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Oct 25, 2009 Proper 25 (30)

Incumbent: The Rev’d Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla
Coordinators: Carol Clarke and Sherman Hesselgrave

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trinity. We are delighted to have you
with us this morning. Holy Trinity is an accessible, justice-seeking,
and queer-positive community in the heart of downtown Toronto. Our
services are planned and led by lay people — volunteers from our
community. Communion is celebrated by our Incumbent or one of our
non-stipendiary priests who are members of the community. We try to use
language in our worship which includes us all, and we encourage the
extensive participation of each person in the worship and life of the
Church. At the Peace we move about freely, greeting one another. During
the offertory hymn we will move to create a circle around the altar for
the Prayers of the People and Communion — all are welcome to share in
communion (the Eucharist) as they feel comfortable. Please fill out the
Newcomers Form in the bulletin if you wish to be contacted.

THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

Welcome
Today we are concluding a visioning process that began yesterday. We
welcome visitors and invite you to sit at a table with our Incumbent
Sherman Hesselgrave.

Opening Chant:

Greeting:
All: May the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with us all. ? Hymn (All rise, in body or spirit):

Cantad al senor – Sing to Our God

The Collect for Purity
All: All loving God to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and
from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by
the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and
worthily praise your holy name; through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Gospel Reading

Holy Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
Reader: May God be with you
All: And also with you
Reader: The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to…
All: Glory to Christ our Saviour
After the reading
Reader: The Gospel of Christ
All: Praise to Christ our Saviour Silence

Question number 3:
What am I/are you prepared to do in order to achieve this vision?
Visitors this morning are invited to sit at a table with our Incumbent
Sherman Hesselgrave.

As we move to different tables for the second round, we will sing: Mungu
Ni Mwema 0 Know that God is God.

LITURGY OF THE BREAD AND CUP
We will gather in a circle around the altar to share the gifts of bread
and wine and other offerings, the symbols of our common life. All are
welcome. You may also stay seated and , if you wish, communion will be
brought to you.

During the offertory hymn, the congregation is invited to place their
gifts in the offertory basket in the middle of the space, in front of
the altar.

Offertory Hymn:”Be Thou My Vision” Music: Traditional Irish
Words: Traditional Irish, trans/verses Byrne/Hull, alt

1. Be thou my vision, O joy of my heart,
naught be all else to me save that thou art,
thou my best thought, by day or by night.
Walking or sleeping thy presence my light.

2. Be thou my wisdom, the lamp to my feet;
Thy word, like honey, to my lips is sweet;
Thou my delight, my joy, thy command;
My dwelling ever, be the palm of thy hand.

3. Be thou my heart’s shield, O lift me in flight;
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
Thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tower,
Raise thou me heavenward, O power of my power.

4. High God of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all!

Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the
Anglican Cycle: Sudan; and in the Diocesan Cycle: Flemingdon Park
Ministry and the San Esteban congregation here at Holy Trinity.
The community now offers its prayers, both spoken and unspoken. Please
keep your prayers brief. Please move forward to one of the two
microphones to make your intercession, if you wish to speak it out loud.

The Great Thanksgiving

Celebrant: Bill Whitla
Please do not dip the bread into the wine. The bread and wine will be
passed around the circle, but if you prefer you may receive at the
gluten-free station at the altar.

Eucharistic Prayer — Oracion Eucaristica

Presider: Let us gather at God’s table.
Grown-ups, are you here?
Say Amen.
Grown-ups: Amen
Presider: Children, are you here?
Say Amen
Children: Amen.
Presider: For the saints who are with us,
Say Amen.
All: Amen.

Presider: With all God’s creation,
Say Amen.
All: Amen.

Presider: God most loving, God most wonderful, when there was nothing,
you began creating everything in beauty and goodness. when Miriam saved
her brother Moses they endured to lead their people Israel to freedom;
when Samuel heard God’s voice in the night, he said “yes” and became
God�s helper; when Mary heard the angel�s call, she joined with you and
turned the world upside down; ad so with all God�s children the whole
creation sings this song of joy:

Presider: God most loving, God most wonderful, when the world needed
you, you came as Jesus, the child of our hope; when he was twelve, Jesus
explained the Bible to the teachers in the temple; when he was a
grown-up, he brought the children close to him. When children got sick,
he came to them and made them better; when people were hungry, a boy
offered his bread and fish so Jesus could feed them.

