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were shapen in iniquity. We are by nature children All flesh have corrupted
of wrath, even as others. their way; we are all gone aside; we are altogether become filthy; there is none righteous; there is none that doeth good; no, not one.
Our understandings are darkened by reason of sin; our wills are stubborn and perverse; and our affections are alienated from Thee. We are wise to do evil, but to good we have no knowledge. Our neck hath been an iron sinew; and we have made our hearts as the adamant. We have followed after vanities, and forsaken our mercies. We have set our affections on things beneath; and our hearts have departed from the living God. We are prone to evil as the sparks fly upward. Our hearts are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. O Lord, we lament our irregular appetites, and inordinate passions. We bewail our pride, our carnality, and worldly-mindedness. Our sins are attended with exceedingly great aggravations. We have sinned against the clearest light, the tenderest love, and the most faithful warnings of God, of parents, of ministers, and of our own consciences. And now, O Lord, what shall we say? For we have forsaken Thy commandments: we have sinned,
what shall we do unto Thee, O Thou Preserver of men?
Glory, glory to Thy Name in the highest, that there is any hope for the lost and sinful children of men; that Thou hast entertained purposes of mercy towards any of the guilty race; that the joyful sound of peace and reconciliation with God hath reached our ears. We thank Thee that Thou hast so loved the world as to give Thine Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
N the all-prevailing Name of Jesus of Nazareth, a
Name with which Thou art ever well pleased, we present our prayers and supplications to Thee. And now, Lord, what wait we for? Our eyes are unto Thee, and our hope is in Thee, through Christ Jesus our Redeemer. Deliver us from all our transgressions; and, O God, be merciful to us sinners. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin. For we acknowledge our transgressions: and our sin is ever before us. Justify us freely by Thy grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Work in us the work of faith with power. Dispose us to a godly sorrow for our sins, and give us repentance unto life. Shed abroad Thy love in our hearts by the Holy Ghost given unto us. Teach us Thy statutes, and give us understanding that we may know Thy testimonies. May we know God and Jesus Christ, whom to know is eternal life. Put Thy fear, O Lord, into our hearts, that we may never depart from Thy law. Hide pride from our eyes, and clothe us with humility. Enable us to put on the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. O God of peace, let not anger dwell in our bosoms. Fill us with charity and brotherly love, that we may keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. May our consciences be always tender. May we abstain from all appearance of evil. Incline us to contentment with the allotments of Thy providence; and form us to submission and resignation to Thy will. May we ever possess our souls in patience; and feel a holy indifference to all the objects of time and sense. O Lord, furnish us with hope, which maketh not ashamed; that living hope, which is as an anchor to the soul, both sure and stedfast.
Enable us, O Lord, to be circumspect in all our conversation, watching over our thoughts, our lips, and our lives. May the grace of God teach us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we may live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world: looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of that great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Lord, quicken us in the ways of righteousness. Let us ever practise the things which are honest in the sight of all men. May we be diligent in every duty, performing it with a ready mind and with joy and gladness of heart. May we have grace always to live in the exercise of devotion and piety towards God; of truth, charity, and righteousness towards men; and to maintain chastity, temperance, and sobriety towards ourselves. Grant that we may increase in all godliness; that we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
O Lord, Who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, preserve us from temptation; support us under afflictions; comfort us in sorrows; make us use
ful in life, and prepare us for death: And when we have done serving Thee here below, admit us, we beseech Thee, to that state of rest and perfection
which Thou hast reserved for Thy people in the heavenly world.
ND now, O Lord our God, we desire to lift
hearts to Thee, in a grateful acknowledgement
of all Thy mercies and benefits to us. We praise Thee, as the King of kings and Lord of lords, full of compassion and goodness to the children of men. We thank Thee that Thou hast formed us reasonable creatures, capable of knowing, serving, and enjoying Thee. We bless Thee for Thy preserving care; for our lives, our health, our food and raiment; for our friends, our comforts, and all our temporal enjoyments. Above all, we praise Thee, O most merciful Father, for spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
We thank Thee, O Lord, for the early intimations of good-will to fallen men; that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head. We adore Thee for the wonderful and mysterious incarnation of