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On Public Worship.

On Public Worship.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. R. MOREHEAD, A. M.

PSALM, C. 3.

" Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts ivith praise : be thank-
ful unto him, and bless his name"
REV. R. MOREHEAD, A. M.

PSALM, C. 3.

" Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts ivith praise : be thank-
ful unto him, and bless his name"

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ON PUBLIC WORSHIP.REV. R. MOREHEAD, A. M.PSALM, C. 3. " Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts ivith praise : be thank-ful unto him, and bless his name" J.T is a melancholy truth, that the occu-pations of life should possess the minds of men so entirely, as to leave them but little leisure for religious reflection. Al-though nothing can be a more certain truth, than that all the good which we either enjoy or hope for, is from God ; ON PUBLIC WORSHIP. 385 yet it is one which we are not apt to con-siderwith attenti6n, so as to awaken in our sou Is emotions of gratitude and piety. The
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institution of set times and places for wor-ship, must, accordingly, be acknowledged to be highly beneficial, since it affords an admirable opportunity for majdng a re-treat from our common worldly business, and of fixing our thoughts on that unseen Benefactor, from whose hand are derived all the blessings of our lives. Yet the spirit of irreligion prevails so far, that men rather avoid these opportunities, than avail themselves of them ; or even if they seem to lay hold of them, it is often with such a temper of mind as to derive no benefit from their recurrence* There are two leading views from which a regular attention to public worship may be recommended ; the spiritual improve-ment of the individual, and the good ex-ample which is thereby set to others. In Bb
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S96 ON TU'KLTC WORSHIP. the tfirst place, a proper attention to tpub-'lie worship, contributes much to the spiri-tual improvement of the 'individual. The fact whii5h $ set out -with stating is uncle-liable ; that in the present life we are necessarily so 'much occupied -with worldly concerns, as 'to 'render us on 'the whole in-attentive to religious 'truth, and the con-cerns of futurity. This fleeting scene occu-pies all our thoughts ; and our heads are too often kid -in the grave, before -we have se-riously reflected, that the grave is the -gate ^Vhieh opens on an eter-nal wofld. Of this, and all other ; religious -truths, we fre-quently require 'to be reminded, and to have them impressed upon our reflections in such a form, that they may keep their hold amidst all the seductions of present things, and establish somewhat of a ce-lestial temper within us, even while our souls are borne down and fettered, by the
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