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RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP,
BY REV. L. IVES HOADLEY,
OF WORCESTER, MASS.
TO MR. ANDERSON.
In discharging the duty assigned me on this occasion, I would first address myself to you, my Brother, Assistant Secretary of the American Board. You present yourself, dear Brother, with these other Brethren, and request ordination. You are not expecting, in your present circumstances, to go as a Missionary to the Heathen; nor to be an Evangelist, in the same sense that most are, who are ordained under that name. The Council, however, think your reasons for wishing ordination sufficient. They think your ordination will facilitate your discharge of official duty in your present station, and increase your general usefulness in the church. They bave, therefore, proceeded to set you apart to the sacred work of the Christian Ministry; and, in behalf of the Council, I ask you to accept the RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP.
And, in giving you this right hand, dear Brother, let me assure you of the deep interest which we, and the whole Christian community, feel in the success of the sacred enterprise before you, as an officer of the American Board. Your cause is their cause; and I may assure you, on this occasion, not only of the prayers and sympathies of this ordaining Council, but of the whole Church in general. What she has done already, and what she is still doing, is but a pledge of what she will continue
to do. Indeed, we bope and trust it is not too much to say, she will do more and more-that her ability and disposition and exertions in bebalf of the Heathen, will increase and multiply, till, with the labors of brethren from other countries also, the whole world shall be brought to the obedience of Christ.
With this prospect in view, we give you this token of Christian affection for ourselves, and our churches. As an Evangelist we wish you success in all the opportunities you may have of discharging the functions of the ministry; and as an officer of the Board also, we commend you, in all your arduous labors, to the Great Head of the Church.
TO THE MISSIONARIES.
I now turn to you, dear Brethren. You, too, have been consecrated to Christ, and set apart to the work of the Christian ministry by the laying on of the hands of the Presbytery; and you too have been charged with the embassy of our Saviour's love to perishing men. How responsible, dear Brethren, as well as honorable, the work!
We could welcome you, as fellow laborers in the harvest here at home, Your aid is greatly needed. As personal friends to some, and dearly beloved, you have been expected in the vineyard with many fond anticipations, and the day when you should be duly invested with the sacred office, has been waited for with not a little interest. It has been a luminous, cheering point in the prospect of Christians, as their thoughts have dwelt upon you.
But man is selfish, and human foresight blind. The occasion calls me to welcome you not to labors in your native country, among relations who love you, but to the work of Christian Missions, beyond the deep. In the name of this Ecclesiastical Council, convened by letters missive from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, I give you the RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP TO GO UNTO THE HEATHEN.
Your continued acquaintance here, your friendship and occasional company, your counsel and mingled sympathy as Changing scenes may rise, have no doubt been calculated upon by affectionate kindred. But are we in consequence to be embar
rassed in giving you our congratulations on this occasion? No, Brethren, not at all. We would not doubt the voice of every friend you have is, 'Go, and the blessing of heaven attend you.' Particularly let me assure you of the sympathy and regard of this ordaining Council, and of the Christian public in general. Not forgetting the pledge of the Church, as just alluded to in what was said to our brother, the Assistant Secretary, accept this Right Hand of our cordial approbation and endeared affec
We have fellowship, dear Brethren, in the sentiments we believe you entertain on our holy religion, and in your desires of good to the dying nations. We trust you go to carry the pure gospel of our Lord.
In your prosperity we shall rejoice. Trials also you will meet, and in these we pledge our remembrance of you at the throne of Almighty Grace.
You go, Brethren, some here and some there, and all to fill the ranks, and augment the force, where death has displaced his victims, and one lately; but be not discouraged, nor disheartened. The Captain of our salvation lives. He is destined to prevail. And whether you go where an ancient and imposing mythology has lowered for ages in doleful superstitions, or where, though the abomination of the false Prophet prevails with many, some few rays of the Sun of Righteousness still remain to cheer the gloom, -our prayer is, and it shall be, that you may soon and long preach the blessed gospel of our Lord in different languages, to different nations.
We know there will be difficulties, but these you will surmount: there will be labor and fatigue, but you will be strengthened from on High. Christ will be with you. And when tar away from dative home, and kindred dear, you shall at length be called to die, there, like Newell, and Nichols, and Frost, or like Parsons, and Fisk, you shall find the soft hand of his love soothing your distresses, and inviting you to rest. Go, dear Brethren, and the God of Peace be with you. Amen.