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herd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Make you perfect in every good work to do His will ; working in you that which is wellpleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.— Heb. xiii. 20, 21.
Second Sunday of the Month.
The Congregation being assembled, the Minister may
recite the 97th Psalm, “ The Lord reigneth ; let the earth rejoice,” &c., or one or more of the following Sentences.
DRAW nigh to God, and he will draw nigh
to you.—James iv.
CAST away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed ; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, 0 house of Israel ? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.--Ezek. xviii.
(Invitation :) Dearly beloved Brethren, we are here assembled in obedience to the command, that we forsake not the assembling of ourselves together, and in hope of that promise which our Lord Jesus Christ hath given to his disciples, that wherever two or three shall meet together in his name, he will be in the midst of them. Let us, therefore, draw nigh to the throne of grace, with reverence and godly fear, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY GOD, the maker of all things, A visible and invisible, our Creator and Preserver, who hast sent thy Son into the world to bring us near, who, by our sins, were far off; and to redeem us, and make us sons of God, and heirs of eternal life ; grant unto us thy grace and blessing, as we are here assembled to offer up our common supplications before thy Divine Majesty ; to confess our sins and iniquities, and to render thanks unto thy name for thy great goodness and mercy.
May we put away all heedlessness and levity, all vain thoughts and distracting cares; and may we draw near to thy presence with earnest,
humble, and faithful hearts, in the Spirit of holiness and truth.
And let our worship and scrvice, being offered in the name and Spirit of thy Son, be acceptable to thee, and profitable to us; through him who is our Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ. Amen.
At the end of this, and all the other prayers,
the Congregation should answer. Amen.
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God : for unto thee will I pray.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness ; neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercies; and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. — Ps. V.
(Confession :) We confess before thee, O God, our Heavenly Father, that we are miserable sinners; for we have transgressed thy holy laws times innumerable, in thought, word, and deed.
We have not loved thee with all our hearts ; neither have we loved our neighbour as ourselves.
We have not glorified thee with our bodies and our spirits ; but we have lived in ungodliness, in pride, and vanity ; in envy and uncharitableness ; in covetousness and discontent.
We have loved the world, and the things that are of the world, and have not set our affection on things above, or laid up treasure in heaven, where Christ, our risen Lord, sitteth at thy right hand.
IF our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
Enter not into judgment with thy servants, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to