THAKSGIVIG SERMO, 1817BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,1 Samuel xii. 23, 24.But I will teach you the good and the right way. Onlyfear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all yourheart : for consider how great things he hath done foryou." To every thing," says Solomon, " there is a sea-son, and a time for every purpose under the sun."A time when we should pour out our tears, and ano-ther when we should utter the accents of joy ; a timewhen we should " sit in sackcloth and ashes," andanother when we should " anoint our head with theoil of gladness ;" a time to cry " Hosanna, save, webeseech thee !" and another to sing, " Hallelujah,praise ye the Lord !" When the church, the state,or the community with which we are more particu-larly connected, is in affliction, it would display acriminal disregard to Divine Providence, and a crueland insensible heart, not to " weep with those thatweep;" but when God has conferred upon us signalmercies, we are justly chargeable with the basestingratitude, if we do not, with the Israelites on the332 SERMO XCIX.borders of the Red Sea, raise the thankful song of praise to our Deliverer ; if we do not, with Moses,erect our altar, and inscribe upon it, " Jehovah-nissi,the Lord is my banner ;" if we do not, with the holyprophet, whose words have been read to you, publiclyrear some memorial of his kindness, and write uponit, " Ebenezer, hitherto the Lord hath helped us."