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Heb. xii. 28.
Rom. viii. 26. being invited by thee, are bold, through
our blessed Mediator, to present ourselves and our supplications before thee. Receive us graciously; help us by thy Spirit: let thy fear be upon us ; let thy word come unto us in power, and be
received in love, with attentive, revePsal. lxxxiv, 10;
rent, and obedient minds. Make it to us the savour of life unto life. Cause us to be fervent in prayer, and joyful in thy praises, and to serve thee this day without distraction ; that we may find that a day in thy courts is better than a thousand, and that it is good for us to draw near to God; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Next, let one of the Creeds be read by the Minister, saying,
In the profession of this holy Christian Faith we are here assembled.
I believe in God the Father, &c.
And sometimes Athanasius' Creed.
The Ten Commandments.
For the right informing and affecting the People, and moving them
to a penitent believing Confession, some of these Sentences may be read.
Gen. i. 27.
Rom. iii. 23.
John iii. 16.
God created man in his image.
By one man sin entered into the Rom. v. 12. world, and death by sin ; and so death passed upon all men,
for that all have sinned. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
He that believeth on him shall not be condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved dark. ness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil, hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved,
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.
Gal. iii. 13.
John iii. 5.
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ezek. xxxiii, 11. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn ye, turn ye
ways : for why will ye die, O house of Israel ?
say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God, over a sinner that repenteth.
I will arise and go to my father, and say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Luke xv. 10.
The Confession of Sin, and Prayer for Pardon and Sanctification.
Psal. v. 5.
O most holy, righteous, and gracious
Rev. iii, 17.
Isa, xlviii. 8.
1 Cor. vi, 20.
vii. 32. 1 Thes. iv. 1,
be the wages of sin; but yet for the Rom. iii. 25.
Eph. i. 5. glory of thy mercy hast sent thy Son to Luke xxiv. 17. be the Saviour of the world, and hast Acts v. 37. promised forgiveness of sin through his Prov. xxvii, 13. blood, to all that believe in him, and by Psal. li. 5. true repentance turn unto thee, and that Eph. ii. 3. whosoever confesseth and forsaketh his sin, shall have mercy: we confess that Psal. c. 3. we are vile and miserable sinners, being 2 Cor. viii. 5. conceived in sip; by nature children of 1 Cor. . 31 ; wrath, and transgressors from the womb. All we like sheep have gone astray, and 1 John iii. 22. turned every one to his own way. Thou madest us, and not we ourselves. Thou boughtest us with a price, and we Juke xviii. 14. are not our own; and therefore we should Rom. xv. 1. have wholly given up ourselves unto Rom. vii. 12. thee, and have glorified thee with our Dan. ix. 9, 10.
Tit. i. 7, 10. souls and bodies, as being thine. What- Rom. viii. 5; ever we did, should have been done to xiii, 14; iv. 20. thy glory, and to please thee, in the Psal. Ixxviii. 7, obeying of thy will. But we have dis- Isa. li. 7, 8. pleased and dishonoured thee, and Luke xii. 4, 5. turned from thee, exalting, seeking, Psal. c. 5. and pleasing ourselves. Thou art the Psal. xvi. 5.
Rom. ii. 23.
Psal. xlvii. 7.
1 John iv, 16.
1 John. ii. 15. 2 Tim. v. 7.
Rom, xii. 11.
Mar. viii. 38. 2 Tim. i. 8.
Matt. xxii. 37. King of all the world, and thy laws are Psal. xxxvii. 4.
holy, just, and good. But we have
denied thee our due subjection and obeJohn vi. 27.
dience, being unruly and selfwilled, Luke x. 21, 22. Matt. xxv. 26. minding the things of the flesh, and
making provision for its lusts : we have Eph. vi. 11,13,14.
staggered at thy word through unbelief,
and have not fully placed our trust and Eph. v. 15.
hope in thee. We have rather feared Rom. xii. 1, 19.
man, that is dust, and can but kill the body, than thee, that canst destroy both soul and body in hell. Thou art infinitely good, and love itself: yet have we
not fully taken thee for our portion, nor Phil, iii. 3.
loved thee with all our heart, and soul, and might, nor made thee our full desire
and delight. But we have inordinately Eph. vi. 6.
loved ourselves, and the world, and the Matt. xxix. 39; vii. 12.
things of the world, and lived by sense
when we should have lived by faith, Ephes. iv. 2, 32.
and cared and laboured for the food that perisheth, when we should have la
boured for the one thing needful, and Psal. xix. 12, 13. Rom. ii. 4. that which endureth to everlasting life.
We have been slothfnl servants, yielding
Acts xi. 23. 2 Pet, i. 10. Luke i. 71. Heb. xii. 28. Psal. cxi. 9. 2 Tim. ii. 19.
Psal. xxix, 2. Rev, i. 10. Rom. xiii. 7. Tit. iii. 1.
1 Cor. x. 24.
Matt. v.44. Heb. xii. 14. Gal. vi. 10.
Psal, li. 4.