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not because of our mérits (which are none) but for the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, whom thou hast appointed to he our Mediator and Advocate: sherefore we forsake all other belp, and take our refuge to thy mercy alone.
Especially, O Lord, besides the innumerable benefits, which thou showest to all mankind in general on earth, thou hast in particular bestowed spanifold favours on us, which we are not capable to comprehend or express : for thou hast delivered us from the woful slavery of the devil, and all idolatry, wherein we were held, and hast brought us to the light of thy truth, and to the knowledge of thy Holy Gospel. On the contrary, we have by our ingratitude been regardless of these thy benefits, we have departed from thee, and have followed our own devices, not honouring thee, as was our bounden duty to do. Thus have we, O Lord, grievously sioned, and highly offended thee, and can expect nothing else than everlasting death and damnation, if thou shouldst deal with us according to our deserts. Yea we also perceive
, O Lord, by the chastisement, which
thou daily art inflicting on us, that thou art justly displeased with us. For since thou art just, thou wilt punish no man without cause, and we also see thine hand stretched out, further to punish us. But though thou didst punish us more severely than thou hast hitherto done, nay, though all the plagues fell upon us, wherewith thou didst visit the sins of thy people Israel, we must still confess that thou wouldst do us no injustice. But, O Lord, thou art our God, and we are but dust and ashes : thou art our Creator, and we are thy handy work: thou art our Shepherd, and we are thy sheep: thou art our Redeemer, and we are those whom thou hast redeemed. Thou art our Father, and we are thy children and heirs. Therefore do not punish us in thine anger, but chastise us mercifully, and preserve that work, which thou hast of thy mercy begun in us, that the whole world may know and acknowledge thee to be our God and Saviour. Thy people Israel frequently offended thee, and thou didst justly punish them; but as ost as they turned themselves again to thee, thou didst always mercifully receive them into favour. And though their sins and transgressions were ever so great, thou didst always avert thy wrath and punishment prepared for them, by reason of the covenant which thou hadst made with thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; 80 that thou never hast refused to hear the prayers of thy people. And we have of thy mercy even that same covenant, which thou hast erected in the hand of Jesus Christ our Mediator, between thee and all believers : nay, it is now more glorious and efficacious, since Christ hath ratified and confirmed the same hy his holy suffering and death, and entrance into his glory. Therefore, O Lord, forsaking ourselves, and all human assistance, we dy for succour to this blessed covenant of grace, by means whereof our Lord Jesus Christ (having offered his body once on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for us) hath reconciled us with thee forever. Therefore, O Lord, look upon the face of thine anointed, and not on our sins, that thine anger may be appeased by his intercession. And cause thy face to shine on us to our joy and salvation. Take us henceforth into thy holy guidance and protection, and govern us by thy holy Spirit, who, daily more and more mortifying our flesh with all its lusts, renews us to a better life, and produces in us fruits of true faith, that hereby thy name may be glorified and praised to all eternity, and that we despising all transitory things may with an ardent desire fix our thoughts only on things heavenly. And in as much as it is thy pleasure that we
hould pray for all mankind, we beseech thee, to extend thy blessings on the doctrine of thy holy Gospel, that it may be preached and accepted every where ; that the whole world may be filled with thy saving knowledge ; that the ignorant may be converted, the weak strengthened ; that every one, not only in word, but also in deed, may inagnify and sanctify thy holy name. Send forth, for this end, faithful labourers in thy harvest. —And also replenish them with thy grace, that they may faithfully serve before thee. On the contrary, utterly destroy all false teachers, ravenous wolves, and hirelings, who seek their own bonour and advantage, and not the glory of thy holy name, nor the welfare and sak
tation of souls. Be also pleased graciously to preserve and govern all thy christian churches spread over the face of the earth, in unity of true faith, and in Godliness of life, that thy kingdom may daily increase, and that of saLan be destroyed, till thy kingdom is perfected, when thou shalt be all in all.
Particularly we pray for these United States of America ; keep them under thy holy protection; prosper them in their agriculture, manufactures, commerce and literature; and let their civil and religious rights be preserved inviolate to the latest posterity.
Bless and long preserve thy servant, the President of the United States. Bless the Vice President; the Senate and house of Representatives, when in congress assembled. Bless all placed in authority throughout the states, and especially in the state wherein we reside; the Governor of the state, the Magistrates, and all others entrusted with powers, either legislative or executive.-Replenish them with all thy grace and heavenly gifts, each in his respective calling and state, wherein thou hast placed him, that they may wisely govern, and strenuously protect the people, whom thou hast committed to their care, faithfully defend thy worship and rightly administer justice: preside with thy holy Spirit in their assemblies, that in all cases they may resolve nothing, but what is good and becoming, and let the laws be happily executed ; that these United States being preserved from all enemies, the evil doers punished, and the just protected, thy name thereby may be praised, and the kingdom of the King of kings, Christ Jesus, promoted: and that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Moreover we pray for our brethren, who are under persecution or tyramy; comfort them with thy holy Spirit and mercifully deliver thein : suffer not thy church wholly to be destroyed, nor the remembrance of thy name to be abolished from the face of the earth, lest the enemies of thy truth triumph to the dislionouring and blaspheming of thy name. But if it is thy divine will, that the suffering christians should die for the glory of thy name, and by their death witness unto the trutlı, comlort them in their sufferings, that they, considering them as coming from thy fatherly hand, way therefore, doing thy will, remain stedfast, whether in life or death; to thy glory and to the edification of thy church, and to their salvation. We likewise beseech thee, for all those, whom thou dost afilict, with poverty, imprisonment, sickness of body, or trouble of mind; comfort them all, O Lord, according to their several necessities. Grant that their chastisement may bring them to the knowledge of their sins, and to an amendment of their lives. Give them also firm patience; alleviate their sufferings; and finally deliver them, that they may rejoice in thy goodness, and eternally, praise thy name.
