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ORDER OF EVENING 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.]
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust do corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. All that the Father giveth me shall come unto me; and him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one cometh unto the Father but by me.
From the rising of the sun to the going down thereof, the Lord's name is to be praised.
O, give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endureth forever.
Exhortation. My brethren, the goodness of Almighty God has thus far conducted us, and we are here, the living monuments of his mercy. Our day of probation is yet prolonged, and if he will give us strength, we shall yet come off more than conquerors, through him that loved us. But our work is not accomplished. Toil, trial, and suffering, still await us; and the experience of every day teaches that we are not sufficient to ourselves. By the humble confession of our sins, and by the exercise of sincere devotion, let us therefore seek for divine assistance. Ask and ye shall receive; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.
Let Us Pray. O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that, by reason of the frailty of our nature, we cannot always stand upright, grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men, grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely be fixed where true joys are to be found, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and' the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
The Minister shall then say, (the Congregation rising,)
May the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.
Then shall be sung the following Psalm:
O, Sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things.
With his own right hand, and with his holy arm, hath he gotten himself the victory.
The Lord declared his salvation; his righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel; and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
Show yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands; sing, rejoice, and give thanks.
Praise the Lord upon the harp; sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.
Let the floods clap their hands; and let the hills be joyful together before the Lord. For he cometh to judge the earth.
With righteousness will he judge the world, and the people with equity.
Or this Hymn:
O God, we praise thee, and confess
That thou the only Lord
By all the earth adored.
To thee all angels cry aloud;
Both cherubim and seraphim,
O holy, holy, holy Lord,
The world is with the glory filled
The apostles' glorious company,
With all the martyrs' noble host,
The holy church throughout the world
O Lord, confesses thee,
Of boundless majesty.
Thus far the Lord hath led me on;
Thus far his power prolongs my days; And every evening shall make known
Some fresh memorial of his grace.
Much of my time has run to waste,
But he forgives my follies past;
He gives me strength for days to come.
Faith in his name forbids my fear;