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SECOND ORDER OF EVENING PRAYER.
THE MINISTER COMMENCES BY READING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES OF SCRIPTURE.
[It is recommended that the Congregation rise at the commencement of the Religious Exercises, and remain standing until the close of the Exhortation; also, that they KNEEL in time of Prayer, and STAND, facing the pulpit, in time of Singing.]
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Let no man say, when he is tempted, I am tempted of God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man; but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
My brethren, under the kind providence of God, we are permitted once more to unite in prayer, that our sins may be forgiven, and that we may find acceptance with him. In many things we have all offended, and come short of the glory of God. Let us therefore humble ourselves before him, and ask his blessing, that a right spirit may be renewed within us.
LET US PRAY.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, who didst send thy Son into the world, to seek and to save that which was lost, we beseech thee to look favorably upon thy servants, and to forgive all our offences. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquities, and cleanse us from our sins. Make us more faithful to our own souls, to each other, and to thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
OUR Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say, (the Congregation rising,)
MAY the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.
Then shall be sung the following Hymn :
O, HELP us, Lord; each hour of need
Help us in thought, and word, and deed,
O, help us, when our spirits bleed,
And when our hearts are cold and dead,
O, help us, through the prayer of faith,
For still the more the servant hath,
O, help us, Father, from on high;
MY GOD, permit me not to be
Why should my passions mix with earth,
Call me away from flesh and sense;
Be earth, with all her scenes, withdrawn;
In secret silence of the mind,
My heaven, and there my God, I find.
Or this Psalm:
THE LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Then shall be read a portion of the sacred Scriptures, from the Old Testament; at the close of which the Minister shall say, (the Congregation rising,)
O LORD, open thou our lips, and our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
Then shall be sung the following Psalm:
HAVE mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness.
According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.