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Public Worship

Public Worship

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BY JAMES SMITH


" Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
together, as the manner of some is." — Heb. x. 25.

BY JAMES SMITH


" Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
together, as the manner of some is." — Heb. x. 25.

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PUBLIC WORSHIPBY JAMES SMITH" ot forsaking the assembling of ourselvestogether, as the manner of some is." — Heb. x. 25.The public worship of God is of divine appoint-ment, and is intended to benefit the Lord's peo-ple, to be the means of the conversion of sinners,and to glorify God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.Believers should meet to pray and praise together ;to preach and hear together ; to attend to the or-dinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, toadminister discipline, and to receive others intofellowship. The saints should meet often, alwayson the Lord's day, except unavoidably prevented,and as often as they conveniently can on otherdays. The ordinances are means of grace, andwe receive grace in attending upon them : theyare to revive, strengthen, encourage, and reproveus, and we find they often do so. We cannotneglect the ordinances without being serious losers ;or attend them in a proper spirit without beingsensibly benefited. The Lord is always presentin the assembly of the saints, and present on pur-pose to bless them. Our attendance should boREGULAR, never omitting if we can possibly hf*present ; it should always be early, never comingin late if it can by any means be avoided.Every believer should be in the place of meeting106 PUBLIC WOKSHIP.a few minutes before the service commences, thatthere may be time to compose the mind, and oiterup a short prayer for the Lord's presence and
 
blessing. Those who habituate themselves tocoming late, do not consider that they disturb thedevotion of others, pain the preacher's mind, dis-tract the attention of the congregation, and dis-honour the Lord, who has been there from thecommencement.Let us not neglect the means, or attend tothem in a cold, formal, lifeless manner ; but letus bear in mind that we go to meet the Lord, toperform a solemn duty, to enjoy a delightful privi-lege, and to honour the Lord Jesus Christ. Manypractically despise the means of grace : their at-tendance is occasional, instead of regular ; late,instead of early ; formal, instead of lively andzealous. This arises from the coldness of the af-fections, the worldliness' of the mind, and the in-fluence of temptation on the spirit. othing iseasier than to frame excuses for neglecting publicworship, nor are many things more difficult thanto give satisfactory reasons for so doing.Reader, if tempted to neglect the public wor-ship of God, remember the honour of Jesus is in-volved in it ; the command of God and the ex-ample of the saint, make it incumbent upon thee.If thou art at all concerned for the credit of iheSaviour's cause, for the comfort of the ministerand members of the church, for your own spiritualPUBLIC WORSHIP. 1C7welfare, or for the consistency of your conduct,have a place in the Lord's house which you cancall your own, and be sure you fill it regularly,early, and with becoming seriousness. Thepromises of God, the practice of primitive times,and the happy experience of the saints, combine

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