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brought us up as children, yet we have sinned against thee. We desire to forsake all our evil ways, and to return unto thee with our whole hearts; and we humbly beseech thee, who art slow to anger and ready to forgive, that thou wouldst pardon all our transgressions. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us, and grant us thy salvation. Lead us by thy gracious hand in the path of duty; and in time of temptation, let thy good spirit be with us, to keep us from falling. May our hearts be purified from all sinful affections; may falsehood and deceit have no place in our words; may we do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thee; that, being holy in thy sight, we may obtain thy favor, and finally be received into thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, high and mighty * Ruler of the universe, King of kings and Lord of lords, most heartily do we beseech thee to look with favor upon our beloved country. May its rulers and legislators, and all others in authority, be guided by heavenly wisdom and restrained by godly fear. May the blessings of peace, good order, and national union, more and more abound. By escaping from the bondage of sin, may this people become free indeed. By their obedience to the laws, by their reverence of religion, by moderation in prosperity and patience in adversity, by the practice of every virtue and abhorrence of every vice, may they become truly exalted among the nations of the earth. This we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee, for all sorts and conditions of men, that thou wouldst be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for thy holy church universal, that it may be so guided and governed by thy good spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted, in mind, body, or estate ; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities; giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[In this place may be offered any Prayers or Peti
tions suited to the particular time and occasion.]
Almighty God, who hast given us grace, at this time, of one accord to make our common supplications unto thee, and dost promise, through thy Son, that where two or three are gathered together in his name, thou wilt grant their requests ; fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us, in this world, knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come, life everlasting. Amen.
Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy; to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, forever and ever. Amen.
[A Hymn, selected by the Minister, shall then be
sung. Then shall follow the Sermon, after which a short extemporaneous Prayer may be offered. Then shall be sung one of the following Doxologies, or a closing Hymn from the Collection.]
LORD, dismiss us with thy blessing,
Hope and comfort from above :
Triumph in redeeming love.
3.* Now unto the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be all honor and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GLORY be to the Father, Almighty God, through Jesus Christ our Lord;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
BENEDICTION. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all forevermore. Amen.
* This Doxology, or the following one, may also be sung after the Psalms in the morning and evening service.
SECOND ORDER OF MORNING PRAYER.
THE MINISTER COMMENCES BY READING ONE OF
THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES OF SCRIPTURE.
[It is recommended that the Congregation rise at the .
commencement of the Religious Exercises, and remain standing until the close of the Exhortation ; also that they KNEEL in time of Prayer, and STAND, facing the pulpit, in time of Singing.]
REPENT ye, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him ; and without him was nothing made which was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the Word was made flesh,