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minate all pastors and teachers, that they may both fully know and faithfully preach thy holy gospel ; that the whole body of the Church may grow in faith and charity and patience, and may abound in every good word and work. Amen.
(For the Aflicted :) GRACIOUS God, who art very pitiful and of tender mercy, who art the Husband of the widow, and the Father of the fatherless, and who dost not afflict willingly, or grieve the children of men; we, who are ourselves in the body, lift up our hearts unto thee, on behalf of all our brethren who are in any affliction or distress. Look down from the height of thy sanctuary upon the poor and destitute; upon the bereaved, the sorrowful, the sick, and the dying ; upon those who endure pain and anguish ; apon such as are unjustly held in bondage ; and upon all that are desolate, wronged, and oppressed. Send unto them speedy help and deliverance, we entreat thee, O thou Judge of the earth: and so enrich the souls of thy afflicted servants with patience and hope, that their present
troubles may conduce to their eternal salvation : and may they and we receive, in due time, the end of our faith : through Jesus Christ, our merciful and faithful High Priest, who suffered and was tempted, and is able to succour us when we are tempted. Amen.
(For the Grace of Perseverance :) O LORD, our Heavenly Father, we, thy unworthy and sinful children, would call upon thee, whose mercy is everlasting, and whose power is infinite, confessing that we are ignorant, weak, and perverse. We entreat thee, leave us not, neither forsake us. Guide us with thy counsel ; uphold us with thy strength, Suffer us not to go astray from thee, or to be weary in well-doing. May we live in thy fear all the days of our life: may we die in thy favour; and let our portion be with thy saints, at the second and glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
(For Protection during the Night :) O God, with whom there is no darkness, but the night shineth as the day, keep and defend us, and all
thy saints, in soul and body, during the coming night. May we rest in the consciousness of thy favour; in the peace of a good conscience; in the hope of a better life; in the faith of thy providence; in the love of thy Spirit.
May we rise up again to diligence in our several callings, to work the work of God while the day lasts, seeing the night cometh in which no man can work. And whether we wake or sleep, may we live together with Christ.
A Psalm of Praise.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved : he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; hé shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in, from this time forth, and even for evermore.—Ps. cxxi.
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 Montb.
The Congregation being assembled, the Minister may recite the 100th Psalm, “ Make a joyful noise," dic., 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