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midst of them. Grant us the influences of thy Holy Spirit, without which our worship must be in vain. Open our understandings to receive thy word. Assist our devotions, when we pray to thee. Attune our hearts and voices to thy praise. And graciously pardon and accept of us, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen. II. THE READING OF THE WORD OF GOD. T Here a suitable portion of Scripture may be read. III. PSALM OR HYMN.

* In the absence of other books, suitable songs of praise may be used - from the selection in this volume.

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IV. PRAYER.

O Thou, who art the true God, the living God, and an everlasting King, suffer us, thine unworthy creatures, to approach thy footstool in the name of Jesus Christ. O Lord, thou art very great, thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who is a God like unto thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders! Thou art the King eternal, immortal, invisible. If we ascend into heaven, thou art there; if we make our bed in hell, behold thou art there. The heavens, even the heaven of heavens, are thine, and all the host of them. Thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of eternity. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold iniquity. Clouds and darkness are round about thee; but righteousness and judgment are the habitation of thy throne. And thou art also good, and thy mercy endureth for ever. We

worship thee as the Creator of all things, for whose honour they are, and were created. And we pay our homage to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore. Enable us to say from the heart, Thou art our God, and through Jesus Christ thy Son, receive our adoration. Most merciful and prayer-hearing God, we beseech thee to hear our prayers. Thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. Thou who hast said that every one that asketh, receiveth; grant that out of thine infinite fulness we may now receive, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Truly our souls wait on God; from him cometh our salvation. 0 pour upon us the spirit of grace and of supplications; open thou our lips, and our mouth shall show forth thy praise. But, O most holy Lord, how shall we come into thy presence' Thou puttest no trust in thy saints, and the heavens are not clean in thy sight. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who should stand! But there is forgiveness with thee, and we pray thee to forgive the iniquity of our sin. We are a seed of evil doers. By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, and we are by nature children of wrath. We confess that our mind is darkened, and that we have hated instruction. In much of our lives, God has not been in all our thoughts. We have forgotten the God that formed us. We have set our affection on earthly things, and have loved and served the creature, more than thee, the Creator. We have sinned against light, against warnings, and against mercies, and are without excuse. We have many times restrained prayer, and cast off

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fear. We have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God; and our iniquities are more than the hairs of our heads. We confess and bewail our love of the world, our carnal affections, our ingratitude and discontent, our sloth and stupidity, our unbelief and impenitence. By our sins we have dishonoured thee, and destroyed our own souls. Thou hast nourished and brought us up as children, but we have rebelled against thee. Justly mightest thou swear in thy wrath, that we shall not enter into thy rest. Nor can we help or deliver ourselves, but are, till called by thee, dead in trespasses and sins. And it is of the Lord’s mercies, that we are not consumed, and because thy compassions fail not. O God of infinite mercy, be merciful to us sinners! Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin. Blessed for ever be thy name, that thou hast so loved the world as to give thine only begotten Son! In his name alone do we dare to approach thee. For the sake of thy Son, in whom thou art well pleased, forgive us. Justify us freely by thy grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously, for Christ's sake. Enable us now to cast our souls on him, making mention of his righteousness, even of his only. Lord, we believe! help thou our unbelief! Say unto each of us, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee, go in peace! And grant us the witness of the Spirit, that we are the children of God. 0 thou all-seeing God, who readest our hearts, convert those among us who are unconverted. Awaken those who are slumbering. Convince those who are hardened. And lead to Christ those who are in quiring. We humbly beseech thee to grant us the graces of thy Holy Spirit. Let no iniquity have dominion over us. Strengthen us against the temptations to which we are subject. Put upon us the whole armour of God, and enable us to fight the good fight of faith. Give us grace to resist the devil, that he may flee from us, and cause us to possess that faith by which we shall overcome the world. May we endure hardness, as good soldiers of Jesus Christ, and receive the crown of glory which fadeth not away. O Lord, bless thy word this day, to us and to others. Teach transgressors thy ways, and let sinners be converted unto thee. Give us thy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Give us grace to love thee with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Grant unto us humility, meekness, patience, hope, purity, temperance, brotherly-kindness, and charity. Make us faithful and courageous in the performance of every duty, and submissive under every trial. And as we know not what a day may bring forth, we beseech thee to prepare us for the hour of our death. When we fail, let us be received into everlasting habitations, to be ever with the Lord. O Lord our God, have mercy upon all whom we love. Now that we are absent from our homes, bless abundantly such as are near to our hearts, with all which thou seest they need. Graciously bless such as are in affliction of body or mind. Heal those who are in illness, pain, or danger; and sanctify to them thy dispensations. And O grant to those who are appointed unto death, a sure and constant faith in Jesus Christ, and an abundant entrance, by his merits, into Paradise. Look down in mercy upon thy servant, the President of the United States, and on all who frame and execute our laws. Endow them with, wisdom and grace, that they may conduct the affairs of this nation to thy glory. Bless, we earnestly beseech thee, our army and navy; all who are set for our defence, and especially that portion of them with which we are connected. Fill them with dutiful and Christian tempers, cover their head in the day of battle; go forth with them, keep them from sin, and prosper them with deliverance and success in all their duties and trials. Bless and save our country. Make it Immanuel's land. Make us a holy and a happy people. And on all our glory, create a defence. O that thy way may be known on earth, thy saving health to all nations. Let the people praise thee; yea, let all the people praise. Bless all missionaries and other ministers, and convert to thyself both Jews and Gentiles, and unbelievers of every nation. Remember thy universal Church. Save thy people, O Lord, and bless thy heritage. Feed them also, and lift them up for ever. Let thy word, in every place, have free course and be glorified. Grant to our world a time of universal righteousness and universal peace. Blessed be thy holy name, O Lord, for all thy goodness, and for all thy grace! Thou art gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great

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