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Second Sunday of the Month.
The Congregation being assembled, the Minister may recite the 98th Psalm, “O sing unto the Lord,” doc., 02 one or more of these Sentences.
ASK, and it shall be given you; seek, and A ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth ; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. — Matt. vii.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.--Ps. xxxiv.
(Invitation :) Brethren, dearly beloved in the Lord, let us draw near to the throne of grace, with reverence and godly fear, in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Let us pray.
INTRODUCTORY PRAYER. ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast promised that H in all places where thou dost record thy name, thou wilt meet with thy servants to bless them; fulfil to us at this time thy promise, we beseech thee, and make us joyful in thy house of prayer. Solemnize and purify our minds ; raise our hearts to thee; endow us with wisdom and understanding : may we know, believe, and obey thy truth; and let the words of our mouth, and the meditation of our heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and Redeemer. Amen.
JUDGE me, O Lord, for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
For thy loving-kindness is before mine eyes : and I have walked in thy truth.
I have not sat with vain persons; neither will I go in with dissemblers.
I have hated the congregation of evil-doers; and will not sit with the wicked.
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord.
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.—Ps. xxvi.
O Lord, our Heavenly Father, who hast made thy Christ to be wisdom and righteousness,
sanctification and redemption to them that follow him and obey his voice; give us thy good and Holy Spirit, we beseech thee; that we may be wise unto salvation; may be just, upright, sincere,— doing unto others as we would they should do unto us; may be purified from all base, unholy, and malignant passions ; may be liberated and made free from guilt and fear-from bondage to the world, the flesh, and the devil; and, finally, may obtain the adoption, even the redemption of our bodies ; through him who is the author and finisher of the faith, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then the Scriptures may be read, and a Psalm
may be sung.
Let us pray. n GOD, who didst speak in times past unto
the fathers by the prophets, and hast, in these last days, spoken unto us by thy Son; give us, we pray thee, humble, teachable, and obedient hearts, that we may lend a willing ear to the doctrine which he hath taught us; and may embrace the same and hold it fast, to thy glory and praise.
Deliver us, O Lord, from the instruction that causeth to err. Let not us receive for doctrines the commandments of men ; seeing one is our Master, even Christ, and all we are brethren. May we know the truth, and be made free from sin its pollutions, its bondage, its fears.
And for this end, give us, O Lord, the love of the truth. Purify our minds from heedlessness and vanity; from hypocrisy and hardness of heart; from covetousness, and love of the world ; and endow us with seriousness and earnestness of spirit, that we may fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life. Amen.
Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.—Ps. xxxiii. 20-22.
Then may follow the Sermon, and a Psalm
may be sung.