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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.

INTRODUCTORY PRAYER.

O

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,

Our own hearts condemn us, and thou art greater than our hearts, and knowest all things.

me,

SAVE O God, for the waters are come into my soul. I sink in deep mire where there is no standing. I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying ; my throat is dried ; mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

O God, thou knowest all my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. But as for me, my prayer is unto thee in an acceptable time : O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

Let not the water-flood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up: and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

Hear me, O God, for thy loving-kindness is good : turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

I am poor and sorrowful : let thy salvation, O God, set me on high.-Ps. lxix.

(Comfortable words :) This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, even the chief.—1 Tim. i. 15.

BEHOLD the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.—John i. 29.

(For Grace :) ALMIGHTY GOD, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we render thanks and praise unto thee, for sending thy Son into the world, that he might redeem us from our sins and miseries, and make us heirs, according to the hope of everlasting life.

Being justified by faith, may we have peace with thee, through our Lord Jesus Christ : and grant us thy grace, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we may depart from all iniquity, and may be a peculiar people, zealous of good works, showing forth thy praise, who hast called us out of darkness into thy marvellous light. Amen.

Here the Lesson from the Old Testament may be

read ; and a Psalm may be sung.

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