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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
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.
Let us pray.
GOD, our Heavenly Father, suffer not
that good seed of thy Word, which the Son of man hath sown, to be caught away by the wicked one out of our hearts; or to be scorched by tribulation and persecution ; or to be choked with cares and pleasures of this life; but being received into good and honest hearts, may it bring forth in us abundantly the fruits of faith and obedience; to the honour of thy name, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
BLESSED LORD, who hast sent forth thy Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and also, by his heavenly doctrine and holy life, to lead us in the paths of truth and righteousness; grant us thy Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts, to guide our lives, and to sanctify us wholly in spirit, soul, and body; that, having glorified thee upon the earth, and finished the work thou hast given us to do, we may finally obtain the victory over all our enemies, and reign in immortal life: through him, who is
thy Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(For the World :) O ETERNAL GOD, who knowest the end from the beginning, and callest those things which are not as though they were, and who hast given to thy Son the heathen for his inheritance; hasten, we entreat thee, O Lord, the coming and kingdom of thy Christ. Our eyes fail waiting for thy salvation.
Let all the ends of the earth remember and turn to the Lord ; let all the kindreds of the nations worship before thee. And do thou, who holdest the hearts of all men in thy hand, open a great door, and effectual, for the preaching of thy servants everywhere; that their sound may go into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. Amen.
(For the Church :) O God, thou Father of lights, and Fountain of all goodness, who didst send forth thy Son to be the light of the world, that whoso followeth him should not walk in darkness; be pleased so to instruct and illu