The Service may begin with a Chorale, an Introit, a Processional Hymn, or Opening Sentences.
SENTENCES, one or more to be read by the Minister:
Blessed be the Lord our God, who only doeth wondrous things;
And blessed be his glorious name forever;
And let the whole earth be ﬁlled with his glory. Psalm LXXII: 18, 19.
Surely the Lord is in this place. This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. Genesis XXVIII: 16, 17.
The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John IV: 23, 24.
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah VI: 6, 8
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew VII: 21.
Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. The Lord our God will we serve and his voice will we obey. Joshua XXIV: 15, 24.
EXHORTATION, by the Minister.
Let us adore the ever-living God, and render praise unto him who spread out the heavens and established the earth; whose glory is revealed in the heavens above and whose majesty is manifested throughout the earth. He is our God and there is none else; wherefore in awe and wonder we bow the head and magnify the Eternal, the Holy One, the Ever Blest.
INVOCATION, by the Minister:
Let us pray:
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name. Amen.
O God, who givest us not only the day for labor and the night for rest, but also the peace of this blessed day, grant us that the season of holy quiet may be proﬁtable to us in heavenly things, and refresh and strengthen us to return to the work which thou hast given us to do. With reverence and grateful love we adore the Eternal Goodness which makes our lives so rich. We lift up our hearts unto thee and bless thy holy name. O Spirit of wisdom and grace, may thy presence be felt today in our souls; may light from thee open the eyes of our minds, that we may behold thy truth; may thy love enter our hearts. So may our lives be filled with kind and gentle affection, and our worship of thee be in spirit and in truth. Nor let our service cease with our words; may our cheerful duty be as a continuing sacriﬁce, and our daily conduct as a song of praise, and our whole life become a thank-offering unto thee. Amen.
Prayer to be said by the Minister and people:
Almighty and eternal God, who searchest the hearts of men, we acknowledge and confess that we have sinned against thee in thought, word and deed: that we have not loved thee with all our heart and soul, with all our mind and strength; and that we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. Help us, we pray thee, to blot out our misdeeds and to amend what we are; and of thine eternal goodness direct what we shall be, so that we may henceforth walk in the way of thy commandments, and do those things which are worthy in thy sight. Amen.
Then may be said the Lord’s Prayer, the people joining:
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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
O Lord, open thou our lips.
And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.
HYMN, CANTICLE or ANTHEM
ASCRIPTION, to be said or sung.
Blessed be the Lord, our God; who only do-eth won-drous things
And blessed be his glo-rious name, Forever and ev-er. A-men.
CHANT, if desired.
SECOND LESSON, if desired.
The Minister may then say,
Here endeth the reading of the lesson.
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us pray. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
And grant us thy salvation.
O God, make clean our hearts within us.
And take not thy holy Spirit from us.
Then may follow a period of silent meditation, after which the Minister may read the Litany, the people responding, and one or more of the following or other suitable prayers, or may offer prayer in his own words.
O God, the source of all being and all joy: let thy blessing be upon us,
and fill us with thy love.
From all jealousy and envy, from all unkindness, from offence given or taken, from unrighteous anger andan impatient spirit, from a hard and unforgiving temper, and from evil-speaking,
O Lord, deliver us.
From all ambition and greed which bring want and distress to multitudes and debase the bodies and souls of men, shutting from them the fulness of life,
O Lord, deliver us.
From an unquiet and discontented spirit, from despondency and gloom, from fears and misgivings, from doubts of thy boundless love, and from forgetfulness of the manifold goods of life,
O Lord, deliver us.
Inspire in us, we pray thee, that spirit which suffereth long and is kind; which envieth not, vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up; which doth not behave itself unseemly, and seeketh not its own;
Grant us to be ﬁlled with the fulness of thy Spirit.
Quicken in us that charity which is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; which beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things; the charity which never faileth;
That so by thy grace we may establish good will upon the earth.
O Thou who art the God and Father of us all, who hast breathed thine own Spirit into thy children and made us to be at one with each other as members of thy household: enable us, we pray thee, to make thy house a refuge for every wounded spirit, a home for every aspiring soul.
Amid diversities of knowledge and of faith, may we be one in spirit,in brotherly affection and in devotion to thy holy will. Amen.
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings, being ordered by thee, may be righteous in thy sight. Amen.
O Thou who art the source of all existence and the light of all seeing, we remember with joy and awe that the world is thy creation, and that life is thy gift. Uplift our thoughts from the littleness of our own works to the greatness, the majesty and wonder of thine, and teach us so to behold thy glory that we may grow into thy likeness. O God, Most High, we thank thee for the vision of thy wonderful works, and for the mind in us that reaches through them to thyself. Praiséd be thou for the glorious sun, for the hills and the valleys, for streams of life that are ever renewed, for the winds and the waters, the air and the light. Praiséd be thou for the immensity of the heavens above, and for the sanctity of the law of truth within. Lord of the spirit, grant that when we behold thee in thy visible works we may have the sublimer sense of thy dwelling in the heart. O quicken within us each beginning of immortal love, and open the way for our spirits into still fairer worlds. Amen.
O Thou who hast called us out of darkness into thy marvellous light, bind us in one fellowship with the helpers of mankind that we may be children of the light. Take from us the love of ease and the fear of men, and show us the simple things that we can do to help our neighbors. Brighten the daily round of tasks that we have undertaken and are tempted to neglect; make us faithful to the trust that life has put upon us; hold us to the humblest duty. Prepare our hearts in sympathy to be partners in suffering with the weak, partners in eager service with the strong. Reveal to us the wavering ranks of those that are struggling upward, that we may cheer and support our comrades unknown. Remove from us the love of glory and the thirst for praise. Give us in weariness refreshment, and in struggle peace; but when we are idle, send shame, and when we are false, send fear, to bring us back to thee. By thy love restrain our censorious speech and teach us to commend; by thy wisdom enlighten our plans and direct our endeavors forthe common weal. Give us the vision of that bright city of God upon earth where all shall share the best in thought and deed, and none shall harm or make afraid; and establish thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it. Amen.
Almighty God, who hast made of one all nations to dwell on all the face of the earth, deepen among us the spirit of understanding and good will. Take from the hearts of people and rulers all partial aims, unhallowed ambitions, jealousies, covetousness, and fears. Conﬁrm the bonds of mutual trust, and subdue the rivalries of race and power. Unite us in the things that make for peace, in the exchanges of merchandise, the pursuit of knowledge, the spread of liberty and good government, till the reign of justice be securely established, and righteousness and goodwill prevail throughout the earth. Amen.
Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee, and dost promise that, where two or three are gathered together in thy name, thou wilt grant their requests; fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be most expedient for them, granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
Then may follow a period of silence, on organ interlude, or the following chant.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts:
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.
OFFERTORY, during which an anthem may be sung.