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Minister. May they that sow in tears, reap in joy; and may he that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
People. May we rejoice inasmuch as we are made partakers of Christ's sufferings; and when his glory shall be revealed, may we be glad also with exceeding joy.
Minister. May those who suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to thee, in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator. May we humble ourselves under thy mighty hand, knowing that thou wilt exalt us in due time.
People. May we suffer patience to have its perfect work, that we may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Minister. Grant unto us thy aid, most merciful God, that we may so endure tribulation, that we may at last be counted worthy of thy glorious kingdom.
People. Confirm us unto the end, that we may be blameless in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Minister. Wilt thou help us, O Lord, to realize that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive, the things which thou hast prepared for those who love thee.
People. Now we know in part, but then shall we know even as also we are known.
Minister. When this mortal shall have put on immortality, then
may be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
People. Thanks be to thee, who hast given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Minister. Thanks be unto thee, Father Almighty, that by the , appearing of thy Son Jesus Christ, thou hast abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
People. Grant thy blessing unto us, O God, that we may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
Minister. And unto thee, the God and Father of all, who, according to thy abundant mercy, hast begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, be glory and honor forevermore. AMEN.
Minister. THANKS be unto thee, Lord God Almighty, for the unspeakable gift of thy Son, who came bearing glad tidings of great joy to us and to all people.
People. Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good-will to
Minister. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, that he hath visited and redeemed his people. Through the tender mercies of
our God, the day-spring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
People. May we look unto Him as the way, the truth, and the life.
Minister. Gratitude be unto thee, Giver of all good, that while the law was given by Moses, grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. We thank thee that in him was the spirit of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and might.
People. May we, through his word, be made wise unto salvation.
Minister. Thanks be unto thee, O God, who didst exalt him to be a Prince and a Saviour, that he came to bear witness unto the truth, and, as the captain of salvation, to bring many sons unto glory.
People. The stone which the builders refused, has become the head of the corner.
Minister. We rejoice, Heavenly Father, that the works which he did in thy name, bore witness that thou didst send him ; that by his word the blind saw, the lame walked, and the dead were raised; that he went about doing good, and that the poor had the gospel preached to them.
People. We thank thee that by signs and miracles thou didst testify unto the world, that Jesus was the messenger of thy will.
Minister. We thank thee, Heavenly Father, for his pure and holy life; that he was meek and lowly of heart; that, when he
was reviled, he reviled not again ; that he died, the just for the unjust, that all might be saved.
People. May the same mind be in us which was also in Christ Jesus.
Minister. We look with gratitude to thee, that when Christ was crucified by wicked men, thou didst raise him from the dead, and set him at thine own right hand, in heavenly places, and didst put all things under his feet, and give him to be head over all things to the church.
People. May we grow up in him in all things, who is the head, even Christ.
Minister. Blessed be God, who hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by Jesus Christ, according to the working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself. We thank thee for this Mediator between thee and us, and that thou hast highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and that every tongue should confess that he is Lord to the glory of thee, the Father.
People. Quicken us, we pray thee, together with him, that we may sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.
Minister. And when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, may we also appear with him in glory, and may our Heavenly Father, who hath called us to eternal glory by Christ, establish and strengthen us, forever and ever.
Minister. May we remember that other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. May we become new creatures in Christ, that old things may pass away, and that all things may become new.
People. Grant, O Lord, that we may awake to righteousness, and sin not.
Minister. O thou, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, shine, we pray thee, in our hearts, to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.
Minister. May we all, with open face, behold as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, and be changed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the spirit of the Lord.
People. May we stand fast in the faith, may we watch and be