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Let us pray
One or more of these sentences to be read Choose ye this day whom ye will by the minister
serve; but as for me and my house we O magnify the Lord with me, and let will serve the Lord. The Lord our us exalt his name together; for with God will we serve and his voice will him is the fountain of life, and in his we obey. Joshua xxiv. 15, 24. light shall we see light. Psalms xxxiv. ; xxxvi. 9.
To be said by the minister The hour cometh, and now is, when With reverence and gratitude we the true worshippers shall worship the adore the Eternal Goodness which Father in spirit and in truth; for the makes our lives so rich and fruitful. Father seeketh such to worship him. Let us lift up our hearts unto the Lord, God is a spirit, and they that worship and bless his holy name; and may our him must worship him in spirit and in praises and our prayers help to make truth. John iv. 23, 24.
our whole life an offering pure and Surely the Lord is in this place. acceptable in his sight. This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. Genesis xxviii. 16, 17.
To be said by minister and people Wherewith shall I come before the
together Lord, and bow myself before the high O Thou, whose never-failing proviGod? He hath showed thee, Oman, dence ordereth all things, both in heaven what is good; and what doth the Lord and on earth: we praise thee, we glorify require of thee, but to do justly, and to thee, we give thanks unto thee for all love mercy, and to walk humbly with thou art to us, and all thou doest for thy God? Micah vi. 6, 8.
us, day by day. For reason and conNot every one that saith unto me, science, for nurture and guidance, and Lord, Lord, shall enter into the king for all the gifts of nature and of grace; dom of heaven; but he that doeth the for thy forbearance and long-suffering, will of my Father who is in heaven. and thy tender mercies which never Matthew vii. 21.
fail; for all good things received, and Whoso looketh into the perfect law for thy promise, and our hope of good in of liberty, and continueth therein, he time to come; for these and all other being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer mercies, known or unknown, rememof the work, this man shall be blessed
bered or forgotten, we will give thanks in his deed. James i. 25.
unto thee now and evermore. Amen.
To be said by minister and people
one in spirit, in brotherly affection and alternately
in devotion to thy holy will. Deliver O God, the source of all being and all us from all blindness and prejudice, and joy:
whatsoever else would turn our hearts Let thy blessing be upon us, and fill from one another. By the charity of us with thy love.
our temper and thoughts, may we show From all jealousy and envy, from all forth the power of the gospel of love, unkindness, from offence given or taken,
and live in unity with all our brethren, from unrighteous anger and an impa- as followers of the Prince of Peace. tient spirit, from a hard and unforgiving temper, and from evil-speaking,
(To be said by minister and people O Lord, deliver us.
together From an unquiet and discontented Our Father, who art in heaven, spirit, from despondency and gloom, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom O Lord, deliver us.
come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is From fears and misgivings, from in heaven. Give us this day our daily doubts of thy boundless love, and from bread. And forgive us our trespasses, forgetfulness of thy tender mercies, as we forgive those who trespass against O Lord, deliver us.
And lead us not into temptation, Inspire in us, we pray thee, that spirit but deliver us from evil; for thine is the which suffereth long and is kind; which kingdom, and the power, and the glory, envieth not, vaunteth not itself, is not for ever and ever. Amen. puffed up; which doth not behave itself
Lift up your hearts. unseemly, and seeketh not its own; Grant us to be filled with the fulness of
We lift them up unto the Lord.
thou our eyes. thy spirit. Quicken in us that charity which is
That we may behold wondrous things not easily provoked, thinketh no evil,
out of thy law. rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth
O Lord, open thou our lips.
And our mouth shall show forth thy in the truth; which beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things,
praise. endureth all things; the charity which
Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord's name be praised. never faileth. That so by thy grace we may establish
The service may then proceed with a responsive good will upon the earth.
reading from the Psalms, a scripture lesson, O thou who art the God and Father and the singing of anthems or hymns, in such of us all, who hast breathed thine own
order as has become customary in any church spirit into thy children and made us to
PRAYERS be at one with each other as members of thy household: enable us, we pray thee,
The minister to read one or more of the following
or offer prayer in his own words to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
Amid diversities of The Lord be with you. knowledge and of faith, may we be And with thy spirit.
