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ON PUBLIC WORSHIP,

CONTAINING

OBSERVATIONS AND REMARKS

ON THE

DIFFERENT PARTS OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP;

WITH SOME

HINTS AND DIRECTIONS FOR THE DUE

PERFORMANCE OF THEM.

BY THE REV. JOHN JONES, Minister of Cradley Chapel, Worcestershire, and Author

of " Scripture Antiquities,''

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more

ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not what they do. Eccles, vi, 1.

LONDON: PRINTED POR L. B, SEELEY & son, FLEET-STREET ;

By J. Seeley, Buckingham.

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CONTENTS.

ESSAY I.
CHURCH of Christ owes its existence to public
worship.-Wisest and best men publicly worshipped
God.--Line of distinction between the infidel and
believers.-Saying of the Rabbins. Necessity and
reasonableness of public worship.--A privilege as well
as duty.--Sentiments of David on public worship.-
Sabbath and its duties.-Advantages of public worship.
The employment of saints and angels. The public pro-
fession of our faith.--- Neglect of public worship, and
its consequences.-Reasons for constant attendance at
public worship.---Example of the primitive Christians.
Sabbath, a blessing.---Profanation of the sabbath for-
bidden by the law of God, and the laws of our country.
Grateful attendance on public worship recommended.

ESSAY II.
Inconsistencies and indifference during public wor-
ship.---Carelessness and irreverence.---Not uniting in
public prayer.-Erroneous notions of public worship.-
Wrong motives of attending public worship.--.Propriety
of conduct in the house of God pointed out.-Prayers
to be offered up in the name of Christ.-Collects in the
Liturgy end in His name.---Sermon no part of the
immediate worship of God.-Serious attention proper.-
Sleeping in public worship exposed.-The heart to be
fixed on God.--Quotation from Dr. Doddridge's Life of

Col. Gardiner.--- Directions to attend profitably public
worship.--- Directions towards obtaining a right state of
mind at departure from public worship.-Practice of
our forefathers.

ESSAY III.
House of God.-Its name.-Uniformity of worship
necessary. The expediency of forms of prayer. -
Advantages of our Liturgy.---Its tendency.-Its excel-
lency.-Testimonies of Dr. A. Clarke, and Mr. Robert
Hall of Leicester.--Its prayers extant before popery
began.--. Prayers not to be only said but prayed.---
Apparent conduct of many during public worship.-
Prayer and praise, essential acts of devotion.---Impro-
priety of sitting down in time of prayer.---Kneeling the
most proper posture.-Standing, a posture of prayer.
Inconveniency in some churches to kneel.-- No inde-
cencies of conduct should be seen in the house of God.
The act of public worship tends to elevate the mind.

ESSAY IV.

Psalmody, an essential part of divine service.-The
spirit and understanding seldom united.---The heart
should go with the lips ---Church music generally an
unmeaning sound.--What tunes inconsistent with divine
worship. God probably never ordered musical instru-
ments.--Singing used in the temple service..--Many of
the Psalms then in use.---The Christian Church still
retains them, but at first omitted instrumental music.-
Improper persons compose the choirs of singers.---Ex-
pediency of instruments of music questioned.--A good
singer without piety.-Bands of singers arrogant and
conceited, occupied with the tune, and inattentive to
the subjeci. -Solemn mockery of God.-Reformation
of Church music necessary.--Hints towards its reform.
A good selection of Psalms and Hymns a desideratum.
The old version of the Psalms, its faithfulness. The
new version inaccurate.- Dr. Watta's version...--Sing-
ing to be performed with understanding and experi.
ence of the subject.

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