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thine image, and that we
may appear in thy likeness,”
as thou didst create us. Thou art our Ruler and Governor. Reign in our hearts. Subdue and expel all rebellious passions; beat down the spirit of pride and haughtiness; turn away from us vanity and self-deceit: preserve us from envy, covetousness, wrath, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word; and make us humble, and gentle, and kind, and ready at all times to do thy will and submit to thy righteous pleasure. Thou art our merciful and indulgent Father. O grant to thy children those best of gifts, a firm and right faith, a steadfast and well grounded hope, and a never failing charity. Thou art the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Give us grace to receive him as our Saviour, and learn of him as our teacher, and follow him as our guide and example, and love him as the friend who died for us; that so we may be numbered among his true disciples, and become fellow heirs with him in thy heavenly kingdom. Help us to remember, and to imitate the
benevolence which filled his soul. May we consider mankind as our brethren, and be heartily disposed to relieve their miseries; to supply their wants; to comfort their sorrows; to redress their wrongs; to pardon those who have offended us ; to love those who hate us; to do good unto all. May we walk within our houses with perfect hearts. May we study to advance each other's happiness, and to quicken each other's piety. May every good and holy disposition be daily improving in our breasts, until we become fit for that happy kingdom where love and peace and joy for ever reign. Hear us in thy Son's name, for whom we bless thee, and through whom we ascribe unto thee all honour and glory for ever. Amen.
O GOD, our heavenly Father, we beseech thee to incline thine ear unto th children, and favourably hear our prayer. We pray that thou wouldst guide and lead us by thy providence, and comfort us by thy mercy, and protect us by thine almighty power. We submit to thee all our thoughts, words, actions and sufferings; and we desire to have thee always in our minds, to do all our works in thy name, and in thy strength to bear all calamity with patience. Give us grace that we may be attentive to our spiritual concerns, temperate in our enjoyments, vigilant in our conduct, and steadfast and immoveable in all good purposes. Dispose our hearts to admire and praise thy holiness; to hate all evil works; to love our neighbour, and to renounce the vanities of the world. Enable us to conduct ourselves with prudence in all transactions, and show courage in danger, fortitude in trial, submissiveness in adversity, and in prosperity an humble mind. Let thy grace illuminate our understandings, direct our wills, sanctify our bodies, and bless and save our souls. Make us diligent in curbing all irregular affections; zealous in imploring thy grace; careful in keeping thy commadments, and constant in working out our salvation.
Finally, O God, make us sensible how little is the world, how great thy heavens, how short time, and how long a blessed eternity. O that we may well prepare ourselves for death ; that we may flee from the wrath to come, and obtain of thee everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER FoR A BEREAVED FAMILY.
O THOU eternal Lord our God, the Lord of life and death, who givest and who takest away, enable us all to say, with sincere and humble resignation, Thy name be blessed, and thy will be done. In all our troubles and adversities, whensoever they oppress us, we would come to thee, O Father, and put our whole trust and confidence in thee, and lay down the burthen of our sorrows before thee, and look to thee alone for consolation and help; for we know that thou art a God of mercy and compassion, and that though clouds and darkness are round about thee, righteousness and judgment are the foundations of thy throne.
We desire to submit with all humility and patience to the recent afflictive dispensation of thy righteous providence. Be pleased to sanctify it to thy servants the members of this family. Teach us to turn this sorrow to our eternal good; and let the sense of our loss make us cleave more steadfastly to thee. Let no repining thoughts rise in our hearts, but help us to place our affections more strongly on those immoveable things which are above, and to resign unto thee all our thoughts and desires. By this chastisement may we be purified from sin, quickened in duty, mortified to the world, and raised above it. Send thy holy Spirit to abide with and comfort our hearts, and enable us to endure tribulation as becometh disciples of thy Son Jesus Christ.
Bind more closely together the surviving members of this family. Increase in us a tender and faithful affection. May we learn how to promote each other's happiness, and mitigate the sorrows which have befallen, or yet await us. Teach us to feel the
vanity of earthly things, to delight in thy word, to study thy will, to observe thy law, and to work out our own salvation ; that when we go the way of all the earth, we may be comforted by thy presence, and admitted to that heavenly state where all tears shall be wiped from our eyes, and there shall be no more decay, nor sickness, nor death; which we ask in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, through whom to thee be rendered everlasting praises. Amen.
PRAYER FoR THE CHILDREN of A FAMILY.
ALMIGHTY God, by whose gracious providence the successive generations of mankind are called into being, we implore thy fatherly blessing on the children of this family. Tothy protection and guidance, to thy direction and disposal we humbly and earnestly recommend them. May they remember their Creator in the days of
their youth. Impress on their tender minds that reverence of thee
which is the beginning of wisdom; and give them that understanding which shall incline them to keep thy commandments. Lead them by thy right hand in the path of duty, and preserve them amidst the temptations to which the young are particularly exposed, and amidst all the temptations of this present
evil world. As they grow
in years, may they grow in grace, and by a careful improvement of the talents committed to their trust, may they lay a foundation for their present comfort and eternal felicity. Help us, O Lord, to train them up in thy fear. May we give them seasonable instructions, and set them good examples. Direct us in every part of their education ; in the choice of their studies, employments, and stations of life, whereby they may be most happy in themselves, and most useful to society. Let a kind providence accompany them through life; may we have the comfort of seeing them behave wisely and well, and the hope that they will at last be received to the endless felicity of thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A PRAYER For THE AGED.
GREAT God, and heavenly Father, look down with peculiar favour and kindness upon thine aged servants. Have compassion upon their infirmities, and help them in all their weaknesses, difficulties, and distresses. Cast them not away, O Lord, in their old age. Forsake them not when their strength faileth. Remember not against them former iniquities; but according to thy mercy remember them, for thy goodness' sake, O Lord. Give them heavenly wisdom. Pour abundance of thy grace upon them, that their hoary heads may be found in the way of righteousness, and their souls be precious in thy sight. O let goodness and mercy follow them the remainder of their days. Let their last days be their best days, and their last comforts their strongest and sweetest comforts. And, when heart and flesh and all their powers shall fail them, be thou, O God, the strength of their hearts, their support, and their portion, for ever. Amen.
END OF FAMILY PRAYERS.
FIRST MORNING SERVICE:
FOR A FAMILY.
The following Anthem, principally selected from the Psalms, is to be said by the Head of the Family, or Reader, in alternate verses with the other Men
bers of the Family.
BLESSED art thou, O Lord, our God, and the God of our fathers, who turnest the shadows of death into the morning, and renewest, the face of the earth ; Who scatterest the darkness by this return of light, and hast commanded night to give place to day; Who hast delivered us from the terror by night, and from the pestilence that walketh in darkness; Who makest the outgoings of the morning and of the evening to praise thee; For that we laid down
and slept, and roseup again, because thou, O Lord, didst make us to dwell in safety; For that we awaked, and beheld, and our sleep WaS SWeet untO LIS. Blot out, we pray thee, as a cloud, our transgressions, and as the thickness of the morning cloud, our sins. Grant us to walk as children of the light and of the day. O let us hear thy loving kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is our trust. Show thou us the way