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dangers are numberless, and we are utterly unable to keep ourselves from falling-Hold
Thou us up, and we shall be safe. T'he burSUNDAY MORNING.
dens we feel would press our lives down to
the ground-Lay underneath us thine everO COME, let us worship and fall down, let lasting arms. Fears alarm us; cares corrode us kneel betore the Lord our Maker, for He us; losses impoverish us; our very affections is our God, and we are the people of his pas- are the sources of our afflictions; surely man ture and the sheep of his hand.
walketh in a vain show, surely we are disYes, O Lord, we are thine; and Thee we quieted in vain: all, all is vanity and vexation are bound to serve. We grieve to think how of spirit-While in the world we have tribumany of our fellow-creatures live without lation, in Thee may we have peace; and in
Thee in the world; and confess with shame, the multitude of our thoughts within us, may that other lords have had dominion over us: thy comforts delight our souls! but henceforth by Thee only will we make Yet O Lord we would remember, that gratimention of thy name. We hope Thou hast tude becomes us much more than complaint. subdued the insensibility and indifference to Our afflictions have been light compared with wards Thyself, so awfully natural to us; and our guilt; and few compared with the sufferawakened in us the inquiry, Where is God ings of others. They have all been attended my maker, that giveth songs in the night? | with numberless alleviations; they have all We hope we are disposed to acknowledge been needful; all founded in a regard to our Thee in all our ways; but we feel our need welfare; all designed to work together for our of the exercises of devotion. We trust we good. We bless Thee for what is past; and hold communion with Thee every day; but trust Thee for what is future; and cast all we find week-days to be worldly days; and our care upon Thee, knowing that Thou our allowed intercourse with secular concerns carest for us. tends to reduce our heavenly impressions, and Thou hast commanded us to pray for all to make us forgetful of our work, and our men, that we may be bound by our very derest. We therefore bless Thee for the return votions, as we have opportunity, to do good of a day sacred to our souls and eternity ;-a unto all men, especially unto them that are time of refreshing from the presence of the of the household of faith. May we always Lord;-in which, by waiting upon Thee, our cherish and display benevolent dispositions tohearts are enlarged, and our strength is re- wards our dependents; forgiving dispositions newed ; so that we can mount up with wings towards our enemies; peaceable dispositions as eagles, run and not be weary, and walk towards our neighbours; and candid disposiand not faint.
tions towards our fellow Christians. May we This is the day which the Lord hath made, be able to say with our Lord and Saviour, we will rejoice and be glad in it. O let our Whosoever shall do the will of my Father minds be withdrawn from the world, as well that is in heaven, the same is my brother, as our bodies. Let our retirement be devout. and sister, and mother; and pray with Paul, Let our meditation be sweet. Let our con- Grace be with all them that love our Lord versation be editying. Let our reading be Jesus Christ in sincerity! pious. Let our hearing be profitable--and May the goings of our God and King be on Thee may we wait all the day!
seen this day in every Christian sanctuary. Afford us the supply of the spirit of Jesus Go with us to thy house, and give testimony Christ. None can need thy succours more to the word of thy grace. May it have free than we. Thou knowest our infirmities—Let course, and be glorified in the hearts and thy strength be made perfect in our weak- lives of those that shall hear it. May it enness. Our duties are far above our own power lighten the ignorant; awaken the careless; -Let thy grace be sufficient for us. Our reclaim the wandering ; establish the weak;
comfort the feeble-minded; and make ready | salvation; and give us as a token for good, a people prepared for the Lord!
that we may rejoice in Thee. Remember those who are this day denied Yet O God, we would not rest satisfied our advantages. Be a little sanctuary to with a conviction of our relation to Thee, them in the midst of their privations; and let while we are regardless of improving it. May them know that Thou art not confined to we walk worthy of the Lord, unto all peas temples made with hands. And O forget not ing, being fruitful in every good work, and Dthose who never enjoyed our privileges; creasing in the knowledge of God; strengthnever smiled when a sabbath appeared; never ened with all might according to his gracious heard of the name of a Saviour-and let thy power, unto all patience and long suffering way be known on earth, thy saving health with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the among all nations! Our Father which art in Father who hath made us meet to be pezheaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy king- takers of the inheritance of the saints in light. dom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it We can never discharge the obligations thr is in heaven. Give us this day our daily abundant mercy has laid us under: but may bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we we ever show that we are sensible of them: forgive them that trespass against us. And and that our impressed hearts are asking, lead us not into temptation ; but deliver us What shall I render unto the Lord for all Lis from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the benefits towards me? While we hear The power, and the glory, for ever and ever. saying, O do not that abominable thing which Amen.
