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God are no ways inconsistent, provided we govern our affairs by Christian principles. A great deal of business and the duties of religion may stand together. Though men of business have not leisure for much actual preparation, yet they may have all that habi tual preparation upon which the great stress ought to be laid in this duty.
8. We are assured that the conscientious discharge of our business is an admirable qualification for receiving the Lord's Supper. We serve God when we follow our callings with diligence, and observe justice and equity in all our dealings; when we manage the affairs of the public with fidelity and honesty, without selling justice, without oppression, and without sacrificing them to our private interest and passions. Besides, the greater dangers and temptations we are exposed to, the greater need we have of God's grace and assistance, which is abundantly communicated in this holy institution. Is it not pru dent for those that travel in ways frequented by robbers, to go well armed, and to unite companies, that they may be the better able to defend themselves? Thus the man of business, who has any serious thoughts of another world, ought more especially to embrace all opportunies of receiving it, it being best able to secure him against those dangers he daily converses with, and to fortify him against those watchful enemies that lie in
wait to destroy his soul. Therefore as they, who have leisure, ought frequently to receive the holy communion, as the best improvement of their time; so they that are engaged in many worldly affairs, ought to learn how to sanctify their employments by coming often to this Holy Sacrament.
9. The obligation that lies upon any Christian to receive the Holy Communion is the plain and positive command of our blessed Saviour to do this in remembrance of him; which makes it a necessary and perpetual duty, incumbent upon all Christians; and to live in the neglect of a plain law of the author of our religion, is no way consistent with the character we profess of being his disciples. The circumstances of this institution still bind us to have a great regard to it; for it was the last command of our best friend and great benefactor, when he was about to lay down his life for our sakes.
Nevertheless great care must be taken, that when a man is habitually prepared, he do not then impose upon himself so much actual preparation, as shall make him lose an opportunity of receiving the Holy Sacrament, when he has not had time to go through with that method of devotion he has prescribed to himself on that occasion.
The Hymn on Tuesday Morning.
Of sure trust in God's grace through Jesus Christ.
O JUDGE me, Lord, and prove my ways;
I hate to walk, I hate to sit,
Are the abhorrence of mine eyes.
Among thy saints will I appear,
With hands well wash'd in innocence;
But when I stand before thy bar,
I love thy habitation, Lord,
The temple where thy honour dwells: There shall I hear thy holy word, And there thy works of wonder tell.
Let not my soul be join'd at last
WHEN rising from the bed of death,
If yet while pardon may be found,
My heart with inward horror shrinks,
When thou, O Lord, shall stand disclos'd
In majesty severe,
And sit in judgment on my soul,
Oh! how shall I appear !
But thou hast told the troubled mind,
Shall endless woes prevent.
Then see the sorrows of my heart,
And hear my Saviour's dying groans,
For never shall my soul despair
Who knows thy only Son has dy'd
The Prayer on Tuesday Morning.
For the obtaining God's grace and protection.
ALMIGHTY God, the creator and pre
server of all mankind; I thy creature whom thou hast made, and to this moment hast preserved, do now, as I promised in the Holy Sacrament, present myself before thee, to offer up the morning sacrifice of my unfeigned praises and thanksgivings, for, as thy mercies are renewed to me every morning, and thy goodness follows me all the day long; as thou visitest me in the night season, and every moment of my life is a new instance of thy mercy; so it is my absolute duty to lay hold of every opportunity to magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising thee and saying: It is by thy goodness, O Lord, that I have this night slept secure, and am now raised up in health and safety: praised, therefore, be thy name, O God; for of thee only cometh my salvation: thou art the God of my health, my Saviour, and mighty deliverer; as long as I live I will magnify thee, O Lord: for a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.
Oh! give me a heart always tuned to thy praises, which is my happiness as well as my duty. Imprint on my mind such a deep