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himself to behold the things which are in heaven and on earth Psal. cxiii. 5.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, unto our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Ifa. lv. 6, 7.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he hath set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.
DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture exhorteth us in fundry places to acknowledge and confefs our manifold fins and wickedness before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father, with an humble,
lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same by his infinite goodness and mercy. And as we ought in our private prayers humbly to acknowledge our fins before God, so likewise ought we to do when we assemble and meet togecher to render thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands; to set forth his most worthy praise ; to hear his most holy word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary'as well for the body as the -soul. Wherefore I beseech you, aš many as are here present, to accompany me with an humble heart unto the throne of heavenly grace.
4 Then fall be read by the Minister. the General
Confeffion, all kneeling.
The General Confession.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways M4
like loft sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone thofe things whlch we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But do thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare thou them, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou them who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind by Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, that we may hereafter lead a sober, righteous, and godly life, to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts from all evil, and renew us in the spirit of our minds, that we may perfectly love thee, worthily mag
nify nify thy holy name, and worship thee in spirit and in truth, through Jesus Chrift 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 day by 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, for ever. Amen.
& Here, all standing up, the Minister Mall read the
O BE joyful in the Lord, all ye lands ; serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God: it is he who hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and speak good of his name.
For the Lord is gracious; his mercy is įverlasting ; and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
People. Unto the Lord our God will we lift up our fouls, and magnify his name together.
9 Then shall be recited by the Minister and People,
alternately, the following Anthem, taken out of the holy Scriptures.
An Anthem on the Divine Perfeétions.
Minifter. O LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy name in all the earth. Pfal. viii. 9.