I hate, may we be effectually deterred from sin, and induced to watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation. May thy love be sbed
abroad in our hearts, that none of thy comSUNDAY EVENING.
mandments may be grievous. May thy glaze Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among
be dear to us: may we inquire after thy will the gods! Who is like Thee, glorious in
with impartiality, and conform ourselves to it holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders ?
with diligence. Uphold us by thy free spirit; May we approach Thee with the humility
and let the words of our mouths and the medi
tations of our hearts be acceptable in the which is due to thy greatness, and the hope that becomes thy goodness. For though Thou
sight, O Lord, our strength and our re
"deemer! art high, yet hast Thou respect unto the low
- Hitherto we have been compelled to ex. ly; and though continually adored by thrones | and dominions, principalities and powers, yet
claim, My leanness, my leanness! We have Thou despisest not the prayer of the desti
| been no better in religion than a bruised reed tute, but wilt hear their prayer. Our fathers
or smoking flax. But it is our mercy, that cried unto Thee, and were delivered. They
Thou dost not despise the day of small things; trusted in Thee, and were not confounded.
and our encouragement, that Thou givest And Thou never saidst to the seed of Jacob,
more grace; that Thou hast promised to perSeek ye me in vain.
fect that which concerneth us; and com.
manded us to ask and receive that our joy Behold a company of sinners at thy footstool, earnestly praying to be remembered
s may be full. May we therefore not only be with the favour Thou bearest unto thy peo.
humble, but active; may we not only shake ple, and to be visited with thy salvation? We
oft' sloth, but despondency; may we be strong would not overlook the blessings of the life
in the Lord, and in the power of his might: that now is. If we have food, and raiment and increase with all the increase of God. and agreeable connexions, and case, and
till we are filled with all—the fulness of
God! health, and safe abode, we would bless Thee; for we have no claim to these bounties, and
Thou knowest what is in man, and what is our present condition renders them valuable.
necessary to him. Thou art pot only addressBut they are not our God;
ing us continually by the voice of creation,
and the varying events of thy providence, but Give what thou canst, without Thee we are poor, | Thou hast given us thy word and thine ordiAnd with Thce rich, take what Thou wilt away.
nances. We behold our sabbaths, or eyes -Thou art the strength of our hearts, and see our teachers, and our ears hear the joy. our portion for ever. Whom have we in ful sound of salvation by the cross, and the heaven but Thee? and there is none upon grace of our Lord Jesus. Prophets and rightearth that we desire beside Thee.
eous men desired to see the things that we And praise waiteth for Thee, O God, in see, and did not see them; and to hear the Zion. We long to be able with unshaken things that we hear, and did not hear them. confidence, to apply the promises of thy grace But blessed are our eyes, for they see; and to ourselves; and to say, Thou shalt guide me our ears, for they hear. Yet we would rewith thy counsel, and afterwards receive me member, that our responsibility will be anto glory. O say to our souls, in language swerable to our talents; that our chief danour consciences can understand, I am thy ger results from our greatest privileges; and
that our very blessings may be converted into
MONDAY MORNING. a curse. We would therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into thy O Thou God of all grace; the Father of rest, any of us should seem to come short of it. mercies; the hope of Israel, the Saviour
Bless this family. May those of us who thereof in the time of trouble! Why hast are at the head of it, walk within our house | Thou revealed Thyself in such lovely chawith a perfect heart, and set no wicked thing racters and endearing relations, but to meet before our eyes. May we have a testimony our dejections, to reinove our fears, and inin the bosoms of those who have the best op- duce us to say, It is good for me to draw nigh portunities of observing us, that in simplicity to God! and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, We come to Thee as criminals to be parbut by thy grace, we have our conversation doned, as beggars to obtain relief, and as in the world, and more especially to them- friends to enjoy communion with the God of ward. May we conduct ourselves towards love. We bow with submission and gratitude those who serve us, as knowing that we have to the method which Thou hast appointed a master in heaven, and that there is no res- and made known for all intercourse between pect of persons with God; and may our ser- | Thee and us. We approach Thee through vants, in fulfilling the duties of their station, Him in whom Thou hast proclaimed Thyself serve the Lord Christ. May we train up well pleased, pleading the propitiation of his our children in the nurture and admonition blood, and making mention of his righteousof the Lord; and have