Because you love us, O God, you invite us to come together around your
table as Jesus gathered with friends for supper on the night before he died.

Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and shared it with them,
saying: take and eat; this is bread for the journey�my body, given for
you. Do this to remember me. After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine,
gave thanks, and shared it with them saying: This is the cup of
blessing�my blood shed for you and for all people. Do this to remember me.

Remembering Christ�s dying, let the people say Amen. Amen!

Celebrating Christ�s rising,
let the people shout Amen. Amen!

Looking for Christ�s coming again.
let the people sing Amen. Amen!

God most holy, God most motherly,
pour out your Spirit upon this
bread and wine so we may become a
community of love, joy, and friendship.

May we taste and see your gift of life,
shared at this table, shared with the
world here and everywhere,
now and always, and let all the people
say Amen. AMEN.

?The Saviour�s Prayer
Please say the prayer in the language of your choice.
O God, our Mother and Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your
reign come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our
daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the realm,
the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. AMEN.

At the breaking of the bread
Presider: Taste and see that God is good, and let the people say Amen. Amen!

?Communion Anthems p. 40-48

?Glory to God: Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do
infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God, from
generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever
and ever. AMEN.

? Closing Song: Un Granito de Mostaza

?Dismissal: p. 36 in the green booklet

Please join us after the service for soup at the back of the church.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
October 25, 2009 WEEKLY NOTICES

The Homeless Memorial is on the second Tuesday of every month at 12:00
outside the south doors of the church

The Holy Trinity Choir will be meeting on Thursday evenings from Oct 29
– Dec.5, between 7 and 8:30 p.m. All welcome.

Upcoming readings:
Nov 1: All Saints: Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24;
Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44
Nov 8: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 or 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 127 or
Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

Please help keep our space looking sharp!!
If your committee has a meeting or you are using the space for something
else, please leave the space as it was when you started.
Thank you very much.

SPECIAL THANK YOU
EVENING
Saturday, November 7, 7:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
(Right beside the Eaton Centre)
Evening of Musical Celebration for the new organ; to thank donors and
volunteers who made our organ campaign a success.

Free admission
7:00 Reception and Silent Auction
(including organ pipes), cheese and wine (cash bar)
7:30 Hear this wonderful organ played by Wm O’Meara, Becca Whitla with
dancer Aine Arro, and the Echo Women’s Choir
Come and Enjoy!!
www.holytrinitytoronto.org 416-598-4521, ex 224

Oct 18, 2009 Proper 24 (29)

Incumbent: The Rev’d Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Director: Becca Whitla
Coordinators: Marilyn Ferrel and Lee Creal
Guest Homilist: Bradley Mulder

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trinity. We are delighted to have
you with us this morning. Holy Trinity is an accessible,
justice-seeking, and queer-positive community in the heart of downtown
Toronto. Our services are planned and led by lay people – volunteers
from our community. Communion is celebrated by our Incumbent or one of
our non-stipendiary priests who are members of the community. We try
to use language in our worship which includes us all, and we encourage
the extensive participation of each person in the worship and life of
the Church. At the Peace we move about freely, greeting one another.
During the offertory hymn we will move to create a circle around the
altar for the Prayers of the People and Communion – all are welcome to
share in communion (the Eucharist) as they feel comfortable. Please
fill out the Newcomers Form in the bulletin if you wish to be
contacted. 10 Trinity Square, Tor, M5G 1B1
Tel:(416) 598-4521
www.holytrinitytoronto.org
THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

Welcome
Opening Musical Meditation
Hymn (All rise, in body or spirit):

Grreeting:
All: May the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

The Collect for Purity
All: All loving God to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and
from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by
the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily praise your holy name; through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Kyrie: Kyrie eleison, Criste eleison, Kyrie eleison.
(Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy

Confession:
One: For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us
pray to God. Silence
One: God in your mercy:
All: Hear our prayer.
One: We are a forgiven people: God’s spirit is free among us.
All: Thanks be to God.

