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bleffed redeemer, and in regard to the mei its of his death, will mercifully pardon and graciously receive us as worthy communicants. Besides this, it is farther required of us to be have with all possible reverence and devotion, when we present ourselves amongst our brethren that come to feed on the banquet of that most heavenly food ; and above all things, our principal business at the altar • is to give moft humble and hearty thanks to GOD the father, the fon, and the holy ghoft, as for all the blessings vouchfafed unto us, so especially for the redemption of the world, by the death and paffion of our faviour Christ both GOD and man, e to whom we should at all times, but more especially at theseopportunities (of commemorating this inestimable love of the son of GOD, dying for us wretched finners) be most thankful, and filled with continual praises to father, son, and holy ghost, whocreated, redeemed, and fan&tifieth us, and all the world, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord.

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a Heb. x. 19, 23.-Heb. vii. 25.—1Pet. i. 4.-Luke. xv.

Pf. lxxxix: 7.-Pf. xciii. 5. Heb. xii. 28.-Matt. xxi. 37.--Ats xx. 19. Pf. xxvi. 6, 7.-- Pl. xxxiv. 3.-Pf. lvii. 7.-Pf. cviii. 1.-Pf. cxi. i. d Pr. cxvi. 12, 13, 17.-Ps. ciii. 1, 5.-Pf. cxlvii.—Eph. V. 20.—1 Theff. v. 18. Rev. v. 2, 13: --Luke ii. 14. Cor. XY: 57.—2 Cor.i. 3: ---Col. iii.j7:

The New Week's Preparation.

PART II.

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A preparatory prayer.
Leffed Lord! who haft commanded and

invited us to pray unto thee: 0. let thy. spirit help my infirmities; and do thou fo dil. pose my mind, and prepare my heart, that my prayers and praises may be acceptable in thy fight, thro' the mediation, and for the sake of Jesus Christ, thy fon our Lord, Amen. This prayer may properly be used every morniog and evening

to begin your devctions.

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The Meditation for Sunday Evening,

after receiving the Lord's Supper. Upon thefallen state of man,and thegreat andgracious work of man's redemption thro' Jesus Christ.

For all have finned and come short of the glory of God; be.. ing juftified freely by his grace, thro' the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Rom. iii. 23; 24.

Aving now, O my soul! received the

holy sacrament of the Lord's supper, it is necessary (since we have not yet professedly; doneit) that we should inform ourselves care

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fully, of the nature and end of this

sacred inffitutions what is meant by this holy action; to what purpose it was ordained; and what benefits and advantages are to be expected from it. Now, if any one goes to the holy communion without considering the reasons of that ordinance, and

; out understanding the necessity and advantage of a redeemer, he will certainly go with indifference, and of course return without that benefit, which he might otherwise hope for and expect. Therefore,

: . 2. That this, O my soul ! may not be our own case, it is necessary that we should well consider what account the holy scriptures have given us of the condition we are in, not only with respect to this life, but also to that which is to come. We are there affured, that we are finners by nature, and that, as such, GOD cannot take pleasure in us; and that, should we happen to die before we are restored to his fa

vour, we shall be separated from him, and be . unalterably miserable to all eternity. Thiscon

fideration necessarily, leads us to inquire, how the nature of man came to be thus disordered, and prone to evil. For, we must not imagine that the infinitely good GOD ever created man

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in such a state of corruption as we now fee and perceive him to be in; but that he must have fallen into this deplorable condition since he came out of the hands of his Creator, the just and great GOD; of which we have the following account.

3. Our first parents * Adam and Eve, from whom sprang all mankind, were created in the image of GOD, that is, holy and innocent, having a perfect knowledge of their duty, a command over their will and affections, and a. power, inherent through GOD's appointment, to do what they saw fitting to be done in this their happy condition: they were placed in paradise, as in a state of trial, with a promise of happiness and immortal life, if they would continue to love, fear, honour, and o. bey their creator : and they had also an exprefs warning of the dreadful confequences of any future disobedience, and departing from their duty. 4:

Yet for all this warning, thro' the temp-. / tation of the devil, (as St. Paul describeth the fallen state of man, and we have found by fatal experience) there was a law in their members warring against the law of their mind; that the

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good, which they would, they did not, but the evil, that they would not, that they did. * i. e. They transgressed the Comınands of God; and, by fo, doing, they did not only forfeit their right to the promise of eternal life and happiness, but they also contracted such a blindness of the understanding, such a disorder in their will and affections, that all their pofterity feel it to their forrow, being made thereby subject to fin, the punishment whereof is death and misery eternal.

5. Nevertheless, the greatness of this punishment, inflicted upon our first parents, and their posterity, enables us to judge of the nature and aggravation of their fins ; for GOD, being infinitely just and holy, could not inflict äny punishment greater than their fins deseryed: nay, after all this, GOD, of his great goodness, provided such a remedy, as that neither they, or any of their posterity, should on account of their fall be eternally miserable, except it was their own fault and wholly owing to themselves.

6. GOD, therefore, in considering of a redeemer, one of the seed of the woman, who should make full satisfaction to the divine juf

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Rom. vii. 23, 19.

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