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Observations. Do ye not know, Since Thou, O Jesus, hast that they who minister ordained this, far be it from about holy Things, live Servants of the Right which
me to envy, or to deprive thy of the Sacrifice? And thou hast given them. they who wait at the Altar, aré Partakers with the Altar? Even so hath the Lord also ordained, that they who preach the Gospel, should live of the Gospel. 1 Cor. ix. 13, 14.
Hethat soweth little, It will be our own Fault, shall reap little; and he if we reap not a plentiful that soweth plenteous-Crop. ly, shall reap plenteously. Let every Man do
“ Let us proportion our according as he is dis
“ Alms to our Ability, lest
we provoke God to proposed in his Heart; not portion his Blessings to our grudgingly, or of Ne- “ Alms.” Bishop Beveridge. cessity; for God loveth a cheerful Giver. 2 Cor. ix. 6, 7.
Let him that is taught There is nothing, O God, in the Word, minister which we can give to thy unto him that teach- Ministers, equal to the bles
, sings which we receive from eth, in all good Things, them, who minister unto us Be not deceived, God the Means of Grace and Salis not mocked; for vation. whatsoever a man soweth
Observations. eth, as he reap. Gal vi. 6.
While we have Time, Blessed be God, that I let us do good unto all have yet Time! Lord give Men: and especially before the Night cometh wher
me an Heart to do Good, unto them that are of|no Man can work. the Houshold of Faith. Gal. vi. 10.
Godliness is great Give me, O God, a pious Riches, if a Man be and a contented Mind; and content with that he for the rest, Thy Will be done. hath, for we brought nothing into the World, neither may we carry any Thing out. 1 Tim. vi. 6, 7. Charge them who
Bless God, ye that have are rich in this World, Riches, if he has given you that they be ready to Grace and Power to give
them with a liberal Hand, give, and glad to dis- and cheerful lieart, without tribute; laying up in which they will be the OccaStore for themselves a sion of certain Ruin. good Foundation against the Time to come, that they may attain eternal Life. 1 Tp. vi. 17, 18, 19.
God is not unrighte
My God, we have nothing
but what is thine; and yet ous, that he will forget thou makest thyself a Deltur
Observations your Works and La- to us, for what we give to bour that proceedeth of thy Poor, and to thy MinisLove, which Love we Goodness!
-How great is his have shewed for his Name's Sake, who have ministered unto the Saints, and yet do minister. Heb. vi. 10.
To do good, and to May our Prayers and our distribute, forget not;
Alms go up before Thee, O
God! And graciously accept for with such Sacrifices them for Jesus Christ's Sake, God is well pleased. Heb. xiii. 16.
Whoso hath this
Thou, O God, canst sup. World's Good, and port all thy Poor without seeth his Brother have our Assistance; but it is by
them that thou triest our Need, and shutteth up faith, and our Love for his Compassion from Thee. him, how dwelleth the Love of God in him? 1 John iii. 17.
Give Alms of thy | Compassion for the Miseries
Give me, O Lord, a true Goods, and never turn of others, that thou mayest thy Face from any poor have Compassion on me, at Man ; and then the the great Day. Face of the Lord shall not be turned away from thee, Tob. iv. 7. Com
Observations. Be merciful after thy I thank Thee, O God, Power. If thou hast that thou judgest not by the much, give plenteous- the
Heart, and the Ability of
greatness of the Gift, but by ly: If thou hast little, the Giver and wilt reward do thy Diligence glad accordingly. ly to give of that little ; for so gatlierest thou thyself a good Reward in the Day of Necessity. Tob. iv. 8, 9.
He that hath Pity. To thy Account, O God, upon the Poor, lendeth I place my Charity to the
Poor thou sendest unto me; unto the Lord: And
and I know that I shall be look, what he layeth no loser. out, it shall be paid him again. Prov. xix. 17.
Blessed is the Man
Keep me, O God, from that provideth for the all idle and yain Expences, Sick and Needy: The that I may always have to Lord shall deliver him At the Hour of Death, and in in the Time of Trouble. the Day of Judgment, good Psalms xli. 1.
Lord deliver us.
have the are in Reading, the Dea-Comfort of seeing
your Alms cons, Churchwardens, or Minister, in order to bring
presented unto God by his other fit Persons ap-down his Blessing upon yourpointed for that Pur- self, and upon the rest of pose, shall receive the your Substance and Labours,
according as you have been Alms for the Poor, and a niggarilly, or a cheerful other Devotions of the Giver. People, in a decent Bason, to be provided by the Parish for that Purpose; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the holy Table.
Bread and Wine upon the shall then place upon the Lord's Table, in the Sight of Table so much Bread the Communicants, as a puband IVine as he shall lick Acknowledgment, that our think sufficient : after Lives, and whatever is neceswhich are owing to the Gift of God.
* If this Rubrick is not strictly observed, as in many Places it is not, the Intent of the Church is defeated, and a very instructive Circumstance is omitted.