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of me,” says he, not to walk upon the wa- | passed upon all men. Nevertheless, Goa ter, or rebuke the wind, not to open the eyes who is rich in mercy pitied and spared, and of the blind or quicken the dead, but “ Learn said, “ Deliver him from going down to the of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and pit; I have found a ransom."
To guilty ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
man, driven out from paradise, a door of " Jesus rejoiced in spirit,” as he contem- grace opened, a dawn of hope arose. That plated the rise, the progress, the consumma- dawning light, that day-spring from on high, lion of his kingdom, and the correspondent through thy favour, waxed brighter and downfal of the empire of sin and Satan. He brighter, till it reached meridian splendour. is the same who wept over the grave of La- The fulness of time came, when “God, who zarus, "who groaned in the spirit and was at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake troubled," in sympathy with the wo of others; in times past unto the fathers by the prothe same who beheld the devoted city, " and phets,” was pleased to speak "unto us by his wept over it;" the same who in the agony Son, the heir of all things,” who made the of Gethsemane, exclaimed, " My soul is ex- worlds, being the brightness of his glory, ceeding sorrowful, even unto death." Let and the express image of his person, and upour sorrows and joys flow from the same holding all things by the word of his power.” sources with his. Are the ravages of time But he “made himself of no reputation, and and death presented to our view, or the still took upon him the form of a servant, and was more dreadful ravages, which issue in death made in the likeness of men;" He was committed by “the carnal mind which is en “ despised and rejected of men, a man of mity against God," and hatred to man? Are sorrows and acquainted with grief:” and we the spectators of the progress of moral" being found in fashion as a man, he humcorruption from evil to worse, till all is lost ? bled himself, and became obedient unto death, Can we behold it unmoved ? “ Fools make even the death of the cross," and “when he & mock at sin," but every serious spirit is had by himself purged our sins, sat down on very differently affected. “I beheld the the right hand of the Majesty on high.” transgressors," says the Psalmist, “and was “Which things the angels desire to look grieved because they kept not thy word. into;" let our souls rejoice and adore. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes; be To thee, voluntarily humbled, to thee, cause they keep not thy law.” On the other highly exalted Saviour, our knees shall bow: hand, how delightful is it, to mark the pro- that name which is above every name our gress of goodness; "the path of the just as tongue shall confess: “ the love of Christ the shining light, that shineth more and more. constraineth us:" “ we love him : because unto the perfect day;" to behold“ a brand he first loved us." And what proof, blessed plucked out of the fire,” a soul saved from Lord, what proof of love art thou this day death, an heir born into the kingdom of God! demanding of thine infinitely indebted creaThis causes "joy in heaven, in the presence tures? Not to suffer the loss of all things, of the angels of God." This is that travail not to go to prison and to death for thee, not of his soul,” which the Redeemer "shall see, to give our body to be burnt, not to give but and shall be satisfied.” This is the dawning to receive: “Take and eat, Take and drink, of that eternal day when “the ransomed of Do this in remembrance of Me.” Of a truth the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with thy commandments are not grievous; thy songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads : yoke is easy, and thy burden is light. Draw they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sor- us, we will run after thee; these are cords row and sighing shall flee away.' That we of a man, these are bands of love. We hear all may be found in that company, partake the command and we obey. We present our of that joy, assist in raising those songs, may bodies a living sacrifice, which is our reasonGod of his infinite mercy grant, through able service. We devote the superior powers Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
of our immortal spirits to the contemplation Prayer in consecrating the Elements.
