. It will not be all smooth ; there 
will be many rough places, many sharp stones 
of affliction to cut us, many rocks of difficulty 
to bruise us, many thorns of disappointment to 
pierce us. But neither will the path be all 
rough ; there will be pleasant resting places, and 
bright flowers to cheer and comfort us. We 
shall not always be in the fierce glare of the 
sun. Jesus will be to us like the shadow of a 
great rock in a weary land, fie will lead us into 
the green pastures of His Church, and by the 
still waters of His grace, and will feed us with 
Heavenly food, lest the journey be too great for 
us, and will send us good news from a fiar 
country, even His Holy Gospel. Learn next that 
our journey will be up-hilL We are not like 
those who dig for treasure down in the earth, 
our treasure is in Heaven, and we must climb 
after it ^^ Behold, we go up to Jerusalem,*' 
that Heavenly City which is above, whither our 
Master Jesus has gone before. We must be like 
those who climb steep mountains, then every 
temptation conquered, every sin overcome will 
bring us higher, and nearer to the mountain top 



LIFE'S JO URNEY. 143 • 

and the Heavenly country. The journey is not 
always of the same length ; some little children 
are permitted to climb up to the arms of Jesus 
in a few months or years* Some of us must climb 
patiently and steadily till our hair is white, and 
our eyes are dim. How then, my children, must 
we climb? We must not have too much of the 
earth to clog our feet. We must not let the 
pleasures of life get too strong a hold of us, nor 
the sorrows of life hang too heavily on us, or we 
shall never climb up to the City of the great 
king. 

If ever we are to rest there, we must climb 
here. If ever we are to be in the presence of 
Jesus there, we must make our life one long pre- 
paration here. We cannot walk through all the 
foul and filthy places of the world, and when we 
are tired of them enter Heaven. 

Let me give you a few rules for your journey. 
First, you must travel hopefully. Faint hearts, 
never climb hills, nor overcome difficulties. 
When you are inclined to be cast down, remember 
the promises of Jesus ; how He has told you 
that He will never leave you, nor forsake you, 
that His strength is sufficient for you, that you 
shall go from strength to strength, and that 



244 life: 8 JO URNEY. 



everjone of you shall appear before the Gkxl of 
Gods in Sion. Next^ you most travel through 
life eheer/uUy. Ton are not going to death, but 
to life eternal, not from good to worse things, but 
to a land where there is no lack of anything 
which is good. Let others see by your example 
that religion is happiness, not gloom. Next, you 
must travel patently. We cannot reach the 
Heavenly Jerusalem with a bound. We must 
bear sorrow as Jesus bore it ; we must carry a 
cross as Jesus carried it, we must be made 
perfect through sufferings as He was. 

Ton know that the silver is tried in the fire 
that it may be cleansed from impurity, and that 
the precious stone is cut and polished before it 
glitters in the crown, and the fragrant leaf must 
be bruised before it gives forth perfume. Then 
you must travel prayerJuUy^ praying always and 
everywhere. Prayer will carry you close to Gtod 
even while you are £af off from the Heavenly coun- 
try. Whom will you choose for travelling 
companions ? The Holy Angels will guard and 
guide yon, and bear you up lest you dash your feet 
agBinst a stone, those who long to forsake their 
dni, and to arise and to go to their Father, these 
Irill beat yoa oempany t Bat above all| yon must 



LIWJPS JO VRNBT. 146 

' ' »^— ^»^— ^^— ~- 1 1 ■ I . 1 ■ .^m^mtmm^ 

have Jesus as your fellow-traveller. You will find 
Him in the Blessed Sacrament, you will find 
Him in the services of His Church, you will 
find Him in the pages of His Gospel. ^^ Ge 
then on thy way till the end be ; for thou shalt 
rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of thy 
days." There in Jerusalem the golden you shall 
cry with joy and gladness " The lot is fallen unto 
"me in a fair ground, yea I have a goodly 
" heritage.'* 



SERMON XIX. 



LITTLE DUTIES. 



