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self there; yet still remaining where he was, filling Heaven and Earth, but more particularly our Chancel; saying to us, and to Me an undeserving Guest; You are all my Friends, and Worthy, whatever your Sins be,

through my Sufferings. I receiv'd my Bles! fed Saviour into my Heart,nay the whole

Trinity; for the Unity of the Father, and ! the Power of the Spirit, accompany'd the "Sacred Action ; But, omy Soul, let not

what is past, content Thee ; Thirst more and more, after thy Dear Lord, and give úp thy self entirely to him; let there be no Reserve; but in Body, Mind, and Spi

rit, desire to be made a fit Receptacle for, ( hiin. And let all that belongs to thee, be

His; in entire Resignation of it, to the

will of God, and Resolving to part with ( what is convenient, for the Relief of his poor Members. - How Blessed an Institution is this, O my Adorable Saviour! What cou'd have been

found out comparable to it, to quicken us Ć

in Holiness! How does it actuate all our

Thoughts, and set all our Powers awork! ? How does it entertain our Minds, and fill

our Souls! Like the Disciples going to Emans, our Hearts burn within us, and are full of amazing wonder at thy Rich Mercy!

Before I come to thy Holy Table, Trifles • divert my Mind, and engage my Thoughts; , but when I come from thence, my Heart is all Joy and Wonder, all Adoration and Praise ; all Sacrificeand Resignation ; CouN


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rage and Resolution. How is my Saviour to be Ador'd for this Wise, and Gracious Institution, who has provided fo effectually for his faithful Servants, to the Worlds end! Be Thou ever Ador'd, O merciful Jesu, O my God, and my Lord ! For thy

wonderful Designs of Love and Mercy to

( the Sons of Men. Amen. He was a Reo

From the preceeding Account of Mr. Bonligious obfirver of rb

nell's Constancy and Behaviour at the Holy Lord's-Day. Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, the Reader

will of himself conclude, that he was a Religious Observer of the Lord's-Day; and such he was in a very strict manner, giving it entirely up to the Service of God, and Exerci. ses of Religion. He had Private and Family Devotions suited to the Day; and all his Dresling time he employ'd in Repeating Psalms, which had most Relation to the Bufiness of it, as the 84th, 116th, 118th, and 122d, and others, as his time allow'd him.

He express'd a great Dilike to the Practice of some Families, in making the Lord's-day, a Day of Publick Feasting, and Entertainment; insomuch that most of their Servants, are depriv'd of the Benefits of it, being to them, neither a Day of Rest, nor Devotion. To this purpose, I find the following Remark of his, upon David's refusing to Drink the Water of Bethleem, which Three of his mighty Men had hazarded their Lives to bring him, 2 Sam. 23. 17. Is not this the Blood of the Men that went in Jeopardy of their Loves, therefore he won'd not Drink it. Thow,


says he to himself, goest to Church, and enjoyest the Ordinance of God: Thy Servant stays at home to dress thee perishing Food. Hom krowest thou but it is to the Jeopardy of ber Eternal Lic? Fear to Eat of that Meat which Costs so dear, This Practice he remnedy'd in his own Family, as much as he coud, without turning the Day entirely into a Fast. He, generally upon the Lord's Day, had no Company but his own Family ; that so no Reserves might hina der him, from entertaining them with Religious Discourse. But if other Company were with him, he wou'd be talking to his Servants about the Scrmon, and bring in some Religious Subjet to be discours'd of; and if Abroad, he us'd the fame Method, but with his usual Modelty and Caution.

The Lord's-Day Evenings he chose to spend alone, or in such Company, where Religion might be the only Entertainment, But the Rarity of such Company, nrade kim at last resolve to visit None upon that Day, but the Sick, or the Afflicted ; and to decline receiving Visits, as much as possible ; desiring to converse only with God, and his own Thoughts, till it was time to call his Family together. Then he Examin’d bis Servants, and Instructed them in the great Principles and Duties of Religion. Then he usually read to them some plain Pious Book, for about an Hour together, then one or more Chapters in the Bible, and so went to Prayers; concluding the Day with his other Devotions; only large Additions of

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Prayers, and Praises proper to it. Thus did he answer, in his Practice, the End of the Institution of the Lord's Day, making it a truly Christian Sabbath; a Day, not so much of Rest, as Religion, and a happy Type of that Eternal Sabbath, which the Saints enjoy in Heaven ; who rest for ever from their Labours, yet are for ever employ'd in the work of Thanksgiving and Praise.

I shall here add his Judgment of the necessity of Observing the Lord's-Day, and keeping it strictly Holy.

(The Lord Blessed the Seventh Day, to the purposes of Piety and Spiritual Benefit of his Servants; yea, and it shall be Blesfed. This is not a Branch of the Ceremo( nial Law;

for from the Beginning ¢ of the World, the Lord hath establish'd

a Blessing upon the Seventh Day, making it a Mark and Characteristick of his Servants, from the reft of the World, who take no notice of a Seventh Day; an outward Sign of his Everlasting Covenant with them,

from the Beginning to the End of the ( World. He hath fanctifi'd a Seventh part

of our Time to himself; and as He here

tofore fanctifid the Temple, as a Type < of our Emmanuel, of our Saviours Man· hood ; and gave great Privileges to the

Prayers that were offer'd up to Him, in it, or towards it; so hath he Sanctifi'd every Seventh Day of our Time, as a Type of that Eternal Day of Holiness, and of Reft,

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which we shall enjoy, in the Presence and Company of our Lord in Heaven. Fear

not then, my Soul, the Day is blessed ; c whatever thou offerest up to thy God, on

this Day, shall have a double Acceptance ; (and whatever good thing thou desirest, on

this Day, fhall have a speedy Answer.

This is the acceptable Time, in which God ( will hear Thee; this is the Lord's own

Day which He hath Blessed, and in which · He will Bless thee. Only take heed, that If4. 56: 6.

thou keep the Covenant of the Lord, and San{tifie this his Day. (For most wise Rea- . sons, he hath appointed it, as Ellential and Necessary to the Improvement of our Souls. For whoso looks into the World, and sees how Men are apt to be engag‘d to it, and forget their Eternal Home; will soon think, that One Day in Seven, is as lit

tle as can be, to Revive and Maintain in f their Souls, a true Sense of things.) Then Verse 7. I will thy God bring thee to his holy Mountain,

aná make thee joyful in his House of Prayer; thy Burnt-Offerings and thy Sacrifices shall be

accepted on his Holy Alt.ar. Thý Devotions " and thy Services shall be accepted that

Day (more especially) in his Sight, through ( the Mediator of the Covenant, the Lord « Jesus. Amen.

In another place he speaks to the same purpose.

• The Christian Church assum'd the Festi. vals ofthe Jews, as rightly belonging to them: For the things which they were


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