The ORDER for EVENING PRAYER, Every Lord's Day.
     By Rev. John Wesley?
The ORDER for EVENING PRAYER, Every Lord's Day.
By Rev. John Wesley?.
VOL. 3 NO. 8 APRIL 2001

from The SUNDAY SERVICE of the METHODISTS in NORTH AMERICA.

Editor's Note from One Methodist: The Sunday Service of the Methodist in North America was John Wesley's written guide, taken largely from The Book of Common Prayer, to provide a written format for circuit riding preachers.

At the Beginning of Evening Prayer, the Minister shall read with a loud Voice some one or more of these Sentences of the Scriptures that follow: And then he shall say that which is written after the said Sentences.

When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezek. 18:27. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psal. 51:17. 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 set before us. Dan. 9:9, 10. I will arise, and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. Luke 15:18, 19. Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psal. 143:2.

Dear beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, and that we should not dissemble or cloke them before the face of Almighty God, our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are her present, to accompany me with a pure heart and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me.

A general confession, to be said by the whole Congregation, after the Minister, all kneeling,>

Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost 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 those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. 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, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we make hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Then the Minister shall say,

O Lord, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offenses; that, through thy bountiful goodness, we may be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Then the Minister shall say the Lord's Prayer; the People also repeating it with him.

Our Father who are 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, and the Power, and the Glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

Then likewise he shall say,

O Lord, open thou our lips,
Answ. And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Minister. O God make speed to save us.
Answ. O Lord make haste to help us.

Here all standing up the Minister shall say,

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
Answ. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Minister. Praise ye the Lord.
Answ. The Lord's Name be praised.

Then shall be said the Psalms in order as they are appointed. Then a Lesson of the Old Testament, as is appointed: And after that the following Psalm:

O Sing unto the Lord a new song: for he hath done marvellous things. With his own right hand, and with his holy arm; hath he gotten himself the victory. The Lord declared his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
He hath remembered his mercy and truth towards the house of Israel; and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.

Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands: sing, rejoice, and give thanks. Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is; the round world and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the Lord: for he cometh to judge the earth. With righteousness shall he judge the world; and the people with equity. Glory be to the Father, &c. As it was in the beginning, &c.

Then a Lesson of the New Testament, as it is appointed: And after that the following Psalm:

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us. (continued in next column)

That thy way may be known unto earth; thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God: year, let all the people praise thee. O let the nations rejoice and be glad; for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; and God, even our God, shall give us his blessing. God shall bless us: and all the ends of the world shall fear him. Glory be to the Father, &c. As it was in the beginning, &c.

Then shall be said the Apostles Creed by the Minister and the People; standing.

I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost; Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate; Was crucified, dead, and buried, He descended into hell: The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.

Then shall the Minister pronounce with a loud Voice, The Lord be with you.
Answ. And with thy spirit.
Minist. Let us pray. Lord, have mercy upon us.
Answ. Christ, have mercy upon us.
Minist. Lord, have mercy upon us.

Then shall follow three Collects; the first of the Day; the Second for Peace, the third for aid against all Perils.

The Second Collect at Evening-Prayer.

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass the time in rest and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The third Collect, for Aid against all Perils.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of thy only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer for the Supreme Rulers.

O Lord our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech the, with thy favour to behold the Supreme Rulers of these United States; and so replenish them with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that they may incline to thy will, and walk in thy way; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 when 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.

2 Cor. 13:14
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with you all evermore. Amen.


QUOTE UNQUOTE

A worldly clergyman is a fool above all fools, a madman above all madmen. Such vile, infamous wretches as these are the real 'ground of the contempt of the clergy'. Indolent clergymen, pleasure-taking clergymen, money-loving clergymen, praise-loving clergymen, preferment-seeking clergymen - - these are the wretches that cause the order in general to be contemned. These are the pests of the Christian world, the grand nuisance of mankind, a stink in the nostrils of God. --Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)


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