8. LUKB XTI. 10. 

** He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in 
much." 

This great universe is made up of little atoms ; 
the vast sea is made up of little drops of water^ 
our lives are made up of little events, acts^ 
thoughts, joys, and sorrows. If you take away 
one tiny wheel from the mechanism of a watch, 
its regularity is lost, if you leave a small leak in 
a ship unstopped, the vessel will sink. Why do 
I tell you these things, my children ? Because 
I want to show you that the small duties of life, 
which are sometimes called tri/lesj are really of 
the greatest importance. The prophet says, 
" who hath despised the day of small things ?" 
This life of ours on earth is the day of small 
things, in which we are prepared for the day of 
great things in Heaven, and our daily life here 
consists of little duties, and little cares, none of 
which must be neglected. I speak now more 
especially to those of you who have passed from 



LITTLE DUTIES. t47 



borne and school to domestic service^ and I would 
tell you of some of those duties of your position 
to neglect which is to commit sin. 

There is the duty of carefulness in small mat- 
ters. One of the things which belongs to this 
head is punctuality. Perhaps you may think 
that a few minutes make very little difference. 
But if your mother were dying, and you started 
to take the train to see her, and missed it by five 
minutes, would not those few minutes make a 
difference to all your future life ? People have 
lost a fortune, or a good situation, by being two 
minutes too late in posting a letter; people, we 
may believe, have lost Heaven by being too late 
in choosing for God. Be punctual then in all 
you do, in your attendance at church, in your 
prayers, in your work. If a duty is not done at 
the right time, it is generally left undone. " I 
quite forgot," is the favourite excuse of the 
careless and unpunctual. 

I can scarcely tell you the mischief which 
those three little words have caused in the 
world. A master gives his servant a message to 
deliver, it refers to a business appointment on 
which thousands of pounds depend, the appoint- 
ment is not kept, the master en<\airea of b&& 



lis LITTLE DUTIES. 



servant if the message were delivered, and the 
answer is, ^' I quite forgot'' This sin of care* 
lessness is a sin against God, as well as against 
an employer. Each one of us must give an 
account to God for the manner in which he or 
she has done the work which is given us to do. 
Tour masters and mistresses are responsible to 
God for their conduct, the servant is responsible 
to God also. Never forget that your Master is 
in Heaven, and that your eartUy service is part 
of God's service. 

Another of these duties, which are called 
trifles^ is strict honesty in small matters. All of 
you wpuld shudder at the idea of robbing an em- 
ployer to a large extent, and of being dragged 
to a police court, and called a thief, but have you 
ever thought that to take small articles of food 
or dress, which do not belong to you, is quite as 
dishonest an act as to steal a hundred pounds ? 
^^ He that is faithful in that which is least, is 
^^ faithful also in much." K something is not 
quite right, it is wrong, and an act which is not 
(juite honest, is a sin. Remember those words 
of your catechism, in which you promise to keep 
your hands from picking and stealing, and leam 
that unless you are strictly honest in the 



LITTLE DUTIES. 149 



least things, you are not honest at all. 

There is another form of dishonesty very 
common among servants, that is wilful waste. 
Tour master's goods are entrusted to your 
keeping, if you wilfully destroy, or waste them by 
neglect, or by extravagance, you break that com* 
mandment which says, '' thou shalt not steal." 
Many a prisoner who is disgraced and shut out 
from honest society, can trace the beginning of his 
fall to little acts of dishonesty in domestic service. 

There is another duty of which I would remind 
you, strict truthfulness in small matters. Any 
of you would be very angry at being called a liar, 
but you must remember that if you do not speak 
all the truth about a matter, or if you wilfully 
exaggerate, or add to a statement, or if you 
repeat stories of others which you do not know 
to be fjEicts, you are not telling the truths and 
those who do not tell the truth speak lies. 
There are people who talk about black lieSj and 
white lies, but we know all falsehood comes from 
the devil, who is the father of lies, and I do not 
see how there can be anything white, or innocent 
about it. Always speak the honest truth, my 
children, if you wish to be the children of that 
God who is Truth. 



150 UTTLK nrrrrns. 

■ II ■ ' ■ ■ ■ ' . 

The greatest safeguard for yon in service is 
constant and regular prayer. Now it is possible 
that you may be in a service where there is no 
family prayer, or where your fellow servants 
neglect to kneel morning and evening to ask God's 
help and guidance through the day, it is possible 
that you may be laughed at for saying your 
prayers. Let nothing keep you from telling God 
your needs and your troubles. Never mind the 
laughter of others, only persevere, and you will 
soon gain the mockers over to your side. Pray 
for those who do not pray for themselves, and 
you may be the means of bringing them to 
Jesus. A holy servant in a household is a bless- 
ing to all, we should not hear so much said about 
bad servants now a days if you would only pray 
more. You will in the wide world of domestic 
service have many temptations which you did 
not know whilst at home, or in school, the only 
way to meet them and to conquer them is by 
being constant in prayer, in church, and out of 
church, by seeking strength in the Holy Com- 
munion of our dear Lord's Body and Blood, and 
by always remembering that He is your Master 
who shall at the last say to His own, ^^ well done 
'^ good and faithful servant'' 



SBRMON XX. 



