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Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save
of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. AMEN.
[Here may follow the reading of a selection from the Psalms, by the Minister
and congregation alternately, where such is the practice.]
Then the singing of a
PSALM, or Hymn, of Praise and Thanksgiving. “ The whole congregation should be furnished with books, and ought to join in this part of service." Next the
READING OF HOLY SCRIPTURE,
out of the Old and New Testaments. “How large a portion shall be read at once, is left to the wisdom of the Minister: but it is convenient that ordinarily one chapter of each Testament be read at every meeting; and sometimes more, when the chapters are short, or the coherence of matter requireth it."
[See the Table of Portions of Scripture to be read in Public Worship.] “The Minister may, when he thinks it expedient, expound any part of what is read: always having regard to the time, that neither reading, singing, praying, preaching, nor any other ordinance, be disproportionate the one to the other, nor the wbole rendered too short or too tedious."
Then let the Minister offer up a prayer of
SUPPLICATION AND THANKSGIVING.
ST Gracious God, our Heavenly Father! in whom alone dwelleth all the fulness of light and
wisdom : Illumine our minds, we beseech Thee, by Thy Holy Spirit, in the true understanding of Thy Word. Give us grace to receive it with reverence and humility unfeigned. May it lead us to put our whole trust in Thee alone : and so to serve and honour Thee, that we may glorify Thy Name, and edify our neighbours by our godly example. And since Thou art pleased to number us among Thy people, enable and dispose us to pay Thee the love and homage that we owe, as children to our Father, and as servants to our Lord.
Here may be introduced whatever special matter of prayer shall be thought appropriate, whether extemporaneous, or selected from the occasional prayers; concluding with a general thanksgiving.
ONOUR and praise be given to Thee, O Lord God
Almighty, for all Thy mercy and loving-kindness shown unto us Thy people. We bless Thee for the goodness that freely chose us to salvation before the world began. We thank Thee for creating us after Thine own image; for redeeming us, when we were lost, with the precious blood of Christ ; for sanctifying us by Thy Spirit in the revelation and knowledge of Thy Word; for Thy help and succour in our necessities, Thy fatherly comfort in our tribulations ; for saving
us in dangers of body and soul, and giving us so large a time of repentance. These benefits, O most Merciful Father! we acknowledge to have received of Thy goodness alone; and so do we implore Thy grace continually to augment our thankfulness toward Thee, kindling our hearts with pure and fervent love. Suffer us 'not to receive Thy Word in vain ; but graciously assist us always, in heart, word, and deed, to sanctify and worship Thy holy Name: Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Then let the Minister and people say together
THE LORD'S PRAYER.
UR 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: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
After this prayer, let a Hymn be sung before the
At the conclusion of which the following prayer, or to the like effect.
LMIGHTY God, our Heavenly Father! Thou
hast promised to grant the requests of those who approach Thee in the Name of Thy well-beloved Son; by whom also we are taught to assemble in His Name, assured that He will be present in our midst, and, by His intercession, obtain for us all things that we shall agree on earth to ask Thee. Wherefore, most gracious Father! trusting in Thy blessed promise, we draw near unto Thee through Him; and earnestly pray Thee, for His sake, that Thou wilt of Thine infinite goodness freely pardon our offences; and so attract and elevate our thoughts and desiresunto Thyself, that we may with one heart call upon Thee for those things which are agreeable to Thy just and righteous will.
GOD! who hast bidden us pray for those in au
thority among men: Bless, we entreat Thee, all rulers and magistrates, unto whom Thou hast committed the administration of justice; and especially Thy servants who bear rule in this land. .May it please Thee daily to increase within them Thy good Spirit:
that with true faith acknowledging Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord to be King of kings, and Lord of lords, unto whom Thou hast given all power in heaven and on earth, they may seek to honour Thee, and exalt Thy rule in their dominions; and so govern their subjects, who are the creatures of Thy hand, and the sheep of Thy pasture, that as well here as throughout all the earth, Thy people being kept in peace and quiet, may serve Thee in all godliness and honesty
Thou hast appointed Pastors of Thy flock, and intrusted with the care of souls, and the dispensing of Thy holy Gospel. Guide them by Thy Spirit, that they may be found faithful Ministers of Thy glory. Let them ever hold this end in view : that all poor, wandering sheep may be gathered in, and made subject to the Lord Jesus Christ, the chief Shepherd and Bishop of souls; to the end that they may daily advànce and grow up in Him, unto all righteousness and holiness. Deliver Thy Churches from corrupt and false teachers, who seek only their own glory and gain.