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mise 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
LMIGHTY GOD, the maker of all things,
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 service, 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
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 thy loving-kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out all my transgressions.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin: for I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation ; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; thou delightest not in burnt-offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit ; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.—Ps. li.
(Comfortable words :) God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into
the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.—John iii. 16.
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.-Ps. ciïi.
(For Grace :) ALMIGHTY GOD, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hast, in thy Gospel, proclaimed remission of sins to all them that believe in the name of thy Son, and repent of their transgressions against thee; confirm us, we beseech thee, O Lord, in the faith and hope of this thy promise. And, for this end, So work in iis, by thy Holy Spirit, that we may embrace and hold fast thy truth, in a pure conscience, unto the end; and also may bring forth fruits meet for repentance: that being justified freely by thy grace, and walking continually in the way of thy commandments, we may glorify thy holy name; and may know that we are thy children, and heirs of that kingdom which thou hast promised to them that love thee. Amen.
Here the Lesson from the Old Testament may be
read ; and a Psalm may be sung.