And, O Lord, take us, together with all that belongs to, or concerns us, in thy keeping. Grant that we may live in our respective callings according to thy will, and so use the gifts which we receive of thy blessing, that they may not impede, but rather further us to life eteroal. Strengthen us in all temptations, that we striving in true faith, may overcome, and bereafter enjoy with Christ life eternal.
We ask thee for all these things, as our faithful Lord, and Saviour Jesus
Receive the blessing of the Lord.
A prayer before the explanation of the Catechism.
testimony, making wise the simple, enlightening the eyes of the blind, and a powerful mean unto salyation, for all those, who believe. And whereas we are not only blind by nature, but even incapable of doing any
good : and also since thou wilt help none, but those, who are of a broken and contrite heart; we beseech thee to enlighten our understanding with thy holy spirit, and give us a meek heart, free from all haughtiness and carnal knowl
edge, that we may, hearing thy word, rightly understand it, and regulate Cour life accordingly: be graciously pleased to convert all those, who still
stray from thy truth, that we may together with them, unanimously serve thee in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life.
We crave all these things for Christ's sake, who hath thus taught us to pray in his name, and promised to hear us–Our Father, &c.
A prayer after the explanation of the Catechism.
GRACIOUS God, and merciful Father, we give thee hearty thanks 0: into thy covenant, which thou hast not only sealed unto them, by holy baptism, but yet daily showest, when thou perfectest thy praise out of their mouths, thus to cause the wise of the world to blush: we beseech thee, in. crease thy grace in them, that they may always grow and increase in Christ thy Son; till they acquire their perfect manly age in all knowledge and righteousness. Give us grace, that we may educate them, as thou hast commanded us,
in thy knowledge and fear, that by their godliness the kingdom of satan may be destroyed, and the kingdom of Jesus Christ strengthened in this and other congregations, to the glory of thy holy name, and to their eternal salvation, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
A prayer before sermon in the week. TEAVENLY Father, eternal and merciful God, we acknowledge and conceived in sin, and born in iniquity, prone to all evil
, unft for any good; and that we, by our sinful life, continually transgress thy holy commandrighteous judgment, expose ourselves unto eternal damnation. But, o Lord, we repent and are sorry that we have offended thee, we bewail our transgressions, beseeching that thou wilt graciously pity our misery. Have compassion on us, O most bounteous God and Father, and forgive us all our sins, for that holy passion of thy well beloved son Jesus Christ. Grant us also the grace of thy holy Spirit, that we may with all our hearts study to know our own unrighteousness, and sincerely abhor ourselves : that sin may be mortified in us, and we may be raised up to a new life ; that we may bring forth yenuine fruits of holiness and righteousness, which through Jesus Christ are acceptable to thee. Give us to understand thy holy word according to thy divine will, that we may learn thereby to put our whole trust in thee alone, and withdraw it from all creatures. That also our old man, with all the affections thereof, may be daily more and more crucified, and that we may offer up ourselves unto thee a living sacrifice, to the glory of thy holy name, and to ilie edification of our neighbours ; through Jesus Christ
, our Lord; who hath taught and commanded us to pray--Our Father, &c.
for we have divers ways sinned against thee, since we are not obedient to thy holy word, as we ought to be, and through ignotance and murmuring daily stir up thine anger against us: wherefore thou dost justly punish us : but, O Lord, be mindful of thy great mercy, and have compassion on us. Give us knowledge of, and repentance for our sins, and amendment of our lives; strengthen the ministers of thy church, that they may faithfully and stedfastly declare thy holy word ; and the magistrates of thy people, that they may bear the sword with equity and prudence; preserve us from all de
ceit and unsaithfulness; confound all evil, and subtle counsels taken against thy word and church. O Lord withhold not from us thy spirit and word, but grant us increase of faith; and in all trouble and adversity, patience and constancy. Assist thy church, deliver her from all affliction, derision and persecution. Strengthen also the weak and sorrowful of heart, and send us thy peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who hath given us this sure promise : verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he will give it you; and hath commanded us to pray-Our Fath
watched over us the night past, and we beseech thee to strengthen, and henceforth guide us by thy holy Spirit, that we may spend this, and all the days of our lives in all righteousness and holiness, and that whatsoever we undertake, we may always aim at the promoting of thy glory, and expect all the success of our undertakings from thy bountiful hapd alone: and to the end that we may obtain this mercy of thee, he pleased (according to thy promise) to forgive all our sins, through the holy passion and blood-shedding of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for we heartily repent of them. Enlighten also our hearts, that we, having cast off all works of darkness, may as children of light walk in a new life in all godliness. Bless also the preaching of thy gospel. Destroy all works of the devil. Strengthen all ministers of the gospel, and magistrates of thy people. Comfort all those who are perse cuted and afflicted in mind, through Jesus Christ thy beloved Son, who hath promised us, that thou wilt certainly give us, whatsoever we shall ask in his name, and therefore hath commanded us to pray-Our FATHER. &c.
