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accordingly added some Rules or Directions, as requisite to give light to the whole, shewing when and how those several Prayers shall be used. But if any of those Rules or Directions, upon debate, shall be judged by the Commissioners, unnecessary, or overlong, we shall be very ready to submit either to the alteration or omission of them. And since we, for our parts, do so freely profess not to insist on any thing now or formerly proposed, which shall be manifested to be unmeet; so we humbly crave, and hope for your consent to all the rest : and that these alterations and additions now offered may find your favourable interpretation and acceptance, and may, by our joint consent, be presented to his Majesty; to the end they may obtain his gracious approbation, and the several particulars thereof may be inserted into the several respective places of the Liturgy to which they do belong, and left to the Minister's choice to use the one or the other, according to his Majesty's gracious Declaration concerning ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS.
Matt. xix. 17.
Isa. lvii. 15.
The Congregation being reverently composed, let the Minister first crave God's assistance, and acceptance of the Worship to
be performed, in these or the like words. ETERNAL, incomprehensible, and invisi- 1 Tim. i. 15. ble God, infinite in power, wisdom and Psal
. cxlvii, 5. goodness; dwelling in the light which i Tim. vi. 16. no man can approach, where thousand Dan. vii. 10. thousands minister unto thee, and ten Psal. cxlix. 4. thousand times ten thousand stand be- Heb. x. 19, 20.
Isa. lv. 6. fore thee, yet dwelling with the humble
Psal. xcv. 6; xii. and contrite, and taking pleasure in thy2; xcix. 5; li. people: thou hast consecrated for us a new and living way, that with boldness Jer. xxxii. 40. we may enter into the holiest, by the Heb. xii. 28. blood of Jesus; and hast bid us seek thee while thou mayest be found. We Zech, xii. 10.
1 Thes. v. 23. Levit. x. 3.
Rom. viii. 26.
Isa. xxvi. 8.
I Thes, ii. 13.
Eccles, v. 1.
come to thee at thy call, and worship at James v. 16; i. 6.
thy footstool. Behold us in thy tender
mercies. Despise us not, though unJohn iv. 23, 24. worthy. Thou art greatly to be feared
in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all that are about
thee. Put thy fear into our hearts, Prov. i. 24, 25.
that with reverence we may serve
thee: sanctify us, that thou mayest be Heb. iv. 12, 13. 2 Cor. x. 4, 6. sanctified of us, when we draw nigh Psal. Ixix. 30; thee. Give us the Spirit of grace and
cvi. 46; ix. 11; cv. 3; li
. 15; supplication to help our infirmities, that
our prayers may be faithful, fervent, Heb. xiii. 21.
and effectual. Let the desire of our souls be to thee: let us draw near thee with our hearts, and not only with our lips; and worship thee, who art a spirit, in spirit and truth. Let thy word be spoken and heard by us as the word of
Give us attentive, hearing ears; and opened, believing, understanding hearts: that we may no more refuse thy calls, nor disregard thy merciful, outstretched hand, nor slight thy counsels and reproofs; but be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools. Put thy laws into our bearts, and write them in our minds, and let us
be all taught of God. Let thy word be unto us quick and powerful ; a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart; mighty to pull down strongholds ; casting down imaginations and reasonings, and every high thing that advanceth itself against the knowledge of God; and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Let us magnify thee with thanksgiving, and triumph in thy praise. Let us rejoice in thy salvation, and glory in thy holy name. Open thou our lips, O Lord, and let our mouths shew forth thy praise. And let the words of our mouths, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour. Amen.
Or thus, when Brevity is necessary.
Isa. lxvi. 1.
O ETERNAL, almighty, and most gracious God: heaven is thy throne, and earth is thy footstool ; holy and reverend is thy name. Thou art praised by the heavenly hosts, and in the congregation of thy saints on earth, and wilt be sanctified in all that come nigh unto thee. We are sinful and unworthy dust ; but,