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praises and thanksgivings for Thy late mercies vouchsafed unto them].
Here may be introduced any other subject for
We bless Thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for Thine inestimable love, in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech Thee, give us that due sense of all Thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth Thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to Thy service, and by walking before Thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord: to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
Then followeth the Prayer for Illumination, in these words, or at the discretion of the Minister.
O Lord, who alone canst give the hearing ear and the understanding heart; open our minds, we beseech Thee, to understand Thy Word, which Thou hast in Thy mercy bestowed upon us. Save us from using it deceitfully; from wresting it to serve our own purposes; from being in
bondage to the letter while we neglect the spirit: but grant that we may search the Scriptures diligently, and find in them their testimony to Christ; and beholding His glory reflected in them, may be changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Amen.
Then may be sung a Psalm or Hymn.
A Sermon is then preached, concluding with an Ascription of Praise; after which the Minister shall sayLet us Pray.
Prayer after Sermon.
ET Thy Gospel, O Lord, come unto us not in word only but in power, and in much assurance, and in the Holy Ghost, that we may be guided into all truth, and strengthened unto all obedience and enduring of Thy will with joyfulness; that, abounding in the work of faith, and the labour of love, and the patience of hope, we may finally be made partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here may be introduced any special Prayers,
Then the Offering is collected; a Psalm or Hymn is sung; and the Minister closes the service by pronouncing one or other of these Benedictions-
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
The Congregation being assembled, Divine Service may begin with the singing of a Psalm or Hymn; then, the Congregation still standing, the Minister shall
THE hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him all the earth.
Then, the Congregation kneeling, the Minister shall
Let us Pray.
Prayer of Invocation.
GOD, Light of the hearts that see Thee, and Life of the souls that love Thee, and Strength of the thoughts that seek Thee; from whom to be turned away is to fall, to whom to be turned is to rise, and in whom to abide is to stand fast
for ever: grant us now Thy grace and blessing, as we are here assembled to offer up our common supplications; and though we are unworthy to approach Thee, or to ask anything of Thee at all, vouchsafe to hear and to answer us, for the sake of our great High Priest and Advocate, Jesus Christ.
O most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who pardonest all such as truly repent and turn to Thee; we humbly confess our sins and implore Thy mercy. We have not loved Thee with a pure heart fervently, neither have we loved our neighbour as ourselves. We have not done justly, nor loved mercy, nor walked humbly with Thee, our God. Our thoughts have been evil and vain. Our members have been the instruments of unrighteousness to sin, and we have dishonoured Thee with our bodies and our spirits which are Thine.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, according to Thy loving-kindness;
According to the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out our iniquity.
Wash us throughly from our iniquities, and cleanse us from our sins.
For we acknowledge our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us.