Excerpt from A Sermon: Preached at the Installation of Rev. George W. Briggs, as Pastor I Peter, v. 2-4. Feed the Hock of God which is among you. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth t away. The great office of the Christian ministry is to feed the flock of God, and thus sustain within their souls the divine life which may fit them for his service here, and his kingdom hereafter. I. But, in order to do this, we must believe that men have souls. In looking around, we see every one busy and anxious. Trains of merchandise come and go. Ships, laden with the products of every clime, pass from shore to shore, followed by the ardent wishes and expectations of men. Wharves are extended. Houses are built, and furnished with every luxury that can please the palate or the eye. Costly delicacies and garments are sought, with endless labor, from all the remote quarters of the globe, to feed and adorn these mortal bodies. Everything tells of what is outward and material. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.