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praise thee for all thy past mercies and unmerited goodness to us as a ship's company. Thou, Lord, hast hitherto borne us, as it were, on eagles’ wings. Thou hast been with us for good in our goings out, and thus far on our return home. Hitherto thou hast prospered the work of our hands, and preserved us from all the perils and dangers of the voyage. We are now speeding our way back again to the land from whence we came, and our hearts already rejoice with the cheering hope of once more beholding our native land, and those beloved friends and relations whom we there left behind us. For all these thy mercies, we bless and praise thy holy name. Yet, O Lord God, unless thou continue to us thy loving kindness, our hopes and expectations will surely sail us; unless the same hand that led us forth in safety shall be stretched out to conduct us home again, we shall never behold our native dwellings. Do thou, then, O Lord, continue to go with and bless us through all our homeward-bound passage, until we meet, in safety and peace, all who are near and dear to us. And grant, O Lord, that on our arrival in port, we may be enabled to seek and serve thee, in earnestness, in spirit, and in truth. Stir up my heart to embrace all those precious means of grace which will there offer themselves, and which I, from time to time, have most grievously neglected. Grant, O heavenly Father, that as our voyage is every day shortening, I may bear in mind that my earthly course is shortening also O keep me mindful, that soon the voyage of life must be completed, and that I must appear before thee in judgment. O Lord, I have hitherto been a prodigal son; I have lived as without thee, and without Christ in the world. In harbour and at sea, I have sinned against light and conviction; I have often grieved thy Holy Spirit, and acted rebelliously even to thy face; but, Lord, I now desire to return unto thee, and unto the assemblies of thy worshipping people, who know and love thy name. O do thou pardon my past sins, and bless me with the joyful sound of thy gospel; and let it become thy power unto my salvation through the same Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom, with thee, and the Holy Ghost, I would ascribe equal and eternal praise. Amen. -
O Lord Gop, most high and Almighty! who lookest upon the earth, and it trembles; and touchest the mountains, and they smoke; how wonderful art thou in thy works, and terrible in thy doings! Thou hast all the creatures at thy command, and employest them, when thou wilt, as the executioners of thy wrath; even the devouring fire and stormy winds, ungovernable as they appear to us, do yet fulfil thy will. In these flames, these sounds, and these commotions, thou showest the power of thy hand, which no creature is able to resist. When thou, O God of glory, thunderest and causest thy voice to be heard from heaven, thou makest us to know the terrors of the Lord; and how fearful a thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God. And we must own it, Lord, to be only of thy mercies that we are not consumed, even because thy compassions fail not. O let these
thy compassions now be extended to us, and showered upon us. And in tender mercy cause the threatening destruction to pass over us. O despise not the prayers of thy poor creatures, crying to thee in their extreme distress: but now and evermore vouchsafe to hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Jesus. And let us not only find mercy from thee now, but more especially in that great day of the Lord; wherein the heavens being on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth, with all its works, shall be burnt up. O Lord of all mercy, save us now from our sins; for it is our sins that make us afraid; and fearfulness surprises us because we have been false in thy covenant, and rebellious against thy word, and have provoked the holy One of Israel to anger. O forgive us all the guilt which we have contracted, and which fills us with fearful expectation of thy wrath and fiery indignation. And let the all-sufficient merits of our Redeemer’s death (that death which made the earth to quake, and the rocks to rend) atone for every wickedness, whereby we have offended thy divine Majesty. And 0 that we may not only be filled with awe at present, whilst thou art shaking thy rod over us, but be awakened permanently from all carnal security, all hardness of heart, and forgetfulness of thee our God, who art a consuming fire. And let the fear of thy judgments humble us; let thy terrors soften our hearts, and leave such deep and lasting impressions on our minds, that we may never disregard the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands; but with all awfulness revere and adore thee, the supreme Ruler of all the world. O Lord our governor, keep us in thy fear, not only through this day, but to the latest hour of our lives. Keep us from everything that may provoke the eyes of thy glory; and enable us to walk before thee in such an humble, godly, circumspect manner, that thy name may be glorified in us, and that we may be glorified in and with thee for evermore. Amen. * ,
o give thanks unto the Lord for he is good, for his mercy endureth forever! O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men . In our trouble we cried unto thee, and thou didst save us out of our distresses, and didst rescue us from death, when almost all hope had forsaken us. Thou didst command and raise the stormy wind, and didst lift up on high the raging waves of the sea; we mounted up to heaven, and then went down to the depths; our souls were melted within us by reason of trouble: then cried we unto thee, and thou didst deliver us out of our distresses. Praised be our God for his delivering merey, by which we have been wonderfully saved from a watery grave. Thanks be unto God, that he hath calmed the raging storm, and hath brought us in life, to the land, and to our desired haven.
O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.
[If the deliverance be from sickness, the following may be used after the introduction.]
Thou hast brought us out of darkness and the shadow of death, and hast broken our bands asunder. Our Soul abhorred all manner of meat, and we drew near the gates of death; then cried we unto thee and thou deliveredst us from all our distresses. May the life, thus mercifully prolonged, be devoted to thy service. O Lord, sanctify to me this dispensation of thy providence, so that hereafter, I may no more sin against thee, as in days that are past, but may seek thy face and live to the glory of thy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his name, who forgiveth all thy sins, who healeth all thy diseases, who redeemeth thy life from destruction, and crowneth thee with loving kindness, and tender mercy. How great is thy loving kindness, O Lord, therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. Hallelujah—Praise ye the Lord. Amen.
PRAYER UPON SETTING SAIL.
ALMIGHTY and Eternal God, thou hast made the heaven and the earth; the sea and the dry land: and thy wonderful works are every where seen: in wisdom hast thou made them all. Wherever we are, there art thou present with us; for if we ascend up to heaven, thou art there; if we make our bed in hell, behold thou art there. If we take the wings of the morning