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power, wisdom, and goodness, upon this dark earth. O God, may we behold Thee in these thy glorious works, and be drawn thereby to give thee glory and adoration.
Congregation.—O God, let thy glorious works lead us to give thee glory and adoration.
Minister. But thy Word of Revelation, o God Almighty, is a light yet more glorious than the sun and all the firmament of heaven. Thy word is the moral sun of this benighted world. O let this blessed Light shine on every spot of this dark and corrupted earth, that immorality of every name may disappear, and the will of God be done in this world as it is in heaven.
Congregation.--O God, let all wickedness disappear from the earth, and let thy will be done in it every where.
Minister.-—We praise thee, O God, for having given this light of life unto us. O may it please thee to cause it to circulate wide among all nations in every tongue, and speedily.
Congregation.-0 Lord, we praise thee for thy word. O spread it over the whole world.
Minister.-Gracious Father, be pleased to bless us who are here assembled whilst we now read thy blessed word O turn our attention to thy voice of love and of mercy speaking to us in this holy Book. May we see whilst we read, the glorious remedy thou hast provided for this sinful world, in the ransoming blood of Jesus Christ; and may we see the means thou hast provided for the renewing of our minds, and the sanctification of our hearts, in the Holy Ghost.
Congregation.-O Lord, give us thy blessing whilst we now read thy word.
Minister.-Most Blessed Father, condescend to hear these our supplications, and pour out thy Spirit
upon us, that thy word may now enlighten us, and sanctify us, and that we may be filled with peace and joy in now waiting upon thee, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: amen.
Congregation.- Amen, and amen.
[The Minister standing: the Congregation sitting.]
Minister.—The First Portion of our Scripture Reading is in the Book of [Genesis] the [Fourth] Chapter.
[When the Minister has spoken these words, let all the Congregation open their Bibles at the place mentioned, and diligently attend whilst God's Holy Word is read in their hearing.)
Minister.-[At the close of the chapter.]-Here endeth the First Portion of our Scripture Reading.
[After the same manner the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Portions are to be read, the Minister saying at the close of the last,—“Here conclude our Present Readings of the Word of God.”]
[The Minister still standing; and the Congregation sitting.]
Minister. Let us now praise God for all his blessings to us in the Holy Scriptures. The hymn following: or, the hymn No. — [pronouncing as before the two first lines.]
1. A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun;
It gives but borrows none.
The gracious light and heat;
They rise, and ne'er shall set.
For such a bright display,
With beams of heavenly day.
4. My soul rejoices to pursue
The steps of him I love,
In brighter worlds above.
Minister.—Let us now attend to the Preaching and Hearing of God's Holy Word,—commencing by Prayer.
Minister.-Our Father who art in heaven, to whom can thy children come for bread, but to thee: to thee therefore do we come. Thou hast assured us, that as a father pitieth his children, so dost thou pity thy sons and daughters in Christ Jesus: and thou hast assured us, that thou art much more ready to give us nourishment and comfort, than is any earthly parent to bestow temporal good on his children. Our Father and our God, behold us then in thy pity and thy love at this time, and let thy blessed promises be graciously and abundantly verified to us. Give us heavenly meat and drink, we beseech thee. May we relish the food thou givest us, and may we be nourished and strengthened thereby unto eternal life.
Congregation.-Our Father, give us bread, we beseech thee, and greatly nourish us at this time.
Minister.—Thou Shepherd of thy sheep, who gavest thy life for us : thou who hast commanded thy under shepherds to feed thy sheep and nourish thy lambs, be with thy poor shepherd at this time, and give him food to set before this multitude. O Lord Jesus, thou didst feed thousands with a few loaves and fishes. See here, O Lord, thy servant with his small supply which he is about to lay out before this large company: and whilst he breaks it and sends it forth, O give an increase and an extension to it, that every individual of this multitude may eat and be filled, and may praise the Lord who giveth.
Congregation.-0 Lord, may we all eat and be satisfied through thy divine blessing upon the food now to be broken unto us.
Minister.--Give us understanding and grace, O our God, truly to profit by the continued instructions we receive in this place, and by all the means and opportunities of acquiring knowledge which thou hast given us. 0 let not our minds and our hearts be barren, but may we make much advancement in the ways of thy kingdom, and pass on from the use of milk to the use of stronger food; and may all the strong food thou wilt give us make us stronger and stronger, to thy praise and honour and glory in us through Jesus Christ our Lord : amen. Congregation.—Amen and amen
[The Congregation sit.] [The Sermon is now delivered ; and is succeeded by the following Prayer, which concludes the Service.]
Minister.-Let us Pray.
Minister.-Most Merciful Father, thou who hast brought us together at this time, and hast given us the present opportunity of edification through the preaching of thy word by the earthen vessel of thy appointment, graciously, O Lord for thy own name's sake vouchsafe us much gospel grace and strength through thy words now spoken. O let our hearts now receive deep and abiding impressions in the things that belong to our eternal peace and glory : let not the truth slip out of our minds, but let us hold it fast to our everlasting welfare.
Congregation -O Lord our God, let us hold fast the truths now delivered to us for our everlasting
Minister. -0 thou merciful and gracious Lord God Almighty, have mercy upon us, poor and miserable sinners as we all are before thee. O enter not into judgment with us, but blot out all our iniquities in the blood of Jesus Christ, in that blood which we know cleanseth from all sin: and give us, O Lamb of God thy peace here below, and may we find mercy of thee in the day of thy appearing.
Congregation.—0 Lamb of God, have mercy upon us now, and in the day of thy appearing.
Minister.–Our Father and our God, we now adore thee for all thy goodness to us this day. Forgive us all our sins in waiting on thee. Dismiss us now with thy Fatherly blessing: keep us all safely, and preserve us truly in thy fear until we return again to this thy house; and whenever we meet here, or wherever we are, do thou cause thy face to shine upon us.
Congregation.-Our Father in heaven, bless us now, bless us till we return here, and bless us for
Minister.—Now unto him who is able to do exceed ing abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end : amen.
Congregation.- Amen, and amen.