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neglect of religion in your houses, there shall be none qualified to become pillars in the house of God. The present prospect in this respect, is truly melan- . choly. The generation who have passed the meridian of their days, are hastening, one after another, to the house appointed for all the living. What a large proportion of those who, not long since, were the most distinguished characters in this church are gone already! Every year thins the number of communicants. Compared with the whole assembly, it is but a small remnant who join in keeping up the memory of the Saviour's death. Nor are the places of those who are gone, supplied by the addition of new members. The seats of deceased fathers of the gospel feast, in many sad instances, remain vacant; while their children who have succeeded to their worldly possessions, leave it as yet uncertain whether they will inherit their piety and regard for religious institutions. What will be the ultimate issue of the present indifference with respect, not only to the power, but even to the forms of Godlines among us, heaven only knows. Sure I am, that all who are Israelites indeed, have just ground for concern and painful apprehension for the Ark of God. May He with whom is the residue of the spirit, who is able in a spiritual, as well as in a literal sense, to turn dry ground into water-springs, and cause the wilderness and solitary places to flourish and blossom as the rose--may He pour forth so plentiful an effusion of his spirit and grace both upon you and your children, that they may grow up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses ; that instead of the fathers there may He the children through successive generations!
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