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may all meet together at last in the house of our Heavenly Father.
INTERCEssion For BENEFACTORS.
ALMIGHTY God, fountain of all goodness and all excellency; extend thine abundant favour and loving kindness to all our friends and benefactors. Reward them for all the good which from thy merciful providence they have conveyed unto us. Let the light of thy countenance shine upon them, and never let them come into any affliction or sadness, but such as may be an instrument of thy glory, and their eternal comfort. Forgive them all their sins. Preserve them from spiritual dangers. Give supply to all their needs; guarding their persons; sanctifying their hearts; and leading them in the way of righteousness, by the waters of comfort, to the land of eternal rest and glory.
do their duty to us. Lead
them and guard them through life; be with them in death; and grant that we
O LORD, graciously accept our prayers for all our kindred and friends.
and improving to our minds and souls. Grant to us a safe arrival at home. Bless and protect those whom we have left behind us. After the journey of life is over, grant that we may all arrive safely in that blessed country, where there is no weariness, nor peril, nor parting.
ON A Woy AGE.
O THOU who art the confidence of those who are abroad upon the sea, protect us, we beseech thee, in this our voyage, and preserve us from all its dangers. But especially grant unto us a sure and steadfast trust in thee. Whatever changes may come over the deep, and whatever foes or perils we may encounter, let us know and feel that thou art near us, and that no real evil can befal us while we are with thee. Bring us to our desired haven, if it be thy will, and to our friends, in safety and peace. When the sea of life is past, and its storms are spent, O then, merciful God, land us on the calm and happy shore of thy heavenly kingdom,
AFTER RETURNING FROM A Journey or Woy AGE.
WE thank thee, O God, merciful Father, that through thy great goodness we are permitted to meet again around our own domestic altar. . For thy protecting care of us, while we were away, and for this our safe return, we praise and bless thee. For all the comforts, pleasures and duties of this our earthly home, we devoutly thank thee. But we know that we are strangers with thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were; that our days on the earth are as a shadow, and here there is no abiding. O be thou with us, to lead and uphold us through the remainder of our pilgrimage, and at last receive us to our home in thine eternal heavens.
For A NEw YEAR.
BLESSED be God, who has brought us safe to the beginning of another year. Make us sensible, O thou eternal and holy One, how short and uncertain is our mortal life. Pardon our misspent time, and make us henceforth careful to redeem it. Grant
that we may begin this new year with new resolutions of serving thee more faithfully. Make us wise unto Salvation; that we may consider in this our day the things that belong unto our peace; and that we may pass the time of our sojourning here in thy fear and love; and be ready to depart hence, whenever thou shalt say unto us, Return, ye childrem of men.
FoR A SICK CHILD.
HEAVENLY Father, we beseech thee to pity the troubles of the child whom thou hast visited with illness, and pity our sorrows, who are afflicted for it. Ease it of its pains, and strengthen it in its weakness. Raise it up again, if it shall please thee, to grow in years and stature, in wisdom and virtue; and thereby to comfort us, and glorify thee. We believe that thou knowest best what is fit both for it, and for us, and wilt do what is fit for both ; and therefore we leave it to thy wise disposal. Butlet it be thine, O Lord, in life or death ; and either preserve it to be thy true and faithful servant on
grant that the affliction which it has pleased thee to bring upon us, may awaken our consciences, and soften our hearts, and impress upon us such convictions of thy holiness and power, that we may place in thee our only felicity, and strive to please thee in all our ways. And give us grace constantly to look forward to that life, which is beyond death, and over which death has no power, revealed to us by thy dear Son Jesus Christ.
IN ANY AFFLICTION.
MERCIFULLY regard us, O Lord, in our present trouble, and make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us. Strengthen us to bear the cross which is laid upon us. Give us grace to look to the example of our blessed Master, who, for the joy which was set before him, endured a heavier cross than ours. By the sadness of our countenances may hearts be made better; and may we so improve thine afflictive dispensations, that they may all tend to our final happiness and
The following Sentences are to be said alternately by the Instructer and the Pupils.
Ins. WHEREWITHAL shall the young cleanse their way? P. By taking heed thereto, according to God’s word. Ins. Teach them, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; P. And we shall keep it unto the end. Ins. Give them understanding, and they shall keep thy law ; P. Yea, we shall keep it with our whole heart. Ins. O turn away their eyes, lest they behold vanity; y P. And quicken thou us in thy way.
Ins. The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy; P. O teach us thy statuteS. Ins. Thou art good, and doest good ; P. O teach us thy statutes. Ins. Thy testimonies have we claimed as our heritage forever; and why? P. They are the very joy of our hearts. Ins. Our hands also will we lift up unto thy commandments, which we have loved ; P. And our study shall be in thy statutes. Ins. Let us pray.
Then shall the Instructer
say the following Pray€7°.
o GOD, who art the