of the great mystery of godliness, that we
may be able to comprehend with all saints We thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and earth, for all thy inexpressible, all thy and height, and to know the love of Christ inconceivable goodness to the children of which passeth knowledge, and that we may men. Thou didst form the first human body be filled with all the fulness of God," of " dust of the ground,” and thou didst We employ, risen and exalted Redeemer, breathe into man the breath of life, and he we employ these elements of bread and wine became a living soul, capable of knowing, of as a memorial of thy dying love, because, admiring, of loving, and of enjoying the glori- in the near prospect of death, thou wert Jus excellencies of the Divine Nature. Under pleased, by giving thanks over them, to set thy creative benediction he increased, and them apart to this sacred purpose. We multiplied, and replenished the earth. But would, after thy example, look up to our man that was in honour continued not. Sin Father in heaven, and give thanks for all tlie entered into the world, and death by sin has blessings which they commemorate, for re
demption through the blood of Christ, the ¡tial and transient: but by the spirit of power, forgiveness of sins according to the riches and of love, and of a sound mind, to contemof free sovereign grace; for the abolishing plate a kingdom which cannot be moved, a of death, and for all the exceedingly great kingdom prepared for you from the foundaand precious promises, and the glorious pros- tion of the world. You survey an inheritpects of life and immortality brought to light ance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that by the gospel.
fadeth not away; not with the feelings of a BaIn thy naine we solemnly separate, from a laam, who beheld from the high places of Baal, common to a hallowed use, so much of this the goodly tents of Jacob, and the tabernacles bread and of this wine as we are now to of Israel, in which he had neither part nor lot; employ in commemorating the death of nor with the emotions of a Moses, who from Christ, his body broken, and his blood shed Pisgah viewed the land flowing with milk and as a propitiation for the sin of the world. — honey, into which he must not enter; but with And over these sacred symbols we again so the confidence and composure of an Abraham, lemnly dedicate ourselves unto thee, to be to whom God said “Lift up now thine eyes, and disposed of by thy providence, to be govern- look from the place where thou art, northward, ed by thy laws, to be guided by thy spirit, to and southward, and eastward, and westward : be accepted through thy intercession. Thce arise, walk through the land, in the length having not seen we love; in thee, though of it, and in the breadth of it: for I will give now we see thee not, yet believing, we re- it unto thee;" but with the rapture of a Stejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory; phen, who expiring exclaimed, Behold, I receiving the end of our faith, even the sal- see the heavens opened, and the Son of man vation of our souls. In thy presence we be- standing on the right hand of God.” That come witnesses to each other, and we call ye Christians, may through grace be made angels and men to witness that we subscribe partakers of the same divine consolation, with our hand unto the Lord, in trembling we administer unto you, and partake with hope that our names are written in the you, the commanded inemorial of the sufferLamb's book of life, among the living in the ings and death of the Redeemer of manheavenly Jerusalem. And in this blessed kind. hope we would, with one heart and voice, “ The Lord in the same night in which he ascribe to God in Christ the kingdom, and was betrayed, took bread: and, when he had the power and the glory, now, and ever- given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, Amen.
eat: this is my body, which is broken for you:
this do in remembrance of me.” Address to Communicants at the Sacra
How powerfully emphatical every word mental Table.
is! the bread of nature, in order to become To sit down at one table, to partake of the the aliment of the body, is bruised, and brobame fare, is the happiest view of domestic ken, and passes through the fire: “The comfort and of friendly intercourse. The bread of life, which came down from heaven,” body and the mind are refreshed at once. says Christ in his doctrine, “is my flesh, The bond of union is strengthened and which I will give for the life of the world." sweetened between the father and mother, "It pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath between the parents and their children, put him to grief:” behold him buffeted of among brothers and sisters, among kindred wicked men, scourged, his head crowned and friends. To the enjoyment of that pure with thorns, his hands and his feet pierced, and exalted felicity, my brethren, we are his soul poured out unto death. And for now invited; and with the prospects of im- what end? His body, my sinful fellowmortality blend the endearing charities of creature, was “ broken for you.” “He was human life. The great Master of our Gos- wounded for our transgressions, he was bruispel repast is not now indeed the object of ed for our iniquities: the chastisement of sense, but he is assuredly with us, he con- our peace was upon him; and with his stripes templates with complacency our common we are healed. All we, like sheep, have faith and hope, our mutual affection. He gone astray; we have turned every one to rejoices in spirit while he beholds those for his way, and the Lord hath laid on him the whom he died remembering his death, obey- iniquity of us all.” And what does he deing his commandments, living under the in- mand in return? Do this in remembrance fluence of his spirit, advancing in his strength of me. Blessed Jesus! if thou hadst bidden toward the kingdom of heaven. Him not us do some great thing, would we not have having seen ye love, and ye look forward to cheerfully complied ? How much rather the day when ye shall be like him, for ye shall then, when the yoke of love is imposed ! see him as he is.
