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These our offerings of praise and prayer we present before thee, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer: who taught us, when we pray, thus to say:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
After the singing of a Psalm,
THE grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Third Sunday of the Month.
The Congregation being assembled, the Minister may recite the 100th Psalm, “ Make a joyful noise," &c., or one or more of these Sentences.
GIVE thanks unto the Lord; call upon
his name; make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him ; sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name; and let the hearts of them rejoice that seek the Lord.—Ps. cv.
THERE is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich in mercy to all them that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Rom. x.
(Invitation :) Dearly beloved brethren, seeing that we have a great High-Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God; let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.--Heb. iv.
Let us pray.
GOD, who art greatly to be feared in the
assembly of thy saints, accept, we entreat thee, our sacrifices of praise and prayer: and though we are not worthy to approach thy presence, or to ask anything of thee, do thou receive us graciously, and answer us, through our great High-Priest and Advocate Jesus Christ. Amen. At the end of this, and all the other prayers,
the Congregation should answer Amen.
ALMIGHTY GOD, we render thanks unto thy great name, that we have been preserved to see another of the days of the Son of man upon earth. For the sun and the shining light; for the succession of night and day, and summer and winter, and seed-time and harvest, and the ordinances of heaven; for thy fatherly care and goodness to us, the children of men; for thy watchful providence and unspeakable mercy, we glorify thy name, O God. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and blessing; for thou hast created all things, and thou dost sustain them all by the word of thy power: and when sin had disturbed the order and repose of thy works, and caused the whole creation to groan and travail in pain, thou didst send thy Son to redeem it from the bondage of corruption and the load of vanity, and to make peace by the blood of his cross; whereby he hath reconciled all things in heaven and earth. O God, maker and governor of the world, who on the seventh day didst rest from all thy works, and hast promised a heavenly and everlasting rest to all thy faithful servants; teach us to rest from our works, as thou didst from thine; that we who are weary with our vanities, and heavy-laden with our sins and sorrows, may take up the yoke and burden of Jesus Christ, and so find rest unto our souls; for his yoke is easy, and his burden is light. Amen.
(Confession :) We confess that we are miserable sinners before thee, O God: for we have transgressed thy holy laws, and done despite to thy good Spirit, and walked in counsels of our own.
O Lord, we acknowledge that we have not loved thee with all our heart, or believed thy faithful word, or hoped for thy promises ; but we have been disobedient and rebellious.
Neither have we loved our neighbour as ourselves : but we have lived in selfishness and pride, in envy and uncharitableness ; and we have judged and condemned our brethren, forgetting that thou, Lord, judgest both us and them.
We have debased our souls with vain and earthly passions, setting our affection on things below, loving the world and laying up treasure upon earth ; so that the love of the Father hath not been in us.
Neither have we been sober and watchful : but our hearts have been overcharged with cares and pleasures of this life : and we have been conformed to the world; and have not waited for the second coming of Christ our Lord,