THE BEST SERVICE. 



Joshua xxit. 15. 
t^Ckoose yon this day whom ye will senre.'* 

It was time for the old man Joshua to give up* 
his charge. For years he had led the people,, 
and fought the battles of the Lord. His sword 
had had no time to rust in its scabbard, it had 
been too often needed against the Philistines, and 
the Moabites, and the other enemies of GodV 
people. And now Joshua was a white-haired old 
man, and his right hand was no longer strong 
enough to wield a sword, and his eye was too 
dim to distinguish the enemy in the distance. 
He knew that his time was come, that he was- 
going the way of all the earth, and that his last 
battle had been fought. Before he gave up his 
charge however, the old warrior called the people 
of Israel together, and gave them a solemn 
address, to which they must have listened as to^ 



162 TBB BB8T 8BBT1CB. 

the words of a dying man. First, he told the 
people what Ood had done for them ; how He 
had called their Father Abraham, and made of 
him a great nation. He reminded them how 
Joseph had served in Egypt, and how he was 
thrown into prison, and afterwards was raised to 
Pharaoh's right hand. He recalled to their 
memory their hard task masters in the brick 
fields, and their deliverance by the hands of 
Moses and Aaron. He told them how the 
Lord had led them like a flock, how He hfid 
guided them with the cloudy pillar by day, and 
all the night through with a light of fire. He 
spoke of the Bed Sea's obedient waves, of the 
desert and its troubles, the bitterness of Marah, 
and the rest at Bephidim, and then when he had 
rehearsed all the whole acts of the Lord, he cried 
unto the people " Choose you this day whom ye 
<^ will serve. As for me and my house, we will 
^* serve the Lord." My children, God has led 
you. His spiritual Israel, thus far towards the 
Promised Land, by the way of the desert, and 
through the B.ed Sea of His Blood. To-day I 
say to you " Choose you this day whom ye wijl 
^^ serve." Perhaps you think that you have 
chosen, that because I see you here in Chnrcb it 



THE BEST SERVICE. 168^ 



is a proof that you have chosen Ood's senrice^^ 
It may be so, or it may not. I want yon to 
consider what sort of life you are leading out of 
Church. I want yon to think how you are going to 
act, and talk, and think, after this Holy Service^ 
is over, after the last hymn has died away, and 
the words of the Blessing are ended. Too many 
people may be called Sunday CAristianSy people 
who think that religion means only coming ta 
Church for a hour or so once a week. This is not 
religion, my children. God's people must try to 
live as near to Him on Monday and all other 
days, as on Sunday. Every place in which you 
are should be made a holy place. If you leave 
this Church and go forth to talk foolishly and 
ionfully ; if you go forth to lead the rest of the 
day and the week away from 6odj can you look 
upon yourselves as having chosen God's service ? 
I speak now more especially to you who are in 
domestic service ; now, I ask you, are you trying 
to make that God's service also ? I know that 
jou meet with many temptations which you did 
not know when you were at home, or at school. 
Every position in life has its special temptations. 
Ton Are more freei you are left more to your own 
judgment, yon can spend your spare time without 



164 THE BEST SERVICE. 

- ■ - ■ -- -■-■> ■■! 

B, parent's or teacher's eye upon you. There is a 
great temptation for you to spend that time badly, 
to fall into evil company ; yon^ yomig girls, have 
certain special dangers to guard against; you, 
young men and boys, have other dangers to guard 
against. I say to you again, choose you this day 
whom ye will serve. You cannot serve two 
masters, you must either be GK)d's servants, or 
the devil's slaves, there is no middle course. You 
cannot serve God a little, and Satan a little. You 
cannot sin all the week wilfully, and then wipe off 
the score by coming to Church on Sunday. Do 
you think that God will accept your service on 
Sunday, will listen to your prayers, will receive 
your singing as true praise, if He knows that you 
have been dishonest, or false, or impure, during 
the week, and that you are not sorry for it ? If 
you clasp you hands in prayer now, and if you yet 
mean to go back and steal, pilfer, and waste with 
those same hands, do you think God believes in your 
prayer ? If you allow your voice, just now raised 
in singing holy chants, and psalms, and hymns,, 
to speak angrily, or immodestly, or falsely* 
presently, do you think God will accept your 
singing as praise ? I think you must se^ tliat 
the fact of your presence here in Church does not 



