25th ult., Rev. James Bardwell offered up the following prayer:
Almighty and most merciful God, our heavenly Father, we adore Thee as the king eternal, immortal and invisible, the only living and true God,--the creator and governor of all worlds — ruling in the armies of Heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth.
Thy favor is life and thy frown is death — with reverence and profound humility would we present ourselves before Thee, to confess our sins and implore Thy mercy, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
In his name do we present our petitions, and for his sake we humbly invoke Thy favor.
We have sinned against Thee, 0 Lord, as individuals, and we have sinned against Thee, as a people.
We have been unthankful for our blessings; we have abused mercies; we have misimproved our privileges; we have too often disregarded Thy authority and rejected Thy counsel.
In the pride and vanity of our hearts we have forgotten Thee, the God of our fathers, and arrogated to ourselves th
ained of God, and the magistracy is by His will to bear the sword not in vain.
Christ, in His Messiahship, would not be made a judge or a divider as to the statutes cted the coming woes of His own people, and of their chief city.
The Gospel of Christ, then, sanctions and consecrates true patriotism.
Shall the Christians of the dden change, it is the duty of all to redeem the fleeting hour; the duty of all Christ's people to see that the walls of Zion be built in troublous times, and to hopeh his profession differed from theirs — he being a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ — he inherited their patriotic devotion to the flag of their country.
His pat the institution belonged to the kingdom of Caesar, and not to the kingdom of Christ.
But the time had come when the religious aspect of slavery could not be ignort unto you desolate.
That was the spirit which should actuate the followers of Christ.
He hoped the report would be adopted without a dissenting voice.