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be a public contribution in the through the kindness of some several churches and congrega- of his disciples, that you - tions belonging to the Society. were educated under the dispen• In offering this recommenda- sation of the gospel. As saved - tion to the pious and benevolent, by grace, to what exertions and earnestly pressing the duty should you be excited by seeing of charity to the souls of sinners the necessities of others, and ready to perish in want of the these your brethren, exposed to means of grace, we have a con perish, for want of the means of fident assurance that our ad salvation which you enjoy, and dress meets their wishes.
may be instrumental of procurYou know, beloved in the | ing for them? Blessed is your Lord, that the care of the soul | opportunity to show your love to is the one thing needful. You God and to your dear fellow have had evidence in your own men, your gratitude to Christ experience of the danger of its for redeeming you by his death, being lost, and have learnt both and your respect for his ordito pity your fellow men that are nances and word, which offer impenitent in sin, and to admire and teach salvation. Christ the sovereign love and grace of died to unite all nations in one God. Is it possible to be a family. He is the head of Christian, and not have so much which all believers are the body, of the love of Christ as to wish | In love to the one family of hufor opportunities to do him ser- | man beings, be liberal, be kind vice? Behold him laying down to them ; they are your brethhis life to redeem sinners! See ren. Deeds of charity proceedthe blood flow from his pierceding from a good heart are the side to make atonement for ini- seed of eternal life. And the quity! His love to men induced present is your time to sow.. him to resign his breath. His Joyful as well as solemn is the ordinances express the same truth, “He that soweth sparlove. And you feel and are / ingly shall reap also sparingly; ready to express the same, if and he that soweth bountifully you are his disciples. To what shall reap also bountifully. exertions will it not excite you Every man," therefore, "acin his cause! How little will cording as he purposeth in his you consider the gift of earthly heart so let him give ; not grudgsubstance, in comparison with ingly, or of necessity; for God what he gave? And how little loveth the cheerful giver.” to evidence the love which you It is requested that this Rehave in your hearts, to your port be read in the several con: dear Lord, and to the souls for | gregations in the county. which he died ?
SAMUEL HOPKINS, There was a time when your ancestors were indebted to the
Vice-President. charity of others that were friends of Jesus for those offers of the gospel, which God bless- A Memoir of Deacon GOODYEAR. ed and rendered effectual to .convert them to Christianity. EACON STEPHEN GOODAnd it is of the grace of Christ, 1 YEAR was born in New
Haven * of réputable parents. great change in his temper, in His descent was from the Hon- his feelings, in his views, in his orable Stephen Goodyear, the aims and resolutions : they were first deputy governor of the col- all new. They had respect to ony of New-Haven. As he en-God his glory and kingdom. joyed no peculiar advantages, in His sorrows and joys were new. his youth for mental improve-'| He mourned for sin, and rement, he was not distinguished | joiced in the Lord. from his coevals. But at about He appeared not to be his twenty-two years of age it pleas- own but the Lord's. Far from ed God of his sovereign mercy, being ashamed of Christ and his effectually to call him into his gospel, even in his youth, he kingdom. At this time his at- | came out from the world, and tention was uncommonly arrest- made a public profession of sued, and his mind penetrated with preme love to his Saviour, and a pungent sense of his exceed- of attachment to his interests ing sinfulness ; of his self-ruin- and friends. As he professed ed, utterly lost and helpless religion, he made it the great 'condition. He saw and felt concern and business of his life. himself to be a great sinner, un- As the knowledge of God was der the curse of the law and just sweet to his soul, he searched ly exposed to the all-consuming the scriptures abundantly, and displeasure of a holy God. For read other books of piety and a considerable time he continued devotion as well as on points of deeply impressed with a sense of doctrine, and being a constant guilt, and with alarming appre- and attentive hearer of the word, hensions of eternal damnation. he made happy proficiency in “But at length, as he hoped, in divine knowledge. He was disview of the glory of God, and creet, temperate, sober, diligent, the mediatorial glories of Jesus faithful, zealous, inoffensive, and Christ, he was brought to re- sound in the faith. He was nounce all self-righteousness righteous, charitable, meek and and self-dependence, to re- steadfast abounding in the work sign himself into the hands of a of the Lord; so that he became sovereign God, and to seek par- distinguished among his breth-. don and life wholly on the foot- / ren, as a pillar in the house of ing of mercy, as it reigns thro' God. Their eyes and hearts the righteousness and boundless were fixed upon him ; and they fulness which there is in Christ. appointed him to the office of a Him he apprehended as divinely deacon, in which he served, to lovely, as willing and able to save great acceptance, for more than unto the uttermost them who thirty years. During this long come unto God by him. In him period he was an example to his he hoped he believed, in him he brethren, with singular dignity, rejoiced as his strength, as his propriety and patience sustainrighteousness, as his all in ALL. ing the burdens, and performFrom this time he experienced a ing the duties of his office. As
the church and congregation for * In that part of the town which a great part of the time were ROW forms the parisk of Mount-Ear-, destitute of a pastor, he was in mel.