THE BEST SERVICE. l^ 

prove that you have chosen God's service. How 
then are you to know if you have chosen that 
service ? " By their fruits shall ye know them." 
If you are the servants of Jesus Christ you will 
try to be like Him, you will strive to lead holy 
lives every day. You must let your light so shine 
before men that they may see your good works. 
My children, I want you all to try and be Saints. 
Perhaps you have heard some of your companions 
speak contemptuously of some one who is trying 
to lead a holy life ; perhaps you have heard them 
say, " Oh ! he or she is a saint," as if that were 
a disgrace. Well, I want you all to try and be 
saints, because that means holiness, and without 
holiness no man shall see the Lord. Tou think^ 
I dare say, that if you were in any other position 
than that in which you are, you might be saints, 
but as it is, you fancy it is impossible. Tou say 
to yourselves, I have hard, coarse, work to d®, 
I have to bear hard words and cross tempers, I 
have to get up early and light the fire, I live in a 
kitchen, how can I be a saint? Tou think, 
perhaps, if I were rich, and had fine dresses, and 
plenty of money, and a carriage to ride in, I 
might be a saint, but not as a farm servant, not 
as a ploughboy, not as a maid of all work. There 



166 THE BEST 8ER VICE. 

yon are wrong, my children, God is always close 
to His people, wherever they are, in a great house 
or small. You can be a saint in a back kitchen 
as well as in a palace. Wherever we try to lead 
holy lives, wherever we pray, and watch against 
temptationi and strive to be like Jesns Christ, 
whether it be behind a plough, or among the 
roaring wheels of a mann&ctory, or in the 
darkest back kitchen that ever was bnilt, there 
we may be God's people, God's saints. Do yon 
think that the saints of old who lived and died 
for Jesus were all rich and noble ? Was not S. 
Peter a fisherman, and Lydia a seller of purple ? 
Did not Dorcas work with her needle ? The chief 
saint of Madrid, in Spain, was a ploughman, and 
S. Veronica was a maid of all work. Believe 
me, my children, honest, truthful servants, be 
they what they may, cooks, or housemaids, nurses, 
or what not, if they strive to be godly, pure, 
faithful in that work to which Gh>d has called 
them, shall have their names written in Heaven 
side by side with the brightest saints in God's 
presence, for remember, God is no respecter of 
pemons. 



SKRMON XXI. 



PRAYER. 



8. LUKB ZTIII. 1. 

** Men ought always to pray, and not to faint" 

I WOULD speak to you, my children, to-day, about 
Prayer. I do not think that I can talk to you on 
any more important subject First of all, are we 
quite sure that God hears and answers prayer? 
Let us look into our Bibles, there we shall find 
how Moses prayed for the people, and they were 
healed ; how Hannah, the childless woman, 
prayed, and her son Bamuel was given to her ; 
how Elijah prayed on Mount Carmel, and the fire 
came down from heaven and consumed the sac- 
rifice, how he prayed for rain after more than 
three years drought, and God opened the windows 
of Heaven. Look for the name of Elisha in your 
Bibles, and you will find that he prayed for the 
little son of the Shunammite,who died, and he was 
restored to life. Bead of Hezekiah, and you will 



168 PRATER. 



see how he prayed to Gh>d to heal him when he 
warahout to die, and how he was allowed to live 
for fifteen years. Daniel prayed when the lions 
came ahont him in the den, and God shnt their 
months. S. PanI and S. Silas prayed when they 
were fftst in prison, and Ood unfastened the stocks 
and loosened the chains. When Samson was 
fainting with thirst he prayed to Gk)d, and water 
was given to him. It was prayer which hroke 
open the grave of Lazarus, and soothed '^ the 
'^ dull cold ear of death." What example does 
our Saviour give us in this matter ? His whole 
life on earth was a life of prayer. He retired to a 
mountain apart to pray ; the agony in the garden 
found vent in prayer, even the slow misery of 
the Gross could not quench the spirit of prayer. 
The wide love of Jesus embraced all in prayer. 
He prayed for the tiny children, for His friends 
and disciples, for His enemies. His dying words 
were, " Father, forgive them, for they know not 
"what they do.'* He prayed for the whole 
world when He said " Thy kingdom come." We 
learn then from the Bible, and from the example 
of God's own Son, the power of prayer. Niext, 
let us think hew we ought to pray. We ought 
to meet together to pray openly, this is called 



