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Jeth in us, and his love is perfc&ted in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosocver shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwellcth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God; and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love cascth out fear; because fear hath torment: He that feareth, is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he firít loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath feen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we froin him, that he who loveth God, love his brother also.

The Gospel. S. Luke 16. 19.
Here was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple, and

fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar nained Lazarus, who was laid at his gate full of fores; and desiring to be 'fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich mans table: moreover, the dogs came and licked his fores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abrahams bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes being in torments, and feetli Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lizarus that he

may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. *But Abraham said, Son, remember,

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+ But Abraham, jaid, Son, remember, &c. This and worldly Blesings which Providence has bestowed parable teaches usthat Men Shall be punilaed hereafter upon thean, And on the other hand is affords como t nu merely for the grosser Crimes of Murder, Adultery, and encouragement to all whose circumstances are strait Injustice, Oppression, or Lying: but likewise for their and low in the World. If their pover:y be sufiainea Luxury and Exti avagance, and abuse of the Riches with patience, contentment and trut. Gud; if they

that thou in thy life-time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they who would pass from hence to you, canrot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my fathers house: for I have five brethren; that he may

teftify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham; but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he faid unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be perswaded, though one rose from the dead.

The second Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.
Lord, who never failest to help and govern them whom thou

dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love; Keep us, we befeech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 S. John 3. 13.
Arvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. #We know

that we have passed from death unto life, because we love; the brethren: he that loveth not his brother, abideth in death. Who

Paraphrase on the Collect for the Jecond Sunday after Trinity. O Lord, who doft continually allift and defend those inspire us perpetually with a filial fear and affection for who arc firmlyinstructed in the fear and love of thee. thee through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let thy gracious Providence always preserve us, and are rich in Faith and Virtue; there is a Time coming, to Mansions of Peace and Joy, and Glory everlasting. when he will not neglect them, though. Men may. I We know that we have passed, cc As Charity And they, who fo haughtily and coldly look down upon to our Brethren is a iure evidence of our being reak their sufferings in the mean while, may find cause to Christians, and in a state of Regeneration; so is Malice envy their happiness. For, when the gay, and fleetirg as fure a mark of our being in an unregenerate and Vanities of this world shall be reduced to a Coffin damnable state. Every malicious Man being in the and a Shroud, the pity or scorn of furvivors ; then Eve of God a Murderer in the disposition of his Heariz tall the godly poor be conveyed from grief and labour and the construction of God's Law. Mat. v, 21.27

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soever' hateth his brother, is a murderer; and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this worlds good, and feeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him; how dwelleth the love of God in hin? $ My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed, and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, than have we confidence towards God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his fight. And this is liis commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him: and hereby .we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

The Gospel. S. Luke - 14. 16.
Certain man made a great fupper, and bade many; and .

fent his fervant at fupper-time to fay to them that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excule: The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it; I pray thee have me excufed. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come: So that servant came and shewed his Lord these things. Then 's My little Children, let us not love in Word, &c. the Jews; and foretold, chat thuugh it was to be offered The Love we are bound to muit not confift, in outward with every circumstance that coul recommend it, they profession only, but must prove its fincerity, by, action.. would reject it with disdain, preferring the present Life

1 A certain Man made a great Supper, &c. In this, to that which is.to come; while the Gentiles would eine parable of the Marr age Feast, by the invitations of the brace the Gospel with readiness, and thereby be prezi Gutsts, and the success of those invitations, our Saviour, pared to sit down with Abraham liaac and Jacob in described the success which the Gospel, that invitation the Abodes of the blessed. to the greai Feat of Heaven, should meet with among

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and ile naimed, and the halt and the blind. And the fuvant faid, Lord it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is icon. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into ile lighways, and hedges, an.l compel them to come in, that py, houk may be fille!. For I say unto you, that none of thoc men which were bidden thail taste of my supper.

The third Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.
Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that

we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. 1 S. Pet. 5.5.
LL of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with

humility: - for God relisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may axalt you in due time; casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. Be fober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom result stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, ftablih, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. . Amen.

Paraphrase on the Golied for the third Sunday after Trinity. O Lord, we intreat thee graciously to hear our pe. to ask thy aid and protection, may, by thy powerful titions; and grant, that we, to whom thou halt given help, be preserved and relieved under all difficulties and such a sense of our wants and infirmities, as induce us dilli Nes, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Be clothed with Humility. The original Word' intįmates, that Humility ought to be always vaible itt which we render hers, be clotheit, is of peculiar elegance Christians, ~in every a&ion of our lives to exprefs itLignifying properly an upp'r Garment, girt about over felf, and to be a significant mark of oui belonging to the rest, as a distinction of Servants. Hereby the Apostle Chrift,

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The Gospel. S. Luke 15. '1.
Hen drew near unto him aļl the publicans and sinners for to

hear him. And the Pharisees and fcribes murmured, faying, This man receiveth finners, and eateth with them. he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of

you having ån 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 he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders; rejoicing; And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which wis loft. I say unto you, that likewife joy'shall be in heaven over one finner that repenteth, more thañ over ninety and nine juft persons which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if the lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek di ligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, faying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had loft. Likewise I say unto you, There is joy in the presence of the Angels of God, over one finner that repenteth.

The fourth Sunday after Trinity:

The Collect.
God, the protector of all that 'trust in thee, without whom

nothing is strong, nothing is holy; increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that thou being our ruler and guide, we may fo pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things

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Paraphrafe on the Collect for the fourth Sunday after Trinity. O God, the defender of all that religioully rely on pass through this transitory state of things that we fail thy protection, our only strength, the giver of all not to attain the eternal joys of another. Grant this, goodness ; shew thy Mercy to vards us abundantly; O Father for the fake of Jesus Christ our' Lord. that under thy governance and direction, we may fo

And be Jpake this Parable, &c. The Pharisees the conversion of Sinners is a thing highly acceptable having murmured at our Saviour's charitable con to God; and cons quently that whatever has a tendency descention in preaching to, and endeavouring to pro- thereto is fo far fro in being ineoni lent with goodness, mo:e the conversion of some noted Sinners. He spoke that it is the very perfection of its this and the following Parable in order to thew that

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