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THen drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners sor'tbi1 hear him. And the Pharisees' 'and scribes murmured, fay-in^, This man receiVeth sinners, and eateth" with them. *And he spake this parable unto them,, faying, What man of you having, an hundred sheep, if'he lose ■one, of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and'go'after that which is Lost, until he find it ?. and. when lie hath found it, he layeth .it on his, moulders, rejoicing. And when lie cometh home, he call'eth together his- friends and neighbours, faying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost, t fay unto you, that/ fikcwife joy'mall be in heaven over one sinner 'tnat repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons.which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of filVer, If* she lose ond piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and' seek diligently till me find* it? And when1 me hath-found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together* faying' Rejoice w^th me, for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise I fay unto you, There is joy in the presence of the Angels of God-, over one smner that repenteth. • . - :). . . . . •:

The fourth Sunday after Trinity* L 'Tbt'GotkEi. '-: ■• 1

OGod, the protector os all that toust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy^ increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that thou being bur rut er and guide*.\ve may. so £ass through things temporal, that we 'finally losp.not the things

Paraphrase on the Ccl/etf for the fourth Sunday after Trinity. . ... ...

O God, the defender of al! that religiously rely on pafs.Uirough this transitory state of. things that vs fail thy protection, our only strength, the giver of all not to- attain the- eternal joys of another. Grant thi», eoodncse; strew thy Mercy to vards us abundrntly, O Father^for the fake of Jesus Christ our Lord. * .that urxler thy governance and direction, we may so >•' , . •■■■»: ■ ■<{ i. . . • ...'

And he Jpake this Patabk, i£c. 'she Pharisees the conversion of Sinners is a thing .highly acceptable

laving murmured at our Saviour's charitable coii- to God ; and cons equently that whatever has a tendency

'^efccnnon in preaching to, and endeavouring to pro- thereto is fi far fron being iicon/ijgni with gOodjuis»

mo:e tlie conversion of some noted Simcn.—Re spoke that it is the very £<srj}Zlien of iu . ,«

this and the following Parable in order to shew that

eternal: Grant this> O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christs fake pur Lor d. Amen.

The EpifJe. Rom, 8. 18.

IReckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. *For the creature was made subject to. vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the fame in hope : Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children 6f God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now: And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves, groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. £5

TJje Gospel. S. Luke 6. 36.

BE ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful, .-f-Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be sorgiveiii give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down; and shaken together, and running over, ma 1 men give into your bosom. For with the fame measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again. And he spake a parable unto them, jCan the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The 'discix le is not above his master; but every one that is perfect shall foe as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

* tor the Creature ivas made subject, (St. That is, rious, leit you make both God and MaT your Enemies.

.»!1 Mankind are i.ecome liable to Corruption, not by J Con the Blind had the Blind. is'e. The meaning

<hoicc, but through the jufi dispensation of God, who is, the Scholar is in a fair way to be tinctured with.

ha:h inJlictcd Death upon them: yet tiiis not without the opinions of his Master. If therefore the Marlex

-end or hope: tor a time is comintr, when this Death is in nn'error, the Scholar will probably be so likewise;

shall be succeeded by a happy Immortality, and this or which reason trry who pr'eterd to inltruct othea

Effect of Adam's Sin taken otf from his poverty. ought to be wll informed themselves in the Do&riae

-f 'Judge mt that jt be not judged, l£t. He not censo- thcj are to deliver.

Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then malt thou fee clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brothers eye.

The fifth Sunday after Trinity.

, •/ The\Colle£l\;'

GRant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world, may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. \ > "•

: . \" The Epistle, i S. Pet. 3. 8.

