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He that soweth little, shall reap little; and he that soweth plenteously, shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is disposed in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity ; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix 6, 7.
Let him that is taught in the word, minister unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mock
ed: For whatsocver a man soweth, that shall he reap. Gal. vi. 6, 7.
While we have time, let us do good unto all men ; and especially unto them that are of the household of faith. Gal wi. WO. Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath: For we brought nothing into this world, neither may we carry any thing out. 1 Tim vi. 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. I Tom. vi. 17, 18, 19. God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works, and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have showed for his name’s sake, who have ministered unto the saints, and yet do minister. Heb. vi. 10. To do good and to distribute, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii. 16.
... - 2Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of "God in him : I St. John iii. 17. Give alms 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. Tob. iv. 7. - Be merciful after thy power. Is thou hast much, give plenteously. If thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little ; for so gatherest thou thyself a good reward, in the day of necessity. Tob. iv. 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. Prov. xix. 17. Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick and needy : the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble. Psal. xli. l. * Whilst these Sentences are in reading, the Deacons, Church-wardens, or other Jit fiersons affointed for that flurfiose, shall receive the Alms for the Poor, and other Devotions of the Peofile, in a decent Bason to be firovided by the Parish for that furfiose ; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly firesent and flace it usion the Holy Table. Jind the Priest shall then filace usion the 7able so much Bread and Wine, as
he shall think sufficient. .After which dome, he shall &uy, Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church militant. * LM1GHTY 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 accefit our alms and oblations, and j to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy divine Majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all they who 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, so to direct and dispose the hearts of all Chris
tian Rulers, that they may truly and impartially adminis
ter 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 other Minis-H
ters; that they may, both by their life and doctrine, se’ 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 pre
sent; 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, of thy goodness, O. Lord, to. comfort and succour all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, 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 Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. .Amen. * When the Minister giveth warning for the Celebration of the Holy Communion (which he shall always dousion the Sunday, or some Holy-day, immediately fireceding) he shall read this Exhortation following ; or so much thereof as, in his discretion, he may, think convenient.
Doo" beloved, on —|- day next, I purpose, through God's assistance, to tdminister to all such as shall be religiously and devoutly disposed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and
Blood of Christ; to be by them
* If there be no alms or oblations, then shall the words (to accept out alms and oblations, and) be left unsaid.
received, in remembrance of mighty God, with full purpose
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 thcse who will presume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you in the mean season, to consider the dignity of that holy Mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof; and so to search and examine your own consciences, (and that not Iightly, and after the manner of dissemblers 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 God’s commandments; and wherein soever ye shall perceive yourselves to have offended, either by will, word, or deed, there to bewail your own sinfulness, and
to confess yourselves to Al
of amendment of life. And if ye shall perceive your of fences 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 who have offended you, as ye would have forgiveness of your offences at God's hand: For otherwise the receiving of the Holy Communion dothnothing else but increase your condemnation. Therefore, if any of you be a blasphemer of God, an hinderer or slanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice or envy, or in any other grievous crime; repent ye of your sins, or else come not to that holy Table. And because it is requisite that no man should come to the Holy Communion, but with a full trust in God’s mercy, and with a quiet conscience ; therefore, if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his own conscience herein, but requireth further comfort er counsel ; let him come to me, or to some other Minister of God's word, and open his grief; that he may receive such Godly counsel and advice, as may tend to the
* Or, in case he shall see the Peofile negligent to come to the Holy Communion, instead of the former, he shall use this Exhortation.
EARLY beloved brethren,
on I intend, by God's grace, to celebrate the Lord's Supper; unto which in God’s behalf, I bid you all who are here prescnt; and beseech you for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that ye will not refuse to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by God himself. Ye -know how grievous and unkind a thing it is, when a man hath prepared a rich feast, decked "his table with all kinds of provision, so that there lacketh nothing but the guests to sit down ; and yet they who are called (without any cause, most unthankfully refuse to
come. Which of you in such a
case would not be moved : Who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him? Wherefore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye, withdrawing yourselves from this holy Supper, provoke God's indignation against you. It is an easy matter for a man to say, I will not communicate because I am otherwise hindered with worldly business. But such excuses are not so easily accepted, and allowed before God. If any man say, I am a grievous sinner, and therefore am afraid to come : wherefore then do ye not repent and amond & When God calleth
you, are ye not ashamed te say, ye will not come When ye should return to God, will ye excuse yourselves, and say, ye are not ready ? Consider earnestly with yourselves, how little such feigned excuses will avail before God. They who refused the feast in the Gospel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they were married, were not so excused, but counted unworthy of the heavenly feast. Wherefore, according to mine Office, I bid you in the Name of God, I call you in Christ's behalf, I exhort you, as ye love your own salvation, that ye will be partakers of this Holy Communion. And as the Son of God did vouchsafe to yield up his soul by death upon the cross, for your salvation; so it is your duty to receive the Communion in remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, as he himself hath commanded: Which if ye shall neglect to do, consider with yourselves, how great is your ingratitude to God, and how sore punishment hangeth over your heads for the same, when ye willfully abstain from the Lord's Table, and separate from your brethren who come to feed on the banquet of that most heavenly food. These things if ye earnestly consider ye will by God's grace, return to a better mind ; for the obtaining whereof we shall not cease to make our humble petitions unto Almighty God, our heavenly Father.
* At the time of the celebration of the Communion, the Priest shall say this Erhortation. EARLY beloved in the Lord, ye who mind to come to the holy communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how St. Paul exhorteth all persons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume to eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup For as the benefit is great, if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that holy Sacrament : so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent ye truly for your sins past; have a
great love of our Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-shedding he hath obtained for 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 endless com-, fort. 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. * Then shall the Priest say to : those who come to receive the Holy Communion.
lively and steadfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men; so shall ye be meet partakers of those 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 him. self, even to the death upon the cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and the shadow of death ; that he might make us the children of God, and exaltus to everlasting life. And to the end that we should always remember the exceeding
E who 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 God, devoutly kneeling. * Then shall this general ConJession be made, by the Priest and all those who are minded to receive the Holy Communion, humbly kneeltng. LMIGHTY God, father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; we acknowledge and