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A Sermon

PREACHED

JIE PARISH CHURCII OF ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE,

WINCHELSEA, SUSSEX.

THE RECTOR, THE REV. J. J, WEST, M.A.

ON SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 18, 1858.

And to which is prefixed the PRAYER offered up at the time.

et the sighing of the prisoner come before Thee; according to the ness of THY POWER preserve Thou those that are appointed to die.". lxxix. 11.

T". Sarmon and Prayer were both taken down at the time by a stranger,

in the congregation.

LONDON :

L, 1, CHAPTER HOUSE COURT,
E ST. PAUL'S, AND PATERNOSTER ROW.

and send his horses upon the sand; he wants a fertile soit to begin with, but God does not. He will begin with the rocky soil, and he will pound that rocky heart of yours until it turns into the rich black mould of penitential grief, and then he will scatter the living seed in that mould, till it brings forth a hundredfold. But he wants nothing of you, to begin with. He can take you, a thief, a drunkard, a harlot, or whoever you may be; he can bring you on your knees, make you cry for mercy, and then make you lead a holy life, and keep you unto the end. “Oh!” says one, “ I wish he would do that to me, then.” Well, soul, if that be a true wish, he will. If thou desirest this day that thou shouldst be saved, there never was an unwilling God where there was a willing sinner. Sinner, if thou willest to be sared, God willeth not the death of any, but rather that they should come to repeatance ; and thou are freely invited this morning to turn thine eye to the cross of Christ. Jesus Christ has borne the sins of men, and carried their sorrows; thou art bidden to look there, and trust there, simply and implicitly. Then thon art saved. That very wish, if it be a sincere one, shows that God has just now been begetting thee again to a lively hope. If that sincere wish shall endure, it will be abundant evidence that the Lord hath brought thee to himself, and that thou art and shall be his.

And now reflect every one of you—you that are not converted—that we are all this morning in the hands of God. We deserve to be damned: if God damneth us, there is not a single word that will be heard against his doing it. We cannot save ourselves; we lie entirely in his hands; like a moth that lies under the finger, he can crush us now, if he pleases, or he can let us go and save us. ought to cross our mind, if we believe that. Why, we ought to cast ourselves on our faces, as soon as we reach our homes, and cry,“ Great Gol, save me, a sinner! Save me! I renounce all merit for I have none; I deserve to be lost; Lord, save me, for Christ's sake;" and as the Lord my God liveth, before whom I stand, there is not one of you that shall do this who shall find my God shut the gates of mercy against you.

Go and try him, sinner; go and try him! Fall upon thy knees in thy chamber this day, and try my Master. See if he will not forgive you. You think too harshly of him. He is a great deal kinder than yðu think he is You think he is a hard master, but he is not. I thought he was severe and angry, and when I sought hiin, “Surely,” I said, “ if he accepteth all the world beside, he will reject me.” But I know he took me to his bosom; and when I thought he would spurn me for ever, he said, “ I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions

, and as a cloud thy sins," and I wondered how it was, and I do wonder now. But it shall be so in your case. Only try him, I bescech thee. The Lord help thee to try him, and to him shall be the glory, and to thee shall be happiness and bliss, for ever and ever.

What reflections

A Sermon

PREACHED

IN THE PARISH CHURCII OF ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE,

WINCHELSEA, SUSSEX.

BY

THE RECTOR, THE REV. J. J, WEST, M.A.

ON SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 18, 1858.

And to which is prefixed the PRAYER offered up at the time.

“Let the sighing of the prisoner come before Thee; according to the greatness of THY POWER preserve Thou those that are appointed to die.”Psalm lxxix. 11.

The Sermon and Prayer were both taken down at the time by a stranger,

in the congregation.

LONDON:

JAMES PAUL, 1, CHAPTER HOUSE COURT,

NORTH SIDE ST. PAUL'S, AND PATERNOSTER ROW,

THE PRAYER BEFORE THE SERMON.

0! God of all GRACE, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity-THREE PERSONS ! ONE GOD! Look down upon Thy Church assembled here, and bless us with Thy heavenly grace. Solemnize in our hearts the tremendous fact that we are in Thy especial presence; that we desire to worship Thee in the Spirit, to rejoice in Christ Jesus, to have no confidence in the flesh. Bless Thy ministering servants, the one preaching, the other listening, and Thy people assembled together in the pews. Command Thy GOSPEL into hearts before Thee that may be as hard as stones, and make the hard and rebellious sinner like a little child before Thee, and build up Thy believing family. Bless the seekers and comfort

mourners. Make us finders, and give us joy and peace in believing. And, now LORD! open Thy hand, touch the lip of the preacher with a coal from Thy own altar that it may be the living TRUTH from the living God to

living souls, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

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