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Communion Sunday
Evening Service: Hymns, Prayers and Lessons


The congregation being re-assembled\ the Worship of God is resumed by singing to His praise.

Hymn

1. HOLY, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

2 Holy, holy, holy ! all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3 Holy, holy, holy ! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy: there is none beside Thee
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty !
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Let us pray.

O come, let us worship and bow down : let us sneel before the Lord our Maker. Lord, we cry unto Thee: Make haste unto us : 3ive ear unto our voice, when we cry unto Thee. Let our prayer be set forth before Thee as incense; and the lifting up of our hands as the evening sacrifice.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. Thou art worthy, 0 Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are, and were created. Great and marvellous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty: Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints. All the blessed spirits and souls of the righteous cast their crowns before Thy throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever. O Blessed and Eternal Jesus, Thou hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign with Thee for ever. Blessing and honour and glory and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb for ever. We are not worthy to appear in

Thy presence, before Whom angels hide their faces: Yet, seeing that we have a great High Priest Who is passed into the heavens and intercedes for us there, we now come boldly though humbly to the Throne of grace; that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Most Holy and Eternal God, Lord and'Sovereign of all creatures, we humbly present to Thy Divine Majesty ourselves: our souls and bodies, our thoughts and words, our actions and intentions: to be disposed by Thee to Thy glory, to be blessed by Thy providence, to be guided by Thy counsel, and afterward that our bodies and souls may be received into glory: For nothing can perish that is under Thy care, and the great adversary cannot devour what is Thy portion, nor take it out of Thy hand. But as for us, we are not worthy to be called Thy servants, much less are we worthy to be Thy sons : For we are sinful and evil, lovers of the things of this world and forgetful of the things of God : proud and envious, greedy of sin and impatient of reproof: desirous to seem holy, and negligent of being so : disturbed with anger, and disordered by a whole body of sin and death. We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags. We all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. We are carnal, and under sin; and there dwelleth in us no good thing: for the good we would we do not, and the evil we would not, that we do. We consent unto the law that it is good : but we see another law in our members, warring against the law of our mind, and enslaving us to the law of sin. Wretched we should be if left to ourselves: who could deliver us from the body of this death? But we thank God through Jesus Christ, that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. 0 God, Thy goodness leadeth us to repentance: O give us true repentance, and recover us from the snare of the Devil, who are carried captive at his will. Lord, pardon all our sins for our Blessed Redeemer's sake. Thou Who didst die for us, Holy Jesus, save and deliver us. O Lamb of God, without blemish' and without spot, Who hast redeemed us with Thy precious blood, wash away our sins, and blot them out of Thy remembrance: purifying our souls with the tears of penitence and the blood of the cross. Deliver us out of the mire that we sink not: O deliver us from them that hate us, and out of the deep waters. Let not the floods swallow us up, neither the pit shut her mouth upon us. Remit and pardon the manifold sins, negligences, and ignorances which are grief to us, and offence of heart: And do Thou, Who alone on earth hast power to forgive sins, say to the soul of each one of us, Be of good cheer, thv sins are forgiven thee.

We earnestly pray that, by the indwelling of Thy Holy Spirit in our hearts, we may find grace in Thy sight, to have grace, so as to serve Thee acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Let us not come short of Thy grace, nor neglect it, nor fall from it: but stir it up, increase and grow in it, and abide in it to the end of our lives. Perfect in us what is lacking of Thy gifts : Help our unbelief, establish our hope; and Thou that quenchest not the smoking flax, enkindle in our hearts the flame of divine love. Shed abroad Thy love in our hearts, so that we may love Thee; our friends in Thee; our enemies for Thee. O Thou that givest grace to the humble-minded, give us grace to be humble-minded. As we would that men should do to us, so enable us to do to them. And do Thou bless us, gracious God, in our calling to all such purposes as Thou shalt choose for us, or employ us in. Relieve us in all our sorrows: make our bed in sickness : give us patience in troubles, confidence in Thee, and grace to call on Thee in all temptations. Be Thou our Guide in all our actions : our Protector in all dangers : Give us a healthful body, and a clear understanding: a spirit sanctified and just, charitable and humble, religious and contented. Let not our life be miserable and wretched, nor our name stained with sin or shame; but let our condition be blessed, and our conversation useful to our neighbours and pleasing unto Thee. Guide us, O God, in all the chances and vicissitudes of this world; that in all things which shall happen, we may maintain an evenness and tranquillity of spirit: that our souls may be wholly resigned to Thy Divine will and pleasure. Do Thou fix our thoughts, desires, and affections upon heavenly things: Grant that we may ever live in the faith and fear of the gospel: so that, when our bodies shall lie down in their bed of darkness, our souls may pass into the regions of light, and abide with Thee for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O Eternal God, who hast made all things for man and man for Thy glory, sanctify our body and soul, our thoughts and intentions, our words and actions; that all we think and speak and do may be by us designed to the glory of Thy Holy Name. Let no pride or self-seeking, no covetousness or revenge, no little ends or low imagination, pollute our spirit or unhallow any of our words and deeds: but let our body be the servant of our spirit, and both body and spirit the servants of Thy dear Son : that doing all things for Thy glory here, we may be partakers of Thy glory hereafter: through Jesus Christ Thy Blessed Son our Lord.

