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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 shown 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.

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hands; and let the hills be joyful together before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth.

With righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people people with equity.

Or this.


O HOW amiable are thy dwellings, thou Lord of hosts!

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

As the sparrow findeth a house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young, so let me dwell at thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God.

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Then shall the Minister read the SECOND LESSON from the Epistles, and at the end of it he shall say, Here endeth the Second Lesson. Then shall be sung, or else repeated by the Minister and People alternately, the 67th Psalm, as followeth.


GOD be merciful unto

us, and bless us; and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, O God; yea, let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad; for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

Let the people praise thee, O God; yea, let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.

God shall bless us, and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

Or this.
PSALM 121.

I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, who hath made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; he who keepeth thee will not sleep.

Behold, he who keepeth his people shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord himself is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

O THOU great Author of our being, who knowest all our wants, and who alone art able to supply them; who perceivest all the dangers and evils to which we are exposed, and who alone canst defend us; we pray thee to compassionate our weakness, to guard us in peril, to direct us in doubt, and to save us from falling into sin. In every exposure may thy shield be over us. From the

Min. The Lord be evil that is around and with you. within us, graciously deAns. And with thy liver us. Make the path of duty plain before us, and keep us in it even unto the end.


cy upon us;

Heavenly Father, we

Ans. And grant us thy beseech thee to watch salvation. over us this night, and preserve us from all harm. In the night of affliction and trouble may we look up unto thee, and be comforted with the assurance that thou wilt hereafter wipe away all tears from our eyes. And when we come to the dark valley

The sun shall not smite thee by day, neither the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; it is even he who shall keep thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth for evermore.

Min. Let us pray.
O Lord, show thy mer-

Min. O God make clean our hearts within us;

Ans. And take not thy . holy Spirit from us.


Then shall the Minister offer the following Prayers.

of the shadow of death, be thou our guide and comforter, and bring us to the regions of endless day.

O God, we commit ourselves entirely to thy disposal; and whether we enjoy, or suffer, or live, or die, may we be mercifully accepted as thy children, and disciples of thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.


O THOU who art our eternal Governor and Judge, we beseech thee to regard with thy favor all thy creatures, and to show thy mercy on all orders and conditions of men. Bless, we pray thee, all our rulers; and all who are in places of authority and trust. May our land be ever favored of the Most High God; the abode of freedom, religion, virtue, truth, and peace. Let thy mercy descend upon thy whole church; purify it by thy spirit, and preserve it against all templations and enemies; that offer


ing to thee the never ceasing sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving, it may advance thy honor, and be filled with thy grace, and partake of thy glory. Bless all its ministers, and clothe them with rightBless the means of education, and the instructers of youth. Enlighten the ignorant ; convert the unbelieving; relieve and comfort all the persecuted and afflicted; speak peace to troubled consciences; strengthen the weak; confirm the strong; deliver the oppresed from him him who spoileth him, and succor the needy who hath no helper. Send light, liberty, and peace, over the whole earth; and let the sun of righteousness arise upon all nations, with healing in his beams.

Hear our supplications, which we humbly address to thee in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour, who ever liveth to make intercession for us, and through whom we render unto thee all honor and glory for ever. Amen.

If any desire the Prayers of the Congregation, the Notes are to be read here by the Minister, followed by the appropriate Prayers or Thanksgivings; and then the Minister is to continue the Service as follow



O LORD, merciful and gracious, we, thy dependent offspring, would now humbly and sincerely thank thee, because thou hast given us life, and by thy bountiful providence hast always nourished, directed, and governed us. For all the gifts of nature, and of grace; for our Saviour, Christ; for our redemption, and instruction in the truth; for thy repeated calls to us; for all the patience which has waited for us, and all the mercy which has spared us; for all the enjoyments of this present life, and for all thy promises, and all our hopes of a better life to come, we bless and magnify thy

And grant,

holy name. O Lord, that thy mercies may be followed by our obedience; and that we may so walk in the light of thy favor, and in the paths of thy commandments, that living here to thy praise, we may at last be received to thyself, to rejoice for ever in thy presence; which we ask in the name, and as disciples of him who died that we might live, through whom to thee be ascribed all thanksgiving and praise, both now and for ever. Amen.


ETERNAL and all seeing God, by whose goodness we have been permitted to join together at this time in thy worship, we beseech thee to grant our prayers and supply our wants according to thy knowledge of our need; and as we now express our submission to thy decrees, adore thy providence, and bless thy dispensations, so, in that future state, to which we

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