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thousand bullocks upon his altar, would not have sent forth such a sweet-smelling savour. Blessed God, how astonishing thy condescension, to receive and embrace such prodigals and rebels on our first professions; and especially, as we did not think of return. ing, till we could live no longer at a distance from thee! To embrace us with all that tenderness and eagerness of affection, as if thy own happiness depended upon ours! We were, indeed, “dead in trespasses and sins;" but thou hast “ quickened us, and raised us up together; and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” With the greatest thankfulness, therefore, we embrace this opportunity of throwing ourselves at thy feet; and, stung with remorse at our past riots and rebellious,

To thee dear Lord, our flesh and souls

We joyfully resign;
Blest Jesus, take us for thine own,

For we are doubly thine.

Thine honour shall for ever be

The business of our days;
For ever shall our thankful tongues

Speak thy deserved praise.

[After the Ordinance.] And now what think ye of Christ? If the world should ask you this question, would you not reply, that in keeping his commandments there is great reward? Would you not say, that an hour in his presence is better than an age in the sprightliest company in the world ? that you would rather be door-keepers in his house, than sit upon thrones, and dwell among princes? and that you prefer the crumbs which fall from his table, to the most sumptuous entertainments that the world can supply? Yes, such has been your experience in times past; and something of this blessedness, I trust, you have enjoyed on this occasion.

But this world admits not of continual feasting. A rejoicing day now and then, our all-gracious Master allows us, to refresh our weary spirits. Sometimes, on particular occasions, he says, “ Bring hi

, ther the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat and be merry

But his standing order is, '“ Son, go work to day in my vineyard.” Let us go; and re

. membering that we are all prodigals reclaimed, let love and gratitude engage our cheerful obedience, and animate us to diligence in the delightful service of our God and Saviour.

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