a sense both pastor and deacon. Vol. V. No. 6
He was able and fervent in pray- such discretion, and so happily er, and in an edifying and judi- redeemed time, that it never cious manner led the public wor- seemed to injure him in his temship, when the people had no poral affairs. † He was diligent preacher. He visited and pray- | in business, fervent in spirit, ed with the sick and dying. At serving the Lord. funerals he prayed and convers- He was called, as all God's ed with propriety, to edification, people are, to endure chastiseand general acceptance. He ment, and tried as gold seven vas one who comforted the times in the furnace of affliction. mourner, made the hearts of In the year 1776 he was called the widow, the fatherless, his to bury the wife of his youth, mourning brethren and friends truly the desire of his eyes ; his glad with words of instruction, eldest son, at the age of twentypeace and consolation. He in- two years; and two claughters, structed and counselled those one aged twenty, and the other under serious impressions, and, thirteen years, in the term of with his worthy fellow deacon, about two months. The chilexamined those who were admit-dren were amiable and dutiful, ted to the communion. By his bound to his heart by every prudent, peaceful and happy endearment. The aspects of management, the church, in the Providenee at the same time, midst of many changes, and with respect to the country, great dangers was kept together, whose interests lay near his and enjoyed a good degree of or- heart, were most gloomy and der, peace and purity. He lov- | alarming. But amidst these reed the ministers of Christ, as- iterated and sore bereavments, sisted and supported them with and threatening aspects, he was all his power and influence; was submissive, calm and serene, public spirited, and always libe- and was borne up by such chrisral to the house of God. | tian fortitude as was almost as
He was so popular among his tonishing to those who knew not brethren, and they reposed such the power of religion and the cntire confidence in him, that sweetness of divine consolations. he was chosen almost universal. He appeared in patience and ly, to represent the church in peace to possess his soul. Like every ecclesiastical council in the pious Habakkuk he rejoiced the district while he was in of- | in the Lord, and joyed in the fice. In councils he was par- rock of his salvation. The trial ticularly useful, as he was judi- of his faith appeared more precious, candid and pacific. Thus cious than that of gold which a very considerable portion of perisheth. Like the sun he his time was freely employed in kept his course, and vas steadserving the interests of the Re- fast, immoveable. deemer's kingdom, of his fel. Under injuries he was meek, low christians and mankind. * patient and forgiving, overcomYet he managed his affairs with ing evil with good. In his gen
* He was captain of the militia in the time of the revolutionary war, and spent much time and property in the defence of his country.
+ A generous pity fills his mind: Yet what his charity impairs, He saves by prudence in affairs, And thus he's just to all mankind.
eral deportment he was vigilant ry commencement he appreand inoffensive, careful to lay no hended it would be his last. stumbling blocks in the way of | And he expressed an entire acothers. Like the excellent De- quiescence in the divine will. metrius, he had good report of | As he had lived for usefulness, all men and of the truth itself. and as he considered that now
In private life he was no less / very much at an end, he seemed amiable than in public. He was to ehoose death rather than life, particularly attentive to the reli- if it should comport with the digion and government of his fam- vine purpose. He appeared to ily, reading the scriptures and delight in the prospect of being praying daily with them, at the absent from the body and presusual seasons, and laboriously ent with the Lord. His views instructing them in the doctrines of the gospel plan of salvation, and duties of religion. He spar- | and of things unseen and eternal, ed no pains to train up his child which he had on his death bed, dren in the nurture and admoni- were reported to be more clear tion of the Lord. In all his re and transporting than any which lations he was discreet; kind, af- he had before experienced. His fectionate and faithful.
