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according to the Scriptures, And ascended into hea* ven, And fitteth on the right hand of the Father i And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghostj the Lord, the giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father* Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one Catholick and Apostolick Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
After a pause, the Deacon being turned towards the
Then Jhall the Priest, being turned to the Peept^
The peace of God be with you all.
Then Jhall the Deacon fay.
And let the Clergy salute the Bishop or officiating Priest, and the Laity one another, the men the men, and the women the women.
Then the Deacon being turned to the People, (hall say,
If there be any here, who are not of the number of the Faithful, let them depart. Mothers, take care of your children. Let none have ought against one. Let none come in hypocrisy.
Let us present our offerings to the Lord with reverence and godly fear.
Then JJjall the Priejl begin the Offertory, turning himself to the People, and faying one or more of these sentences following-, as he thinketh mofl con-* venient in his discretion.
TN process of time it came to pass, that Cain .". brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord} and Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of the fat thereof: And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offei inT, but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. Gen. 4. 3,4, 5.
Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart, ye shall take my offering. Exod. 25. 2.
They shall not appear before the Lord empty: every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God, which he hath given you. Deut. 16. 16, 17.
But who am I, and what is my people j that we should be able to offer so willingly after this fort? For all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. 1 Chron. 29. 14.
I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. 1 Chron. 29. 17.
Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God. Nehem. io.t 32.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name j bring an offering, and come into his courts. PJal. 96.8.
A gift hath grace in the sight of every man living, and for the dead detain it not. Ecclus. j. 33.
According to thy ability do good to thy self, and give the Lord his due offering. Ecclus. 14. 11.
Thou male not appear empty before the Lord: For all these things are to be done because of the commandment. Ecclus. 35. 4, 5.
The offering of the righteous maketh the altar fat, and the sweet savour thereof is before the most High. The sacrifice of a just man is acceptable, and the memorial thereof shall never be forgotten. Ecclus. 35. 6, 7.
Give the Lord his honour with a good eye, and diminish not the first fruits of thine hands. Give unto the most High, according as he hath enriched thee j and as thou hast gotten, give with a cheerful eye. Ecclus. 35. 8, 10.
If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remembrest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matth. 5. 23, 24.
Lay not up for your selves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for your selves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. Matth. 6. 19, 20.
And Jesus fat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich, cast in much: and there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. Mark. 12. 41, 42.
Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? .Or, who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? i Cor. 9. 7.
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 1 Cor. 9. 11.
Do ye not know, that they who minister about holy things, live of the things of the temple? And they who wait at the Altar, are partakers with the Altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained, that they who preach the Gospel, should live of the GospeL 1 Cor.g. 13, 14.
He who soweth sparingly, shall reap sparingly} and he who soweth bountifully, shall reap bountifully. Every man as he purpofeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity 3 for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9. 6, 7.
Let him that is taught in the word, communicate unto him that teacheth, in all good things. Be not deceived: God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal. 6. 6, 7*
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy: That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate, laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time ro come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Tim. 6. 17, 18,19.
God is not unrighteous, to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministred to the Saints, and do minister. Heb. 6. 10.
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To do good and to communicate forget not, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. 13. 16.
Whilst these sentences are reading, the Deacon, or (if there be no Deacon) any other ft person appointed for that purpose, Jhall receive the free-will offering* of the People kneeling, in a decent basin provided for that purpose. And that no one may negleSt to come to the Holy Euchari/l by reason os having but little to give, the person who colleSls tie offerings, /hall cover the basin with a fair white linen cloth, so that neither be himself nor any other may see or know what any particular person offers. And when all have offered, he Jkall reverently bring the said bafin with the oblations therein, and deliver it to the Priest, who Jhall humbly present and place it upon the Altar, and sanding be j ore it Jhall say the following thanksgiving, the People kneeling upon their knees.
C~\ Lord Almighty, who by thine only begotten ^' Son Jesus Christ our Lord hast made and dost provide for all creatures; we give thanks to thee for all the good things with which thou suppliest us, out of which we here offer unto thee in acknowledgment of thy bountiful goodness towards us, not as we ought, but as we are able: For who can sufficiently express the praise that is due to thee, for all the beneficence and loving kindness which thou hast shewed unto us? O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of all Saints, who broughtest all things to perfection by thy Word, and didst command the earth to produce all sorts of fruits for our comfort and nourishment, for our use, our health, and delight: Thou art exalted far above all