The Exchange of Peace
It is our custom to move about to exchange the peace.
One: The Peace of Christ be always with you:
All: And also with you.

Announcements: Members of the community share important news
Prayer after announcements
All: Grant, O God, that in these activities and events we may do your
will with strength, wisdom, and compassion, for the good of your reign
of justice and peace. Amen

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

Collect for the Day
One: Let us pray…
All: Most High, your Anointed One offered himself freely as witness
against our violence, our acts of oppression, and our sin. Enlighten
us with true faith and humble obedience that seeks to serve others in
your name. AMEN. Silence

The First Reading: Isaiah 53:4-8 Reader: Chris Lind
Reader: A Reading from…
After the reading
Reader: Hear what the Spirit says to God’s people
All: Thanks be to God

Response to the Reading Please join in on the refrain.

Voices that Challenge

Second Reading: “Addicted Brain” from “Close to Addiction”
by Nancy MacDonald – an outline of Dr. Gabor Mate’s approach. Dr.
Gabor Mate worls at the safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown
east side. Reader: Carol Clarke
After the reading
Reader: Hear what the Spirit says to the Churches
All: Thanks be to God

Hymn: “Voices that Challenge” (see refrain on previous page)
The collection will be received during the singing of this hymn.
All rise, in body or spirit for the hymn and Gospel.

Holy Gospel: Matthew 25:34-41 Reader: Len Desroches
Reader: May God be with you
All: And also with you
Reader: The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to…
All: Glory to Christ our Saviour
After the reading
Reader: The Gospel of Christ
All: Praise to Christ our Saviour Silence

Homily Bradley Mulder

LITURGY OF THE BREAD AND CUP
We will gather in a circle around the altar to share the gifts of
bread and wine and other offerings, the symbols of our common life.
All are welcome. You may also stay seated and , if you wish, communion
will be brought to you.

Offertory Hymn: “Jesus Christ is Waiting”
©1988 WGRG, Iona Community, tune: Noel Nouvelet
Jesus Christ is waiting, waiting in the streets;
No one is his neighbour, all alone he eats.
Listen, O Jesus, I am lonely too.
Make me, friend or stranger, fit to wait on you

Jesus Christ is raging, raging in the streets,
Where injustice spirals and real hope retreats.
Listen, O Jesus, I am angry too.
In the Kingdom’s causes let me rage with you.

Jesus Christ is healing, healing in the streets;
Curing those who suffer, touching those he greets.
Listen, O Jesus, I have pity too.
Let my care be active, healing just like you.

Jesus Christ is dancing, dancing in the streets,
Where each sign of hatred, He, with love, defeats.
Listen, O Jesus, I should triumph too.
On suspicion’s graveyard let me dance with you.

Jesus Christ is calling, calling in the streets,
“Who will join my journey? I will guide their feet.”
Listen, O Jesus, Let my fears be few.
Walk one step before me; I will follow you.

Prayers of the People: In our prayers today, we remember: in the
Anglican Cycle: The Gulf, Pakistan; and in the Diocesan Cycle: Durham
and Northumberland Deanery and the San Esteban congregation here at
Holy Trinity. The community now offers its prayers, both spoken and
unspoken. Please keep your prayers brief.

The Great Thanksgiving
Please do not dip the bread into the wine. The bread and wine will be
passed around the circle, but if you prefer you may receive at the
gluten-free station at the altar.

Communion Anthem:
God is Passionate Life, p. 45 in the green book

Glory to God: Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do
infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God, from
generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever
and ever. AMEN.

Dismissal: p. 36 in the green booklet
Please join us after the service for soup at the back of the church.
This is an opportunity to engage in conversation
with our guest homilist.

Parish Vestry Weekend Countdown

In two weeks, Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, as many of us as
possible will gather to discuss what we want for our community in the
future. The Planning Team has been asking over the summer, ‘what is
the one question that, if we could answer it, would make the most
difference to our life together?’

Lunch will be provided both days, and there will be a Children’s
Program. Sign up today in church or call the office at 416-598-4521
x222. Please plan to be there, to make sure your voice and wishes for
the future of Holy Trinity are heard.

