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G . 12. Because Jesus Christ taught us in the 11th chapter
L. A . 13. Because Jesus Christ made it.
F . 15. Because Jesus Christ made it, to teach us how we
ought to pray,
R ■. 14|. Because Christ hiniself made it, teaching us it as
a set form of prayer, and how we ought to pray.
Ca . 13. S. . 16. N . Because our Lord Jesu»
Christ made this prayer.
D . 13. Because he gave it to his disciples.
Ques. 2d. What do you understand hy prayer?
Am. B . Applying to God, to grant us his mercy, and to
bestow us his blessings.
S . 1 consider it my duty, as God has commanded us t«
T . The breathing of the soul to God in prayer.
C . The desires of the. soul.
L. A . Asking or imploring of the Lord.
F . I understand that it teaches us to pray for all things,
necessary for soul and body. R——. Same.
Ca . To pray to God to forgive us our sins.
D . It is the breathing of the soul to the Lord.
N . Prayer is the ease of the mind, and the joy of the
Hues. 3d. Why do you say our, and not my Father, when you pray alone 1
Am. B . Because he is the Father of all, especially the
. righteous among men.
T . Because we are desired to pray for all men.
C . Because he is Father of the whole human race.
L. A . Because w e pray for every body else, as well as for
F . Because God is the Father of all, and all good Christians ought to pray for one another. B . Same.
Ca Because he created us.
S . Because we are all his children.
D——. Because he is Father of all.
N . Because he is the Father of all mankind, and we are
taught to pray for our brethren, that is for all mankind, and not for ourselves alone.
Da' 16". Because he is Lord over all.
Quet. 4th. Why do you call God Father'!
Am. B Because he is the Creator of all living.
S . Because he made us.
T . Because God wade ui, and he has a right to our best
C. Because he has created us.
L.A Because he made all things.
F . & R . Because he is creator of all.
Ca . & N . Because he is able and willing to give us all
thine* we ask him for.
. Because he is merciful to all.
D . Because he commanded us, when we pray, to say, our
Que* 5ik. Why do you say, Who art in heaven?
Ant. B . Because heaven is his dwelling, place.
S . Because God's throne is in heaven.
T . & S Because God dwelleth in heaven.
C Because he is more particularly in heaven.
V . Because it teaches us to lift up our hearts to God, as
often as we go to pray. R . Same.
C . & X Because heaven is the place where he most
sbewj forth his majesty and glory.
D . Because God is in heaven, and ruleth over all the
Lio'/'loms of the heathen.
L A . 2d. Because the world is full of evil, and as the Lord
our Father is full of glory, his glory is more particularly in heaven.
Qua. 6th. Is God in heaven only, and no where else 1
Ant. B . He is omnipresent every where, and in every
8 God is evcrv where, only not visible to us.
T. L. A . F——. R . S. D. D. God is every where.
C . He is every where present.
Ca . He is every where and knows every thing we do.
N . Yes, God is every where present, and near to every one
• : us.
Qutt. 7th. Give Scripture proof for calling God Father.
Am. T. Mattb. vi. 8. For your Father kuoweth what things jt have need of, before ye ask him.
C . John xx. 17- I ascend unto my Father, and your Father,
»D<1 to my God and your God.
S . Ephes. iv. (>'. One God and Father of all, who is above
all, and through ali, and in you all. •
If we had room we should have felt pleasure in adding the whole of the questions and answers. Many of the answers ue verv intelligent, and shew considerable acquaintance with the word of God. For the benefit of teachers who wish to
. VT in.t hint to our correspondent that N . has borrowed occasionally
_ L^mbly s catechism. See answers to 18tU and 20th questions, and
adopt the same plan, we annex the queries, and if their children give equally pertinent replies to those which E. D. has sent us, the experiment will be found not only beneficial lo tho children in exercising their understandings, but will be a satisfactory proof that their institutions have not been in vain,
Qties. What do you mean by hallowing God's name? 9th. What kingdom do you pray may come? 10th. Why is it called a kingdom? 11th. What do you understand by God's will? 12th. Where can you learn what God's will is? 13th. Have you power to do God's will, or have you any promise of assistance in Ihe Scriptures?
14th. What do you understand by bread? 15th. Why do you say daily bread?
16th. Is there any bread meant besides food for the body 1
17th. What do you understand by trespasses or debts ?.
18th. What do you mean by the word as?
19th. Where is there an account in scripture of a person's trespasses or debts being forgiven?
20th. What do you understand by temptations?
21st. What do you understand by evil?
22d. What are the evils to which you are chiefly exposed } . 23d. State the causes of them.
24th. What do you understand by God's kingdom?
2.5th. What do you understand by God power?
2rjth. What do you understand by God's glory?
