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We shall, in the most devout and humble manner and posture, beseech him to pardon what is past, and to amend what is amiss in us for the time to come. We shall adore the mercy of God, who spares us when we deserve punishment: and in all the duties we perform, we shall shew by our outward devout behaviour, that our hearts do really go along with our lips, in every thing we ask of God, or say of him.

We shall consider God as speaking to us by his word, and by his ministers; and we shall attend to what is spoken, and to our duty told us, with humility and patience.

And lastly; We shall receive the blessing of God pronounced by his own minister, with the greatest devotion and thankfulness, being assured by God himself, that his blessing shall be upon them that do fo: They shall put my name, faith God, upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

That I may leave a greater impression upon your minds of the value of such a blessing, I will rehearse to you the manner of that people receiving it. You will find it in the fiftieth chapter of Ecclesiasticus, at the 21st verse, in these words: When they had finished the service, then the priest went down, and lifted up his hands over the whole congregation, to give the blessing of the Lord with his lips; and they bowed themselves down to worship, that they might receive a blessing from the Most High.


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With which blessing I shall conclude this whole discourse:-The Lord bless you, and keep you. The Lord make bis face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you, and give you peace evermore.

Now to Him be glory, dominion, and power, for ever and ever. Amen.




EXOD. XX. 24.



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we do to God in dedicating a place to his name, or the benefit we propose to ourselves, in setting such a decent place apart for God's service, where we hope he will vouchsafe us his more especial presence and blessings; either of these considerations is fufficient to make us very cheerful upon this occasion.

That which I have to say upon this subject shall be very far from lessening your joy; for I shall endeavour to satisfy you in these following particulars:

1/t. That this ancient promise of God's especial presence in all places where he records his name, belongs to us as well as to the Jews of old; and that God will meet us here and bless us.

2dly. I 2dly. I will endeavour to explain to you what we mean by God's especial presence; when he is said to come unto us to such places as are consecrated to his honour and service.

Lally; I will set before you the blessings we may justly expect, from God's presence in this place, and in all other places dedicated to his name.

I. Now, that this ancient promise belongs to us, as well as to the Jews, we have the word of God for it, which will serve instead of a thousand reasons besides.

In Malachi' we have this express prophecy, concerning the church of God in the days of the Messiah: From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the fame, my name shall be great among the gentiles; and in every place incense (that is, holy prayers) shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering.

The meaning of which prophecy is this: The facrifices and service of the Jews, in whose temple God had recorded his name, became at last unacceptable unto God by reason of their fins, as had been often told them by the prophets. Notwithstanding this, they depended upon God's favour and promises made unto their forefathers; they remembered the testimony which God had given to their temple, when it was first dedicated by Solomon; and by what providences he · Chap. i. 11.


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