be not prevented by hard or inconsiderate SERM.

II. masters, they have opportunity as well as a leisure to think of another world; to assemble themselves together with their bre. thren to worship their God, and to be instructed in their duty, and reminded of a day of judgment and a world to come.-Permit me to call on those who have de. pendants under them, to do all in their power to render this excellent institution of the Sabbath effective and useful: not only to free, as much as possible, from their usual employments, those who live under the same roof with them, but to make those arrangements and settlements, with all who depend upon them, before the Lord's Day, which, when they are delayed till then, are gladly seized by the idle as an excuse for not attending public worship; while they are sincerely lamented by the well-disposed, as the real cause of their absence. The accounts of the poor are


SERM. soon settled, the recompence of their la

bours for the week past is not long in ad- .
justing. Let it not then vexatiously be
delayed; nor occupy with earthly cares
those hours which ought to be solely de-
voted to God. Consider the inestimable
importance, to the poor, of Sunday well
employed; consider that the certain con-
sequence of their time being taken up, on
that day, with earthly cares, must be total
irreligion, Reflect how shocked you will
be, and how heavy will be your account, if
any of your dependants should plead at the
last audit But for my master's inconsi-
• deration I should have been regular at
• church, should have worshipped my God,
• and have learnt and practised my duty!'
Assembling on the Lord's Day, to serve
the Almighty, together with his brethren,
is no light part of a Christian's duty,
or which he is in any degree at liberty to
omit. Too many bad people, I confess,


do come to church ; but let it be remem: seRM. bered, at the same time, that none of the in good stay away.

I shall in my next discourse proceed to the commandments of the second table, which contains the heads of our duty towards our neighbour,






Prov. xxii. 6.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and

when he is old he will not depart from it. In my explanation of the catechism I have SERM. already gone through with the commandments of the first table; I now proceed to consider those of the second. These open with the injunction to honour our father and mother; and surely, in the regulation of our conduct towards each other, no precept could with greater propriety take the lead : after that entire and boundless obeVol. II.



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