PBA7ER. 119 



Public Prayer, or Common Prayer. The Ohmrch 
has in all ages ordained that people should thus 
meet together for public worship, the Apostles of 
our Lord did so. Sometimes you hear people 
say ** I do not go to Church, but I say my prayers 
^^ at home." Now I do not believe those people, 
those who pray publicly in Church, are most 
likely to pray privately at home. It must be a 
grand thing, even among the grandeur of Heaven, 
to find the united prayers of a body of people 
rolling up like a cloud of incense, and swelling 
forth like the sound of many waters. Believe 
me, in Heaven they love to hear the prayers of a 
united congregation. Now if you look into your 
Prayer Books, at the beginning of Morning 
Service, you wiu see four reasons for coming to 
Church. There we read that although we ought 
at all times to acknowledge our sins before God, 
yet we ought chiefly so to do when we assemble 
and meet together, (1) to render thanks for the 
great benefits which we have received at His 
hands, (2) to set forth His most worthy psaise, 
(3) to hear His most Holy Word, (4) to ask 
those things which are requisite and necessary as 
well for the body as the soul. Thus we come to 
Church to thank Gk)d, to praise Gk)d, to learn 



160 PliA YER. 



from God, and to pray to God. I want you to 
remember this, my children, when next you 
come to God's holy temple, then you will not find 
the service tedious, then you will understand what 
a privilege it is to be allowed to meet together 
in Church. 

Konly you remember that you come to worship 
God present there, to pour out your heart and soul 
toHim who alone can help you,to confess your sins 
to Him who can pardon you, to hear the message 
of salvation, and to show forth God's praise 
before all men, then you would never be inatten- 
tive in Church, we should have no silent lips, no 
sleepy eyes, no unbent knees. I want you to 
pray to God, and to praise God, and to thank 
God as if you meant it When you say "we 
" have erred and strayed from Thy ways like lost 
" sheep, we have left undone those things which 
" we ought to have done, and we have done those 
" things which we ought not to have done," I 
want you to recall your sins, and to feel that 
what you are saying is sadly true. So when you 
praise Gk)d in psalms and hymns, and chants, do 
so with all your might, put your whole heart and 
soul into the words of praise, sing " lustily and 
^* with a good courage." When you pray, do so 



PRAYER. IM 



with faith, believing that God will bear you and 
answer you, not perhaps in the way which you 
expect, but in the best way for your welfare. 
Again, my children, try to be unselfish in your 
prayers. Too many of us think only of ourselves 
and our immediate friends when we pray. Try 
for the future to ask God's help on behalf of 
all sorrowing people everywhere, all widows and 
afflicted people, all impenitent sinners, as your 
Prayer Book teaches you ; pray for Christ's holy 
Church all over the world. Freely ye have 
received, freely give your prayers. 

Thus far I have spoken to you of public prayer. 
Next, I would urge you to meet together for 
family prayer. We cannot expect our homes to 
prosper unless they are made holy by prayer from 
basement to attic. There are prayerless homes 
where they have rich furniture, and money, and 
food and drink, and luxury, but I do not think 
they have God there. 

And now I pass on to speak oi private prayer. 
I suppose all of you say your prayers by your 
bedside night and morning. Alas for you if you 
do not, for you are living without Gk)d in the 
world ! You may be living in service where your 
fellow servants do not pray, and they may mock 



1«2 PHATER. 



at you 9 and try to prevent yon from kneeling 
down and asking God's help. My childlren, be 
strong and of a good courage, and let nothing 
hinder you from praying. Once upon a time it 
was death to pray to the true Qod, now yon may 
meet with a little opposition, and laughter, bat 
only persevere, and then God to whom yon pray 
will deliver you out of all your distress. Bat 
even your regular morning and evening prayers 
are not enough. I want you to live in an 
atmosphere of prayer. I would have yon acquire 
the habit of praying silently at any time and in 
any place. Prayer is the only armour to turn 
aside the darts of sin, and temptation, and sor- 
row, and bereavement. Pray about your work, 
pray about your amusements, that you may be 
kept innocent, pray about your worries and 
vexations, pray for your companions, for your 
employers, pray about everything. If our country 
is to be a religious and godly land, we must have 
more prayer in it ; prayer in the palace and in 
the cottage, prayer in the shop and the farm, 
prayer in the kitchen and in the drawing room, 
prayer in the nursery by the quiet bedside, and 
prayer out in the busy working world, prayer 
always, and prayer everywhere. 



