past or of the present, is said expressly for the sake of the future. Thus the contentment with the present, which is inculcated, is not that kind of satisfaction, which hopes and asks for nothing better, but that which springs from a comprehensive view of the divine plans for the renovation of the world, which admires those plans as the wisest and the best, and which thus pre-pares us to be patient and persevering instruments in the hand of God for their fulfilment. Then again, if the Bible tells of the past, if it sings of a " para-dise lost," it is only to prepare us to hear of a bet-ter " paradise regained." Yes, the Bible is the true and perfect hope ; it builds on the future, and the chorus of all its songs is of a glory yet to come. But if (it may be said) human philosophy is begin-ning to calculate on the future, it is at length moving in harmony with the word of God. This, alas ! is and its vicinity. These engagements form a portion of the Missionary services, celebrated at that season of the year. Dr. Harris had delivered his sermon called " The Witnessing Church," at Queen Street, on the preceding Friday, and in conformity with the customary arrangement that the preacher at Queen Street, on the Friday, should officiate at the City Road chapel on the follow^ing Lord's day morning, he preached there the sermon now under the eye of the reader.— Ed.