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to put awảy the leaven of malice, and wickedness,: that we may alway férve thee in pureness of living and truth, througla the merits of the fame thy Sdn Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tie Epistle 'I' S. John 5. 4.
Hatsoever is born of God, over cometh the world;' and

this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcoinęth the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? | This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood: and it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spi: rit is truth. - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witõesø of God is greater: for this is the witness of God, which he hath testified of his Son.: He that bet lieveth on the Son of God, hath the witness in himself: He that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son." And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Sop, hath lifes and he that háth not the Son, hath not life, I cab 017 : i

ins!!: The Gospel. S. John 20. 19. HE same day at evening, being the first day of the week,

when the doors were shut; where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jefus and stood in the midst, and faith unto them, Peace be unto you.' And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands andhis fide. Then were the disciAnd this is the Victory that overcometh, &c. By

me by Water and Blood, Etc. That overcoming the World is meant the getting above the is, for the belief which is required of us we have the temptations of this wicked world, its evil principles and 3. strongelt evidence ; even the innocence of Christ's Life, practices, its pomps and vanities. And the Faith by the Merits of his Death, the Testimony of God at his which this Victory is obtained, implies a firm allent to. Baptism, the Miracles at his Crucifixion, the Signs and our Saviour's Doctrines, a stedfalt reliance upon the Wonders done by him, and by others in his Name, in Merit of his Sufferings and an affured expectation of his the Power of the Holy Ghoft, the Spirit of Truth.

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ples glad when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peacc be unto you: As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and faith unto them, * Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose soever fins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever fins ye retain, they are retained.

The second Sunday after Easter.! +

The Collet.
Lmighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us

both a facrifice for fin, and also an ensample of godly life; Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life, through the same Jesus Christ Qúr Lord.


The Epiftle. 1 S. Pet. 2. 19. "HIS is thank-worthy, if a man for conscience toward God

endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if when

ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently; this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, fleaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no fin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 8 who his own self bare our fins in his

Paraphrase on the Colleas for the second Sunday after Eafter. O all powerful God, who gavest thy only-begottenluable benefits of his Redemption with the deepest Gra. Son to be both an Atonement for our Sins, and an Ex. titude, and continually to imitate his Piety, Patience, amp.e of Holiness ; give us Grace to accept the inva- and Charity, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Receive ye the Holy Gboft, &c. Which seems to 1 Leaving us an Example, &c. And where can we be as if he had faid, I hereby give you authority to find a more perfect one ? The best of mere Men have " act as my Apostles. Which authority I will shortly had their failings and infirmities: and no one can

confirm to you by the defcent of the Holy Spirit safely be followed in all respects without an exception. • upon you : 'whereby you shall be qualified to declare But in Jesus we behold a pattern of every Virtue ; " the only terms on which Mens Sins shall be pardoned, which the more we contemplate, the more we must ada " by delivering my Precepts and Doctrines to the mire, and the more we imitate, the more we fhall pre “ World in Truth.

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, svoje the c!o M M O N P R A Y E R. own body on the trde, that we, being dead to fin, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as seep going astray ; but are now returned unto the Shepherd, and Bishop of your souls.


:: 275 The Gospel. S. John' TO 11: !: Elus faid; ||I am the good shepherd : the good shepherd giveth

his life for the sheep. "But he that is an hireling, and not the Thepherd, whose own the sheep are not; Teeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and feeth; and the wolf catcheth' them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth because he is an hireling, and careth hot í sheep. the good my sheep,

mine. As , even fo- know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. * And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. liz Dili.

The third Sunday after

The Collect.
Lmighty God, who Thewest to them that be in error the

light of thy truth, to the intent that may the way of righteoufness; Grant untbials them that are admitted into the fellowship of Chrifts religion, that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all fuch things as ate agreeable to the same, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Ainen.