SERMON XXII. 



THE PRINCE OF SPEAKERS. 



S. John tii. 46. 
** Never man spake like this man. 



»» 



Whek God desired to place man at the head of 
all other animals He gave him the power of 
speech. God has made animals stronger, and 
more active, and more enduring, and as brave as 
man, but to him He gave speech, and so He gained 
dominion over the beasts of the field. Now, I 
might tell yon of the influence which the power 
of speech has exercised in the world. I might 
tell you how the history of great nations has 
been changed by it, how kingdoms have been 
lost, battles have been fought, souls have been 
saved, through the power of the tongue. I 
might tell you how the saints of old have led 
the people to forsake their idols, to bear insult 
and persecution, and death, for the sake i>f Jesus 



j 



164 THE PRINCE OF SPEAKERS. 



Christ. I might tell you how the voice of a 
Gteneral in battle has encouraged his soldiers to 
charge through every danger to victory, and how 
the whisper of a woman's voice has led men to 
forsake honour and God ; but I have a higher 
purpose. I would tell you of One who spake 
as never man spake, of One who was, and is 
Man, the Man Christ Jesus, and the God 
Christ Jesus. I will speak to you of His words, 
that we may take them as a pattern for our own. 
Why was it that Jesus spake as never man 
spake? Because He is Gk)d as well as Man. 
He brought the wisdom of Heaven to light up 
the common things of earth. What were the 
words of Jesus like? Firsts they were words of 
power. In the beginning, before the earth and 
the sea were made, Jesus spoke, '^ for by Him 
" all things were made," He said, "let there be 
** light," — ^then the first sunrise flashed over 
hill and dale, gilding field and forest, sea and 
river with its brightness. Then the first stars 
sparkled in the sky, and the moon was appointed 
for certain seasons. Jesus spoke, and in place 
of confusion there was order. God*s Word opened 
the first rosebud, and perfumed the first lily^ 
and coloured the first violet His Word made s 



THE PBINCE OF 8PEAKEE8. IC5 

mass of claj a living man. So the words of 
Jesus in Heaven were words of power. His 
words on earth too were words of power. A sick 
man was brought to Him, his disease was terrible, 
his neighbours fled from him, no medicine could 
cure him, Jesus spoke, and said "be thou clean,'* 
and the sick man was healed. A man came to 
Him who had been blind from his birth, all the 
doctors had tried in vain to relieve him, they 
had said, " You will never see ;" Jesus spoke, 
and the blind eyes were opened. When people 
came with stammering tongues, and twisted 
limbs, and deaf ears, Jesus spoke, and all was 
well. " Never man spake like this man." Jesus 
spoke to the powers of nature, and they obeyed 
Him. When the storm was raging on the lake^ 
and the boat was covered with the waves. He 
spoke. Who else could calm that storm? 
CsBsar the Emperor, or Herod the King, or 
Pilate the Governor, might speak in vain; 
Jesus only could say " Peace, be still," and be 
obeyed. " Never man spake like this man." 
There was one power which no man had con- 
quered. Death had had the victory till then. 
Jesus spoke to the ruler's daughter, to the 
widow's son at Nain, to Lazarus, and death lost 



106 THE PRINCE OF SPEAKERS. 

its power. ^' Never man spake like this maiu" 
My children, Jesus speaks words of power now. 
He speaks by His Holy Spirit, by the teaching 
and the Sacraments of His Church, by the words 
of His Gospel, and by the whisper of conscience. 
When we are sick with that disease of sin, which 
no doctor can cure, when we come to Gh>d in 
penitence, saying ^' I am a man of unclean lips, 
^^ and I dwell among a people of unclean lips ; 
<^ the good which I would, I do not, and the evil 
^^ which I would not, that I do," it is Jesus alone 
who can say to us '^ Be thou clean,'' and so we 
are healed of that plague. So when the storm 
and tempest come, when the ship of the Church 
is beaten by the waves of persecution, and the 
ark of home is threatened by dark waters of 
sorrow, which seem to go even over our soul, 
then, if Jesus be with us, all will be well ; He 
will send forth His voice, and that a mighty 
voice, saying ^' Peace, be still." 