Planning Team: Chris Lind, Nola Crewe, Sue Crowe Connolly, Nancy
Whitla, Carole Clark, Jean Robinson, or Sherman Hesselgrave.
The Holy Trinity Choir will be meeting on Thursday evenings from Oct
29 – Dec.5, between 7 and 8:30 p.m. All welcome.

Upcoming readings: Oct 25: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 or Jeremiah 31:7-9 Psalm
34:1-8, (19-22) or Psalm 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52
Nov 1 (All Saints): Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9;
Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44
Visitors are warmly welcome at Holy Trinity.

Homeless memorial remembers those who died on the streets

By John Bonnar, Rabble.ca | August 15, 2009

They held candles, bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence for the men, women and children who died of homelessness in Toronto.

“This month we have no new names that must be added,” said the minister.

“Not that we know of anyway,” said one of the mourners.

“We pray this month we were spared more deaths,” added the minister.

On the second Tuesday of the month, they gather outside the Church of the Holy Trinity to mourn the dead. The Homeless Memorial, a small wooden structure near the steps to the entrance, contains over 600 names of those who have lived and died on the streets.

… read the whole article.

Parish Resolution on Same Sex Marriage

Whereas God finds a resting place in love genuinely expressed between two people;

Whereas Jesus’ ministry embraced an inclusive solidarity with those who were alienated and excluded by the dominant culture of his day;

Whereas the Gospel value of loving one’s neighbour involves acting with, not simply standing beside, those seeking justice;

Whereas providing an equal pastoral response to same-sex couples who present themselves for blessing or marriage as to couples of the opposite sex is a matter of conscience and integrity for the clergy and people of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto;

Whereas in 1976, through the conscience clause passed by General Synod regarding the ordination of women (permitting persons to continue to act out of their conscience in ways no longer consistent with the General Synod), the Anglican Church of Canada recognized “the tolerability of living with an anomaly”;

Whereas General Synod 2007 is poised to make a decision as to the acceptability of the blessing of same-sex unions in the Anglican Church of Canada;

Be it resolved that the Church of the Holy Trinity will, with the intention of remaining in the Anglican Church of Canada and the communion, continue to exercise its conscience and bless same-sex unions and marry same-sex couples.

The Necessary Means of Salvation – Advent 1868

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

“the word of god” and “the church of god” the NfiCKSSARV

MEANS OF SALVATION.

St. John, XV, 5.

” I am the Vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in Me and I in him,
the Bame bringeth forth much fruit, for without Me yc can do nothing.”

I have lately expressed, with such clearness of thought
and diction as I am able to command, my own conviction,
that there is little real practical readiness amongst us for
the coming of the Lord — that though He may be at hand,
even at the door, the whole tone of our devotion is miser-
ably low — that there is p, terrible spirit of utter worldliness
rife around us — that we shrink painfully from the thought
self-denial and entire consecration to the service of our Lord ;
that any nnusual earnestness and devotedness of life when
it is met with, tends to excite ridicule, when it does not

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call forth censure and opposition. For now well nigh
thirty years I have been brought into close ■ ontact with
the ordinary mind in sacred things, and the conclusion is
often forced upon me that there is something in the whole
tone of popular Christianity so unlike its primitive pattern —
60 different from that literal representation of it which we
find in Holy Scripture, that the two are hardly to be
recognized as being the same even in many of their leading
principles.

When, on all sides, instead of living as brethren in the
same blessed household of faith — instead of dwelling to-
gether in unity, and with one mind and one mouth glorifying
God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we find bit-
ter strife and heartburnings, rife among the professed fol-
lowers of thePrince of Peace, separations and divisions of the
most aggravated character, growing out of causes the most
trivial and insignificant, controversies and j anglings about
opinions drawn by private interpretation from the Scrip-
tures—opinions which are diametrically the opposites ot
each other, and which being absolutely beyond the possi-
bility of reconciliation, cannot possibly be true. When I
say this spectacle is everywhere, and every day to be met
with, I confess that to me it is no great wonder that many
sincere people begin to doubt, whether Christianity (as they
see and understand it) is really the divine and blessed thing
which it is said to be. And I am ready further to acknow-
ledge, that my sorrow has been greater than my surprise
when, in going from door to door in this town, I have been
told by intelligent men, generally of the artizan class, (a class
who, though they may not have the opportunity of gaining
large views on such subjects, exercise a considerable amount ot
independent tlio..ght) to be told, I say, by such men, that be-
fore I undertook to instruct them in the truths of the Bible,
it would be well to assemble the teachers of the eighteen or