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Paraphrafe on the Colled for the phird Sunday, áner Eafter VI * God of all power, who by the light of thy holy Gospel that they may hate and avoid all practices Word conducteft those that are in the darkness of Sin, that are contrary to their Chriftian profesion; and in Ertof, and Superstition, into the, Paths of Holiness, all: Things to walk worthy of their high Calling, Give Grace to all who partake in the Bleslings of the through our Lord Jesus Christ..

Who bis- ownself bare our Sins, &c. Chrik bores even their Kings were frequently filed, by a Meta our Şias by enduring the punishment of them. - 1) phor, the Shepherds of their people. vilanu i

And other , By these very proper and pertinent with regard to the Jews, was probably meant the Gentiles whom our Saviour trecae fe the greatest part of the Wealth and improves hereby foretold Thould embrace the Gospel, and that ment of their Country confifted in Sheep. Nay, the thereby they, with the Forus should make up only! keeping of Cattle was. fo much the common employal one viáble Church. 4: ment of the People of the Eat in those Times, that

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The Epistle, .,; I S. Pet. 2., 11,
Early, beloved, I beseech you, as ftrangers and pilgrims, ab-

stain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles; that whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works which they, shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit

; yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lords fake, whether it be to the king, aș fupreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him, for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not ufing your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness ; but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood., Fear God. Honour the king.

The Gospel. : S. John 16. 16. Esus said to his disciples, * A little while and ye shall not fee me;

and again, A little while and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he faith unto us, A little while and ye : Thall not see me; and again, 'a little while tand ye shall lee me; and, Because I go to the Father? They faid therefore, What is this that he faith, A little while? we cannot tell what he faith. Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while and ye shall not see me; and again, a little while and ye fhall see me? Verily, verily I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world

i I befeech you, as Strangers and Pilgrims, abftain, in our journey to the heavenly Canaan, be much affet&. These expreffions contain a powerful motive to ed with the sensual objects of this World, Lecause we Temperance and Moderation in the pursuit, and use of know that we must leave them, or they us, very foon; earthly enjoyments. For if we are Strangers upon apd a too great regard for them, will serve only to draw Earth, it împlies that this is not our Home. If we; off our Afections irom that blesed and eternal Inheriare Pilgrims of Travellers, this fignifies that we are tance, which we are going to take pofleflion of. bound for another Country. Therefore as they who are A liule wbile and ye fall not see me, &c. That ppon a journey, and at a distance from Home, will not is, “I fall fortly die: and tho' in three Days I hall he anxioudy careful about, of fond of the Things “ rise again : yet even then I must Itay with you bot

far that surround them in the way: so neither thould weg " a fhors Time because I must ascend into Heavens

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shall rejoice: and ye shall be forrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail, hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is - born into the world. And ye now therefore have forrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, fand your joy no man taketh from you

The fourth Sunday after Easter.

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affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. S. James 1., 17.
Very good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, and

cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, flow to wrath; ş for the wrath of man Worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all


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Paraphrafe on the Collea for the fourth Sunday, apier Eaffer. O all powerful God, who alone art able to regulate tion of thy promises; that fo amidit the many and the disorderly paffions and desires of Sinners. Give all various stages of this World, our defres may be fixed true Chriftians Grace to delight in obeying thy Com- upon Joys which are sure and unchangeable throùgh mandments, and earneitly too long after the comple- Jesus Christ.

And your joy no Man taketh from you. This signi- of Fortune, or if Grace. fied that tho' Christ should be personally taken from For the wrath of Man, Sc. This paffage contains then : yet that through the Holy Spirit, which he a seasonable reproof to all of any persuasion, who would fend upon them, they should be filled with a joy make the warmth of their zeal either a pretence, ora which not all the power and malice of their Eneinies · real occafion, of gratifying the bitternels of their own could deprive them of

difpofition. For, be our intentions ever so fincere, 1 Every good Gift, and every perfe& Gift, &c. From that method of promoting Religion is certainly wrong, thus passage we should learn thankfully to ascribe to God which is carried on by heat and fury, uncharitableness alone, every advantage we enjoy, whether of Nature, and contențion...

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