Again, the words of Jesus were fvords of 
beauty. Whatever He talked of became altogether 
lovely. You [know how a sculptor will take a 
lump of clay and model it, or take a block of 
marble and carve it into a form of beauty ; so 
whatever Jesus spoke of he adorned. He vaaA» 



THE PRINCE OF SPEAKERS, OT 

common things give forth sparks of Hecivenly 
light, as the common flint gives forth sparks of 
fire. The fishing net became a parable of the 
Chnrch, the sparrows, and ringdoves, and lilies^ 
became pictures of Qod's care and love, and a 
wandering sheep was glorified into a wandering 
sinner. Surely it was not at Cana only that 
Jesns turned water into wine, the poorest, com-^ 
monest, thing was changed by Him who spake as* 
never man spake. My children, our word& 
should be words of power, because of our faiths 
We knon> in whom we have believed, and so we- 
should be ready to speak boldly for the truth s» 
it is in Jesus. Use your infiuence among your 
companions and fellow-servants to check words^ 
of irreverence or unbelief, and when such talk 
arises, do not be ashamed to confess Christ before* 
all men. Our words should also be words of 
beauty, they should be adorned with the beauty 
of holiness, and of purity. What has a Christian 
to do with foul words, or angry or immodest 
words, since he is a follower of Him who spake 
as never man spake ? Once more, the words or 
Jesus were words ofm/mpathy. He could rebuke 
terribly, but never unkindly. He never reviled, 
or spoke evil of others, and He never refusedi 



IM THE PRINCE OF SPEAKERS. 

flympathy. When the wedding party at Cam 
was embarrassed, Jesus was appealed to. When 
. Jairns, and Martha, and Mary were in sore grief, 
they went and told Jesus. When that poor 
woman clasped His garment there was a kind 
word for her. When the penitent thief wanted 
a cheering word in his death agony he received 
it. So now, Jesus speaks words of love and 
sympathy to us. In time of grief and perplexity 
He says, ^^ Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid.** 
In our hours of penitence and sorrow He says, 
^^ Gh>, and sin no more.*' In our day of loneliness 
He says, ^^ I will never leave thee, nor forsake 
^* thee." In our poverty He says, " You shall 
'^have treasure in Heaven." In the hour of 
death He whispers, ^^ I am the resurrection and 
^^ the life." Let us strive, my children, to make 
our words kindly, loving, and full of sympathy. 
The power of a kind word spoken in season is 
very great. When we hear our employers, or 
companions, spoken evil of, let it be our task to 
speak good words for them, and to find out their 
virtues instead of their faults. When in the 
kitchen or workroom angry voices rise in quarrel, 
ibe it your task to give the soft answer whidi 
iumethaway wrath. 



THE PBINCE OF SPEAKERS. 1$^ 

'' When deep within our swelling hearts, 
The thoughts of pride and anger rise. 
When hitter words are on our tongues, 
And tears of passion in our eyes, 
Then we may stay the angry hlow, 
Then we may check the hasty word, 
Give gentle answers hack again. 
And fight a hattle for our Lord.'* 



{ 



SBRMON XXIII. 

HOLT CONFIRMATION. 

E00LB8IASTB8 XH. 1. 

** Bemember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth." 

Tou have come to the time, my ehUdren, when 
openly, and in the face of the Church, you are 
•called upon to dedicate yourselves, your souls 
«jid bodies, solemnly to Gh)d; to Gh)d the 
Father who created you, to God the Son who 
redeemed you, to God the Holy Ghost 
who sanctifies you. When jrou were little 
infants Christian parents brought you to your 
Baptism, and to the arms of Jesus Christ ; now 
that you are old enough to avoid the evil and to 
ohoose the good, you are about, to show publicly 
what choice you have made. Before the solemn 
moment arrives, when you will kneel before 
God's Bishop, and receive, by the laying on of 
his hands, the strengthening, or confirmation^ of 
the grace given you in Baptism, let me q)eak a 



nOLY CONFIRMATION. 171 

few words of warning and counsel to you. Firsts 
set a right value upon confirmation. There are 
some who will tell jou that it is a mere form, 
that it can do you no good^ that the fact of the 
Bishop laying his hands upon your head cannot 
affect you for good or evil. Such people speak 
either through ignorance, or because they are too 
proud and self-sufficient to obey the laws of the 
Church. Such people might as well object to 
holy Baptism, and declare that a little water 
poured over a child by the priest is useless ; or 
they might as well say that a little bread and 
wine received in the Holy Communion is without 
value. As a rule those persons who object to 
confirmation, will be very likely to deny the 
grace of sacraments altogether. Tou must 
remember that you are members of the Church 
of Christ, the Holy Catholic Church, she is your 
teacher, and it is because she has in all ages, 
brought young baptized persons to be confirmed^ 
that you are now preparing for that holy rite. 
Next, guard against the notion that confirma- 
tion consists in merely passing an examination^ 
and satisfying the clergyman that you know the 
creed and the Lord's prayer, and the ten com- 
mandments, and the chief doctrines of the 



