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MEDITATIONS AND ADVICES,

GROUNDED UPON

SCRIPTURE TEXTS;

PROPER FOR

COMMUNICANTS,

TO

PREPARE THEIR HEARTS, EXCITE THEIR AFFECTIONS,
QUICKEN THEIR GRACES, AND ENLIVEN THEIR

DEVOTIONS, ON
SACRAMENTAL OCCASIONS:

AND LIKEWISE USEFUL

TO PROMOTE GRACIOUS DISPOSITIONS AND RESOLUTIONS IN
CHRISTIANS, AT ALL TIMES, UPON THE REMEM-

BRANCE OF A CRUCISD JESUS.

TOGETHER WITH

A SHORT CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY;

AND A

VARIETY OF SCRIPTURE SONGS, FOR ZION'S TRAVELLERS.

APPENDIX:

I. A LECTURE CONCERNING THE INSTITUTION OF THE

LORD'S SUPPER: ON I COR. XI. 17, TO THE END.
II. A PREPARATION SERMON: FROM JOSH. III. 5.
II. AN ACTION SERMOM: FROM CANT. II. 4.

BY THE REV. JOHN WILLISON,

LATE MINISTER AT DUNDEE.

PUBLISHED
EY SYBRANT QUACKENBUSH, JUN.

M. S. PARKER, PRINTER, TROY.

1821.

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RECOMMENDATIONS

Stillwater, May 8, 1821, DEAR SIR,

I am pleased at the idea of your publishing Willison's Meditations and Advices ; in doing it you will confer a benefit upon the church. I have often read it, I trust with profit. I know of no work better calculated to enliven the graces, excite the zeal, and promote the faithfulness of God's people. Like the sun it communicates light and heat. While it animates, it instructs; while it searches, it encourages. The author hard the happy art of so mingling the oil and wine, as to meet the various cases found in the church. This treatise ought to be in the fans or every communicant. I wish you success. from God in this attempt to subserve his cause ani peo's ple.

Yours affectionately,

MARK TUCKER, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, MR. QUACKENBUSH.

Troy, May 9th, 1821. SIA,

It is with pleasure that I learn, that you are about te republish the Rev. Mr. Willison's Sacrainental meditatrons and Advices. It is a work of great worth, admirably calculated to enlighten the understanding, and warunthe hearts of the followers of Christ ; and prepare them for an acceptable approach to the holy communion. Under a full conviction that it will be of great use to the Christian Coinmunity, it is hereby recommended to their pious patronage.

JONAS COE, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Troy. MR. QUACKENBUSH.

Lansingburgh, May 9, 1821. TO THE CHRISTIAN PUBLICK,

Every disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, who loves his master, will thank the Publisher of this little volume, as an instrument in the hand of God for spreading before him, so great a treasure as Willison's Sacramental Mediations and Advices. Let all who have the opportunity, make a copy their own.

SAMUEL BLATCHFORD,
Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Lansingburgh.
MR. QUACKENBUSH.

Juby 1st, 1821. DEAR FRIEND,

I have read with pleasure and with profit, Willison's Sacramental Meditations and Advices, and think it well calculated to improve the mind, and warm the heart of dhe believer in Christ. I wish you success in its repub. lication and more general diffusion. The work is highly esteemed, and is indeed worthy the serious perusal of every christian.

With esteem, your friend,

J. D. FONDA, Minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, Greenwich. MR, QUACKENBUSIL.

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PREFACE.

The eternal Son of God, when taking his leave of an ungrateful world, instituted the sacrament of the Supper, as a lively resemblance and memoriat of his bloody suffezings and death in the room of his people ; and also to be a bright and lasting evidence of the amazing love of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to perishing sin

ners.

As God once sent his Son into the world in a lowly babit, clothed with hongan tesh, to save sinners, so now he sends him in a hornély dress, clothed with the elements of bread and wine, to assure us of his love, and to engage us to come to him. Kings expect that their children will be respected, though their officers be neglected. Surely (saith God) They will reverence iny Son; they will make him welcome, and hearken to him.

In this most august ordinance of the New Testament the great God approaches very near to us, and we to bim; and yet it is to be deeply regretted, that many who pro. fess to believe this, come to it with so little thought and preparation, and with so much indifferency and careless. ness of spirit. Oh, shall we venture so near the great God, who is infinitely holy, in whose sight ibe heavens are not pure, and in whose presence the sun and stars are dimmed, and the 'brightest seraphims to gather in their wings, and account themselves as litile flies before bim! and shali we, who are creatures so mean and so vile, be careless and unconcerned, when we make the nearest approach to this great and holy God, that we can make on this side heaven.

Ought we not to go blashing, ashamed, and deeply humbled on many accounts, and particularly for our ingratitude for redeeming love, that love which passeth knowledge, and for our contempt of God's unspeakable gift, the greatest sin in the world; yea, we should go wondering that we are out of hell, for many thousands

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