The Rev. Edward Everett Hale preached a very interesting sermon last evening in Appleton Chapel. He took for his text "Whether therefore you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God."
The answer to what is the chief aim of man has fastened itself on literature and on all life. Most people would say in answer to this question that it is to glorify God. The glory of God brought the Puritan here, it kept him here and it made him what he was.
We all imply that man belongs to the universe as one of the masters of the universe. In the New Testament it says that man is the son of God, and it is not because the Puritan believed this but because he worked for it, that he made his progress. In those days whatever the duty of the man was he went to it with the spirit that it was to glorify God.
No ecclesiastic order has ever bound man to God so much as family prayer.
In the Puritan time, the boy, the girl, the mother and the father, came to prayer each night as they had done in the morning. Is it not clear that if we could make a town, a state, a nation begin each day in this way and with the purpose to glorify God, that it could achieve impossibilities?
The young pioneer going out to work goes because God sends him. He says: This is God's kingdom; I shall devote this day to the living God and I think he will put me through. I am to God as he is to me and I am with Him. He has left his peace unfinished and now he has sent me out to put the jewel of today in that particular archway."
When Napoleon was retreating from Russia, some young men were put into service and ordered to cover up the retreat of the Prussian army. For awhile they held the crossing of a road but their position was exposed. It became impossible to hold it and they met death. Napolean afterwards said that the reason these men did not retreat was because they did not know their danger. These young men were determined. It was God for whom they fought, he gave the commands, for him they would die.
The anthems sung were: "Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness," Maker; "If ye love Me," Tallis; "Lord, The Word," Iliffe.