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Thou hast prepar'd this dying Lamb,
Haft set his blood before our face,
And show the wonders of thy grace.
The Prayer on Sunday Evening*,
' whom we live and move and have our being; and from whom are derived all the comforts and conveniences of this life, and all the hopes and expectations of a better. Thou art the author and finisher of every good work; without thee nothing is strong, nothing is holy; without thy aflisting and preventing grace, we are easily driven away by every slight temptation, as the dust before the wind is carried to and fro.
With what humility, reverenice, and dread, then ought I, thy servant, dedicated to the long ago by moft folemn vows and engagernents in my holy bap. tism, which I have since [often] (especially this day) renewed at thy holy table,
* See the preparatory prayer on page 22.
where I received the facrament of Christ's body and blood to appear before thee, when I consider the greatness of thy majesty, and the purity of thy divine nature, whose service is perfect freedom; and without thy favour and love, O Jesu, I must have been and shall be the most miserable of all thy creatures. So that,
O Lord, if thou hadít not invited me, I acknowledge, that I was not worthy to come into thy presence, nor to lift up mine eyes toward the throne of thy mercyseat: for the corruption of my heart and the sinfulness of my thoughts is that abo. mination which thou abhorreft. Hence,
O my God, I am fully persuaded, that it is my happiness and privilege, as well as my duty, to love, adore, and serve thee. I am seriously convinced, that there is no pleasure like that of a good conscience; and that the greatest satisfactions in this world are not worthy to be compared with that fulness of joy that is in thy presence for evermore. But, alas! I know by fad experience that I am prone to offend thee, and too apt to forget the vows and refolutions, which I have made to serve and obey thee, at the times thy Holy Spirit hath raised me from the death of fin to a new life of righteousness. Therefore, O most merciful Father, who knowest
that we are but dust and ashes, vouchsafe, of thy great goodness, to pity the weaknesses of me thy poor creature; and con
tinue to me the aslistance of thy .grace dos and Holy Spirit, that I may not be tempt
ed above what I am able to bear. And 27 whereas, this very day, O Lord, thou haft il, given me an opportunity of serving thee.
in thy house; grant that I may not be -! accused of coldness or indevotion, nor of * hearing thy word only; but that I may
approve myself a doer of the same in my au faith and practice. Wherefore, : Bb O most gracious God! let me never
faint or tire in my duty, nor for the fake of any thing this world can offer me,
be unmindful of the great and important a concern of my salvation. Give me such I a zeal for thy service, that the doing thy Lê. will may be my greatest joy and satisfac- tion : -and imprint on my mind such a ei lively sense of thy love, as may inflame * my heart with the most devout and ar
dent affections: that, being every day more and more weaned from this world, I may look upon all its honours, pleafures, and profits, with that coldness and indifference, which becomes the servant of the blessed Jesus; who, being God, defcended from the heavens, and took upon him the form of a servant, that he
might leave us an example of his great humility: grant this, o Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator, and Advocate. Amen. Our Fatber, &.com
T ;* A concluding prayer... THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 and the love of God, and the fel. lowship of the Holy Ghoft, be with us all evermore. Amen. " N. B. This prayer may properly be used every morn.
ing and evening to conclude your devotions. If time shall now permit, you may proceed to examine yourself, and the stare of your conscience, by the particular directions printed on pages 43 and 44 of ihis Second Part.
When you lie down in your bed. T Will lay me down in peace, and take I my reft, for it is thou, Lord, only, that makeit me to dwell in safety; and into thy hands I recommend my spirit, my soul, and iny body, for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth. Amen.
When you go out of your chamber. THE blessing of God descend upon
1 me, and all belonging to me; and may he dwell in my heart for evermore, and bless my going out and iny coming; in, now, and for ever. Amen.
The Meditation for Monday Morning. Upon the institution of the holy Sacrament of .. . - Itbe Lord's fupper.. * The bread that I will give, is my flesh.-My flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. It is the fpirit that quickenrth, the flesh profiteth nothing : the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life. Jolin vi. 53, 55, 63. i. C onsider, Omy soul! how by Divine
w Providence, we have escaped the dangers of this night; and are continued together under a deep sense of our duty, which we yesterday acknowledged and confirmed in the receiving of that holy facrament, which in its outward part is only bread and wine which the Lord bath commanded to be received; that is, to be eaten and drank by all such as come to his table, in remembrance of the body and blood of Christ, which are verily and indeed taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's Supper. A facrament, which at once, by the bread broken, signifies the body of Christ, broken on the cross; and, by the wine poured out, signifies the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. But guard against that doctrine, which teaches, that we eat the natural body, and drink the natural blood of Chrift; for the natural body and blood of Christ are in heaven, and not here; it being against the truth of Christ's natural body to be