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The Service is to be introduced by the following Address from the Minister to the People.
most glorious God, the object of supreme veneration, on whom all the fami lies of the earth continually depend; we would present ourselves before thee with reverence and humility; we would offer unto thee our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, with joy and gratitude. By celebrating thy perfections, may we be excited to an ardent love and imitation of thee, our Father in heaven; and may the remembrance of thy great goodness to us, and to all mankind, incline us to love and serve one another as
The Lord reigneth; let brethren. May we conthe earth rejoice.
fess our sins with unfeigned sorrow, and steady purposes of amendment; may we pray unto thee, as the
O EVER blessed, and bountiful dispenser of eve
ry good thing; may our intercessions be accompanied with charity to all men; may no vain thoughts distract our minds, no unworthy object withdraw our affections; but may our whole hearts be engaged in thy worship, and may the influence of these our religious services be manifested in our future lives; which we humbly ask in the name and as disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Graciously hear us, O God, graciously hear us, O Lord God.
Then shall be recited the following Anthem, or instead of it the Psalms ap pointed for the Day.
Min. WE praise thee, O God, we worship thee, the one true and living God, who art infinite and unchangeable in all thy perfections.
Peo. Blessed art thou O Lord God, and worthy to be praised for ever.
Min. Thou, O God, art King of kings, Lord of lords, the great and only potentate, the creator and
preserver of all things; thou didst speak, and the world was made; thy providence supports the works of thy hands; and the happiness of thy creatures is the end of all.
Peo. Thou art God over all, blessed for ever more.
Min. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.
Peo. Thou livest, and reignest for ever.
Min. Thou art the Lord, and changest not; of old hast thou laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they shall perish, but thou shalt endure; thy counsel standeth fast, and thy thoughts unto all generations.
Peo. Thou art the same, yesterday, today, and for ever.
Min. We adore and worship thee, as a pure and spiritual being, whom no man hath seen, or can see; thou passest by us on every side, but we behold thee not; thou continually workest wonders on the right hand and on the left, but we do not perceive thee.
judgment in the earth; thy righteousness is like the great mountains, thy faithfulness reached above the clouds; eternal truth is thy law.
Peo. Upright art thou, O Lord; all thy works are just and true.
Min. O Lord God, holy and reverend is thy name; thou art of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; sinners cannot stand before thee; but the upright in heart are always in the light of thy countenance.
Peo. We reverence thee, O Lord, for thou art holy.
Min. Above all we praise thee, we worship thee, as the Lord God gracious and merciful, the God of love, and of all consolation; thou exercisest loving kindness and benignity; thou delightest to make all thy creatures happy; thou doest good continually; and thy tender mercies are over all thy works.
Peo. O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.
Min. But who, O Lord, can show forth all thy praise? We behold the
monuments of thy power; we trace the footsteps of thy wisdom; and every moment of our lives partake of the riches of thy goodness; but none can say how great, and wise, and good thou art.
Peo. Who can find out thee, the Almighty, unto perfection?
Min. With one consent, and with our whole hearts, we would celebrate thy glorious perfections here below, until our souls become prepared for thy kingdom and service above; there to worship thee in a more perfect manner, through the ages of eternity. Amen.
and bless him; for he is good, and his mercy endureth for ever.
We will give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, and his mercy endureth for ever.
Then may follow a Voluntary on the Organ; after which the FIRST LESSON is to be read out of the Old Testament; and then the Service is to proceed with the following Thanksgiving.
REJOICE in the Lord, all ye people; come into his presence with thanksgiving, and be devout and joyful in his service.
Sing praises unto him,
Almighty God, Father of all mercies; we would offer unto thee our unfeigned thanksgivings for the discoveries thou hast made of thyself in the works of thy hands, and for thy goodness and loving kindness to us and to all men.
We thank thee for our creation, for the excellent form of our bodies, for the breath of life, the light of reason and conscience, the benevolent and friendly affections, and all the useful and noble powers of our minds. We thank thee for our continual preservation, for the food we eat, the raiment with which we are clothed, and the habitations wherein we dwell; for health and peace and safety; for every personal and family and public blessing; for every friendly
and social enjoyment, and for all the happiness of our lives.
Bless the Lord, O our souls, and forget not all his benefits.
But above all we bless thee, O ever gracious Father, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and the hope of glory. We thank thee for those pure and heavenly doctrines which he hath taught, to lead mankind in the way of truth and salvation; for those holy and excellent rules of virtue and true religion, which he hath laid down in his gospel; and for the perfect example which he hath left us, that we might follow his steps. We thank thee, that in obedience to thine authority, and to fulfil all righteousness, he submitted unto death, that being made perfect by suffering, he might become the author
of eternal salvation to all who obey him.
And finally we bless thee, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that by raising him from the dead, thou hast confirmed to us the glorious and joyful hope of an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and which fadeth not away, reserved in the heavens for us.
Glory be to God in the highest; on earth peace, good will to men.
O Lord our God, who can number all thy mercies? thy bounty prevents our requests, seasonably supplies every returning want, and gives us all things richly to enjoy. Write a law of thankfulness on our hearts, we beseech thee, and grant that we may walk before thee, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our lives. Amen.
Here the SECOND LESSON
is to be read, out of the