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law. And they that are Christs, have crucified the flesh, with the affe&tions and lufts.

The Gospel. S. Luke 17. 11.
ND it came to pass, as Jesus went to Jerusalem, that he

passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, master, have mercy on us.

And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering, said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole.

The fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.
E E P, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy per-

petual mercy. And because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Gal. 5. 16.

Paraphrafe on the Colleat for the fifreenih Sunday after Trinity. Mercifully protect, we beseech thee, O Lord, the serve us trom all Things that may injure us, and lewhole body of Chriftians throughout the World; and stow upon us whatsoever will be conducive to our Sal. because through our natural Weakness we are conti- vation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. nually liable to fall into Sin, without thy support; pretion to brutish and carnal Lufts—Living; by Faith and probation which our Lord thewed of this Samaritans Grace, in opposition to any confidence in our own na behaviour in preference to that of the nine others who tural strength-the governing oarselves by the Word were Jews, he plainly declared that an outward proof Christ, and the holy motions of his good Spirit with- fession of Religion, (however excellent that Religion

may be in itself) is of no value before God, in com There are not found that returned, &c. By the ap- parison of piety, and inward holy dispositions,

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E fee how large 'a letter I have written unto you' with mine?

own hand. As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only left they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they them-' felves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your fesh. Bút God forbid that I should glory, fave in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. * For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on thein, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the

Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

The Gospel

, S. Matth. 6, 24. O man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one,

and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and + Mammon. Therefore I say unto you, $Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink? nor yet for your body, what ye

shall put on: Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold, the fowls of the air; for they fow not, neither do they reap, 'nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them: Are


not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his ftature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they

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For in. Chrift Jefus neitber Circumcifon, &c Un- dent Men use in providing sustenance for themselves and der the Gospel Covenant it is not of any consequence, their Relatives : but such an anxious care as makes us whether a Man be circumcised or not, but all depends diftruftful of God's Providence, fretful and repining upon the renewal of his Heart, and the reformation of under his Dispensations, sordid and niggardly, griping

and uncharitable. For otherwise the Scripture incul+ Mammon. Is a Syriac Word fignifying Riches. cates diligence in Butiness; that instead of being useless

Take no thought for your Life, Sc. We are not loads upon Earth, we may be enabled to discharge the here by to suppole fuch a thought is forbidden as pru- several duties of Life with decency. Titus sii. 14. ;

his Life.

grow: they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arayed like one of these. Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven; shall he not much more clothe you, of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or what shall we drink? or wherewithal shall we be clothed (for after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of al these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself: sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The fixteenth Sunday after Trinity.

The ColleĚZ.
Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and de-

fend thy Church; and because it cannot continue in safety without thy fuccour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodnefs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Ephef. 3. 13.
Desire that

faint not at


tribulations for you, which is your glory. * For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in lieaven and earth is named, that he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthned with might by his Spirit in

Paraphrafe on the Collear for the fixteenth Sunday after Trinity: O Lord, we bcfeech thee, of thine infinite Mercy to its only security, let thine all gracious power conting. purify the Christian Church from all Corruptions, and ally defend it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. to protect it from all dangers; and because thy help is

* For this cause I bow my knees, GeoThe mean- able to the exceeding greatness of that power which ing of St. Paul's Prayel here is that God would con- enables, and of that goodness which difpofes God to vey into the Minds of the Ephesians such addition liberality, in supplying all the wants of his faithiol Ser: of divine Grace, as might be a sufficient preservation vants. Hence we should learn that our constancy un against Temptations and Infirmities; that he would in- der Afiations, and our Virtue in ail cales are God's crease their abilities to refill and overcome, in propor- gift; and that the frength by which we ftand is agt tion as their conflicts and necessities increased; and our own, but his. that this might be in such abundance, as was answer

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the inner man: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all faints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth; and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth know? ledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in ús, unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The Gospel. S. Luke 7. 11.
ND it came to pass the day after, that Jesus went into a

city called Nain, and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on "her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier, (and they that bare him ftood still) and he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead, fat


and began to speak: and he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all, and they glorified God, saying, That a great Prophet is risen up among us, and that God hath visited his peo . ple. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about. The seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.
ORD, we pray thee, that thy grace may always prevent and

follow us; and make us continually to be given to all good works, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Paraphrase on the Collea for the seventeenth Sunday after Trinity. L'ora, we beseech thee to let thy spiritual help at. fruitful in every good Work, through Jesas Christ our tend us on all occasions; and make us to be always Lord.

And it came to pass the Day afier, &c. The follow- ing Miracle, as it was a wonderful proof of our Lord's


ye walk

in you all.


The Epistle. Ephef. 4. 1.

i. you,

that worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; onę Lord, one faith, one baptisın, pne God and Father of all, who is above all

, and through all, and The Gospel. S. Luke 14. 1. T came to pass, as Jesus went into the house of one of the chief

Pharisees to eat bread on the fabbath-day, that they watched him. And behold, there was a certain man before him who had the dropsy. And Jefus answering, fpake unto the lawyers, and

Pharisees, faying, I Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-day and they - held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let

him go ; and answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass, or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him, out on the fabbath-day? And they could not answer him again to these things. And he put forth a parable to those who were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms, faying, unto them, When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, fit not down in the highest room, left a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him: and he that bade thee and him, come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to Mercy and Compassion for the afflicted; so it was an dent caution not to give offence to them, who, we inftance of God's Wisdom in fometimes suffering his know, are apt and willing to take it. But in his folServants to be driven to extremities beyond human lowing Conduct-we have a pattern too of resolution in help--and of his goodness in comforting and reliev- doing good when we have power and a fit opportunity; ing them when reduced to such a situation.

though sensible that offence is likely to ba taken, or therefore the Prisoner of the Lord beseech that such good may bring us into some danger. And you, &c. This Epifle confifts for ft- of an Exhor.. lastly, in the apology.which he makes for himself, we tation to such dispositions and behaviour as becomes have a shining instance of condescension and Meekness, Christians : and. Secondly of a description of that Unity which should teach us not to inlilt too rigoroufly upon in the Church, which is the great enforcement of Sta. - being in the right, nor fatisfying ourselves always with

that; but taking all fit occasions to vindicate our ace I Is it lawful to beal on the Sabbath Day?. In this tions from offence, though never so unreasonable, never, Question our Saviour has given us an example of pru, fo unjustly taken..

Paul's Exhortation.

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