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what the church thus teaches in the communion service, which she also teaches in the thirty-nine articles; namely, that the body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the holy supper, after a heavenly and Jpiritual manner; and that the means whereby the body of Christ is received and eaten in the supper, is faith.

The church tells us, that the benefits whereof we are partakers thereby, is the Prengthening and refreshing of our fouls by the ti body and blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the bread and wine; for, as bread and wine, considered only as natural food, itrengthen and refresh our bodies; so this bread and wine, considered and taken as memorials of the body and blood of Chrift, our master, lead us, by their peculiar tendency, to all such thoughts and practice, as are indeed the improvement and health of our souls : and in this ordinance our souls are strengthened by the most folemn ex. ercise of our faith ; and other religious acts : and by that fupernatural grace, which we receive from this spiritual food, to enable us for the better performance of our Christian duty for the future, our souls are also refreshed by the comfortable alsurance, thereby given us of God's favour and gracious goodness towards us: and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of his Son, which is the lo

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blessed company of all faithful people ; and also heirs through hope of his everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the moft precious death and passion of his dear Son. Now,

From the foregoing account of this sacrament, you are to understand, that when you come to the Lord's table, you are to eat the bread in remembrance that Christ's. body was broken for you, and to drink the wine in remembrance that Christ's blood was shed for you: esteeming and receiv« ing these elements, not as common bread and wine, but as consecrated to represent the body and blood of Christ, to all spiritual intents and purposes; and firmly believing that you shall verily and indeed partake of all those graces and bleslings, which Christ merited for mankind by his death, and which this sacrament was designed to convey to every one that comes holy and clean to such a heavenly feast, in the marriage-garment required by God in holy scripture.

We are taught by the church, that it is required of them who come to the Lord's /upper, to examine themselves whether they repent them truly of their former sins, steadfastly pur, posing to lead a new life; have a lively faith in God's mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of his death, and to be in : charity with all men. And all persons are

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more especially to examine into the state of their fouls before they come to the Lord's supper ; because without repentance we are not capable of that pardon which is here offered us: nor can any but believers discern the Lord's body in this facrament, or reap any fpiritual advantage from receiving it. It is a facrifice of praise for our redemption by the death of Christ, and therefore we are to receive it as by faith, so with thanksgiving; and forasmuch as it is a feast of love, and signifies the conjunction of Christians in one spiritual body, it is necessary that those who receive it, should be in charity with all men. Nevertheless, if, upon examination, a man should not find himself thus qualified, that will not excuse him from receiving ; because as the graces, now called forth to be vigorously exerted, ought to be the standing temper and habit of our minds ; and as one chief design of this facrament is to confirm and fortify us in them; he who absents himself, upon pretence of wanting them, does only wickedly plead one great fault in defence of another, and is therefore the more inexcusable. There are some people got into such a way of thinking, as to believe that the peril of unworthy receiving is so great, that a man had better stay away, than run the hazard thereof. The danger

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indeed is greater to them who will prefume to eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, rashly and unadvisedly: but it is not less dangerous to them who stand

out in difobedience to the last and dying non command of their deareft Saviour, and remaject his invitation to so many great and espiritual advantages, upon pretence of that

danger, which it is in their own power to avoid : the result of which is, that there can be no compounding in this case; and

that our safety consists in resolving to et do the duty required, and to take the best

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will not say that no accident whatsoever Thould interfere with our obfervance of

this duty; but when any unavoidable imi pediment interposes, it ought to be removed, and the omissions repaired, as

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duties which are required of them who come to the Lord's fupper, so as to be received as worthy partakers of that holy table: in the first place, let us consider, that to repent us truly of our former fins is to examine our lives and conversations by the rule of God's commandments; and whereinfoever we shall perceive ourselves to have offended, either by will, word, or deed, there to bewail our own linfulness,

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and to confess ourselves to Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life: and if we shall perceive our offences to be such, as are not only against God, but also against our neighbour, then we must reconcile ourselves unto them, being ready to make reftitution and satisfaction, according to the utinost of our power for all injuries and wrongs done by us to any other; and this is no other than what we are obliged to by common justice : But charity goes farther, and requires of us to be likewise ready to forgive others that have offended us, as we would have for: givenels of our offences at God's hand. And when, upon examination, we find that we truly and earnestly, repent us of our fins, and are in love and charity with our neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from thenceforth in his holy ways, we must chen draw near without fear, and take that holy facrament to our comfort; firmly believing that Almighty God, for the sake of our blessed Redeemer, and in regard to the merits of his death, will mercifully pardon and graciously receive us as worthy cominunicants. Belide this, it is further required of us to behave with all possible reverence and devotion, when we present ouricives among our brethren that come to feed on

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