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First SUNDAY OF THE MONTH,
1. Extracts from the Psalter,
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First Sunday of the Month.
The Congregation being assembled, the Minister may
recite one or more of the following Sentences.
O, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the
waters, and he that hath no money: come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money, and without price.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near :
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.—Isa. lv.
Let all the earth fear the Lord : let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him : For he spake, and it was done ; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord ; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.-Ps. xxxiii.
Now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that are fallen asleep; for since by man is death, by man also is the resurrection of the dead.-1 Cor, xv.
(Invitation :) Having these promises, dearly beloved, let us draw near to the throne of grace, with true hearts, in full assurance of faith.
Let us pray.
GOD, whom heaven and the heaven of
heavens cannot contain, but who dwellest with humble and contrite hearts, look in thy mercy upon us who are here assembled according to thine ordinance, to offer up our sacrifices of prayer and praise before thy divine majesty
Grant unto us thy Holy Spirit, we entreat thee, O Lord, to guide and sanctify us, that we may be acceptable in thy sight, and may obtain our petitions; for we come before thee not in our own name, but in the name of our great High-Priest and Advocate, Jesus Christ.
At the end of this, and all the other prayers,
the Congregation should answer Amen.
HEAR my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed : lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.—Ps. Ixi.
(Confession :) WE humble ourselves before thee, O God, for we have transgressed thy holy laws in thought, word, and deed; and we are miserable sinners in thy sight. Thou hast revealed unto us the way of righteousness and peace, but we have refused to walk in it, and