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Let us pray.
I mighty God, whofe kingdom is everlasting, and power infinite; Have mercy upon the whole Church, and fo rule the heart of thy chofen fervant GEORGE, our King and Governor, that he (knowing whose Minister he is) may above all things feek thy honour and glory; and that we and all his fubjects (duly confidering whofe authority he hath) may faithfully serve, honour and humbly obey him, in thee, and for thee, according to: thy bleffed word and ordinance, through Jefus Chrift our Lord, who with thee, and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Collect of the Day.
Believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things vifible and invisible: And in one Lord Jefus Chrift, the only begotten Son of God, Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one fubftance with the Father, by whom all things were made: Who for us men, and for our falvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghoft of the Virgin Mary, And was made Man, And was crucified alfo for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and afcended into heaven, And fitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whofe kingdom fhall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghoft, The Lord and giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together, is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the prophets. And I believe one Catholick and Apoftolick Church. I acknowledge one Baptifm for the remiffion of fins,
I believe in God, &c. This Creed is defigned of Chrift, whofe death we are about to commemorates here as a publick profeffion of our Faith in the Gofpel
And I look for the refurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
ET your light fo fhine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. S. Matt. 5. 16.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and ruft doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor ruft doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor fteal. S. Matt. 6. 19, 20.
What foever would that men fhould do unto you, even so do unto them; for this is the law and the prophets. S. Matt. 7. 12. Not every one that faith unto me, Lord, Lord, fhall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. S. Matt. 7. 21.
Zaccheus ftood forth, and faid unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have done any wrong to any man, I reftore four-fold. S. Luke S. Luke 19. 8.
Who goeth a warfare at any time of his own coft? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 1 Car. 9. 7.
If we have fown unto you fpiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your wordly things? 1 Cor. 9. 11.
Do ye not know that they who minifter about holy things, live of the facrifice? and they who wait at the altar, are partakers with the altar? Even fo hath the Lord alfo ordained, that they who preach the Gospel, should live of the Gofpel. 1 Cor. 9. 13, 14.
He that foweth little, fhall reap little and he that foweth plenteously, shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is difpofed in his heart, not grudgingly, or of neceffity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9. 6, 7.
Let him that is taught in the Word, minifter unto him that
teacheth, in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatfoever a man foweth, that fhall he reap. Gal. 6. 6, 7.
While we have time, let us do good unto all men, and specially unto them that are of the houfhold of faith. Gal. 6. 10.
Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath: for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out. 1 Tim. 6. 6, 7.
Charge them who are rich in this world that they be ready to give, and glad to diftribute, laying up in ftore for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life. 1 Tim. 6. 17, 18, 19.
God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have fhewed for his Names fake, who have miniftered unto the faints, and yet do minifter. Hebr. 6. 10.
To do good, and to diftribute, forget not, for with fuch facrifices God is well pleased. Hebr. 13. 16.
Whofo hath this worlds good, and feeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compaffion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? I S. John 3. 17.
Give alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face from any poor man, and then the face of the Lord fhall not be turned away from thee. Zob. 4. 7.
Be merciful after thy power. If thou haft much, give plenteously. If thou haft little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little for fo gathereft thou thyfelf a good reward in the day of neceffity. Tob. 4. 8, 9.
He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord: and look, what he layeth out, it fhall be paid him again. Prov. 19. 17.
Blessed be the man that provideth for the fick and needy: the Lord fhall deliver him in the time of trouble. Pfal. 41. 1.
A Prayer to be said in private upon giving our Alms. Ccept, gracious God, of this Small Contribution to the relief of my neceffitous Brethren; as an humble Acknowledgment of thy Right to all I poffefs; and in grateful Remembrance of him, who for my fake became poor, that I might be rich, even Jefus Chrift our Lord.
Let us pray for the whole ftate of Chrifts Church militant here in earth.
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If there be no alms, or oblations, then thail
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taught us to make prayers and fupplications, and to give thanks for all men; we humbly befeech thee [to accept our alms and oblations, and] to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy divine the words [of acceptMajefly, befeeching thee to infpire continually the lations] be left out ununiverfal Church with the fpirit of truth, unity, and concord: and grant that all they that do confefs thy holy Name, may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love. We befeech thee alfo to fave and defend all Chriftian Kings, Princes, and Governors; and especially thy fervant GEORGE our King, that under him we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto his whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently minifter juftice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true Religion and Virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and Curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine fet forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly adminifter thy holy Sacraments: And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and efpecially to this Congregation here prefent, that with meek heart and due reverence they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly ferving thee in holinefs and righteoufnefs all the days of their life. And we moft humbly befeech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and fuccour all them who in this tranfitory life are in trouble, forrow, need, fickness, or any other adverfity. And
we also bless thy holy Name, for all thy fervants departed this life in thy faith and fear; befeeching thee to give us grace fo to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jefus Chrifts fake our only Mediator and Advocate.
Early beloved, on-------day next, I purpose, through Gods affiftance, to adminifter to all fuch as fhall be religiously and devoutly disposed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Chrift, to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Paffion, whereby alone we obtain remiffion of our fins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that he hath given his. Son our Saviour Jefus Chrift, not only to die for us, but alfo to be our spiritual food and fuftenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being fo divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and so dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you, in the mean season to confider the dignity of that holy myftery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof; and fo to fearch and examine your own confciences, (and that not lightly, and after the manner of diffemblers with God: but fo) that ye may come holy and clean to fuch a heavenly feast, in the marriage garment required by God in holy Scripture, and be received as worthy partakers of that holy Table.
The way and means thereto is: First, to examine your lives and converfations by the rule of Gods commandments; and wherein foever ye fhall perceive yourselves to have offended, either by will, word, or deed, there to bewail your own finfulness, and to con fefs yourselves to Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life. And if ye fhall perceive your offences to be fuch as are not only against God, but also against your neighbours, then ye shall reconcile yourselves unto them, being ready to make restitu