<0 twenty ” denominations ” into whicli christians are here di- ivided, each holding opinions conflicting with all the othersi and when as the result of our conference we had come to a un- animous agreement as to what the Bible meant, tJien it would be time enough to commence the work of their instruction. And what is this but the perfectly legitimate result of the Hcentious exercise of incompetent private opinion, leading to the reception or formation of those traditions, i.e.^ those ex- planations of the Word of God, which make it of none effect, either by obscuring its meaning or utterly explaining away its true and literal sense. Now, (as on Sunday last I sought to show) this conflict of opinion, destroying as it does all cer- tainty as regards truth, grows naturally and inevitably from the fact, that men, popularly speaking, have gradually lost all idea of the continued, outward, visible existence of that divine and spiritual kingdom which the God of Heaven was to set up on earth, and which should never be de- Btroved. The true vine — of which our Lord is the root — — ^His body mystical, the church — the trunk, and we who by holy baptism have been grafted into it — the branches — the Church of the living God, which is the pillar and ground of the truth. They have substituted for it, societies of their own formation, whose origin features, history and fate prove them to be purely human, and not divine : The ” Churches ” of men, but not ” t?ie Church of the living God.’* With this wide-spread loss of all scriptural notion of the Church, there necessarily follows the loss of all idea of her oflice as the keeper, the witness, and the divinely-appointed inter- preter of Holy writj and the result is that men, trying to understand the Bible by their own unaided power have to a great extent failed to do so, and have put almost as many different and conflicting meanings upon it as there are different minds. They have attempted to attain a most n of important end, but they have left out one element which is essentially necessary to the success of their attempt. The truth which Almighty God revealed by His blessed Son — the Faith which was once for all delivered to the saints — and by the heartfelt reception and practice of which we are to have our Lord come among us by a spiritual ad- vent, and so to incorporate His strength with our weakness, as to help us against our own sins and wickedness, was to be preserved pure, unadulterated, and unchanged by the proper and perpetual use of two of God’s most precious gifts to us — firet, the “Word of God, kept and explained by the other great gift, viz., the Church of God. Men in their self-suf- ficiency have chosen to make the foolish and futile attempt of securing this great end by the use of one of these means only, and the result is, the confusion, uncertainty and con- tradiction ; the alienation and bitterness of spirit which now BO painfully distinguishes popular Christianity. When Almighty God has ordained two mean’s, both of which are, by His appointment, essential to the attainment of any specific end, whether temporal or spiritual, and men either in ignorance or self-sufficiency choose to use only one, then they have no one but themselves to blame for any unhappy conspquences which may arise, because it is clearly the fruit of their own voluntary action. Our bodily life, e.ff., is supported by two means — food and drink. Both of these, in due proportion and combination, are es- sential to our healthy existence. If we used one of them only, then, irrespective of the evil consequences following directly from the loss of the other, the one of which we did partake, and which was intended to promote our welfare would produce, from want of combination with the other, results of the most distressing and fatal character. Scien- tific men can easily prove to us that the air we breathe and which is so proverbially necessary to our life, is com- * •>

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pounded chiefly of two ingredients, which arc easily separ-
able. If we were to breathe one only of the elements of
which it is composed, suffering and death would be the
consequence. It is only when the two are properly com-
bined that tho end is secured, viz.. the maintenance of life.

Now it has pleased God that our spiritual life should also
be supported by the combination of two divine ingredients,
viz., the Word of God and the Church of God. If we
separate the two — if we destroy their combination by using
them in a manner which God did not intend, then from
the use ot one, however honestly or devoutly used, we shall
not obtain, and it is vain for us to expect to obtain, those
beneficial results which would flow from the right use of
both in combination.

This is not a mere theory, but a fact which really admits
of no question.

