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Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found : call ye upon him while he is near.
May the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer.
Who can understand his errors ? Cleanse thou us from secret faults. Keep back thy servants from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over us. Then shall we be upright and innocent from the great transgression.
How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Zion. We will worship in thy holy temple. Hear thou in heaven, thy dwelling-place, and when thou hearest forgive. Have respect unto our prayers, O Lord, and give ear unto our supplications.
Our voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord ! In the morning will we direct our prayer unto thee, and look up. Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice ; let them shout for joy, because thou defendest them.
This is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us. And if we know that he heareth us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Let the peace of God rule in your hearts,' and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom, and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Having, therefore, brethren, liberty to enter into the holiest, by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which he hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an HighPriest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
EXHORTATION TO CONFESSION OF SIN.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Let us, therefore, with humble and contrite hearts, confess our sins at the throne of the heavenly grace.
A GENERAL CONFESSION OF SIN.
(To be said by the whole Congregation after the Minister.) Father, we have sinned, against heaven and in thy sight, and are no more worthy to be called thy children. God be merciful to us sinners. Remember not against us the sins of our youth, por of our riper years. Wash us thoroughly from our transgressions. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew within us a right spirit; and grant that through repentance towards thee, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we may now both seek, and obtain, the remission of our sins, the peace of God, and the life eternal. Amen.
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DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God, our Heavenly Father; but confess them, with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart, to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by His infinite goodness and mercy. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me, with a pure heart and
humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me,
ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done. And we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, О most merciful Father, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
Then may follow a Hymn: after which, one of the Selections of Psalms, or of the Short Litanies, or the Te Deum, or the Commandments, may be read by the Minister and People alternately.
N. B. When the Minister intends to substitute one of the two longer Litanies for the extemporaneous Prayer, — as it is at his option to do, - he should read only a Selection from the Psalms after the Hymn.
(One or more of these Sentences may be read by the Minister alone.)
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the Lord's name is to be praised.
Let our prayers be set forth in thy sight as incense; and the lifting up of our hands as an evening sacrifice.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; but they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the High God ? He hath showed