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I Let the Minister introduce the Service by reading
the following Exhortation, the Congregation rising up.
EARLY beloved brethren, we are now met together under the profession of the christian faith, for the worship of Almighty God; to celebrate his glorious perfections ; and to give thanks for all his mercies; to hear his holy word; to humble ourselves before him for our transgressions, and to pray for those things which are requisite and necessary for ourselves and others; wherefore let us, with fincere and humble hearts, approach the throne of grace.
The IntroduEtory Prayer; the People kneeling.
O MOST merciful God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, enable us at this time devoutly to magnify thy holy name, and most thankfully to acknowledge thy never failing goodness. May we hear the precepts of thy holy word with teachable and obedient minds; and may we so humbly and sincerely confefs our sins before thee, relying on thine infinite mercy in Jesus Christ, as to obtain the forgiveness of them. Strengthen, we beseech thee, the resolutions we would now make, of living more worthy of our Christian profession ; and grant that our prayers and praises may excite us to love thee more fervently, and to obey thy laws more sincerely and perfectly; and may our intercessions for others be accompanied with fervent charity for all men. Let thy presence be in all the assemblies of thy people this day. Graciously afsift thy ministring servants in discharging the important duties of their sacred office; may they come forth in the fullness of the blesfing of the gospel of Christ, that finners may be converted unto thee, and thy church may be edified in faith and holiness unto eternal salvation. Amen.
9 Then let the Minister and People alternately recite
the following Act of Adoration, the People standing.
W ORTHY art thou, O Lord, to receive blessing, and honour, and glory, and praise; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
People. By the things that are made, are clearly seen and understood thine eternal power and godhead.
Minijter. The heavens declare thy glory, O God, and the firmament fheweth thy handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
People. All thy works praise thee, O Lord, in all places of thy dominion.
Minister. Let all the earth, therefore, worship and fear before thee, O Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world glorify thy holy name.
People. Thou art great and greatly to be praised; thy greatness is unsearchable.
Minister. The earth is full of thy goodness; thou makest thy sun to shine; thou givest rain from heaven and fruitful seasons; and thy
bounty supplieth the wants of every living
People. Thou art good unto all, and thy tender mercies are over all thy works.
Minister: Thou, O Lord, haft created man in thine own image, hast given him understanding ; haft written thy law in his heart, and instructed him by the revelation of thy will.
People. Thou, O Lord, bast made us and not we ourselves. We rejoice in thee as the God of our salvation.
Minister. O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and goodness of God.
People. Bless the Lord, o our souls, and let all that is within us bless bis holy name.