O Lord, open
Let us pray. O Lord, show thy brothers and men shall be the people of mercy upon us.
God. Amen. And grant us thy salvation.
O God, make clean hearts Clear, O Lord, our inner vision, that within us.
we may see through the false shows And take not thy holy spirit from us. of life, and be kept calm and true by
thy great realities. Waken us from the Father of lights and Giver of all good, dreams of the earthly mind in its forgetwe praise thee that thou callest us to fulness of thee. Reveal to the young share as thine own sons and daughters what it is to live this great life of the life of freedom, truth and love. opportunity; and fill them with the Grant, we pray thee, that in purity of pure and undefiled religion which will heart we may receive and manifest the keep them unspotted from the world. blessings of thy universal life here in And in the hearts of elders let not the thy kingdom upon earth and in thy fires die nor their work linger, till presence evermore. Amen.
they are overtaken by the lengthen
ing shadows of their appointed time. O God, grant unto us that we be not Though we know nothing of the morunwise, but filled with the knowledge row, may we be faithful to-day; gladly of thy will; not slothful, but diligent in accepting the humblest task that waits thy work; that we run not as uncer- for us by thy will and shines with the tainly, nor fight thy battles as those that holy light of thine approval. Amen. beat the air. Whatsoever our hand findeth to do, may we do it with our O God, the protector of all who put might: that when thou shalt call thy their trust in thee: we pray for the good laborers to receive their reward, we shall estate of this our beloved land, that it have so run that we may obtain; have may please thee to preserve to us the so fought the good fight as to receive blessings of an equal and impartial the crown of eternal life. Amen.
freedom. Unite in mutual understand
ing men of alien race and faith; revive We thank thee, O God, for the endless in all hearts a spirit of devotion to the renewing of life. Thou that art never public good, that strife and tumult may weary of setting us free from the bonds be appeased and justice and truth be wherewith we have bound ourselves, exalted. Enable us and all thy people make us to walk in this new day with faithfully to discharge the duties of our out fear or any kind of bondage. Open different spheres, that so the kingour eyes to receive new light; open our dom of brotherhood and peace may be ears to hear the voices that are calling hastened upon the earth and thy will be to us to make the world new by the done even as now it is done in heaven. power of love. Fit us for the task that
Amen. is ours, and endue us with the spirit
( Then may be sung an anthem or, a hymn, to of that heavenly kingdom which is to
be followed by the sermon, a congregational come upon the earth where all shall be
hymn, and the benediction
Let us pray.
One or more of these sentences to be read
To be said by the minister by the minister
In the holy quiet of this hour, let us Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all draw nigh to him who heareth prayer; that is within me bless his holy name. and let us remember that he listeneth Psalm ciii. 1.
more to our hearts than to our words. O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is Let each of us bring an offering of good, for his mercy endureth forever. penitence, if not of purity; of love, Psalm cxxxvi. 1.
if not of holiness; of teachableness, if Know ye that the Lord he is God; not of wisdom; of devout obedience it is he that hath made us, and not we for the time to come, if not the ourselves; we are his people, and the fruits of well-doing in the time that sheep of his pasture. Enter into his is past. And may we obtain mercy, gates with thanksgiving, and into his and find grace to help in time of courts with praise. Psalm c. 3, 4. need.
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
Q To be said by minister and people seeketh findeth; and to him that
together knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew vii. 7, 8.
O God, unto whom all hearts are open, If we say that we have no sin, we all desires known, and from whom no deceive ourselves, and the truth is not secrets are hid: we are heartily sorry for
If we confess our sins, God is the sins which we have at any time faithful and just to forgive us our committed, in thought or affection, in sins, and to cleanse us from all unright- word or deed. We pray thee to look eousness. 1 John i. 8, 9.
graciously upon us and forgive us. Search me, O God, and know my Help us to lay aside every weight heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and the sins which so easily beset us. and see if there be any wicked way in
We offer thee our whole being, our me, and lead me in the way everlasting. bodies and souls, to be thy temple for Psalm cxxxix. 23, 24.
ever. Take us, O Lord, into thy hands, The Lord is nigh unto all that call and let nothing henceforward, either in upon him, to all that call upon him in life or death, separate us from thee any truth. Psalm cxlv. 18.