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lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezek. xviii. 27.
I acknowledge my transgreffions; and my sin is ever before me. Psal. li. 3.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Psal. li. 9.
The facrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psal. li. 17.
Rend your heart, and not your garments; and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, flow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel ii. 13.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him: neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God; to walk in
his laws which he hath set be
Dan, ix. 9. 10. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, left thou bring me to nothing. Jer. X. 24. Psal. vi. 1.
Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. S. Matt.
to my Fa
I will arise, and
go ther, and will fay unto him, Father, I have finned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. S. Luke, xv. 18. 19.
Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy fight no man living shall be justified. Psal. cxliii. 2.
If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us: But if we confefs our fins, God is faithful and D4
just just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. i S. John, i. 8. 9.
EARLY beloved brethren,
the Scripture moveth us in fundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold fins and wickedness, before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father, with a lowly, penitent and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same by his infinite goodness and mercy. And as we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our fins before God, so ought we to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace; saying after me;
A general confeffion to be faid of the
whole congregation after the Minifter.
LMIGHTY and most mer
ciful Father ; We have erred and strayed from thy ways like loft sheep; We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts; We have offended against thy holy laws ; We have left undone thofe things which we ought to have done ; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, О most merciful Father, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.