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People. Holy, holy Lord Almighty,
Earth declares thy majesty,
Holy, holy, holy Lord!
Come before him with a song:
A - men.
V. THE REFUGE.
Minister. Blessed be God, the God who helpeth us; who beareth our burdens day by day. The Lord meeteth him that with rejoicing worketh righteousness, that remembereth him in his way. In all our ways let us acknowledge him, and he shall direct our paths.
Minister. Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me. Hope thou in God! I shall yet praise him,-him my Deliverer, and my God! People. His righteousness is like the high... mountains:
His justice | is a...great deep. Minister. When I am in heaviness, I will think upon God: a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat. People. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
Whose | mind is | stayed on | thee. Minister. The Eternal is an Everlasting God. He fainteth not, neither is weary: and to them that have no might, he giveth abundant strength. They that wait upon 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. People. O give thanks un | to the Lord,
For his / mercy...en- | dureth...for- | ever.
VI. THE STRENGTH OF THE HEAVENS AND THE HEART.
Minister. There is one God and Father of all, above all, and through all, and in us all: in him we live and move and have our being: of him and through him and to him are all things.
Minister. The heavens declare his glory; the firmament showeth his handiwork: day unto day uttereth wisdom, night unto night showeth knowledge. People. O Lord, how manifold | are thy | works:
In wisdom | hast thou | made them | all. Minister. Blessed is the man whose delight is in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they whose ways are pure, who walk in the path of his commandments. Blessed are they who keep his statutes and who seek him with the whole heart. People. Blessed is the man whose strength...is in | thee:
In | whose heart | are thy | ways.
VII. THE SEARCHER OF HEARTS.
Minister. O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me! Thou knowest my sittingdown and my rising-up: thou understandest my thoughts from afar: thou seest my path and my lying-down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Before the word is upon my tongue, behold, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether! Thou besettest me behind and before, and layest thine hand upon me! Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I cannot attain to it.
Minister. If I ascend into the heavens, thou art there. If I make my bed in the depths, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, People. Even there shall thy hand lead me,
And thy right hand shall hold me. Minister. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me,-even the night shall be light about me! People. Yea, the darkness hides not from thee,
But the night shineth like day. Minister. How precious to me are thy thoughts, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I count them, they outnumber the sands. When I awake, I am still with thee! Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts : People. See if there be evil in me;
Lead me in thine holy way.
Minister. Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you: for the Spirit of Truth will guide us into all truth, and we shall know the truth, and the truth will make us free.
Minister. God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts also, and given us the earnest of the Spirit within us whereby we lay hold of eternal life. This is the light which lighteth every man who cometh into the world: and as many as receive it, to them it giveth power to become the Sons of God. People. Lead us, O Lord | in thy | truth:
Let thy truth pre- | serve us | ever- | more. Minister. Jesus said: For this cause came I into the world, and to this end was I born,—that I should bear witness to the truth, and work the works of him that sent me. And if any one desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross; for I came not to do mine own will, but the will of the Father that sent me: and whosoever will do the will of God, the same is my brother and my sister. People. They shall know the truth:
And the truth shall | make them | free.
And his | truth shall | make us | free.