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the manner of some is. You must consider, that public worship tends peculiarly to promote the glory of God, and to advance his kingdom among men. You will bear in mind that public worship has always been maintained among the true servants of God, and that they have sincerely lansented the being at any time deprived of it. Be regular therefore in your attendance at church.
Join in the prayers seriously and devoutly; and during the whole time that you are in the house of God, be on your guard against falling into any levity or impropriety of be. haviour. It is painful to see young persons laughing and talking in church instead of attending to the service, thus distracting the attention and interrupting the devotions of those near them. Such conduct shews a want of good sense, as well as of religious principle and feeling. Those who are guilty of it should consider the holy place in which they are, and learn to shew more reverence for the sanctuary of God,
Nothing however will contribute more to keeping up in your minds the habitual remembrance of God than the devout partaking of the Lord's supper. This holy ordinance was appointed for the benefit of all Christians; for the young no less than the old; for all, in short, who are sensible of their need of a Redeemer. It was instituted by our Saviour in the same night in cohich he was betrayed. You ought to be induced to receive it by a feeling of gratitude; by a sense of duty and obedience to the command of
It is true,
a dying Redeemer;-and also by a regard for your own best interests, for it was appointed for the strengthening and refreshing of your souls. You are old enough to partake of it, if you are old enough to understand the religion which you profess; if you are old enough to believe in Jesus Christ, old enough to repent of your past sins, and stedfastly to intend to lead a Christian life for the time to come. that young people are too much in the habit of neglecting the Lord's supper. But you must not follow a multitude to do evil. A duty does not cease to be a duty, because numbers of thoughtless beings are unmindful of it. But you should regard the partaking of the Lord's supper not merely in the light of a duty. Consider it rather as a high privilege, as constituting part of that spiritual armour of God, by which you may be enabled to overcome the peculiar temptations, to which your time of life is exposed".
This attention to your religious duties, your thus openly arraying yourselves on the Lord's side, may perhaps expose you to observation. Those of your own age, who are themselves destitute of religious principle, and little under the influence even of common sense, will perhaps, in their thoughtlessness and folly, call you too religious and over scrupulous, will perhaps even pretend to laugh at and to make game of you. But you will not be so weak and cowardly as to be prevented from doing your duty by the idle scoffing of fools and unbelievers. You will not suffer their senseless ridicule to prevent you from holding fast by God, from openly avowing your allegiance to your Creator, your Redeemer, and your Sanctifier. You have been enlisted, and solemnly engaged, to fight manfully under the banner of Christ against sin, the world, and the devil. You must not be so unmanly as to desert that banner. Remember the words of our Lord, Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. And, on the other hand, Whosoever shall confess me while on earth, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
a See a Tract, entitled, Young Persons invited to the Lord's Table." Price 3d. Rivingtons.
And let not any one try to persuade you, that the habitual remembrance of God, the constant attention to religion which I have been recommending, will tend to throw a gloom over you, and to check, that cheerfulness, which at your age is so natural and engaging. So far from being an enemy to cheerfulness, religion would encourage and promote it, but encourage it on its only proper foundation, the love of God, and a well-grounded hope in his mercy. You have, I trust, more sense, than to be advocates for a cheerfulness wbich is founded upon ignorance, thoughtlessness, and irreligion. Religion has the promise of this world, as well as of that which is to come; her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Religion will promote your happi- . ness both here and hereafter. May God fill you
with all joy and peace in believing, through the power of The Holy Ghost.
The Prayer. O God, who dwellest in the highest heavens, yet beholdest all the things that are done upon earth, grant that we may never forget that notbing is bidden from thy all-seeing eye. Make us seriously to cronsider, that thou our God art ever present with us; that thou beholdest all our actions; hearest all our words; and that the very secrets of our hearts are not hid from thee; that thou notest in thy book whatsoever we think, speak, or do now; and wilt for all these things bring us to judgment, at the great and terrible day of his appearing. Enable us to set thee always before us, to remember and acknowledge thee in all our ways, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Texts to be committed to memory. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, when the evil clays come not, nor the years draw nigh when ye shall say, I have no pleasure in them. Eccles. xij. 1.
Ask, and ye shall have; seek, and ye shall find. Luke xi. 9, 10.
God hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness. Acts xvii. 3.
God shall bring every work into judgment, and every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Eccles. xii. 14.
All things are naked and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Heb. iv. 13.
He is about our path, and about our bed, and spieth out all our ways. There is not a word in our tongue, but God knoweth it altogether. Ps. cxxxix.
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the people that forget God. O consider this, ye that forget God, lest he pluck you away, and there be none to deliver you.
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Even by ruling himself according to thy word. Ps. cxix. 9.
Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some is. Heb. x. 25.
Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. Mark viii. 38.
Whosoever shall confess me while on earth, him will I confess also before my Father which is heaven. Matt. x. 32.
* Let young people learn this Psalm by heart.