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ix or alternal Responses ; of which there remains nothing more, among ft_us, than that at the Preparation to the Holy Communion, when the Minister asks the People, whether they truly repent of their Sins ? Whether they have Faith in God's Mercy thro Chrift? And whether they refolve to lead a new Life ? They should answer at each Question, Yes : And at the Conclusion of the Absolution, Amen; which yet a great many among us don't speak out.

Srbly, The Rule by which a devout and edifying Service may be compofed, is Threefoldo 1. The Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testamentą in which there are many excellent Models of Hymns and Prayers, and prber Parts of Worship, which we ought to imitate. 2.. Sound 'and sanétified Reas fon, which (fince the Soripture has not prescribed every particular, but comprehended a great many Things under that general Rules Let all Things be done decently and in order, 1. Cor. XIV. 40) may, by considering the Nature of God and Man, and by the Assistance of that Light the holy Scripture gives us, eafily judge what will be most for God's Honour, and Mens Edification. 3. The Example of, the Primitive Church, which being order'd by the Apostles and Apoftolical Men, ought to be of great Weight with ns. According to tbis threefold Rult, the Church of Neufchatel has now for these 2 Years paft, order'd and perform’d their Divine Service after a very lovely and édifying Manner; which likewise gave those of Ge. neva a Defire of doing the same ; which, whether it is as yet effected, I am not informed. 1.?

Thefe, Gracious Sir, are my humble Thoughts concerning a Liturgy: The All-feeing God is Witness, that they proceed neither from a Desire of Change, nor any other carnal Motive, but from Conviction of their Truth, and a lingere Desire to glorifie God, and edifie his Church. I wait Your Excellency'n @rders at Your Leisure, whether according to the Plan bere laid, down, I fell tako mpon my felf this Work; and till then, défer my Thoughts

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on the other part concerning Church Government. God fill Your Excel-
lency with his Grace, and make you a Bleffing to his Church. Amen.
Berlin,

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À TAB L E of Lessons proper for Festivals.

At CHRISTMAS.

The First Week.
The FIRST LESSO N. The SECOND LESSON.
Onday Morning, Ifa. XL. 1-1. St. Luke I. 1,---25.

Monday Even. Ifa. XI. 1, 10, 12. St. Luke I. 26,---56.
Tuesday Evening, Isa. XLIX. 1,–23. St. Luke I. 57,---80.
Wednesday Evening, Malach. II. St. Mat. XI.
Thursday Morning, Malach. IV.

St. Mat. III. Thursday Evening, Ifa. XLII. 1,---12. St. Luke III. 1,---20. Friday Evening, Isa. LII.

St. John I. 1,-18. Saturday Morning, Heb. II.

St. John l. 19, 51:* Note : In the Times of Festivals, the Prayers of the Ordinary Service

for Saturday Evening, are not performed because there is a Preparation Sermon,

The Second Week Christmas-Eve, 11 d. LXII.

St. Mat. I. Christmas-Day, Heb. I.

St. Luke II. .1,20. The Day after Christmas-Day, Isa. IX.-' :: St. Luke II. 21,39.

Upon the other Days are to be read the Prophecies that relate to the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ; viz. Gen. III. Oen. IV. 10. Mich. V. 2: Ifa. VII. 14. Isa. IX. 5. Dan. IX. 24–27. Hag. II. 9. Mal. IV. 1, 2, 5, 6. All these Prophecies are to be read at once, and the People are to be made to observe, that they speak of the Time, of the Place, and the Circumstances, on the Birth of Jesus Christ, and there must be added, 1 Pet. I. 10, 11, 12, 13. Afts XIII. 16,-41.

St. Mattbero II. i Epift. St. Joh. 1.

St. Luke II. 40,–52.. 1 a. LXI.

St. Luke IV. 16,432. Titus Il.' 11,-15. and HI: 3, 7.

1 Corinth. XI. 20,-32. The Evening of the last Day of the Year. Psal. XXXIX. 5,--14.

St. Mat. XXIV. 427–51. New-Year's Day in the Evening, (for in the Morning there is always

a Sermon.) i Thef. V. 1,-II

St. Mattheme XXV. 1, 30.

At EASTER.

The First Week. Monday Morning, Exod. XII. 17-23. St. Joha XI. 47, c. & XH.

III.

Monday

A TABLE LESSO N.S.

xi. The FIRST LESSON. The SECOND LESSON. Monday Evening, Exod. XII. 29, -51. St. John XII. 12,-50. Tuesday Evening, Exod. XIII. 1,-16. St. John XIII. Wednesday Evening, Ifa. LIII.

St. John XIV. Thursday Morning, Ifai LIV.

: St: John XV. Thursday Evening, isa. LV. ;

St. John XVI. Friday Evening, Gen. XXII., 17-19. St. Fobn XVII: Saturday, Morn. i St. Pet. III. 18,422. St. Matthew. XXI. I-17 & IV. 1,-8.

The Holy Week. Monday Morning, Phil. II. S-12. During all this Week, is to be Monday Evening, Ifa. L. 57-10. read The History of the PasTuesday Evening, Ija. LXII. 11, 12. and sover, drawn out of the Four LXIII. 1,-9.

Evangelists, in such manner Wednefday Evening, Dan. IX. 20,-27. that the Crucifixion may fall Thursday Morning, Heb. IX.

out upon Holy Friday, and the Thursday Evening, 1 Cor. XI. 20,--32.

Burial of our Saviour upon: Holy Friday, Heb. X. 1,-25.

