Almighty and blessed God,
We acknowledge you to be the only true and living God, full of glory, goodness, and grace. You possess infinite perfection and are wholly above the lowly capacities of finite man. You have all life in yourself and are due from angels, men, and every other creature under heaven, all homage, obedience, and worship.
We enter this solemn and sacred time recognizing our duty to submit ourselves to you and to your authority. We join ourselves together to render you the thanks you are due for your perpetual goodness, constant patience, and supreme mercy. According to your commandment we wish to set this day apart unto you and corporately publicize the excellency of your Name.
Yet we also acknowledge the poverty of our frame. By virtue of the corruption that dwells within us we are utterly indisposed to all good and wholly uninclined to seek your face. Neither are we disposed to worship you aright. Left to ourselves we are liable to follow our fancies and increase our guilt by seeking our own delights.
For this reason we call upon you and ask that you would manifest your sovereign and gracious hand among us. Let our worship remain pure and pleasing in your sight. Turn our wandering minds towards the constant watchfulness of your loving care. Settle our distracted hearts upon the abiding greatness of your Name. Grace us with your steadfast mercy so that we might be enabled and inclined to praise the eternally blessed God who resides in heaven and is adored by the angels and saints who abide there.
And though our worship is nothing more than the pitiful offerings of destitute beggars we pray that you might receive from us our feeble sacrifices and take pleasure in the bowing of our hearts.
For this we pray in the strong Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
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