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VIII. We are assured that the conscientious discharge of our business is an admirable qualification for receiving the Lord's Supper. We serve God when we follow our callings with diligence, and observe justice and equity in all our dealings; when we manage the affairs of the public with fidelity and honesty; without selling justice, without oppression, and without facrificing them to our private interest and paffions. Besides the great dangers and temptations we are exposed to, the greater need we have of God's grace and assistance, which is abundantly communicated in this holy institution. Is it not prudent for those that travel in ways frequented by robbers, to go well armed, and to unite companies, that they may be the better able to defend themselves ? thus the man of business, who has any serious thoughts of another world, ought more especially to embrace all opportunities of receiving the sacrament, it being best able to secure him against those dangers he daily converses with, and te fortify him against those watchful enemies that lie in wait to destroy his foul. Therefore, as they who have leisure, ought frequently to receive the holy Communion as the best improvement of their time; so they, who are engaged in many worldly affairs, ought to learn how to fančtify their employments by coming often to the holy Sacrament.
IX. The IX. The obligation that lies upon any chriftian to receive the holy Communion, is the plain and positive command of our blessed Saviour to do this in remembrance of him; which makes it a necessary and perpetual duty incumbent upon all christians; and to live in the neglect of a plain law of the author of our religion, is no way consistent with the character we profess of being his disciples. The circumstances of this institution still bind us to have a great regard to it; for it was the last command of our best friend and great benefactor, when he was about to lay down his life for our fakes..
Nevertheless great care must be taken, that when a man is habitually prepared, he do not then impofe upon himself so much actual preparation, as shall make him lose an opportunity of receiving the holy Sacrament, when he has not had time to go through with that method of devotion he has prescribed to himself on that occasion.
The Hymn for Tuesday Morning,
Of fure trust in God's grace through Jesus Christ.
JUDGE me, Lord, and prove my ways,
And try my reins, and try my heart; My faith upon thy promise stays, Nor from thy law my feet depart.
I hate to walk, I hate to fit,
With men of vanity and lies ; The scoffer and the hypocrite
Are the abhorrence of my eyes, Among thy saints will I appear
With hands well wafh'd in innocence ; But when I stand before thy bar,
The blood of Christ is my defence. I love thy habitation, Lord,
The Temple where thy honour dwells :* There shall I hear thy holy word,
And there thy works of wonder tell. Let not my foul be join'd at last
With men of treachery and blood, Since I my days on earth have past
Amongst the saints in fear of God.
Another. TAT HEN rising from the bed of death,
V O'erwhelm'd with guilt and fear, I see my Maker, face to face,
Oh! how shall I appear !
And mercy may be sought,
And trembles at the thought.
In Majesty severe,
But • Psalm xxvi. 2.
But thou hast told the troubled mind,
Who does her fins lament,
Shall endless woes prevent.
Ere yet it be too late ;
To give those sorrows weight.
Her pardon to procure,
The prayer on Tuesday Morning. For obtaining God's grace and protection. ALMIGHTY God, the creator and pre. n server of all mankind, I thy creature, whom thou hast made, and to this moment preserved, do now, as I promised in the holy Sacrament, present myself before thee to offer up the morning facrifice of my unfeigned praises and thanksgivings : for, as thy mercies are renewed to me every morning, and thy goodness follows me all the day long; as thou visitest me in the night season, and every moment of my life is a new instance of thy mercy : so,
It is my absolute duty to lay hold of every opportunity to magnify thy glorious name, cvermore praising thee and saying: it is by thy
goodness, O Lord, that I have this night slept secure, and am now raised up in health and safety. Praised therefore be thy name, O God, for of thee only cometh my falvation. Thou art the God of my health, 'my saviour and mighty deliverer ; as long as I live I will magnify thee, O Lord, for a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.**
Oh! give me a heart always tuned to thy praises, which is my happiness as well as my duty. Imprint on my mind such a deep fense of thy merits, that I may never provoke thee to withdraw thy favours from me. Let not the blessings thou bestowelt on me make me in love with this world : let neither covetoaspess nor ambition, pride or vanity,a contempt of others, or a fond conceit of myself, be the result of thy loving kindness towards me : But, .
Endue me with such an humble and contented mind, such a meek and resigned fpirit, such a quiet and peaceable temper and behaviour, as becomes a creature and a sinner. Oh, inspire my soul with pure and pious difpositions, and instead of those filthy rags of my righteousness, clothe me with the righteousness of the saints. Let the consideration of my unworthiness suppress in me all proud and aspiring thoughts, and all covetous and ambi. tious desires; that being meek and lowly in my own eyes, my heart may be a fit receptacle
* Pfalm cxxxiii.