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Christ Jesus our Lord and only Saviour, in whose comprehensive words we sum up our requests; saying, as he hath taught us:
OUR Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: thy kingdom come, &c.
Hab. i. 13.
Luke xiii. 3.
Matt. xxviii. 19.
Or thus, when brevity is necessary.
O MOST great, most just and gracious God, thou art of purer eyes than to behold iniquity. Thou condemnest the ungodly, impenitent, and unbelievers; but hast promised mercy through Jesus Christ to all that repent and believe in him. We confess that we were conceived in sin, and are by nature children of wrath; and have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God. In our baptism thou tookest us into the bond of the holy covenant; but we remembered not our Creator in the days of our youth, with the fear, and love, and Exod. xx. 4, 7, obedience which we owed thee: not 8, 11, 12, &c. pleasing and glorifying thee in all Rom. xiii. 8, 9. things, nor walking with thee by faith
1 Cor. x. 31.
2 Cor. v. 7.
Rom. viii. 7.
2 Pet. ii. 9.
Mark vi. 33. 1 Tim. vi. 8.
in an heavenly conversation, nor serv- Matt. vii. 12. ing thee fervently with all our might: but fulfilled the desires of the flesh,
Luke x. 41, 42.
Rom. v. 8.
Matt. xxii. 4, 5.
Heb. ii. 3.
and Acts vii. 51. dealt Prov. i. 23.
Jam. iv. 7.
our 1 Pet. v. 9. our- Psal. li. 4.
Psal. xix. 12, 13.
Isa. lix. 12.
1. 11. Mark ix. 44.
and of the carnal mind. We have neg- Luke xxiv. 47. lected and abused thy holy worship, Rom. iii. 25. thy holy name, and thy holy day. have dishonoured our superiors, neglected our inferiors: we have unjustly and uncharitably with neighbours, not loving them as selves, nor doing to others as we would they should do to us. We have not Psal. ciii. 10; sought first thy kingdom and righteousness, and been contented with our Psal. lii. 8. daily bread; but have been careful and troubled about many things, neglecting the one thing necessary. Thou hast revealed thy wonderful love to us in Christ, and offered us pardon and salva- Gal. iv. 6. tion in him but we made light of it, and neglected so great salvation, and Deut. xxx. 6. resisted thy Spirit, word, and ministers, Psal. xxxi. 16. and turned not at thy reproof. We have 1 Thes. i. 10. run into temptations; and the sin Tit. ii. 14. which we should have hated, we have
Eph. i. 12, 13.
Psal. lxxi. 5;
Ixxviii. 7; cxix. 81; li. 1.
2 Cor. v. 18, 19. 1 John i. 7.
1 Thes. v. 23. Rom. v. 5.
Matt. i. 21.
committed in thy sight, both secretly and openly, ignorantly and carelessly, rashly and presumptuously, against thy precepts, thy promises, and threats, thy mercies and thy judgments. Our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us, if thou deal with us as we deserve, thou wilt cast us away from thy presence into hell, where the worm never dieth, and the fire is not quenched. But in thy mercy, thy Son, and thy promises is our hope. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father. Be reconciled to us, and let the blood of Jesus Christ cleanse us from all our sins. Take us for thy children, and give us the Spirit of thy Son. Sanctify us wholly, shed abroad thy love in our hearts, and cause us to love thee with all our hearts. O make thy face to shine upon thy servants; save us from our sins, and from the wrath to come; make us a peculiar people to thee, zealous of good works, that we may please thee, and show forth thy praise. Help us to redeem the time, and give all diligence to make our calling and election sure. Give us things necessary for thy service, and keep us from sinful discontent and cares. And seeing all these things must be dissolved, let us consider what manner of persons we ought to be, in all holy
Col. i. 10.
1 Pet. ii. 9.
2 Pet. i. 10.
Matt. vi. 11.
Matt. vi. 25, &c.
conversation and godliness. Help us Ephes. v. 16. to watch against temptations, and resist and overcome the flesh, the devil, and 1 Tim. vi. 4. the world; and being delivered out of Heb. xiii. 5. the hand of all our enemies, let us serve 2 Pet. iii. 11. thee without fear, in holiness and Matt. xxvi. 41. righteousness before thee all the days Gal. v. 17. of our life. Guide us by thy counsel, 1John v.4, 5. and after receive us into thy glory, 2 Pet. ii. 19. through Jesus Christ our only Saviour. Luke i. 17. Amen.
James iv. 6.
Rev. ii. 17, &c.
Psal. lxxiii. 24.
Here use the Lord's Prayer as before.
For the strengthening of faith, and raising the penitent, some of these sentences of the Gospel may be here read.
Hear what the Lord saith to the absolution and comfort of penitent believers. :—
THE Lord your God is gracious and 2 Chron. xxx. 9. merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, ye return unto him.
If any man sin, we have an advocate
1 John ii. 2.
with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Acts xiii, 38, 39. Be it known unto you, men and brethren, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which they could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Rom. v. 20, 21.
Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound; that as sin reigned unto death, even so might grace reign, through righteousness, unto eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 John i. 7, 8, 9. If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and to cleanse us from all unrighteous
Matt. xi. 28, 29,
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Rev. xxii. 17.
Whosoever will, let him take of the
water of life freely.