Saturday Saturday Morning, Rom. VI. 19–14.

Easter Week. Monday Morning, Col. III. I. 17..

St. Luke XXIV. 1,-47.. Monday Evening, i Cor. XV. 1,-34. St. John XX. Tuesday Eyening, 1 Cor. XV: 35,6-58. St. John XXI.

On Ascension. Afcenfion Eve, 2 Kings II._13-14 | St: John XIV.5i 20 Ascension-Day in the Even. Eph. IV.. 7,16.. The Hift. of the Ascension, taken

Out of the Gospels and the Acts.. The Day after Ascension, Heb. X. 11;13St. John VI.. 16-32..

At WHIT S U N TID E..

The First Week..
Wednesday Even. Ezek. XXXVI. 22, 28. St. John- III; 1:217,
Thursday Morning, Heb. VIII.

St. John 1. 19,39
Thursday Evening, Ifa. LXI,

St. Luke IV. 16,432;. Friday Evening, Ifa. LV.

St. John VII. 33,-43. Saturday Morning, Joet II. 21, & Co St. John XIV. 1,--17..

The Second Week.. Monday Morning, Afts II.

St. John-XIV. 18-31:. Monday Evening, Aits X.

St. John XV.. Tuesday Evening, Aits XI. 1,-18. St: John XVI. 13-15.. Wednesday Evening, 1 Cor. XII. St: John XVI. 16,—33.. Thursday Morning, 1 Cur. XIIJ..

St. John. XVII. Thursday,

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A TABLE of EES'S ON's.* The FIRST L'ESSO N. The SECOND LESSON. Thursday Evening, 1 Cor. XI. 209–32. St. John XVIII. Friday Evening, Rom. VIII.

St. John XIX. Saturday Morning, Gal. V. 16,-26. St. Martbew, XIL. 22,45.

Trinity Week. Monday Morning, Heb. II..:-,

St. Muttheto XXV. 14-30 Monday. Evening, Eph. IV. 1716., St. Marthero XIII. 247-52. At the SEPTEMBER FESTIVALS.

The First Week. Friday Evening, Ifa. LV.

St. John VI. 25, -40. Saturday Morning, Prov. IX. 1, -11.

St. John VI. 417_65.

: The Second Week.. Monday Morning, Rom. V.

St. Matthew V. 17-20. Monday Evening, Col. Í. ' 1

St. Matthew V: 217–48

18. Tuesday Evening, i St. Peter I.

St. Mattheto VI. Wednesday Evening, 1 St. Peter II. St. Muttheto VII. Thursday Morning, 1 Cor. X: 17722 St. Luke XIV, 15; --24. Thursday Evening, 1 Cor. XI. 20,--32. St. Matthew XXV. 1,-13. Friday. Evening, i Epist. St. John III. -1 St. John XIX.! Saturday Morning, Gal. V.13,—26. . .: St. Matthew XXII. 1,--14 The Eve of a Falt, Isa. LVIII.

St. Matthema VII 1,-18... The Day after a Fast, Heb. III. 7, 19. St. Luke XIII. 1,-19.

and IV. 1,-il. It must be observed, that in the Church of Neufchâtel, at allthe Festival Times the Communion is given upon the Friday of the Second Week, befides the preceding and following Sunday, except at Christmas, when the Friday Communion is put off to Christmas-Day, if that falls out upon a Working-Day : Which is the Reason why we read almost always upon thc Thursday Événing, I Cor. XL, 20,431.7 1.

As to the Ordinary Lessons, it was not thought proper to give a Table of them, because it would have been too long, and of no great Use: It inay suffice therefore to observe,

1. That the Old and New-Testament are read alternately: For Example, Gen. I. Mu. I. Gea. 11. Mat. II, &c. 2. That when the Chapters are long, they are divided. 3. That certain Chapters are omitted: As for Example, such as conlilt only of Numbring; c. as also such as contain certain Pasages that are somewhat offensive to Modesty. 4. As there are parallel Chapters in Kings and Chronicles, where the fame Histories are repeated, the lessons are taken sometimes out of one, and sometimes out of the other 5. That the Old and New Testament are begun toge: ther, and that the Historical Books of the Old Testament end with the Ren velat iuris; and then they begin again with Fub and the New-Testament, and end at Malachi. Thus thúy read the Nep-Teftament Twicę, whilst the old is rcad Once. And the whole Bible is read out in about Three Years.

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NEUFCHATEL

LITURGY

For SUNDAY MORNING.

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UR Hope is in the Name of the Lord, who hath made
Heaven and Earth. Amen.

My Brethren,
ET every one of you present himself before the Lord, to make an

humble Confeflion to Him of his Sins, saying after me in your Hearts :

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knowledge before Thy Holy Majesty, that we are poor Sinners, conceiv’d and born in Sin, and in Corruption ; inclin’d to Evil, incapable by our Selves of any Good; and that we transgress thy Holy Commandments in divers manners; whereby we draw upon our felves, through thy just Judgment, Ruin and Destruction. Nevertheless, O Lord, we are exceeding forrowful for having offended Thee, and we condemn our selves and our Offences with a true Repentance, beseeching Thee that thy Grace may aslift us in our Misery : Have Mercy upon us therefore, o most gracious God and merciful Father, in the Name of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord : Forgive us our Offences, and grant and increase in us daily, the Graces of thy Holy Spirit, to the End that we most heartily acknowledging our wickedncís, may B

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