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ceed, as below : or when he renews his visit, if he should find the present time not convenient, which on various accounts may not be: a circumstance much to be attended to by the Minister. ,
Having, at my last Visit to you, examined your faith, by rehearsing to you the articles of it, and by proposing the use that ought to be made of it, in the short questions which I then put to you, I am directed by the church, as I then told you, to examine whether you repent truly of all your sins :" and this I shall do by a few more short, plain, and proper questions ; but before I begin them, allow me to read to you an exhor. tation, which, I trust, will assist you in the due performance of examination and repentance: which I will do, after we have first joined in prayer.
Here the Minister may begin with
Remember not, Lord, our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers. Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.
Answer. Spare us, good Lord. I Then the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdoin come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save thy servant;';
Answer. Which putteth his trust in thee.
Minister. Send him help from thy holy place;
Answer. And evermore mightily defend him. · Minister. Let the enemy have no advantage of him ; · Answer. Nor the wicked approach to hurt him. ; Minister. Be unto him, O Lord, a strong tower;
Answer. From the face of his enemy.
thenswer: And Lord, hear on
O Lord, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; give him comfort and sure confidence in thee; defend him from the danger of the enemy; and keep him in perpetual peace and safety, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hear us, almighty, and most merciful God and Saviour; extend thy accustomed goodness to this thy servant, who is grieved with sickness. Sanctily, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction to him, that the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to his repentance. That if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to his former health, he may lead the residue of his life in thy fear and to thy glory; or else give him grace 'so to take thy visitation, that after this painful life is ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
After which if the Sick Person be not too weak to attend to it, the Minister may read the following, or such like, Exhortation.
Besides the belief of the articles of your faith, you engaged by your sure. ties, that is, by your godfathers and godmothers at your baptism, to renounce the world, the flesh and the devil, and to keep God's holy will and commandments. Supposing therefore that God was to deal with you after the manner of men, you forfeit all your claim to the benefits of your baptism, and to the Almighty's favour, if you neglect to perform either of these conditions.
But; blessed be our most merciful Father, He is not so extreme, as to mark every thing that is done amiss : He requires not a perfect, but a sincere obedi. ence at the hands of his children: And, because through the frailty of the flesh they cannot always stand upright, he is graciously pleased to hold out to all such as have strayed from his ways, a method of restoring themselves to his favour. He hath promised in his gospel, that, if they will repent of, and confess their sins; he will be faithful and just to forgive their sins, and to cleanse them from all unrigh* teousness.
Now the repentance to which this forgiveness of sins is thus promised, consists in a godly sorrow for past faults—a sorrow which proceeds not so much from a fear of punishment, as from a sense of having offended a good and gracious God. And to this sorrow for past sins must be added a fixt resolution of mind to forsake them for the time to come, in order to make "the repentance complete.
Remember therefore, dear Brother, that no reperitance will now avail you, i this your sickness, unless it be sincere and hearty, and such as will excite you utterly to forsake sin, and to lead the residue of your life, in the fear and to the glory of God, in case it should be his good pleasure to restore you to your former health. · Let me therefore earnestly entreat you, to pray to God to grant you this true repentance and his Holy Spirit: let me exhort you to search and examine your conscience, and that not lightly, and after the manner of a dissembler with God, but seriously and carefully : imagine yourself now in the presence of the great judge of heaven and earth, before whose dreadful tribunal you must one day