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MORNING FAMILY WORSHIP

WEEK DAYS.

Father, or other Head of the Family.—Let us Pray.

[All kneel.]

Father.—Almighty and Everlasting God, grant us grace, we beseech thee, to come into thy presence, and to worship thee at this time, with reverence and with godly fear. Withdraw our minds from every thing but thy worship and service in which we are now immediately engaged. May thy presence, O God, be with us, according to thy promise. Graciously instruct us from thy word; let us sing thy praise with melody in our hearts; and pour out on us a spirit of prayer: and O may we find thy presence sweet, refreshing, and edifying to our souls, whilst we are thus waiting upon thee. Vouchsafe unto us these blessings, O our God, for the sake of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Family.—Amen.

Father.—Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name: Thy Kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven: Give us this day our daily bread: And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who 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. Family.—Amen.

[All seated.]

Father.—The portion of Holy Scripture for this morning is &c.—

[The Scriptures will then be read.]

Father.—Let us sing to the praise and the glory of God :—" In sleep's serene &c."

[All stand.]

1. In sleep's serene oblivion laid,

I safely passed the silent night;
Again I see the breaking shade,
I drink again the morning light.

2. New-born, I bless the waking hour,
Once more, with awe, rejoice to be;
My conscious soul resumes her power.
And springs, my guardian God, to Thee!

3. O guide me through the various maze,
My doubtful feet are doomed to tread;
And spread thy shield's protecting blaze
Where dangers press around my head.

4. A deeper shade shall soon impend,
A deeper sleep mine eyes oppress;
Yet then thy strength shall still defend,
Thy goodness still delight to bless.

5. That deeper shade shall break away,
That deeper sleep shall leave mine eyes;
Thy light shall give eternal day—

Thy love, the rapture of the skies.

Father.—Let us Pray.

[All kneel.]

Father.—Almighty Father, we bow down together this morning at thy throne of grace. Enable us, we entreat thee, to make our supplications before thee in the simplicity of our hearts, and with all truth and earnestness. Fulfil unto us at this time, our Father and our God, that gracious promise which thou hast given, of being thyself present where two or three are met together in thy name.

Family.—Gracious Father, meet with us all this morning in waiting on thee together, and may we truly worship thee with our lips and in our hearts.

Father.—We come to thee, 0 Lord, in the name of Christ, our only Mediator and Intercessor with thee. In that atonement made by thy Son Jesus Christ for guilty men, we place all our trust for thy favour here, and for thy favour hereafter. Wash away all our sins, O God, in the precious blood of Christ; and grant us thy Holy Spirit to dwell in us, that we may lead a life of sobriety, righteousness, and godliness, to the honour and glory of thy name through Jesus Christ.

Family.—0 Lord, we trust in thee through Jesus Christ. Sanctify us to thyself in him, we earnestly beseech thee.

Father.—We unite our voices together, 0 God, in thanksgiving unto thee this morning, for thy kindness and mercy to us all, during the night that is past. By thy favour we have all been preserved in safety during the hours of darkness, by thy favour we have enjoyed sleep and are refreshed, and by thy favour we again behold the cheering light of day. Truly, O Lord, thy visitation sustains our life, and in thee we live, and breathe, and have our being. O Lord, since we so evidently live by thee in every respect, grant, we beseech thee, that we may live entirely devoted to thy service, and that we may glorify thee in our bodies and in our spirits which are thine.

Family.—O Lord, we all adore thee for thy gracious blessings to us during the past night, and for thy kindness to us this morning; and we earnestly desire that we may live entirely unto thee in all our ways.

Father.—Gracious Father, be with each one of us this day in all our outgoings and incomings, and enable us to live throughout the day as the servants of Jesus Christ, not doing our own will, but the will of him who died for us, and who redeemed us by his precious blood. May our whole concern this day be, to approve ourselves to our Blessed Master and Redeemer, that we may thus glorify thyself in him. May we grow in the knowledge of our Master's will this day, and may we grow in his favour. O let not the name of Christ be dishonoured by any of us this day, but may we adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all our concerns.

Family.—Most Gracious Father, enable us all this day to abide in Jesus Christ, and to bring forth much fruit, to the praise and glory of thy name through him.

Father.—O Lord our God, enable us all this day rightly and faithfully to attend to the several duties which devolve on us according to the work thou hast assigned us respectively. May we all be diligent and faithful, and may we yield unto thee, not a constrained but a willing service. Wherein we are ignorant of our duties do thou instruct us, and may we have due docility to receive instruction from every quarter, considering all as sent by thyself for our good. Wherein we are weak and insufficient for our duties, do thou most graciously strengthen us for them. And in those things in which we are easily led away and overcome through temptations of any kind, do thou enable us especially to watch against them, and may we stand strong in the Lord.

Family.—O Lord, do thou graciously instruct us, and strengthen us, and watch over us this day in all our ways, that thy name may be glorified in us.

Father.—Our Father in heaven, we pray thee to bless this day thy servants who in thy providence are the heads of this house. May they have grace to act in all things in a manner corresponding to the prominent situation in which thou hast placed them, and may their conduct be an example to all this family. In all their instructions, their commands, their reproofs, and their admonitions to those placed under them, may they remember that they have a master in heaven with whom there is no respect of persons. Enable them to rule with all gentleness, and with all firmness; and may thy blessing be on them in all the concerns entrusted to their care.

Family—Graciously be pleased, O God, to bless thy servants at the head of this family, and may we all yield to them that attention which respectively becometh us as the disciples of Jesus Christ.

Father.—O Lord our heavenly Father, kindly look, we beseech thee, on the children of this family. Preserve them, O Lord, from the many dangers to which they are exposed in their tender years. May they be willingly and attentively obedient to all the instructions they receive, and be kind and docile in all their ways. Bless them with health, and length of days, if such be thy holy will; but especially do we pray thee to bless them with the knowledge of thy salvation, and may they glorify thee in thy Son J esus Christ in their day and generation.

Family.—Bless, O Lord, we beseech thee, the children of this family. May they be preserved from all dangers for many years, and may they be blessed in Jesus Christ, and be made a blessing to the world.

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