For the proof of it, look first to the large and numerous
Non-conformist bodies who have forsaken the ancient and
historic Church, and set up the various organizations which
they, in the exercise of their private judgement think,
strangely enough, to be more in accordance with the mind
of Christ than the Church founded by Himself. They
take one of the two elements necessary for our salvation,
viz., the Word of God ; and no one, unless lost to all sense
of christian candour, can doubt the earnestness, honesty and
deep devotedness with which it is used by multitudes am®ng
them ; but the aggregate result of their attempts to inter-
pret the Word of God without the Church of God, is that
almost infinite diversity of conflicting views which has
been referred to, and which is producing in many minds
very grave doubts as to the truth of christianit}’- itself. Look
now at the Roman branch of the Church. She professes great
reverence for the Word of God, but practically she has
taken it away from the people, and thus they, having to a.

great oxtont only the Chur;!li of God, suffer the inevitable
consequence of separating what God has joined together in
those assumptions, corruptions and novelties which at this
moment form the greatest obstacle to the re-union of
Ohristondom, on the principles of the Primitive and Catholic
Faith. • ,. • … •’

And now let us see where we have got to. A sound
faith, even that faith which was delivered to the saints, is
essential to a holy life ; but this faith, as far as we can see,
could not possibly have been maintained amidst this evil
world without ” the Word of God.” But even the Word
of God would not answer its purpose, unless its inie 7}uaning
was preserved, and, therefore, for this purpose, the Church
of God was constituted its authorized interpreter, an office
she discharges in the manner and under the limitations and
condition* which I endeavored to explain on Sunday even-
ing last.

Some persons who have not thought much on these sub-
jec^i, and who, without thought, are willing to accept as
correct any crude theory which may happen to prevail
around tliem, may perhaps be shocked to hear it said that
anything is needful for our spiritual welfare but the Bible,
ai. ^ the Bible alone. “Are not the Scriptures,” such people
say, ” able to make us wise unto salvation, through faith,
in Christ Jesus, and what can we want more than that ?
Does not Christ dwell in the heart by faith, which is the
gift of God, and if so, why thus attempt to magnify the
office of the Church ? ” The reply to these questions is
very simple, and it is this : that the Bible itself, human
experience and common sense combined, serve to shew, that
without the Church of God, the Word of God could not be
obeyed. “Wlio, that has any trace of christian earnestness
within him, but knows and feels that we arc sore let and

Jiindcred in running the race that is set before us, by reason
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of oar own sirva and wickedness ? Who lias not been dis-
tressed and cast down by the sense of his own weakness to
overcome what is evil, produced by the breaking of his
Btrongest resolutions against it ? Who is insensible to his
own coldness and deadness in prayer, and to his want ot
deep, conscious, constraining love to Christ ? Now who
can save us from ourselves but Him, and Ijow is He to do
it unless Ho raises up Ilia power and comes among us —
yea, into us — and with great might sucours us^? And how
is that succour given but by union with Him ; by His mak-
ing: Himself one with us, so that we’ who, severed from Him
can do nothing, may be enabled to do all things through
Christ, that stre;igthenetli us ? Now, if the Holy Scriptures
teach us anything distinctly, it is that this union is brought
about by the instrumentality of those means of grace which
Christ Himself appointed for this very end, and which are
administered only in and by His Church. How were the
first believers added to the church ? How grafted into the
True Vine, from Whom alone they could derive the spiritual
life which was to makt them fruitful in holiness — how but
by being baptized into Christ, and thus, as St. Paul says,
” putting on Christ.” And how is the union, or incorpora-
tion thus effected to be maintained or kept up, but by
worthy and continual participation in that heavenly food
which makes or keeps us one with Christ — ” He that eateth
My flesh and drinketh My blood dwelleth in Me and I in
him.” Our Lord in Holy Scripture commands us to ob-
serve these His ordinances ; but to obey these precepts of
” the Word of God ” we must have ” the Church of God,”
for nowhere else can we be sure of finding either baptism
or the supper of the Lord, both “of which are generally
necessary to salvation. It will not do to say that ftiith
alone will suffice, for a faith which does not.|lead to obedi-
ence is a dead faith. The faith of the 3,000 converted by

