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Supplementary Questions. What do God's faithful people here ask? Why do they need pardon ? Wherein does pardon consist ? When pardoned what are men cleansed from ? What besides pardon do they require ? Why do they wish for peace ? Can we have peace before pardon ? How is peace to be procured ? Through Whom do we obtain it ? How is the peace of God described in the Word of God ?
Turutq-second sunday after Trinity.
A PRAYER THAT THE CHURCH OF GOD MAY
The Invocation is :
“Lord,”Simply, with no statement. The Petition is:
“We beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness ; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good
works, to the glory of thy Name;"Herein we have the following points involved,—
1. That the Church is the household of God. Eph. ii. 19; Gal. vi. 10; Rom. viii. 29; Heb. iii. 6; Gal. iii.
26 ; iv. 4; Rom. viii. 14-17. 2. That this household needs to be kept in a state of
continual godliness. 1 Thess. v. 21; Heb. iv. 14;
1 Tim. ii. 2; 2 Pet. iii. 11; 1 Tim. iv. 7, 8. 3. That such a state consists in devoutly serving God
in good works. 1 Tim. ii. 10; Eph. ii. 10; Tit. ii.
14; Col. i. 10; Tit. iii. 8; Gal. vi. 9; John, xv. 8. 4. That such service of God is to be solely for the
glory of His Name, and not for our own praise. i Cor. vi. 20; Matt. v. 16; Gal. i. 24; 1 Pet. ii. 12;
Ps. cxv. 1; 1 Cor. x. 31. 6. That adversities hinder from such devout service of
God; so that the Church must be freed from them all in order to give itself up to it. Acts, viii. 1-3 ; xii. 1-3 ; ix. 31 ; xvii. 5, 6, 13 ; xix. 23-41;
2 Cor. i. 8; Ps. xlii. 1-4; lxiii. 1. 6. That to be freed from all adversities the Church
must have the protection of God, and be kept by
a prayer. Ps. xvii. 5. The Conclusion is :
“through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
Supplementary Questions. What is the Church of God here called ? What do we mean by “household ?” What do we pray for on behalf of this household ? What is “godliness?”. How is it explained in the following part of the Collect ? Wherefore is godliness required of us ? What end are we to aim at therein ? What is there to hinder us from this godliness? How do adversities hinder us from this service ?
What, therefore, becomes necessary if we would give our
selves to, and continue in, this godliness ? Who is able to protect us from such hindrances ? What course, then, ought we to adopt ?
Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity.
A PRAYER THAT THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
MAY BE HEARD AND ANSWERED.
The Invocation is :
“O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness ;”— Here we state of God three things. That he is,1. Our refuge. Deut. xxxiii. 27; Ps. ix. 9; xlvi. l;
Isa. xxv.4; xxxii. 2; Jer. xvi. 19; Heb. vi. 18. 2. Our strength. Ps. xviii. 2 ; xxvii. 1; Isa. xxvi. l;
xlv. 24. 3. The author of all godliness. Jam. i. 17; Phil. i. 6;
Heb. xii. 2; Isa. xxvi. 12; 1 Cor. xv. 10; Ps. li. 10; Ezek. xxxvi. 25-27; 1 Cor. i. 30; Heb. viii. 10-12.
Wherefore we ask in The Petition :
“Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may
obtain effectually ;" — Herein we declare or imply, 1. That these prayers of God's Church are devout
prayers; whence we trust He will be ready to hear
them. Luke, ii. 25; Acts, xxii. 12; Ps. cxix. 38;
Col. iv. 12; Jam. v. 16; Prov. xv. 8; Luke, xviii. 13. 2. That what we ask in our prayers we ask faithfully,
Jer. xxix. 12–14; Ps. xvii. 1; lxvi. 18, 19; Matt. xxiii. 14; vii. 7, 8; Acts, iv. 24–31 ; xii. 5–17.
Whence we hope we shall obtain them effectually. The Conclusion is :
“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
to be referred to here?
obtained ? What do we mean by “effectually ?” On what do we rest our hopes that they will be thus
“ effectually” obtained ?
Twenty-fourth zunday after Trinity.
A PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE FROM THE BANDS
OF OUR SINS.
The Invocation is : : “O Lord,”— Simply, containing no acknowledgment beyond what that
title implies. The Petition is :
“ We beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences, that, through thy bountiful goodness, we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins which, by our frailty, we have
committed ;'In this Petition it is stated or implied, 1. That we, the people of God, have offended Him,
and that by our sins. Dan. ix. 4-10; Ps. li. 1-4; lviii. 3 ; Isa. liü. 6; Eccles. vü. 20; Rom. iii. 10–
20; Ps. vii. 11. 2. That these sins or offences have been committed
through our frailty rather than our wilfulness. Matt. xxvi. 40, 41; Acts, xvii. 30; 1 Tim. i. 13; Ps. ciii. 14–16; Rom. viii. 3; Ps. xix. 12, 13; Lev.
iv.; Numb. xv. 22–36; Heb. x. 26. 3. That still, these sins are as bands which confine us,
and that we consequently need to be absolved, or loosed, from them. Prov. v. 22; Ps. xl. 12, 13; cxlii. ñ ; cxxiv. 7; Rom. vii. 17; Ps. cxxx. 1-4; cxliii. 2.