We come at thy call: “We will rememCommunicants, ye are elevated to the ber the name of the Lord our God;" “O summit of an exceeding high mountain, but Lord our God, other lords besides thee have not by the spirit of delusion, to survey airy had dominion over us; but by thee only will or earthly kingdoms, and a glory unsubstan- we make mention of thy name.” 3 Z
“ After the same manner also he took the , all colours and of all languages, to cast in cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is their lot among us, and to take shelter with the new testament in my blood : this do ye, us under the shadow of this great rock in as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of a weary land,” to repose with us amidst me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and the trees of life," whose “leaves are for drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death the healing of the nations.” till he come.
But is not "our fellowship with the Father, In drinking together, my Christian friends, and with his Son Jesus Christ ?" Is it not, from this cup, we joyfully acquiesce in the then, with them who are drinking new wine new, and better, and well-ordered covenant, in our Father's kingdom; with the spirits of “ordained by angels in the hand of a Media- just men made perfect; with those whom on tor,” and “established upon letter promises;" earth we loved; with those who have often a covenant which makes provision not only eaten and drank with us at this table, and for human infirmity, but for the deepest and with whom we hope to eat and to drink at most malignant guilt, and which affords not the table that is above, sitting down with merely a temporary relief, but confers an un- them, and“ with Abraham, and Isaac, and changeable and everlasting security. “ 'This Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven ?" Delightis the covenant that I will make with the ful reflection! The employments of earth house of Israel, after those days, saith the and heaven are the same; the animating Lord, I will put my laws into their mind, principle, the spirit of love is the same; the and write them in their hearts: and I will subject of their praise and the source of their be to them a God, and they shall be to me a joy are the same. “ Unto Jesus Christ, who people: and they shall not teach every man is the faithful witness, and the first begotten his neighbour, and every man his brother, of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of saying, know the Lord, for all shall know me the earth: unto him that loved us, and from the least to the greatest. For I will washed us from our sins in his own blood, be merciful to their unrighteousness, and and hath made us kings and priests unto God their sins and their iniquities will I remem- and his Father; to him be glory and domiber no more. And what is the seal of this nion for ever and ever. Amen." better covenant? It is before you. “This The solemnity concludes with an intimacup," says the Saviour, " is the new Testa- tion of Christ's second appearance. “As ment in my blood :" the wine in the cup often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, is a symbolical representation of my blood ye do show the Lord's death till he come. shed for the remission of sin. “Ye know Why trouble ye the woman ?" said Christ that ye were not redeemed with corruptible to the indignant disciples, who grudged the things, as silver and gold: but with the pre-waste of the ointment which she poured on his cious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without feet, “ for she hath wrought a good work blemish and without spot;" "slain from the upon me; for in that she hath poured this foundation of the world,” and which"cleans- ointment on my body, she did it for my burieth us from all sin.”
al.” Her pious act embalmed the body for In celebrating this holy ordinance, we are the grave : ours contemplates Jesus, and not only more closely cementing the ties of the resurrection ; ours looks forward to the nature and the bands of friendship among day when “the Son of man shall come in the ourselves, but we are extending our commu- clouds of heaven with power and great nion to the church of Christ universal, in glory.” “Yet a little while and He that the east and west, in the south and north; shall come will come, and will not tarry." we are stretching out the right hand of fel. "He which testifieth these things saith, lowship over continents, over oceans, to give surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, - the salutation of brotherly-love to all who come Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord love our Lord Jesus; and to invite men of Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
HISTORY OF JESUS CHRIST.
And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee : and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set thero sis water-pots of stone, after the manner of the