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members servants to righteousness, unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of fin, ye were free from righteousness.. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now alhanied ? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from fin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the'end everlasting life. For the wages of fin is death : but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Gospel. S. Mark 8. 1. N those days, the multitude being very great, and having no
thing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and faith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: and if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. And his disciples anfwered him, From whence can a man fatisfy these men with bread here in * the wilderness? And he asked them, How many loavesi have ye? and they said, Seven. And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them: and they did fet them before the people. And they had a few small fishes; and he blessed, and commanded to set them also be fore thein. So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left, feven baskets. And they that had eaten were about four thousand; and he sent them away.
The eighth Sunday after. Trinity.
in heaven and earth; We humbly beseech thee to put awiy • The Wilderness. One cannot but remark with fuch as had difpofitions proper for profiting by his lo. what Wisdom Jesus chose to be fo much in Deserts, Atructions. And to say the Truth, not a great many duing this period of his Ministry. He was resolved others would accompany him into solitudes, where they in the discharge of it, to make as little noise as pof- were to futtain the inconveniencies of Hunger and che able, to avoid Crouds, and to be followed only by Weather for several Days.
from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epiftle. Rom. 8. 12.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: *but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear: 'but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
The Gospel. S. Matth, 7. 15.
but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits: Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast in to the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. No every one that saith unto ine, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.
The ninth Sunday after Trinity.
The ColleEZ. Paraphrase on the Collea for the eighth Sunday after Trinity. O God, the governor of the World, protect us we give us all such things as thou feest will be for our beseech thee from whatever may be injurious to us, and benefit, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
*But if ye through the Spirit do mortify, &c. Fiom of the Spirit of God. this passage of Scripture we are instručted that a sure 1 Not every one that faith, a It is not the bare token by which we may discover those that belong to profession, or preaching of the Gospel, that will carry Christ is, that they do not indulge then felves in len- any Man to Heaven; out a conscientious and dillJual pleasures, but mortify and fubdue their irregular gent observance of the Ruks of Life laid down there. Pafboas and Defires; and diligently pursue the dictates
Rant to us, Lord, we beseech thce, the Spirit to think and I do always such things as be rightful; that we who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. I Cor. 10. I. Rethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, bow that
all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud, and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat, and did all drink the same fpiritual drink: (for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them; and that Rock was Christ.) But with many of them God was not well pleased; for they were overthrown in the wilderness. * Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they allo lufted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as fome of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let, us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of ferpents. Neither murmer ye, as fome of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed left he fall. There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is com, mon to man: botGod is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Paraphrase on the Collea for the ninth Sunday after Trinity. Give us Grace, we befeech thee, O Lord, both to without thy affiftance, may by thee be enabled to obey think and ađ always according to thy righteous Com- thee in all Things, through Jesus Christ our Lord. trandments; that we, who cannot serve thee acceptably,
Now these things were our examples & The People of God fell away into Idolatry, and were de historical account of the manner in which God dealt prived of their Privileges : fo are we also liable to be with the liraelites for their Wickedness is a warning drawo aside from our Duty, and lose the divine fatq us to avoid their Crimes, left, otherwise, we be like, vour: which should always induce us to keep in mind them in their punishments.
St. Paul's caution ; because of Unbelief they were broken 1 Wherefore, let him that thinketb, &c. That is,
from off, and thou Jandej by Faith. Be net high minded; but the foregoing examples of the Israelites, we, as Chrif- fear. Rom. xi. 20, mans 'fould learn, that as, they who were once the.
The Gospel. S. Luke 16. 1. Esus said unto his disciples, $ There was a certain rich man
who had a stewards and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an account of thy ftewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward faid within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig, to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardThip, they may receive me into their houses
. So he called every cne of his lords debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred mealures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends, of the mainmon of unrighteousness; that 'when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
The tenth Sunday after Trinity.
O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their peti.
There was a certain rich Man who had, &c. As means they might enjoy for advancing their firtual the crafty Steward in this Par:lle seized the opportu- welfare, and particularly to em ploy both their Time nities and advantages in his way for promoting his and Money in promoting the Converfion of Sinners, u orldly interefl--fo our Saviour hereby endeavoured to which, of all offices in their power, was moft acceptable excite his Disciples to improve, in like manner, the to God, as well as mof beneficial to Man.
tions, make them to ask such things as shall please thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. 12. 1.
away these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God, calleth Jesus accursed; and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the fame Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the fame God, who worketh all in all. *But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the faine Spirit; to another faith by the fame Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the fame Spirit; to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy; to another discerning of Spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues. But all these worketh that one and the self-fame Spirit dividing to every man severally, as he will.
The Gospel. S. Luke 19. 41. ND when he was come near, he beheld the city, *and wept uver it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou at least in
Paraphrase on the Colleat for the tenth Sunday after Trinity. We beseech thee O Lord, mercifully to accept the granted, teach them to ask such things as are accordPrayers of thy People; and that their Petitions may be ing to thy Will, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But the Manifestation of the perit is given, &c. thele are the gooa qualities thi, Epiitle aims at promote The reason why this portion of Scripture is proposed ing. to our Meditation is, that we might be reminded And wept over it. The miseries of Christs bitwhence our good Gifts come-awakened to a conscien- terest Enemies had more influence to afflict and me't tious improvement of them-thankful for, and con- his Soul, than the admiration, the acclamations and tented with what we have received-humble and mo- horannas of his Friends to elate him with joy. His deft in our opinion of ourselves--diligent in the Busio weeping was a glorious inftance of his humanity, and is ness of our particular Callings useful to the Body of so far from letfening the dignity of his character that Chriftians in general-tender and respectful to our it greatly exalts it. Let every Mortal then wonder Brethren-compaslionate to their Failings, liberal and and imitate. kind to their Wants, and glad of their Advantages, for