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Minister. O thou God and Father of all, help us, we beseech thee, to examine ourselves, and know whether we are in the faith, may we do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
People. May we be zealously affected always in that which is good.
Minister. May we have that charity which suffereth long and is kind, which beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.
People. May we have the spirit of love ; may we believe, and therefore speak.
Minister. Grant unto us thy spirit, O Lord. May we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; remembering that the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen, are eternal.
Minister. May we stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free; may we not be weary in well-doing, believing that in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
People. May we sow to the spirit, and of the spirit reap life everlasting.
Minister. And may the God of all grace be with us, to aid us in every good work, forever and ever. AMEN.
Minister. O Thou Almighty and Everlasting God, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning; from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift; lead us, we pray thee, in the path of wisdom and holiness.
People. We beseech thee, merciful Father, to hear our prayers, and to build us up in the most holy faith.
Minister. Wherein we have done wrong wilt thou forgive us. Search us, O God, and know our hearts ; try us, and know our thoughts ; see if there be any wicked way in us, and lead us in the way everlasting. Grant us, merciful Father, that we may neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, but may we, with an unfeigned love of thee, receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save our souls.
People. If we have known to do good, and done it not; if we have been hearers of the word, and not doers also, forgive us, 0 God, and save us.
Minister. Grant unto us, O Lord, that wisdom which cometh from above, which is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
People. O thou, who art light, and in whom is no darkness, may we walk in light, and have fellowship with thee.
Minister. May we be established according to the Gospel. May we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe with our heart that God hath raised him from the dead.
Minister. Being justified by faith, may we have peace with thee, through our Lord Jesus Christ, rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God. May we cast off every work of darkness, and put on the armor of light.
People. May we have the spirit of Christ, that we may be truly his.
Minister. May we follow after the things which make for peace. May we seek to edify one another. May those who are strong, bear the infirmities of the weak. May we recompense to no man evil for evil. If our enemy hunger, may we feed him; if he thirst, may we give him drink.
People. May we never be overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Minister. May we be of the same mind one to another, not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord ; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer. May we abhor that which is evil, and cleave to that which is good. May our love be without dissimulation.
People. May we rejoice with those who do rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Minister. And now, heavenly Father, from henceforth, with one mind and with one heart, may we glorify thee, even the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Minister. O thou Father of lights, who hast appointed us to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, we would come unto thee in his name, supplicating thy blessing.
People. May our fellowship be with thee, and with thy Son Jesus Christ.
Minister. Maker and Preserver of all things, whom not having seen we love, and in whom believing, we rejoice; purify our souls through obedience of the truth, and quicken us by thy spirit.
People. May we live as the faithful followers of Jesus, and show forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darknees into his marvellous light.
us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps. May we, like him, be holy in all manner of conversation. May the time past of our lives suffice us to have disobeyed thee; for the time to come may we be sober and watch unto prayer.
Peop?r. Help us to look into the perfort law of Uberis, an: continue therein.
Minister. May we keep thy commandments and love thy children. Add to our faith, virtue ; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness ; and to brotherly kindness, charity.
People. May we be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ, hath forgiven us.
Minister. When reviled, may we not revile again, but by well-doing put to silence the ignorance of foolish men; may we refrain our tongue from evil, and our lips that they speak no guile ; may we sanctify the Lord God in our hearts, so that all may be ashamed who falsely accuse our good conversation in Christ.
People. Grant that our conversation be as becometh the gospel, and may the peace of God rule in our hearts.
Minister. May we approve the things which are excellent, being sincere and without offence; that God may in all things be glorified through Jesus Christ.
People. O God, grant that we love thee, not in word and tongue, but in deed and truth.