hopes therefore brightened up But notwithstanding the ex- to a more happy and full assurcellencies which others saw in ance. him, and his usefulness in the Those who were his attendhouse of God, he was deeply "ants in his sickness report, sensible of a body of sin and “ That he seemed to live in full death cleaving unto him. He / view of the glory and blessedness bewailed the remains of sin and of the invisible world, and to imperfection which he discover- | grasp for them with every ed in himself; and in view of breath.” That this was his lanhis sinfulness, barrenness and guage, “I long to be gone, O unprofitableness seemed to loathe | how I long to have this mortal himself and to be clothed with body dissolved, and to be with humility. He spake of himself Christ which is far better? I as a great sinner, and represent- long to be with Christ to see him ed that his only hope was in the as he is, and to behold his greatness of the divine mercy, glory.” Though his desires through the perfect atonement to be with Christ were thus and boundless fulness of Christ. ardent, yet they were mixed Thus he lived as one who had with patience and submission. come in the unity of the faith, In his last agonies he closed his and of the knowledge of the eyes, and folded his hands upon son of God unto a perfect man. his placid breast, and expired
If we follow him to the bed of) without a groan. Mark the perdeath, he will appear with the fect man and behold the upright same christian and lovely fea- for the end of that man is peace. turcs ; his mind was composed, Blessed are the dead who die in calm, peaceful and serene as the the Lord. summer's evening. He was In review of these memoirs it strong in the faith, still trusting is natural to reflect in the Lord. The sickness 1. That the christian religion which terminated his life was is a divine, a glorious reality. long and distressful. At its ve-' It is not a dormant, but power. ful principle of piety, righteous- | portunities to destroy the noblest ness and universal goodness. hope, peace and comfort of othAs our Saviour hath said, it is ers, and to reduce them to the a well of water springing up in- same hopeless and miserable to everlasting life. Like streams condition with himself. His of living water, it is refreshing throat is an open sepulchre, he and beneficial to its subjects, sets his mouth against the heavand highly useful and advanta- ens, blaspheming the Son of geous to others. Ilow was this God, and pouring out hatred and exemplified in the death of Dea- reproach against his people, and con Goodyear? How do the excel- his tongue walketh through the lencies and happy effects of chris- | carth. While he lives he detianity demonstrate its divine ori- stroys much good, and when he ginal ? What but a religion dies, it is either in horror and from God, could thus attract the despair, in dreadful expectations heart to him, and cause men of the judgment to coine, or in thus to imitate him as dear chil- doubt whether he shall die like a dren? What but this could ena- beast, or transmigrate into one ; ble them thus calmly to endure or whether he shall be punished affliction, to go about doing good, with everlasting destruction from and thus gloriously to triumph the presence of the Lord and over death? What can the age | the glory of of his power. The of reason? What hath, or can latter is the destiny to which the infidelity produce in compari | faithful sayings of God have apson with these? How wide is pointed him. the difference between the Chrisr 2. That the advantages of early tian and the infidel? The one piety are exceedingly great. It warmed with divine love, and was deacon Goodyear's acquaintanimated with a lively hope, pu- ance with God and love to the rifies himself even as God is truth, in his youth, which laid pure. He is pious, and does all the foundation for his distinmanner of good to men. Hav- guishing piety and usefulness ing fed on Christ, and tasted that in life ; for his comfortable asthe Lord is gracious, he invites surance and triumph in death. others to come and feast with Those who have been most dishim on the heavenly manna. / tinguished for piety, and have His tongue is a tree of life, giv- | done the greatest public services ing glory to God, and adminis- in the church and the world, as tering instruction, grace and Samuel, David, Daniel and the consolation to all who hear him. three children, Timothy and Having been the servant of God, | Apollos, feared God from their and the benefactor of men he youth. Early piety secures dies full of peace, hope and im- salvation to the subjects of it, mortality.
should they die in youth. If The other lives in unbelief, they live to old age it lays a fraught with rancor against the foundation for long and happy Saviour, his truth and people, | improvement in the divine life, lives without God, without hope, for great experience and comwithout all divine peace and fort in walking with God, for comfort. Instead of doing good, | great usefulness in the church he employs his talents and op- and in the world, for comfort in