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Grant unto them and us, that which is needful for the present life, and with it bestow thy blessing. Enrich us with patience and resignation, with cheerfulness and fortitude; and teach us, in whatever state we are, therewith to be content.
Cleanse our souls with the presence of thy good and Holy Spirit: beautify them with the ornaments of thy grace: sanctify us wholly, in spirit, soul, and body: and preserve us blameless to the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Psalm of Praise,
THOU shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterwards receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but thee P and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. —Ps. lxxiii.
MERCIFULLY receive our prayers, through thy well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who hath taught us in the spirit of adoption thus to pray:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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 peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus: and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Fourth Sunday of the Month.
The Congregation being assembled, the Minister may
recite the 1st Psalm, “ Blessed is the man that walketh,” &c., or one or more of the following Sentences.
PEN to me the gates of righteousness :
I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord.-Ps. cxviii.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness : fear before him, all the earth.—Ps. xcvi.
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all that are about him.-Ps. Ixxxix.
I will hear what God the Lord will speak; for he will speak peace unto his people and to his saints, but let them not return again to folly.-Ps. lxxxiv.
Let us pray.
draw near unto thee with reverence and godly fear, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Mediator, who promised that wherever two or three are gathered together in his name, he will be in the midst of them :
Let our sacrifices of praise and prayer be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, through him who is the Great High Priest of our profession, and who hath consecrated for us a new and living way into the holiest ; that coming boldly unto the throne of grace, we might obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Amen. At the end of this, and all the other prayers,
the Congregation should answer Amen.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us : but if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all uprighteousness.—1 John i.
(Confession :) WE have grievously offended thee, O Lord, our Heavenly Father, by our manifold sins and iniquities, transgressing thy righteous laws, and resisting thy Holy Spirit. We acknowledge our guilt and misery in thy presence; entreating thee to pardon all our offences, and to create in us a clean and contrite heart; that henceforth, being redeemed from all iniquity, we may serve thee in holiness and righteousness, to the glory of thy name. Amen.
HEAR my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. My spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the works of thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit fail