C7th. What is the meaning' of Amen?
Letter to the Editor on Sunday School Unions,
I AM a constant reader of your valuable publication, and sincerely hope it will be productive of the most important benefits, particularly in stimulating to the formation of Sunday School Unions, which appear to open an extensive field of usefulness, and to have been blessed by the Supreme Disposer of all events in a most remarkable manner.
Whilst I admit the propriety of Unions of ;;I1 sects and denominations without exception, to carry into effect many purposes ol a charitable and philanthropic nature; yet it seems to me a matter of considerable doubt, whether Sunday School Union.; should be composed of sects diametrically opposite to each' other, and who cannot possibly act in concert, consistently with their respective professions, in impressing ou the minds of children the pure, scriptural, and essential truths of Christianity.
I am myself of that class of dissenters termed Independents, and have not the most distant wish of excluding from an union v ith ourselves, any whose principles are also of an evangelical nature, (whatever minor differences may exist) whether they be Chuichmen, Wesleyans, Baptists, or others; hut every seed of </is-nnion seems to be sown, when those are admitted to impart religious instruction to the rising generation, who themselves scoff at the Deity of Christ, despise the influences of the Holy Spirit, doubt the authenticity of Revelation, and who seek justification in the sight of an infinitely pure and holy God, through their own imperfect and sinful actions.
Among the various accounts given in your publication, I have never yet met with one, where persons avowiug these principles, have been invited to take an active part with any other class of dissenters in Sunday School instruction; yet such a circumstance has fallen under my observation, and has been the cause of preventing an union between two classes of evangelical disseuters, in a populous town and neighbourhood; this is a subject of regret to many, who^, acting from conscientious motives, thought it right to decline entering into an union about to be formed of such heterogeneous materials, and who also judged it glaringly inconsistent, either to compromise the truths of die gospel, by teaching a catechism where the most essential parts of it were omitted; or to be at all instrumental iu opening a door to the propagation of error, which would undoubtedly be communicated through the medium of the instructions given by the persons already alluded to. *
I have been induced to offer the above remarks from a hope that some of your correspondents will take up the subject in a clearer and more extensive point of view than I have done, and surely it is a matter of no small "moment, and it deserves the attention of every friend to Sunday School Unions, whether those noble institutions are to be thrown open t© every sect and party in a town indiscriminately, and thus frustrate their very design; or whether a certain consiste ncy in religion should l ot lead us to decline, the personal assistance, at least, of those vliodo not coiuciele with us in those truths which we not only nunk, but also feel to be of eternal importance, and which we there/ore conceive cannot be too strongly impressed on the memories and consciences of those w horn we instruct.
1 am, Sir, Yours, Stc.
A Friend to Sunday Schools.
* We beHrrc none of the Sunday School Unions already formed unitr with iWv Schools, lite managers of winch are hostile to evangelical sentiments.— ANNUAL REPORT OF THE
STOCKPORT SUNDAY SCHOOL,
IT is undoubtedly a source of genuine gratification to the benevolent christian, when he contemplates the various and extensive plans which are at present in operation, for the general diffusion of religious knowledge. Not only are the energies of our countrymen employed in evangelizing their native land, but with an ardent and unwearied zeal for the perishing heathen, they have borne the glad tidings of the gospel to regions the most remote, and made "in the desert, an highway for our God."
If a celebrated philosopher could pronounce that man a benefactor to his country, who was instrumental in producing a blade of grass where none grew before, with how much greater propriety may the appellation be given to him who is engaged in sowing the seeds of divine truth, and in improving the moral condition of his fellow-creatures? We duly appre
man of business and enterprize, by whose spirit and ingenuity our commerce is increased; but while these relate but to the temporal interests of man, w hich' are fleeting and transitory, the labors of the true philanthropist are "spiritual and eternal," and lie is not only regarded as a benefactor to his country, but also to the commonwealth of Zion.
In presenting another Report of their proceedings, the committee of the Stockport Sunday School cannot but congratulate its liberal supporters on the increasing attention which is manifested by ;ill ranks, to the universal instruction of the ignorant, without distinction of age or sex. They rejoice in having no longer to encounter the giounclless surmises of those who once considered the scheme as one of doubtful utility, and as fraught with mischief to the community at large; experience having so far justified the expectation of its first promoters, that it is matter of astonishment how it became a question at all. "That which is always to be practised, must at some time be learnt;" therefore if we are desirous of imparting to the lower classes those habits of sobriety and industry which shall make them useful members of society, ami candidates for a nobler inheritance hereafter; it is obvious, that this must be effected by instructing them in the principles of religion and morality. Who is not anxious that the aggravated burden of parish rates, which is justly considered as a national
ciate the useful labors