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trample on thy holy law : for here, thy law is magnified and made honourable: here, all thy attributes are developed and harmonized : mercy and truth meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Here, weary and heavy laden, may we come for relief, and find rest unto our souls. May we take fresh views of this adorable sacrifice, under a sense of our constant unworthiness and desert; and in all our approaches to Thee, may we have boldness and access with confidence, by the faith of Him.

May we not only rely upon his cross, but glory in it. Yea, may we joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. And may we be able, individualiy, to say, I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

We are thankful, that as He atoned for our guilt, so He procured for us the grace of life, that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles, and that we might receive the promise of the Spirit, through faith. May we never separate the pardon and sanctification which Thou hast joined together. May we prove, that He gave Himself-not only for our sins, but that He might deliver us from this present evil world: yea, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

And, O, that in every future moment of our existence, we may be constrained to live, not to ourselves, but to Him that died for us, and rose again. As He so loved us, may we also love one another: and never deem any thing too great to do, or to suffer, while endeavouring to seek and to save, that which is lost.

May the hearts which are too hard to be broken by terror, be melted by love, and gained by confidence. May none of those who are desirous of returning to Thee, be discouraged by a fear of rejection ; but calling to remembrance and belief, the infinite proof which Thou hast already exhibited of thy benevolence, thus judge-He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not, with Him, freely give us all things.

Smile upon our country. Let all the churches of the faithful, be edified and multiplied. Bless all the ministers of the everlasting gospel; and may they increasingly determine to know nothing, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

Increase the number of those who love his salvation : and as He gave Himself a ransom for all, may it be testified in due time: that He may have the heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession; and reign King of kings, and Lord of lords.

In his words we conclude our devotions. Our Father, &c. Amen.



WHEN we consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained; Lord, what is man, that Thou art mindful of him, or

* A day set apart in commemoration of our Saviour's Restirrection.

the son of man, that Thou visitest him. We are not worthy of an audience at thy footstool-we are not worthy of the least of all thy mercies our sins have even called aloud for vengeance.

But Thou hast not executed upon us the fierceness of thy anger--because Thou art good as well as great; and thy goodness constitutes thy greatness. Thou hast turned our very fall into an occasion of improving our condition, by advancing us to the possession of more and greater blessings than we originally enjoyed; so that we not only have life, but have it more abundantly,

For this purpose the Son of thy love was manifested: and in the fulness of time, we behold Him assuming our nature, and coming into our world, not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. We rejoice to see, in his release from the prison of the grave, the evidence of the all-sufficiency and acceptation of the sacrifice He offered on the cross. O help us to consider Him as a risen Saviour; and may we feel the power of his resurrection, in establishing our faith, enlivening our hope, and securing our sanctification. May we not only believe his resurrection, but partake of it, and resemble it, that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of his Father, even so, we also might walk in newness of life: reckoning ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

And if risen with Christ, may we give evidence of it, and act becoming it, in seeking those things that are above.

May we never leave our spiritual and everlasting condition, undecided and unknown : may we never be satisfied, till we are able to say, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who 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, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for us.

In all our difficulties and dangers, may we rejoice that He who was dead, is alive again, to plead for us, to defend us, and to supply; and has the keys of hell and of death.

In all the afflictions of life, in the decay of nature, and when looking into the horrors of the grave; may we with humble and holy confidence be able to say, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and though, after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

Are we called to mourn over the loss of our dear and pious connexions ? Let us not sorrow as those who have no hope ; but comfort one another with these words That Jesus died and rose again, and them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.

We glory in the victory which our risen Saviour has obtained, not only over death and the grave, but the powers of darkness : we rejoice that He has set judgment in the earth, and that the isles are waiting for his law: that his word is translating into every language, and his servants entering every clime. We hail what He has done as a pledge of his universal triumph. And though we yet see not, all things actually put under Him, we see Him, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; and in possession of all the resources, necessary to accomplish the benevolent designs of his heart: and He must reign till all his enemies are made his footstool.

Through Him, as the once suffering but now exalted Saviour, we address Thee, as Our Father, &c. Amen. EASTER SUNDAY.


O THOU ever blessed God, we rejoice to think, Thou hast determined to get thyself honour, in this apostate part of thy empire ; not by the merited infliction of thy justice, but the displays of thy goodness. For Thou hast said, Mercy shall be built up for ever, a monument higher than the heavens, more durable than eternity, and inscribed to the praise of the glory of thy grace, wherein Thou hast made us accepted in the beloved. • We bless Thee, for the appointment and revelation, of the one only Mediator between Thee and us; by whose death sinners are reconciled, and by whose life they are saved. Thou hast laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Surely He hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrow; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by his stripes we are healed...

Establish in our minds a full persuasion, that He was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification : and may we, above all things, be concerned to know not only that He is risen again, but that we are quickened together with Christ, and raised up, and made to sit with Him in the heavenly places. May we hold communion with Him, as a living and reigning Saviour ; able to carry on our cause, and save unto the uttermost, all that come unto God, by Him. .

Is He not head over all things unto his body the church? Is He not exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour ? Has He not assured us, that because He lives, we shall live also ? May we view Him as the first fruits of them that sleep; and believe, that as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. May we view his res

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