An evening Prayer.
pellest the night of sin, and all blindness of heart, since thou hast ap pointed the night for rest, and the day for labour; we beseech thee, grant that our bodies may rest in peace and quietness, that afterwards they may be able to endure the labour they must bear. Temper our sleep, that it be not disorderly, that we may remain spotless both in body and soul, nay, that our sleep itself may be to thy glory. Enlighten the eyes of our understanding, that we may not sleep in death; but always look for deliverance from this misery. Defend us against all assaults of the devil, and take us into thy holy protection. And although we have pot passed this day, without having greatly sioned against thee, we beseech thee to hide our sips with thy mercy as thou hidest all things on earth with the darkness of the night, that we therefore may not be cast out from thy presence. Relieve and comfort all those, who are afilieted or distressed in mind, body or_estate, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who hath taught us to pray-Our FATHER, &c.
A prayer at the opening of the Consistory.
thy infinite wisdom and goodness to gather a church to thyself out of all pations upon the face of the earth, by the preaching of the holy gospel, and to govern the same by the service of men. Thou hast also graciously called us up to this office, and commanded us to take heed unto ourselves and unto the flock, which Christ halh bought with his precious blood. --Since we are at this present assembled in thy holy name, after the example of the apostolie churches, to coushit, as our office requires, about those things which may come before us, for the seller and edification of thy churches, for which we acknowledge ourselves to be unit and incapable, as we are by nature unable of ourselves to think any good nuch less to put it in practice : therefore, we besepeha thee, O fatul God and Father, that thou wilt be pleased to be present with ilin icly in according to thy promise, in the midst.
of our present assembly, to guide us in all truth. Remove from us all misapprehensions and unbecoining desires of the flesh, and grant that thy holy word may be the only rule and guide of all our consultations, that they may tend to the glory of thy name, and to the edification of thy church, and to the discharge of our own consciences, through Jesus Christ thy Son, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, the only true God, is eternally to be praised and magnified. Amen.
A prayer at the close of the Consistory. O
LORD God and heavenly Father, we heartily thank thee, that thou world, and to use our service therein, granting us the privilege, that we may freely and without hindrance preach thy holy gospel, and exercise all the duties of godliness : moreover we thank thee, that thou now hast been present with thy holy spirit in the midst of this our assembly, directing our determinations according to try will, uniting our hearts in mutual peace and concord. We beseech thee, O faithful God and Father, that thou wilt graciously be pleased to bless our intended labour, and effectually to execute thy begun work: always gathering unto thyself a true church, and preserving the same in the pure doctrine, and in the right use of thy holy, sacraments, and in a diligent exercise of discipline. On the contrary, destroy all evil and crafty councils, which are devised against thy word and church. . Strengthen also all the ministers of thy church, that they may faithfully and stedfastly declare thy holy word and the magistrates of thy people, that they may bear the sword with righteousness and discretion. Particularly we pray for those, whom thou hast been pleased to put in authority over us, both those of higher and lower dignity, and especially for the worshipful magistrates of this city. Grant that their whole government may be thus directed, that the King of all kings may rule over them and their fellow-citizens, and that the kingdom of the devil (which is a kingdom of scandal and reproach) may, daily, more and more he de stroyed and brought to nought hy them as thy servants, and that we may lead with them a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty. Hear us, O God and Father, through Jesus Christ thy beloved Son, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, the only and true God, is eternally to be magnified and praised. Amen.
A prayer at the meeting of the Deacons. ME
ERCIFUL God and Father, thou who hast not only said unto us,
that we should always have the poor with 'us, but hast also cominanded that they should be assisted, and for that end hast ordained the service of deacons in thy church, by whom they might be relieved. As we, who are called to the office of deacons in this congregation, are here at present met in thy name, to consult together concerning our ministry, therefore me humbly beseech thee for the sake of Jesus Christ, that thou wilt be pleased to endue us with the spirit of discretion, to the end that we may rightly discern, who are really poor, and who are not : and that we may with all cheerfulness and fidelity, distribute the alms collected by us to every one according to bis necessity, not leaving the indigent members of thy beloved Son comfortless, neither giving to those who are not in want. Kindle within the hearts of men an ardent love towards the poor, that they may liberally give of their temporal goods, of which thou hast made them stewards: and that we, baving the means in hand to assist the indigent, may faithfully, without vexation, and with a free heart
, perform Grant us also the talents, not only to confort the miserable with the exterval gift, but also with the holy word. And since mau doth not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of thy mouth, be pleased therefore to extend thy blessing over our distributions,