tioa of theunivcrse! The cot^rsion and final salvation of one sinner, is an event of higher moment, of deeper interest, than the creation of a whole system of worlds! The soul of maty£om the extent of its capacities, and from its capabilities of end-, less improvement, has obviously a value it of the materal universe. And nerf of such souls has been deem ed an worthy the solicitude of an gels, and tfil sacrifice of the Son of God. Indeed, it has called forth the highest ex • . 1 V\ • * in the pression of the Divine bene1 gift of his Son, to seek and to sai$ that which was lost. Does not the subject, then, demand the consideration of the most gifted minds, the highest and best cultiva ted intellect, as well as of spind and deep piet&A A powerful and gifted ministry is, fur thermore, demanded from, the dazzling amr attractive nature of tke onjects of time and sense which surround us; such a ministry as, in the name and power of God, may arrest attention, and turn on the eyes from beholding vanity. We Ifee in an age of great enterprise, and ina cOuntry affording scope for bold and daring experiment in, every direction. Genius is on the stretch for improvement, and continually throw ing out new discoveries. The nation is rapidly advancing in #$blth, and putting on strength, power' and influence. Rail roads* and canals are rapidly multiplying, and intimately connecting the most distant parts of our. counM|^| Emigration is push ing its Onward march, clearing away fo rests, Spreading over the tallies, covering the hills, and building up cities. Ini the older states, manufactories are increasing, and monied institutions are multiplying, and they are rising in influence, pride and power. The spirit of the Hge is also in spiring the intellectual world, and moving it onward to greater and higher attainments in knowledge. The pres# is pouring out its periodicals and volumes with surralk ing and astonishing rapidity, and literary institutions, oLevcry description, are to ing up in all directions to beautify and adorn our sons and daughters. Science is inspiring enthusiaanyand richly repay ing the toils and labors of her votaries. The hall of legislation, and the bar of jus tice, are opening a wide field for f play of eloquence, and inviting tho' to the conflict Learning and geni eloquence, sap attweting the rags ,_r world, and enthroning themselves in the hearts of all civilized nations. % At no age of the world, at no period of tithe, has the human mind, in all departmeshs of world ambition jpd enterprise, been excited t intensity, or brought out results more adapted to absorb public attention, dr to hide eternity from view*. Now we would not arrest this spirit of enterprise, we would not allay this impo sing march of improvement, but we Would have it sanctified by the gospel, and made subservient to the advancement of Christ’s kingdom among men. To accomplish this end, we perceive in these imposing movements, occasion for corresponding increase of energy in the church, and a redoubled power in her ministry. And who, if not the angels of the church, can be expected to draw down light from hea ven, and throw around a celestial radiance, which will present worldly men and world ly objects in their proper light? And what other influence, indeed, can be expected to save the church herself from being led captive by J$£| god of this world? The chotch was never exposed to greater peril thin at the present moment. Agitated by internal divisions, and moved by external excitement, she requires the direction of a strong and skilftlf hand. Besides, the al lurements of avarice and ambition are das* zlrng her on every side, and inviting her embrace. And how is her pride thus fos tered, her spirit of prayer checked, arid her mind diverted from the great business of her high and holy calling J At such a crisis, whathut an increased energy in the ministry of God, can be rendered effectual to save her and her children from being engulphed in that general tide of Worldli ness, which threatens to drown millions in perdition, and, if unchecked in its ope rations, will deluge the whole world? The times call for a ministry of deep sanctity, of great piety, and of extensive influence; a ministry who can beat back the powers of darkness, and carry forward the church of God to perfection. The Christian ministry is also a profes sion! and mds for its success, the confi* jnce and respect of the community. But, re these, it mu# ted, moral, And religious character. It must advance with the general progress of ^Society. Should it retrograde* or even life

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