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Proceedings of the Dayton Convention… June, 1883

Proceedings of the Dayton Convention held by the Brethren Church,
Music Hall, Dayton, Ohio on June 6th and 7th, 1883

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ting the throne of grace, in invoking thy blessing upon us as a congregation . We are here just as dependent as we have always been. We have nothing to bring to recommend us to thy favorable consideration in any way, but we come in the all-prevailing name of Jesus, and we would carry the burden of this convention to the Lord in prayer. We would come and lay our burdens there. We know that thou dost never forsake those who put their trust in thee; and as this is an important event in our history as a Church, as this is a great day in the brotherhood and important interests are at stake, and upon the doings of this meeting we believe much depends, and we would do nothing hastily. While we have been assured that without thee we can do nothing, visit therefore every heart and inspire them with the feeling of supplication and prayer—humble every spirit and fill every heart with contrition and humility. Regard us with pity and come down and be one in our midst. The number is large that has here assembled, but we believe that thou art able to fill every heart and we hope thou wilt aid us with the spirit of prayer and a desire to glorify thy name regardless of all other considerations. May thy blessing rest upon the labors of those who are here met together. Qualify thy weak servants for the responsibilities of the hour. Go with us through the journey of life. May the world be some better by us having passed through it. Lord, take us into thy care divine, and keep every spirit in subjection to thy will. Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen. Hymn 45 in the Gospel hym ns was then sung, "Jesus, keep me near the cross." On motion, Brother J. H. Worst was chosen temporary chairman. On taking his seat the chairman said: My Christian friends, I am loth to accept this position; yet it is of very brief duration, and while I thank you for the