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teacheth, in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap. Gal. 6. 6, 7.
While we have time, let us do good unto all men, and specially unto them that are of the houstiold of faith. Gal. 6. 10.
Godlmess is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath: for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out. 1 Tim. 6. 6, 7.
Charge them who are rich in this world that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute, laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life. 1 Tim, 6. 17, 18, 19.
God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have mewed for his Names fake, who have ministered unto the faints, and yet do minister. Hebr. 6. 10.
To do good, and to distribute, forget not, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebr. 13. 16.
Whoso hath this worlds good, and feeth his brother have need, and fhutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 S. John 3. 17.
Give aim? of thy goods, and never turn thy face from any poor man, and then the face of the Lord shall not be turned away from thee. lob. 4. 7.
Be merciful aster thy power. If thou hast much, give plenreousty. If thou hast little, do thy diligence gladty to give os that little: for so gatherest thou thyself a good reward in the day of necessity. Tob. 4. 8, 9.
He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord: and look, what he layeth out, it shall be paid him again* Prviz. 19. 17.
Blestcd be the man that provideth for the sick and needy: the Lordfliall deliver him in the time of trouble. Pfiil. 41. 1.
A Prayer to be said in private upon giving our Alms. A1 Cceptj gracious God, of this small Contribution to the reluf of my necessitous Brethren; as an humble Acknowledgment of thy Right to all I possess; and in grateful Rejnembrance of him, who for my sake became poor, that I might be rich, e-oen jsesus Chris our Lord.
Let us pray for the whole state of Christs Church militant here in earth.
ALmighty and everliving God, who by thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all men; we humbly beseech thee most mercifully [to accept cur alms and oblations, and] to receive thTM these our prayers, which we offer unto thy divine £j £?%J?JS*£ Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the jjgB,3 left°utTM-. universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: and grant that all they that do confess thy holy Name, may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors; and especially thy servant GEORGE our King, that under him we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto his whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true Religion and Virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and Curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments: And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and especially to this Congregation here present, that with meek heart and due reverence they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee os thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, lickness, or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy Name, for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christs fake our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
The Exhortation before the Communion.
DEarly beloved, on day next, I purpose, through Gods assistance, to administer to all such as shall be religi®usty and devoutly disposed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion, whereby alone we obtain remission of our sins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that he hath given his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, not only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food and sustenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being so divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and so dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you, in the mean season to consider the dignity os that holy mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof; and so to search and examine your own consciences, (and that not lightly, and after the manner of disiemblers with God: but so) that ye may come holy and clean to such, a heavenly feast, in the marriage garment required by God in holy Scripture, and be received as worthy partakers of that holy Table.
The way and means thereto, is: First, to examine your lives and conversations by the rule of Gods commandments; and wherein soever ye shall perceive yourselves to have offended, either by will, word, ot deed, there to bewail your own sinfulnefs, and to confess yourselves to Almighty God, with full purpose os amendment of life. And is ye shall perceive your offences to be such as are not only against God, but also against your neighbours, then ye shall reconcile yourselves unto them, being ready to make restitution and satisfaction according to the uttermost of your powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by you to any other; and being likewise ready to forgive others that have offended you, as ye would have forgiveness of your offences at Gods hand: for otherwise the receiving os the holy Communion doth nothing else but increase your damnation. Therefore if any os you be a blasphemer os God, an hinderer or slanderer os his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice, or envy, or in any other grievous crime; Repent you of your sins, or else come not to that holy Table, lest after the taking os that holy Sacrament, the devil enter into you, as he entered into Judas, and fill you full of all iniquities, and bring you to destruction both of body and foul.
And because it is requisite that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in Gods mercy, and with a quite conscience; therefore if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his own conscience herein, but requireth further comfort or counsel; let him come to me, or to some other discreet and learned Minister os Gods Word, and open his grief, that by the ministry of Gods holy Word he may receive the benefit of Absolution, together with ghostly counsel and advice, to the quieting os his conscience, and avoiding os all scruple and doubtfulness. The Exhortation at the Communion.
DEarly beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how Saint Paul exhorteth all Persons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume to eat of that Bread, and drink os that Cup. For as the benefit is great, if with a true penitent heart, and lively faith, we receive that holy Sacrament, (for then we spiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink his Blood j then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us: ) so is the danger great, *if we receive
* Is tue receive the same umtiorlbily. That is in- -and me <was hungry, etui another was drunker., i Cor. »• decently, as the Corinthians did : of « hom St. Paul fays, 30, &C. tsiat in eating every *ne took Seforeether hit rv.n Suffer;
the fame unworthily. For then we are guilty os the Body and Blood os Christ our Saviour; |we eat and drink our own damnation, not considering the Lords Body: we kindle Gods wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your sins past; have a lively and stedfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect Charity with all men, so shall ye be meet partakers of thole holy mysteries. And above all things ye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man, who did humble himself even to the death upon the Cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness, and the ihadow of death, that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And~to the end that we should atway remember the exceeding great love of our Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-stiedding he hath obtained to us; he hath instituted and ordained holy mysteries, as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death, to our great and endkss comfort. To him therefore with the Father and the Holy Ghost, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks, submitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.
YE that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love, and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways; Draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty Gcd, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
X ff 'e eat end drink cur oiun damnation. That is, before, as if ic were a common Feast, pr voice God they who eat and drink so indecently-, as is mentioned to inflict hh jud>mtiitj upon them. Axui foribit cause