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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 95, May 4, 1851

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Identifier: DX01015909

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 95, May 4, 1851

Description: Comments on a sermon by E.H. Chapin.

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the bed of the sick and suffering; when the patriot lives or dies, daring all for the dear country of his home and heart; — then, then do we Love Virtue. And when Jesus prays for his enemies, and led to a death of shame and agony, with tortured frame, and bursting tears, from his heart, cries “Lord forgive them, for they know not what they do — ” who is there of whatever stubbornness of heart, but will say “Anything but this! Terror — punishment, — condemnation. Lord, any of these could I bear rather than the overwhelming, infinite, piteous love. God, forgive — I am indeed a Sinner! / From this he [E.H. Chapin] naturally gleaned to what was to follow his Sermon — the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. That feeling it was the Lord’s table, and not theirs, they invited All whose hearts bade them “do this in remembrance of Him.” No mystic meaning or dogma did he attach to it, — simply the observance of an act of Jesus Christ, calculated to bid us love him more, and love one another. “Ye” said he, “if there be any such who think it too simple for your notice, or that ye need it not; — we do not ask you. But you” — holding out both arms with affectionate fervor “who think you’re not good enough! — In Come! It is for you expressly that it was designed!” —

My heart had fluttered with desire and timidity till now, but this decided me. From my soul I felt as he spake. So I stayed.

Very heart-touching was it in its simplicity. Firstly, two members being dmitted [admitted] to their Church; — a little speech being made to them by Chapin, telling how that it was not their wont to exact professions or vouchers from those who desired joining them, but usually a verbal assent to some simple Christian resolutions, of attending worship and being in peace and godliness, was required. That over, and shaking their hands; the Sacrament was given. A cheerful, pleasant, grave, brief address, reminding us of our duties, and of the institution of the ceremony, prefaced both the bread and wine. A prayer and a hymn, during the latter of which we all stood up — (there were

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1851-05-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Religion
Sermons
Unitarians

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