172 HOLY CONFIRMATION. 



christian religion. This is only one part of 
confirmation. It is not so much a matter of the 
head as of the hearty it does not matter so much 
what you knon>y as what you feel. You might 
know the whole Bible by heart, and be able to 
repeat the creed without a mistake, and yet be very 
wicked. Tou might be able to say many forms of 
prayer, and yet never pray to God from your heart. 
Confirmation should mean for you that you are 
determined to try and be Qod's faithful sold- 
iers and servants to your life's end ; that you 
desire to show this forth publicly in the eyes of 
the Church, and that you seek to be strengthened 
in this determination by the gifts of God's Holy 
Spirit. Unless you look upon your confirmation 
in this light, it is worse than useless, it is a 
deadly sin, for you to present yourselves for that 
holy rite. Seeing then, dear children, how 
solemn, how important, a turning point this is 
in your lives, you cannot without grievous sin 
look upon it lightly or carelessly, as a holyday 
when you wear new clothes, or a mere form to 
be gone through and forgotten. You come of 
your own free will to declare that you have 
enlisted under the banner of Jesus Christ ; that 
jou intend, with God's help, to lead pure and 



HOLY CONFIRMATION. 178 

holy lives, and to follow the example of jonr 
Saviour, that you meau to fight manfully against 
the temptations of the world, the flesh and the 
devil, and that you will not follow them, nor be 
led by them. You are going openly to announce 
that you mean to walk worthy of the vocation 
whereunto you are called, forsaking those things 
which are behind, and reaching forth to those 
things which are before, that you mean to try 
and live above the world whilst you live in it, 
and to let your light so shine before men that 
they may see your good works. Surely then 
this is a very solemn time for you. Next, you 
must remember that confirmation is the gate of 
Holy Communion. The one without the other is of 
no avail. Up to this time you have been wait- 
ing, as it were, just inside the church door, after 
you are confirmed you are free to come to the 
altar, the holy of holies, and there receive the 
Body and Blood of your Saviour. Doubtless you 
will all come to your first Conmrnnion^ but this 
is not enough, do not stop short there, having 
begun well, do not go back. Without that 
Spiritual Food your souls cannot live. '' Unless 
'' ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink 
" His blood ye have no life in you." Nothing 



174 BOLT 0029 FIRM ATJON. 

can be plainer than those words. Yon know th«t 
you cannot bear the fatigne of a long jonruej 
without food for your body ; neither can you beai* 
the journey from this world to the next without 
food for the soul, regularly and frequently 
received. How do you expect to fight the hard 
battle against sin, against the temptations in you 
and around you, unless Jesus is one with you, 
and you with Him? And where can you be 
joincKl to Him but in that Blessed Sacrament, 
where He comes to you hidden in the humble 
form of bread and wine, as once he came on earth 
hidden in the humble form of the carpenter's 
son? Take heed, my children, how having 
entered on the right path, you turn aside to evil, 
for it is written, ^^ if, after they have escaped the 
<^ pollutions of the world through the knowledge 
^^ of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Ohrist, they are 
^^ again entangled therein, and overcome, the 
^^ latter end is worse with them than the begin- 
'^ ning. For it had been better for them not to 
^< have knpwn the wi^ of righteousness, than, 
'^ after they have known it, to turn from the 
<< holy commandment delivered unto them.*' 

Whei^ a youth, in the old days, was about to be 
jntdftft^ knight, he passed the hours of darknasa 



HOLY CONFIRMATION. lU 

before the important day, in church, watching 
and praying beside his armour. You, my 
children, who are about to take up the weapons 
of spiritual warfare, and to put on the whole 
armour of God, will do well to spend the hours 
immediately before your confirmation in earnest 
watching, prayer, and self-examination. And 
now my last words are said, I commend you to 
God, and when your confirmation shall have 
made you doubly God's for ever, may you go 
forth into the world as examples of loyal church- 
manship, of pure womanhood, of manly Christi- 
anity, and may the Lord Jesus Christ bless you, 
and keep you in all your ways, now, and for 
ever. 



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