The Ordination of William Carey
The Baptist Annual Register
John Rippon, editor
[The "f" is changed to "s" in this document for easier reading.]
Rev. William Carey, Leicester (Extract). After I had been a probationer in this place a year and ten months, on the 24th of May, 1791, I was solemnly set apart to the office of pastor. About twenty pastors, of different denominations, were witnesses to the transactions of the day. After prayer, Brother Hopper, of Nottingham, addressed the congregation upon the nature of an ordination, after which he proposed the usual questions to the church, and required my Confession of faith; which being delivered, Brother Ryland prayed the ordination prayer, with laying on of hands. Brother Sutcliff delivered a very solemn charge from Acts vi. 4. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word. And Brother Fuller delivered an excellent address to the people from Ephesians v. 2. Walk in love. In the evening, Brother Pearce of Birmingham, preached on Galatians vi. 14. God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. The day was a day of pleasure, and I hope of profit to the greatest part of the assembly.
[From John Rippon, editor, The Baptist Annual Register, 1791. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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