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St. Peter led them immediately to be baptized, and so with
all those of whom we read in the Holy Scriptures. But this
could not have been, unless there had been the duly com-
missioned officers of the Church, authorized to baptize them,
and afterwards to break to them the bread of life in the
Holy Eucharist. Is anyone allowed to do these things ‘<
surely not. Only those whom our Lord sent, and com-
missioned to send others, saying ” Go ye and baptize — go
YE and teach.” As long, my christian brethren, as the
Bible lasts, it will be a vain attempt to ignore the Church,
and suppose that any half dozen people who choose to as-
semble together can, if they please, constitute themselves
into a society for the administration of God’s sacraments.
Men could just as easily make a new Bible as a new Church.
She is not of human, but of heavenly workmanship. She is
as a ship sailing over the sea of this evil, stormy world,
amid whose wild waves of sin and unbelief the souls of men
are perishing. Christ, by His ministei*s within the ship,
throws — so to speak — the rope of His ordinances to those
struggling in the waters, in hope of saving them. Faith is
the hand by which they lay hold upon this rope : a: id thus
we see why it is that without faith we cannot be saved, for
without it we can no more be drawn to Christ than a
drowning man could, without hands, grasp the rope thrown
to him in the waters. Christ is our only Saviour. We,
notwithstanding all our provocations, are the sinners who,
at the price of His most precious blood, He vouchsafes to
save, and the means or instruments by which it pleases
Him to save us are those ordinances which He has appoint-
ed in His church for this very end. iJe might, if He had
BO pleased, have appointed a thousand other means of bring-
ing us into union with Himself; but He in His love and
wisdom, has not seen fit to do so, and it will not do for us
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Word and God’s Church are the means appointed for our sal-
vation, and it is by the loving, trusting, reverent and de-
vout use of both that we are alone warranted in believing
that we shall really be ready for the judgment of the great
dav. It is because we fail to understand and to use both?
that Christianity displays the melancholy spectacle which it
now exhibits, and that the standard of our spiritual life is
so wretchedly low and stunted.

We, who through God’s great mercy have been led to a
fuller, firmer grasp of these truths, have a high mission to
fulfil, though its nature is often grotesquely misunderstood.
People look at our love for the decencies of divine worship,
at our efforts to adorn the house of prayer, or to bear our-
selves devoutly in the presence of the Most High, and they
think and say that these outward things are all we care for-
They seem incapable of comprehending +hat these things
are but the outermost fringe of our inner life, the mere
trivial external indications of our having, through God’s
grace, been awakened to the unspeakable importance of an
awfully forgotten part of God’s eternal Truth. The great
mission which has been divinely committed to us is to
make men recoajnize the srreat fact that the means bv
which we are to be brought into union, and kept in real close
living communion with the Lord, is through the instrument-
ality of His Body the Church. Men at this day profess to value
the Word of God ; but losing, as they have done, its true
meaning, they begin to doubt its authority, and it is our
work to make them see that in the Church of God we have a
divinely authorized inter} ncter of the Word of God, and that
by the combined action of both we are to be saved from error
of doctrine, and viciousness of life, and made ready for
the day of judgment. We shall be (as we are) denounced
and suspected, feared, and calumniated, as was our
Master of old, but we sJmU succeed as surely as truth gains

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the victory in its conflict with error ; as certainly as the
brightness of the day banishes the obscurity of night. And
now one word only to those who sympathize with us in oar
work. Let not your sympathy be a merely intellectual one.
Let us by our spirit, our life, our actions, show beyond all dis-
pute, that this movement is deeply, truly, earnestly religious.
Oh, I dread, in my own case, and in the case ot others, a
mere assent, a mere mental recognition of the truth, that our
loving Lord is yet among us by His Mystical Body, and that
it should have no effect on our hearts and conduct. O ye,
who know that you are bronchos in the True Vine, see that
ye so abide in Him, that ye bring forth much fruit. Let
your love for His church lead you to prove its sincerity, by
following the holy footsteps of His life Who is Her Head and
Lord ; and thus shall we hasten the blessed day, when
t’nere shall be one Fold and one Shepherd, and when Zion
shall be built as a city that is at unity in itself.