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er alttrnal Responses ', of which there remains nothing more amongst us, than that at the Preparation to the Holy Communion, when the Minister ash the People, whether they truly repent of their Sins f Whether they have Faith in God's Mercy thro' Christ? And. whether they resolve to lead a new Life? They should answer at each Question, Yes: And at the Conclusion os the Absolution, Amen ', which yet a great many among us don't speak out.
Sthly, The Rule by whish a devout and edifying Service may he composed, is Threefold* I. The Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments in which there are many excellent Models of Hymns and Prayers, and other Parts of Worship, which we ought to imitate, 2. Sound and sanitised Reason, which (since the Scripture has not- prescribed every Particular, j but comprehended a great many Things under that general Rule, Let all Things be done decently and ia order, i Cor. XIV. 4e.) may, by considering the Nature of God and Man, and by the Assistance os that Light the holy Scripture gives us, easily judge what will be most for God's Honour, and Mens Edification. 3. The Example of the Primitive Church, which bting order d by the Apostles and Apostolical Men, ought to be of great Weight with nt. According to this threefold Rule, the Church of Neufchatel has now for these z Years past, order'd and^ perform'd their Divine Service after a very lovely and edifying Manner ;'-which likewise gave those os Geneva a Desire os doing the same ', which, whether it is as yet effected, I am not informed.
These, 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 smaere Desire toglorifie God, and edise his Church. I wait Your Excellency's Orders at Tour Leisure, whether according to the Plan here laid down,I shall take upon my self this Work \ and till then, defer my Thoughts on the other Part concerning Church Government- God fill Tour Excellency with his Grace, and make Tou a Blessing to his Church. Amen.
D. E. J A B L O N 5 K I.
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A TABLE*/ Lessons />ro^r /or Festivals.
77;* first Week. .
T»* First Lesson. The Second LeSSON.
MOndayMorning,Isa.XL. i_-.it. St. Zk** I. f,—25.
Monday Even. IJa. XL 1,10,12. St. X-aie I. 26,—55.
Tuesday Evening, Jf/k. XLIX. 1,—23. St. !>«** I. 57,-80.
Wednesday Evening,,Malach. III. St. Mat. XI.
Thursday Morning, Malach. LV. St. yW*f. III.
Thursday Evening, 7/i.XLII. r,—la. St. Luke HI. r,~26.
Friday Evening, 7/k. LII. St >fc» I. i,^—18.
Saturday Morning, Heb. H. St. John I. 19,—51V
Note: /» rfce 7?ot« 0/ Festivals, rfcf Prayers of the Ordinary Service for Saturday Evenings are not ferformed \ because there is a Preparation Sermon- , , ,
...;"•. The.Second Week'. . \,'
Christmas-Eve, //*. LX1L ;St. Mat. I..'''■. v, ',
Christmas-Day, /set. I. St. Luke II. 1,—20.
The Day after Gbriflmas-Day, Isa. IX. St.-£;<** II. 21,—39.
Upon the other Davs are to be read the Prophecies that relate to the Coming of ou^Lord Jesus Christ \ viz.. Gen. III. si in: IV. 10. Mich. V. 2-. If*. VII. 14. if a. IX. 5. Dan. IX. 24,-27. Hag. H. 9. /Wtf. IV. t,*, 5, 6". All these Prophecies ate 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, It, 12, 13.
Æs XIII. 16V—4T. . St. Matthew IL .. ,.
1 Epist. St. Joh. I. St. Luke II. 40,-52. '.''. ,,,""
Isa. LXI." . St. Luke IV. 16,—32. .
litus H. ir,_ 15. and HI. 5, 7. 1 Corinth. XI. 20,—32.
The Evening of the last Day of the Year.
Pfal. XXXIX. 5,-14- St. Mat. XXIV. 42,—51.
New-Tear* s-Day in the Evening, (for in the Morning there is always
a. Sermon.) I Thef. V. 1,—11- St. Matthew XXV. i,.3C.
The First Week.
Monday Morning, Exod. XII. 1,-28. St. John XL 47, &c. & XII.
Ij_.ii. Monday ^- T A B L E O/lesso N S. XJ.
Tfe First Less.on. The Second Lesson.
Monday Evening, Exod. XII. 29, —51.' St. John Xtt. 12,—50.
Tuesday Evening, Exod. XIII. i,—16. St. John XIII.
Wednesday Evenine, 7/4. LIII. St. >£» XIV.
Thursday Morning,"//* LIV. St: John XV.
Thursday Evening, Isa. LV. . . St. John XVI.
Friday Evening, Cen. XXII., 1,—19- St. John XVII.
Saturday, Morn. 1 St* Bet..Ml- 18,—22. St. Matthew XXI. 1—17.. & IV. i,— 8.
7fo Holy Week.
Monday Morning, Phil. II. 5,—12. During all this Week, is to be
Monday Evening, Isa. L. 5,—10. read Tfcc History of the Pas
Tuesday Evening, Isa. LXII. 11, 12. and sover, drawn out of the Four
LXIII. 1,—9. Evangelists^ in such manner
Wednesday 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. 1,—14. .' .'
Monday Morning, CoMII. ry—17.. St. Duke XXIV. 1,—47-.
Monday • Evening, 1 Cor. XV. 1,—34. St. John XX.