We thank and bless Thee, gracious Giver of helpful and pleasant gospel-ordinances, for the great privileges of a day of high communion: and being again assembled in Thy holy place, we look for Thy merciful presence, according to Thy word. Thou hast promised, Almighty God, that in all places where Thou recordest Thy Name, Thou wilt conic unto Thy people and bless them : Thou hast said, faithful Saviour, that wherever two or three shall be gathered together in Thy Name, Thou wouldst be there in the midst of them : O remember at this time this word unto Thy servants, on which Thou hast caused Thy servants to hope.

And now, Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, Who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking, we beseech Thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the worthiness of Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: to Whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory : As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Then is read the Lesson from the Old Testament.

Isaiah LX.

1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.

7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows ?

9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor. night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles,, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron : I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.

After which is sung Hymn CC. (The Te Deum).

We praise Thee, O God: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee: the Father everlasting.
To Thee all Angels cry aloud : the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To Thee Cherubin, and Seraphin: continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty: of Thy Glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles: praise Thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets: praise Thee.
The noble army of Martyrs: praise Thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world: doth acknowledge Thee;
The Father: of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true: and only Son ;
Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son: of the Father.
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man:
Thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death
Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the Glory of the Father.
We believe that Thou shalt come : to be our Judge.
We therefore pray Thee, help Thy servants: whom
Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints  in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy people : and bless Thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.
Day by day : we magnify Thee;
And we worship Thy name : ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, in Thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.

The Lesson from the New Testament. 5. John XVII.

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

6 I have manifested thy name unto the men

7 Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the Glory of the Father.

8 We believe that Thou shalt come : to be our Judge.

9 We therefore pray Thee, help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.

10 Make them to be numbered with Thy saints: and glory everlasting.

11 O Lord, save Thy people: and bless Thine heritage.

12 Govern them: and lift them up for ever.

13 Day by day : we magnify Thee;

14 And we worship Thy name : ever world without end.

15 Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.

16 Lord, in Thee have I trusted: let me never be nded.

Lesson from the New Testament. 5. John XVII.

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes iven, and said, Father, the hour is come; thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: Vs thou hast given him power over all flesh, e should give eternal life to as many as thou veil him. And this is life eternal, that they might know ic only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom 1st sent. have glorified thee on the earth: I have fin-le work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with wn self with the glory which I had with thee the world was.

We manifested thy name unto the men Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the Glory of the Father.

We believe that Thou shalt come: to be Judge.

We therefore pray Thee, help Thy servant whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save Thy people : and bless Thine age.

Govern them : and lift them up for ever.

Day by day : we magnify Thee;

And we worship Thy name : ever world with^ jut end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.

0 Lord, in Thee have I trusted: let me never be unfounded.

The Lesson from the New Testament. 5. John XVIL

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; ify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, he should give eternal life to as many as thou : given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know : the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom a hast sent.

4. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have found the work which thou gavest me to do.

5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with my own self with the glory which I had with thee the world was.

6 I manifested thy name unto the men that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one :

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Then is sung Hymn CLXVI

1 Jerusalem the golden,
With milk and honey blest,
Beneath thy contemplation
Sink heart and voice opprest.
I know not, O, I know not,
What joys await us there;
What radiancy of glory,
What light beyond compare !

2 They stand, those halls of Sion,
All jubilant with song,
And bright with many an angel,
And all the martyr throng.
The Prince is ever in them;
The daylight is serene;
The pastures of the blessed
Are decked in glorious sheen.

3 There is the throne of David;
And there, from care released,
The shout of them that triumph,
The song of them that feast;
And they who, with their Leader,
Have conquered in the fight,
For ever and for ever
Are clad in robes of white.

4 O sweet and blessed country,
The home of God’s elect!
O sweet and blessed country,
That eager hearts expect!
Jesus, in mercy bring us
To that dear land of rest:
Who art, with God the Father,
And Spirit, ever blest.


Prayer before Sermon.

Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings with Thy Host gracious favour, and further us with Thy continual help; that in the preaching and hearing of Thy Word, as in all our works begun, continued, and ended in Thee, we may glorify Thy holy Name, and finally by Thy mercy obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our Father which 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 them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


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