the inexpressible sa-ness, and of his only.. tisfaction of seeing them walk in the truth. But we can have access to Thee through We ask not great things for them of a worldly Him only-by one Spirit—that Spirit, the nature; only give them health of body and residue of which is with Thee, and which has soundness of mind, and food and raiment actuated the souls of thy people in all ages. convenient and sufficient for them: but O O give thy Holy Spirit to them that now ask bless them with all spiritual blessings, and Thee! May He open the eyes of our undernumber them with thy saints in glory ever-standing and convince us of sin. May He lasting! Pity those parents whose hearts are humble the pride of our self-righteous hearts, bleeding over children of disobedience; and and expel us from every refuge of lies. May hear all the pious, whose irreligious relations He glorify Christ in our wants, desires, deare forcing them often to exclaim, How shall I pendence, and application; and take of the endure to see the destruction of my kindred ! things of Christ and show them to us. May
Hast not Thou made of one blood all the we be enabled to receive the Lord Jesus in nations of men that dwell upon the face of all all his blessings and influences; and though the earth? Remember the work of thy now we see Him not, yet believing, may we rehands. Have respect unto thy holy cove-joice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. nant; and let the world know, that Thou In all the distresses of conscience, in all the hast so loved it, as to give thy only begotten afflictions of life, and in all the dissatisfacSon, that whosoever believeth in Him should tions necessarily experienced in creature-ennot perish, but have everlasting life.
joyments, may we repair weary and heavy Hear the prayers which have this day laden, to Him who has promised to give us been offered for our native country, for our rest. May the vanity of the world wean us rightful sovereign, and for the government from its pursuits ; and may the tribulation of under which we live. It is a good land the world endear the peace which no storm which the Lord our God hath given us : can either prevent or destroy!
Thou hast done great things for us whereof May we arise, and depart hence; may we we are glud: May we never grow insensi- confess ourselves to be only strangers and ble of our privileges, and provoke Thee by pilgrims upon earth; and declare plainlyour sins to remove them. May they be con- too plainly to be misunderstood, that we seek tinued to the latest posterity; and be sancti- a better country even an heavenly. Prepare fied to us and to our children. As thou hast us for all the allotments of this short, and given us such a distinguished rank among changing, and uncertain life. May we have the nations, may we be for a name and a a safe passage out of it, and a comfortable praise unto Thee in the whole earth : and as passage through it, and a useful residence we are so largely the subjects of thy good- in it. May we continually illustrate in our ness, may we be the instruments too, and character and conduct, the representations from us may the word of the Lord sound out Thou hast given of thy people, as the dew of into every land.
heaven, the salt of the earth, the light of the Now unto Him that is able to do exceed-world. May we never deem it enough to be ing abundantly above all that we ask or think, blameless and harmless; but may our light according to the power that worketh in us, so shine before men, that they may see our unto Him be glory in the church by Christ good works and glorify our Father which is Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. in Heaven. May we never be ashamed of Amen.
Jesus, nor of his words; never be deterred from the prosecution of a known duty, by the proclamations of the gospel, which hold him fear of man; and never be discouraged from forth to our view in all his grace, and glory, attempting it, by a consciousness of our own and unsearchable riches, that we throagh weakness. Having thy sanction and presence, patience and comfort of the scripture migat may we be strong and courageous; and be have hope. steadfast and unmoveable; always abound O Thou God of hope, fill us with all jon ing in the work of the Lord.
| and peace in believing thy promises and in What we know not, teach Thou us. Lead vitations, that we may abound in hope through us into all truth. May we see divine things the power of the lloly Ghost. May we estan in a divine light, that while they intorin our all things but loss for the excellency of the judgment, they may sanctity the heart, and knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lond; 1) consecrate the whole life to the service and may we supremely desire to win Christ glory of God. Who can understand his er- knowing that he who hath the Son hath lie rors? Cleanse Thou us from secret faults. and shall never come into condemnato. Search us, O God, and know our hearts; try May we prove that we are joined to the Lord us, and know our thoughts, and see if there by being one spirit with him. May our senti be any wicked way in us, and lead us in the ments, tempers, and conduct, be formed at way everlasting.