Ascension Eve,,2 Kings II. 1,—1-4* St: Johit^W. 1. 20:
Asccnsion^Day in the Even. Eph. 1V. T, j ^ •.- The Hist- of the Ascension, taken
out of the Gospels and the Æs..
The Day after Ascension, Heb. X. 11 ji3< St. Jidw VI. 16,—32
At WHIT. S UNTI.DL. . r
Wednesday Even. Ez.fJ. XXXVI. 22, 28. St ^few-Ill; i;—2Ti,
Thursday Morning, f/•#. VIII. St. >fe I. 19,—3<f
Thursday Evening, //*. LXI- St. Luke IV. 16,-32..
Friday Evening, Isa. LV. St' John VII. 33,-43
Saturday Morning, Joel II. 21, <£••% St. John XIV. 1,—-17..
T^<? Second Week..
Monday Morning, Ms II St. JjMw -XIV. 18—311
Monday Evening, ^.*j X. St. >fc» XV..
Tuesday Evening, Afts XL 1,—iS.• St John XVI. 1,—1$•.
Wednesday Evening, 1 Cor. XII. St: John XVI. 16,-33..
Thursday Morning, 1 Cor. XIII.. St>fc».XVII. Thursday, xsi Jl"AiLE'fl/ Lesson's."
The tiii'sT Lesson. ^ Second'Lessor.
Thursday Evening, i Cor. XI. 20,—.32. St. jMs« XVIII.
Friday Evening, Rom. VIII. St. John XIX.
Saturday Mornings G*/. V. 16,—25. St. Matthew, XIL 22,-45.
Trinity Wait. Monday Morning, ##. II. - St. Matthew XXV- 14—30.
Monday Evening, Epk IV. i>_#J.--. St. Matthew XIII. 24^—52.
At the SEPTEMBER FESTIVALS.
Friday Evening;, 7/*. LV. . St.Jihn VI. 25,—40.
Saturday Morning, Pro-v. IX. 1,—ii- St. 7«fe» VI. 41,—65.
Monday Morning, Rom. V. St. jWrfrrWV'. t^_2o.
Monday Evening,' Orf. t. - St. Matthew Vs. 21^48. .'
Tuesday Evening, 1 StPttrrl. StMatthew V1.■ .;::
Wednesday Evening, 1 St. Peter II. - St.- Mxithew-VW. '- "•'""""'
Thursday Morning, 1 Cor. X- 1,^22.- £t. Luke XIV. 15,-24.
Thursday Evening, 1 Cor. XI. 20,-32: ."' St. Matthew XXV. 1, —13.
Friday Evenings 1 Epist. SVJohn III. - St. John XIX.
Saturday Morning, <7«/. V. 13,—26. :St. Matthew XXII. 1,—14.
The Eve of a Fast, 7/4.'. LV1H. - St. -iWi«*fcin> VU 1,—1& - s
The Day after a Fall, //^. HI. n, 19. St. L«*f XIII. 1,—19
It must be observed, that m the Church of Neufchaxet, atalfth8Fl^rT*irf Times the Communion is given npon the Friday of the Second Week, besides the preceding and following Sunday, except at Christmas, when the Friday Communion-is put off to Chriflmai-Day> if that falls Out upon a Working-Day : Which is the Reason why we read almost always upon the Thursday Evehing,ii'£W.'"XL' 20,1—13!. 7/ :.
As to the Ordinary I ,cssons, it was not thought proper to give a Table of them, because it would have been too long, and of no great Use: It may suffice therefore to observe, .. j .-•
1. That the Old and Ncw-Tcstament are read alternately: For Example, Gen. I. Mat-1- Ctn-lh Mat. II, &c. 2. That when the Chapters arc long, they are divided.• 3. That certain Chapters are omitted : A? for Example, such as consist only of ^umbringj drc. as also such as contain certain Pallagcs that are somewhat offensive to Modesty. 4. As there arc parallel Chapters in Kings arid Chrdnfcles, where the same Histories arc repeated, the Ltjfons are .taken sometimes out of one, and sometimes out or the other'. 5. That the Old and New Testament are begun togCT tlicr,and that tlje Historical Books of thzOJd Testament c.nd with the Re" vclatiiu/s, andttyjtsihcy begin again waWjvb and xhC Nerp-Tcstanterif9^nd end at 'Malochifl-';Thus they read the Nof-TestamerttTvf^:^, whilst the i)ld is scad Once.' Aud the whole Bible is read out ina-bout Three Years.
U R Hefp is in the Name of the Lord, who hath ffiade
LET every one of you present himself before the Lord, to make aa humble Confeffion to Him of his Sins, faying after me in your Hearts:
LORD God Eternal, and Almighty Father, we confess and acknowledge before Thy Holy Majesty, that we are poor Sinners, conceiv'd and corn in Sin, and in Corruption \ inclin'd to Evil, inca■ pable by our Selves of any Good \ and that we transgress thy Holy Commandments in divers manners j whereby we draw upon our selves, through thy just Judgment, Ruin and Destruction. Nevertheless, O Lord, we arc exceeding sorrowful for having offended Thee, and we condemn our selves and our Offences with a true Repentance, beseeching Thee that thy Grace may assist 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 Wickedness, may