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I also that is of a contrite and humble Spirit, to
The ORDER for Let the MINISTER standing up, (soon after the Congregation
are assembled, and it has been notified by the Sound of a little Bell, or any other convenient Way, to call to Attention) begin the Service, by reading, audibly and distinctly, as many of the following Sentences, as He shall think proper.
HỤ S faith the high and lofty One, that inc habiteth Eternity, whofe Name is Holy; I
dwell high revive the Spirit of the humble, and to revive the Heart of the contrite ones; for I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always displeased. (Ijai. Ivii, 15, 16.)
The Soul that finneth, it shall die. --But if the wicked will turn from all his Sins that he hath committed, and keep all my Statutes, (faith the Lord,) and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die: All his Transgrellions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him, in his Righteousness that he hath done, he shall live. Have I any Pleafure at all that the wicked faould die? faith the Lord God; and not that he should turn from his Ways, and live ! -When a righteous Man turneth away from his Righteousness, and committeth Iniquity, and dieth in them; for his Iniquity that he hath done, shall he die. Again, when the wicked Man turneth away from his Wickedness, that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall fave his Soul alive : Because he considereth, and turneth away
from a!I his Transgresions that he hath committed, he shall surely live he shall not die. (Ezek. xviii. 20—28.)
Who can fay, I have made my Heart clean, I am pure from Sin?-If we justifie ourselves, our own Mouth Thall condemn us; if we say we are perfect, it shall also prove us perverse. (Prov. xx. 9. Job ix. 20.)
We all have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own Way. And if we say, that we have no Sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us; but if we confess our Sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our Sins, and to purifie us from all Unrighteousness. (Ifai. liii. 6. 1 John i. 8, 9.) COME unto me, faith our Savior, all
that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you Reft.' 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. (Matt. xi. 28-30.)
LABOR not for the Meat which perisheth, but for that Meat which endureth unto everlasting Life, which the Son of Man shall give unto you; for him hath God the Father sealed. Jesus said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye
believe on Him whom He hath sent. (John vi. 27, 29.)
I will arise and go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father, I have finned againit Heaven, and before Thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy Son. (Luke xv. 18, 19.) :
God commands us to assemble together, in his holy Temple, tu adore and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, with holy Reverence, and grateful Love. He is merciful and gracious, freely pardoning the humble Penitent: He retaineth not his Anger for ever, because he delighteth in Mercy; for he knoweth our Frame; he remembereth that we are Duft. (Exod. xxxiv. 6. Micah vii. 18. PS. ciii. 14.)
And now, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to tear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his Ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy Heart, and with all thy Soul, (Deut. x. 12.)
Let us therefore now most humbly approach Almighty God, our heavenly Father, and confefs our Sins before Him, and let us return unto Him, and implore his Pardon and Mercy,
keep the Sabbath therefore : for it is holy unto
I beseech you therefore, Brethren, by the Mercies of God, that Ye present your Bodies a living Sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable Service. (Rom. xii. 1.)
But let us confider, that the pure Sacrifices that God atcepts, are a broken and contrite Heart, and humble Spi. rit; and such Sacrifices he will not defpife. (P/.li. 17.)
And let us rentour Hearts, and not our Garments, and turn to the Lord our God. (Joel ii. 13.)
And let us instantly repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is very near at Hand. (Matth. iii. 2. x. 7.)
Let us love God above all Things, with all our Hearts; and Souls and Strength ; and carefully obey his holy Laws; and then we may hope in the Lord our God, to w om be. longeth Mercy and Forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him, and have not always obeyed the Voice of the Lord our God, to observe his Laws, which he haih fet before us, to walk in them. (Dan. ix. 9.) [On every Sonday He may also read the following Verses from
Exodus xxxi. 13, 14-17. after any of the former, in
this Place, viz. HI
EAR Ye what the Lord said unto Moses, to speak:
unto the Children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye fall keep: For it is a sign between Me and You, throughout your Generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord, that doth fan&tifie you. Ye shall
you. Every one, that defileth it, Thall surely be put to Death: For whosoever doeth any Work therein, that Soul shall be cut off from amongst his People. Six Days may Work be done, but in the seventh is the Sabbath jf Relt, holy to the Lord : Whosoever doeth any Work on the Sabbath Day, He shall surely be put to Death. Wherefore the Children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their Generations, for a perpetual Covenant. It is a Sign between Me and the Children of Israel for ever : For in fix Days the Lord made Heaven and Earth, and on the seventh Day He rested, and was refreshed.]
Then All kneeling, the Minister frall devoutly say, Have Mercy upon us, o God, according to thy loving Kindness; according to the Multitude of thy tender Mercies, blot out our Transgressions. (Pf. li. 1.)
Peop. God be merciful to us Sinners, and graciously accept us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Min. O Lord, open thou our Lips. Peop. And our Mouths shall shew forth thy Praise. M. O God, make Speed to save us.
P. O Lord, save and deliver us, when we call upon thee.
M. The Lord be with you.
P. And with thy Spirit. Then All fanding up, the Minister shall thus in a sericus folemn
Manner address tbe People. 9 DEARLY BELOVED in Christ Jesus our Lord, We are now assembled together, to offer up our united Prayers and Supplications to Almighty God, our heavenly Father, our Creator, Preserver, and continual Benefactor, to humble ourselves before Him for all our Transgreffions, to render Thanks for the many and undeserved Benefits we have each of us received at his Hands, to acknowledge his glorious Perfections, his infinite Power and Goodness, with our constant Dependence upon him, to hear and attend to his holy Word, and to ask from him those Blessings which are requifite and necessary, as well for the Body, as the Soul.
[And as the sacred Scriptures assure us, that without Faith it is impossible to please God, and that in order to render our Worship acceptable at his Throne of Grace, we must believe stedfastly in him, (Heb. xi. 6. Jam. i. 6. Matth. xxi. 22.) let us first make Profession of our Chris ftian Faith*. In doing which, I defire each of you seri. ously to repeat after me the following Creed (in this, and' in all the parts of Devotion,) speaking in your Hearts to the Lord, and giving Thanks always for all Things unto God, even the Father, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephes. v. 20.) * let szery Tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father Philip, ij, II.
The CREED, to be repeated by the People along with the
ven and Earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, fuffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; on the third Day He arose again from the dead, He ascended into Heaven, and now fitteth on the right Hand of God the Father, from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead :
I believe in the Holy Ghost, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who spake by the Prophets and Apostles:
I believe that the sacred Scriptures are the only Rule of Faith and Practice, and contain every Thing neceffary to direct unto Salvation:
And I believe God's universal Christian Church; the Communion of Saints; the Forgiveness of Sins; the Resurrection of the dead, and the Life everlasting. Amen.
EXHORTATION to be read by the Minister alone.
AVING thus, my Fellow-Christians, professed
our Faith in God, and made public Acknowledgement of these heavenly Truths, it is very neceffary, that the good Effect of our religious Principles should appear, by a careful Performance of our Christian Duty, and a díligent Attendance upon such Means, as may beft promote a truly devout and holy Temper and Practice; for Faith without good Works will be our greater Condemnation; (fam. ii. 19.) even the Devils believe and tremble: But if we firmly believe, and repent of our Iniquities, and fhew the fame in our Christian Lives, in Obedience to God's Commands, we may most assuredly obtain the Pardon of our Sins, and the eternal Salvation of our Souls, through the [Merits and] Mediation of Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior and Redeemer.
P. Amen.] M. And fince the Scriptures affure us, that there is no Man that finneth not, but that in many Things we all of us