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should not refuse to attend the Lord's table, though he may not have much time for preparation. Every man may be, and at all times ought to be, in perfect charity with all mankind. Every man may find some time to pray to God for pardon, before he goes to the holy Communion; every man may attend the solemn service with reverence and devotion, with a lively faith in Christ, and a thankful remembrance of his death ; and every man may find some time to return thanks for the blessings he has just received ; and if these prayers and praises are offered from a sincere and humble heart, they will be accepted at the throne of grace. In every situation we must do the best we can. Those who have time should spend it in reading and meditation. Those who have not the
power of doing this may at least offer up a short but fervent
prayer for pardon, through the merits of that Saviour whose death they are to commemorate; and having done this, let them approach the altar of God, trusting in his manifold and great mercies.
Before I conclude this discourse, I wish to say a few words to prevent a very common, but very dangerous mistake. Many who have never received the Sacrament during their lives, wish for it when they are dying; and seem to suppose it will then be effectual for their salvation. It is a sad and most painful task to the minister of the gospel, to attend the death-bed of the hardened sinner, who, having rejected every offer of mercy, trembles at approaching punishment. Then he wishes to apply for that mercy, which he has so
ften refused, and to plead tbe merits of that Sa. viour whom he had despised ; while he indulges a vain hope, that this holy sacrament, which he always neglected to receive when he was in health, will still procure for him pardon and acceptance. Alas ! my brethren, the gospel offers no such
! hope ; and what comfort can the minister of CHRIST afford to such a man? He can only exhort him to repent, and throw himself on the mercy of his God. He can only hope and pray that it may not yet be too late ; but terrible is the state of such a person, and it is not merely the ceremony of receiving this holy sacrament which can afford him solid consolation.
But to the good man, as this blessed sacrament has been a support through life, so it will be a comfort in that trying hour when all human com
fort fails. To him it will bring pardon and peace.
It will enable him to support the pains of death, and open to his closing eyes the prospect of eternal glory. I have witnessed many such scenes. I know how faith and hope can sustain the dying Christian. It is then that religion triumphs. It is then that we feel all its worth. It is then that we know in whom we have trusted. Then thy faithful servant, O GOD! sees heaven opened; then he joins with Angels and Archangels, and the spirits of just men made perfect, to laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising Thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God of hosts! heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most High!
SERMON V I.
ST. LUKE vi. 6.
And it came to pass also on another Sabbath, that he
entered into the Synagogue.
I Tis required of every Christian that he should
publicly, as well as privately, glorify God. It is not enough that he pray to Him in secret, though it is absolutely necessary to do so; but he must also let his light shine before men, and convince them that he thinks it his greatest glory to be the servant of CHRIST. This is to be done by constant attendance on the public service of the church, by religious observance of the LORD's day, and the appointed feasts and fasts; by never taking the name of God in vain, but always mentioning it with the greatest reverence ; and by being ready on all
occasions to testify