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is Christ came to visit us in

in knowledge after the image of him that created

him. Col. iii. 9, 10. 2. now in 2. Behold, now is the accepted time ; now is the the time of day of salvation. 2 Cor. vi. 2. I am come a light ste, in which into the world, that whosoever believeth on me tty Son Je

should not abide in darkness. John xii. 46. Then

spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light great humi- of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in lity,

darkness, but shall bave the light of life. John viji. 12. Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. Matt. xxi. 5. Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Phil. ii. 5, 6, 7. The Day-spring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our

feet into the way of peace. Luke i. 78, 79. 3. that in 3. The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven the last day, with his mighty angels. 2 Thess. i. 7. When the come again Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the in bis zloti holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the to judge both throne of his glory; and before him shall be gathe quick and dead,

thered all nations : and he shall separate them one from another. Matt. xxv. 31, 32. Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 1 Peter iv. 5. The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth ; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life ; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of dam

nation. John v. 28, 29. 4. we may 4. I am he that liveth, and was dead : and, berise to the ffe inmortal,

hold, I am alive for evermore, Amen. Rev. i. 18. The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first : then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air ; and so shall we ever be with the Lord, i Thess. iv, 16, 17. Thy brother shall rise again : Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day : Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life ; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live ; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John xi. 23 to 26. This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality : so when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

1 Cor. xv. 53, 54. 5. through 5. Now is Christ risen from the dead, and be

come the first-fruits of them that slept ; for as in reigneth with Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made Holy Ghost, alive. 1 Cor. xv. 20. 22. Christ being raised from

the dead dieth no more, death hath no more do-
minion over him ; for in that he died, he died unto
sin once ; but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom. vi. 9, 10. He is LORD of lords, and KING
of kings. Rev. xvii. 14. He hath on his vesture
and on his thigh a Name written, KING OFKINGS,
AND LORD OF LORDS. Rev. xix. 16. Thy
throne, O God, is for ever and ever. Heb. i. 8.

The Epistle, Rom. xiii. 8. to the end of the chapter.
The Gospel, Matt. xxi. 1 to 14.

him who liveth and

now and ever. Amen

XL. The Second Sunday in Advent.

A PRAYER BEFORE READING THE SCRIPTURE.

1. Blessed

1. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, Lord, who a certain woman of the company lifted up her hast caused all holy

voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that Scriptures to bare thee ; but he said, Yea rather, blessed are for our learn- they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Luke ingi

xi. 27, 28. The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. 2 Sam. xxiii. 2. Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Rom. xv. 4. All Scripture is given by inspiration

of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Tim. iii. 16. All these things happened unto them for ensamples, and they are written for our admo

nition. 1 Cor. x. 11.–See also, 1 Cor. ix. 9, 10. 2. Grant 2. Take heed therefore how ye hear; for whoin such wise soever hath, to him shall be given ; and whosoever hear them, hath not, from him shall be taken even that which

he seemeth to have. Luke viii. 18. Lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is

able to save your souls. James i. 21. 3. read, 3. Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think

ye have eternal life ; and they are they which testify of me. John v. 39. Till I come, give attend

ance to reading. 1 Tim. iv. 13. 4 mark, 4. These were more noble than those in Thes

salonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts xvii. 11. And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day ; for it is not a vain thing for you, because it is

your

life. Deut. xxxii. 46, 47. 8. learn, 5. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me;

give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. Psal. cxix. 73. As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. 1 Peter ii. 2.

Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter iii. 18.

6. This book of the law shall not depart out of wardly digest theta,

thy mouth ; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein ; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Josh. i. 8. We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have beard, lest at any time we should let them

slip. Heb. ii. 1. 7, that by 7. Ye have need of patience, that, after ye have patience, and done the will of God, ye might scceive the promise.

6. and in

which thou

Christ. Amen.

thy Holy Heb. x. 36. My soul fainteth for thy salvation, Word, we ma em- but I hope in thy word. Psal. cxix. 81. These brace, and ever hold fast,

are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the the blessed Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye lasting life," might have life through his name. John xx. 31.

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the hast given as in our Sa. words of this prophecy, and keep those things which viour Jesus are written therein. Rev. i. 3. That on the good

ground are they, which in an honest and good
heart, having beard the word, keep it, and bring
forth fruit with patience. Luke viii. 15. Now the
God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in be-
lieving, that ye may abound in hope, through the
power of the Holy Ghost. Rom. xv. 13.—See also
above, in § 1. Remember how thou hast received and
heard, and hold fast. Hold that fast which thou
hast, that no man take thy crown. Rev. iii. 3. 11.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an
inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that
fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. 1
Peter i. 3, 4. That we might have a strong con-
solation, who have Aed for refuge to lay hold upon
the hope set before us; which hope we have as an
anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and
which entereth into that within the vail ; whither
the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus. Heb.
vi. 18, 19, 20.

The Epistle, Rom. xv. 4 to 14.
The Gospel, Luke xxi, 25 to 34,

XLI. The Third Sunday in Advent.

A PRAYER THAT THE LABOURS OF MINISTERS

MAY BE SUCCESSFUL.

1. O Lord

1. Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Jesu Christ, which shall prepare thy way before thee; the voice first coming of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the messenger to way of the Lord, make his paths straight, Mark i.

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prepare thy 2, 3. Thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of

the Highest, for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways. Luke i. 76.-See also, Mal. ii. 1.

2. Let a man so account of us, as of the mi

nisters of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of stewards of God. 1 Cor. iv. 1. As every man hath received the thy mysteries

gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Pet. iv. 10. In all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God. 2 Cor. vi. 4.

3. And he shall go before him in the spirit and Prepare and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to make ready the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of turning the the just; to make ready a people prepared for the bearts of the Lord. Luke i. 17. and Mal. iv. 5, 6. The Gentiles

unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, form of the and to turn them from darkness to light, and from just,

the power of Satan unto God. Acts xxvi. 17, 18. Unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom ; and to depart from evil is understanding. Job xxviii. 28.-See also, Luke X. 42.

4. Judge nothing before the time, until the thy second coming to Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidJudge the

den things of darkness, and will make manifest the be found an counsels of the hearts ; and then shall every man acceptable people in thy

have praise of God. 1 Cor. iv. 5. We labour, sight, who

that, whether present or absent, we may be ac. teignest with cepted of him ; for we must all appear before the and the Holy judgment seat of Christ ; that every one may reSpirit, ever ceive the things done in his body, according to

that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 without end. Cor. v. 9, 10. I give thee charge in the sight of

God, that thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Tim. vi. 13, 14. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end. Heb. iii. 14. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Eph. i. 6. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without

4. that at

world we may

livest and

one God, World

Anen.

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