BE ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous; not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing*, but contrariwise, blesting; knowing that ye'are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and fee good days, let him* refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against' them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? §But and if ye suffer for righteousness fake, happy are ye, and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. • ( B b

Paraphrase on the Colletl for the fifth Sunday aster Tnnity. .O Lord, we beseech thee to establish, by thy Provi- all tri e Christians may exercise thy holy Religion in dence such an universal peace through the World, that joyful tranquility through Jesus Christ our Lord. *

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. $ But and if ye fyffir for Rigbteoujntjs, tiff. If God Minds such ah holy fear and reverence of God, as

fiiould permit us to be persecuted; yet, when 'tis for a will induce us more to drea'd his displeasure than any .

good cause, even this is for our advantage. And thing which we can fustier from Man—and by doing

therefore, no sears cf this kind ought to shake our our duty to brirg Glory to God and his Truth. '. Resolution, but we should always keep up in our

.. The Gospel. S„ Luke 5. 1.'

IT came to pass, that as the people pressed upon him to hear the, word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesareth; and saw two ships standing by.tjie lake<:, but the, fimermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into, one of the mips, which was Simons, apd* piayed him that he would thrust out a little fiom the land: and he fat clown and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had lest speaking, he said unto Sjimon, Lanch out into the deep,' and let down your nets for a draught, And Simon answering, said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the nighf, and have taken nothing; nevertheless at thy word, I will let down the net. And when they had this done,, they inclosed a great multitude os fishes, *and their net brake. And they beckened unto their partners which were in the other ship* that they, should come and-help them. And they came, and.filled both the ships, so that they began to fink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus knees, faying, -f-Depart from me, for I am a.sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were , with him, at the draught os the fishes which they had taken: and so was also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon,, §Fear nor, from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all and followed him.. .

The sixth Sunday after Trinity,. ; , j; The ColkEi,.' .

OGod, who hast prepared.for them, that love thee, such good, things as pass mans understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we loving thee above all things, may

And tbiir Net brake. It ought to have been Iran- respect he deserved, slated, their Net teas in danger of breaking. J Fear not, from henceferth, &c. Signifying that by

\ Depart from me for 1 am afinfuit'l£e. Peter the power of* his Doctrine he should diaw them out of-(

was struck with such a pankk, upon observing such a the gulf of Ignorance, Wickedness and. Misery,- in

proof of • Christ's power, that he desired him to depart- which they were immersed, and bring them into cajj*

from hun, because he was not able to shew him that tivity to the Gospel. ".# ^ 6Viin thy promises which exceed all that we can desire, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I TherEj>ifile. Rom. 6. 3, ^IVr NOW ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: *that like as Christ Was. raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that pur old man is cru+ cisied with him, that the body of fin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead, is freed from sin. NoW- if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we


For in that he died, he died unto sin ohce; but'in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.' Likewise reckon'ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin: but alive unto God, through Jesos Christ our Lord,

TJje Gospel., S. .Match. 5. 29. TEsus said unto' his discfples, 'Except your righteousness mall exceed the righteousness -of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall <-m no cafe enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Tho'u shalt hot kill: and whosoever shall kill, sha.l be in danger os the judgment, ©tit I say uritp you, That f whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, ... B^5~2~ ""."

Paraphrase on the Colka for the sixth Sunday after Trinity.

O Go&r who hast prepared Happiness inconceivable things, "may attain that blessed eternal Inheritance

for those that hve thee; inspire us with such an assefc- ..which exceeds our utmost wishes. - Grant this for the

tion for thee, that we pre erring thy service ahpye all fake of Jesus Christ our Lor4. ., .' .-j r!

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That Hit ai Chrisi -wai raijtdup, *•?<•. It is plain ciuse ; but by Faith knd a Conversation agreeable to it,

from this paslage of Scripture, that Baptism implies, as a conditional cause, without Whkh the oth.-r will

and requires an excels Belief of the Death of Christ; stand us in no stead. So that aright Belief and agood

~*s the Instrument of our Salvation. Consequently, there Lise, are our part of the Covenant,

must be a firm hope and tiust os obtaining that Salva- f Whosoever is mHgrywhh hlr Brother, &e. That

tion, by his sufferings as the eJideM and mcritcriout is, whosoever is angry with, affronts, ©t judges evil

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