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It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High.
O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meék and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God. Let us labor to enter into that rest,
The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; but they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the High God? He hath showed thee what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God? If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remember that thy brother hath aught 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.
The hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth. I say
that in this place is one greater than the temple. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
DEARLY beloved children, the God who made us and who gives us our daily bread and all things richly to enjoy, in the blessed gospel of His Son has declared it to be His will, that we should thank Him for the blessings which we receive, and pray to Him for those which we may need. We ought, at all times, to obey His will with cheerfulness and delight. And as we are now about to approach the throne of His mercy, we should remember that He will be pleased with no prayer which does not flow from the heart. We should, therefore, endeavor, when we repeat the words with our lips, to feel in our souls what they express. We should allow no vain or foolish thought to rest within us. We should believe that those things which we ask for, in the name of Jesus Christ, we shall receive, if
proper Come, then, dear children, and lift up your souls unto God, their Author. Accompany me, with a pure heart and humble voice, unto the throne of the Heavenly Grace - saying after me.
PRAYER, for First Sunday.
Our Father, who art in heaven, Thou art our kindest and best Friend. Thou hast given us our parents and guardians, our food and raiment, and all our comforts. We desire to love Thee more, and to obey Thee better. May we possess gentle dispositions and grateful hearts. Wilt Thou enable us more fully to know and more uniformly to do Thy will!
Gracious Lord, wilt Thou be with us while together in this place! May we be made wiser and holier by the instructions which we shall receive, To the praise of Thy mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
LESSON, for First Sunday.
The Lord is full of compassion, slow to anger, and rich in mercy.
The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
All Thy works praise Thee, O Lord, and Thy servants bless Thee.
They speak of the glory of Thy kingdom, and talk of Thy power;
To make known to the sons of men Thy mighty deeds, and the glorious majesty of Thy kingdom.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and lifteth up all that are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon Thee, O Lord, and Thou givest them their meat in due season.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works.
The Lord is nigh unto all that call upon Him ; to all that call upon Him faithfully.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him, He also will hear their cry, and will help them.
The Lord preserveth all that love Him; but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless His holy name forever. Amen.
PRAYER, for Second Sunday.
O holy and merciful God, We rejoice that we may call Thee our Father, That we may look
up to Thee as children whom Thou lovest, And may ask of Thee every favor and blessing that can make us truly happy. O Lord, we pray Thee,