Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 27, 1820

February 27, 1820 - Lords Day. - This morning our little church solemnly renewed their covenant with God and with one another. 

At 12, Brother Thurston preached, on deck from Ps.  At 4 P.M., after a sermon from Br. B. from Matth. 25: 26, 27, 28, on the significancy, the nature, and the tendency of that holy ordinance, the church was allowed to sit down at the Lord's table, and to commemorate his dying love in the communion of his body and blood.  It was a favored season.  The day was truly interesting and happy.  Seldom if ever have we been invited to this supper under circumstances more truly interesting and affecting.  We chose the cabin where our little church of 17 members were like the family of Christ at the institutuion of the supper, furnished with comfortable seats around a large semicircular table, on which the elements and covenant vessels were placed and easily passed round, while the light propitious breeze bearing us gradually onward with the unsearchable riches of Christ, the peaceful sea, and the very gentle motion of the vessel could scarcely be considered as the least inconvenience.  We have reason to believe that he who thus kindly ordered every circumstance was graciously present at his table and grantng us answers to the prayers of sister churches in America, and also to our unworthy petitions.  A lecture on self-examination preparatory to the celebration of the supper had been given Friday evening preceeding from I Cor. 11:28, and it is believed that every member made special efforts to be in readiness and we hope it will promote our growth in piety, cement our union and increase our strength and our preparation for our work which seems now ready to employ our hands.  Our next communion may be in the midst of the worshipers of Akooah.   May they soon be prepared for a worthy participation.

1 comment:

  1. I can well understood that they wrote "preceeding," but would request that you check to verify that they actually did write "institutuion" rather than "institution," and "grantng" rather than "granting."