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Thy testimonies are my delight and my counsellors. Amen.-Ps. cxix. 17-20.
Then the Scriptures may be read, and a Psalm
may be sung.
Let us pray.
Y soul cleaveth unto the dust : quicken
thou me, according to thy word. Teach me the way of thy statutes ; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken me in thy way.-P. cxix. 25.
O God, whose Word is quick and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword, grant unto us who are here before thee, and to all thy people everywhere, that we may receive thy truth into our hearts, in faith and love. By it may we be taught and guided, upheld and comforted; that we be no longer children in understanding, but grow to the stature of per
fect men in Christ Jesus, and be prepared for every good word and work : to the honour of thy name, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language ; their voice is not heard.
Their instruction is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold : sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them is great reward.
Who can understand his errors ? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.-Ps. xix.
LET thy good Spirit of grace and wisdom dwell in our hearts, and guide us in all our words and works, we humbly entreat thee, O Lord : that our speaking and hearing at this time may be unto our edification and profit, and to the glory of thy great name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then may follow the Sermon, and a Psalm may
Let us pray.
GOD, everlasting and almighty, whose
grace hath appeared to all men, bringing salvation; teach us to deny ungodliness
and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify us unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Amen.
DWELL in our hearts, we pray thee, O Lord God, and make us temples of thy Holy Spirit: that, whereas, in ourselves, we are corrupt and mortal, we may, through thee, be strengthened and sanctified ; and, finally, having obtained the victory over Death, may reign in immortal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BE pleased, almighty and most merciful Father, to increase our faith, hope, and charity ; our patience, fortitude, and meekness; our zeal and diligence in thy service. May we, through thy grace, mortify all sinful affections ; resist and subdue all evil habits; and may we abound more and more in all good works ; to thy honour and glory. Amen.
(For the Church :) O God, whose Spirit quickens, sanctifies, and governs the Church, which is the body of thy Son, we pray that all who profess His religion, may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour, by walking as Christ also walked ; that they and we may at length obtain the crown of righteousness, which thou hast promised to them that love thee. Amen.
(For the Ministers of the Gospel :) ALMIGHTY God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone ; grant a spirit of wisdom and power to thy servants who are appointed to labour in the ministry of the Word ; that, by their doctrine and example, thy saints may be edified and built up in their holy faith, and sinners may be converted unto thee. And everywhere let thy Word have free course and be glorified ; through him who is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Jesus Christ. Amen.
(For the Africted :) O LORD, Father of mer