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thing. Phil. iii. 16. The multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul. Acts iv. 32. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake : whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors; for so is the will of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 1 Pet. ii. 13, 14, 15. 17.

5. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that ings may be know thee. Psal. xxxvi. 10. Now let it please thee continued to to bless the house of thy servant, that it may conthere never tinue for ever before thee : for thou, O Lord God, ing in her

hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house house to suc- of thy servant be blessed for ever. 2 Sam. vii. 29. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my

they break my statutes, and keep dom, that our not my commandments; then will I visit their posterity may

chil-transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with dren's chile stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not peace upon utterly take from bim, nor suffer my faithfulness to

fail. My covenant will I not break. Once have thy people, I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto Daand sheep of thy pasture,

vid. Psal. lxxxix. 30 to 35. And the Lord hath shall give performed his word that he spake, and I am risen for ever, and up in the room of David my father, and sit on the will always throne of Israel, as the Lord promised. 1 Kings be shewing forth thy viii. 20. Thou shalt see thy children's children, praise from generation to and peace upon Israel. Psal. cxxviii. 6. Pray generation for the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper

that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good. Psal. cxxii. 6 to 9. So we, that are thy people, and sheep of thy pasture, shall give thee thanks for ever : and will alway be shewing forth thy praise from generation to generation. Psal. lxxix. 14.

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CCCI. A Prayer for Unity. 1. O God, 1. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord

Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual sus Christ, blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Eph. i. 3. viour, the I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no

Saviour. Isa. xliii. 11. Unto us a Child is born, Peace;

unto us a Son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isa. ix. 6.

2. If a kingdom be divided against itself, that ously to lay kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided to beat there against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark iii. we are in by 24, 25. For the divisions of Reuben there were our unhappy

great searchings of heart. Judges v. 16. Whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 1 Cor. iii. 3. Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James iii. 16. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the Judge standeth before the door. James v. 9. Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned : and avoid them. Rom. xvi. 17.

3. I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the ini

quity of thy servant. 2 Sam. xxiv. 10. Let all judice, and bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour,

and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all

malice. Eph. iv. 31. Doing nothing by partiality. from godly

1 Tim. v. 21. Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love Concord :

covereth all sins. Prov. x. 12. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are

3. Take away all ha

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whatsoever else may hinder us

Union and

called in one body. Col. iii. 12 to 15. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you ; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Cor. i. 10. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory ; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Phil. ii. 3. The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of thein that make peace. James iii. 17, 18. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way: Let not your good be evil spoken of: for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink ; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one

may edify another. Rom. xiv. 13. 16, 17. 19. 4. that, as

4. As the body is one, and hath many members, there is but one Body, and all the members of that one body, being many, and one Spirit, and are one body : so also is Christ. For by one Spirit one Hope are we all baptized into one body, whether we be of our Calling; one Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free ; and Lord, one

have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Cor. Faith, one Baptism, one xii. 12, 13. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, ther' of us ali; beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation

wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and be all of one meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one anoheart, and

ther in love ; endeavouring to keep the unity of the soul, united Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, bond of Truth and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of

your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one Charity; and God and Father of all, who is above all, and through one mind and

all, and in you all. Eph. iv. 1 to 6. Peace I leave

with you, my peace I give unto you. John xiv. 27. glorify thee; through Je- These things I command you, that ye love one

80 we may henceforth

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and Peace, of Faith and

may with

another. John xv. 17. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, but he that hateth his brother

one mouth

sus Christ our Lord. Amen.

is in darkness. 1 John ü. 10, 11. Now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one ; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us. John xvii. 11. 20, 21. If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Phil. ii. 1, 2. Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ : that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel. Phil. i. 27. And be at peace among yourselves. 1 Thess. v. 13. And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them. Jer. xxxii. 39. In Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the Lord. 2 Chron. xxx. 12. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul. Acts iv. 32. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard : that went down to the skirts of his garments ; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion : for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psal. cxxxiii. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Eph. iv. 23. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. vi. 23. Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 2 Cor. xiii. 11. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus : that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. xv. 5, 6.

Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, as LXXXIII.
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, as CL.

Almighty God, the fountain of all, as CLII. The peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord : And the bless. ing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.


CCCII. Article 1. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. 1. There is 1. There is none other God but one. 1 Cor. viii. but one living 4. Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his and true God,

Redeemer the Lord of hosts ; I am the First, and I am the Last; and beside me there is no God; I know not any. Isa. xliv. 6.8. I, even I, am He, and there is no God with me. Deut. xxxii. 39. The scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he. Mark xii. 32. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well : the devils also believe. James ii. 19. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exod. xx. 3. He is the living God, and stedfast for ever. Dan. vi. 26. The Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting King : the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish. Jer. x, 10, 11. Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God. 1 Thess. i. 9. Ye are the temple of the living God. 2 Cor. vi. 16. We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 1 John v. 20. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all

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