the example which he left us; and inay we Accept of our united thanksgivings for never consider ourselves Christians, but as te the preservation and refreshment of the past long to be like him, and the life also of Jesus night: and take us under thy guiding and be made manifest in our mortal body. May guardian care this day; and whether we eat we never love a world that crucitied the or drink, or whatever we do, may we do all lord of glory; nor suffer those sins to live to the glory of God, through our Lord and that caused him to die. Play his grace, D Saviour. Amen.
becoming poor, that we through his poverty might be rich, make us ashamed of our sulle
ishness; and may his unexampled lore, in MONDAY EVENING.
giving his life a ranson for us, so contain We have heard, that to the Lord our God us, as to render any services or sacrices fur belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we
orcies and forgivenesses, though we his sake our delight. have rebelled against him. Hence we are May He never be wounded in the house of encouraged to approach Thee. For we are his professed friends. May we rather die than verily guilty, we are deeply guilty. If our bring a reproach upon his cause. May all is depravity has not always broken forth into followers be dear to lis. May we recommend action, our hearts have been deceitful above him to those who know him not, that they all things and desperately wicked; and if I may seek him with us. Let the number of our transgressions have not been so cross as i those who love his salvation daily increase; those of many of our fellow-creatures, they and let the accessions include every member have been more aggravated, because commit- of our household, and all our absent friends. ted against goodness the most astonishing, Hasten, O Lord, the blessed hour, when all light the most clear, and advantares the most kings shall fall down before him, and all distinguishing. And Thou hast seen all, nations shall serve him-And blessed be his and abhorred all, and couldst easily and right- glorious name for ever! And let the whole eously have punished us for all." But Thou earth be filled with his glory. hast not executed upon us the fierceness of We praise Thee as the length of our days thine anger, because Thou art God and not and the God of our mercy. In the morning man. Neither hast Thou treated us with we committed ourselves to thy care, and Tbou neglect; but Thou hast remembered us in hast been with us in our going out and our our low estate; and not only without our coming in, and hast kept us in all our wars desert, but without our desire. Thou wast Pardon whatever Thou hast seen amiss in us pleased to devise means for our restoration through another period of our time. Accept to thy favour, and image, and presence. the charge of us through the approaching We bless Thee for a purpose of grace night, and grant us, the
night, and grant us the sleep which Thou given ns in Christ Jesus before the world be givest thy beloved: for we hope we desire it gan. We rejoice that in the fulness of time not only as creatures, but as Christians; not he assumed our nature, and becaine obedient only to gratify our feelings, but to renew our unto death, even the death of the cross; and strength for thy service, and to fit us to glorify that as he was delivered for our offences, so Thee in our bodies as well as in our spirits, he was raised again for our justification, and through our adorable Redeemer. Amen. ascending up on bigh, entered into the holy place, as a proof of the sufficiency and acceptance of the sacrifice he offered. We
TUESDAY MORNING. rejoice that he has received the whole dis O THOU omnipresent and omniscient Jeho pensation of the Spirit, and that in him all vah! Thou art about our path, and our lying fulness dwells. And we bless Thee for the down. Thou art acquainted with all our
ways. There is not a word in our tongue, visit us with thy salvation! Shine into our but, lo! () Lord, thou knowest it altogether. hearts, and give us the light of the knowThou understandest our very thoughts afar ledge of thy glory in the face of Jesus Christ. off. Yea the darkness bideth not from Thee, Enable us by faith to embrace thy unspeakbut the night shineth as the day : the dark- able gift. May we sit at his feet. May we ness and the light are both alike to Thee. glory in his cross. May we imbibe his spirit.
Known therefore to Thee are our sins, May we follow his example ; and whatsoever with every aggravation; and our necessities, we do in word or deed, may we do all in the with all their circumstances. Yet Thou re- name of the Lord Jesus. quirest us to confess our guilt, and to spread We extend our wishes beyond the little our wants before Thee, in order that we our-circle now kneeling in thy presence. We selves may be suitably affected with them, have various absent connexions endeared to and be prepared for the promised displays of our hearts : 0 place them under thy agency thy goodness. Every view we take of our as the God of grace; and keep them under selves convinces us that we lie entirely at thy thy care as the God of providence. mercy, and that it is only because thy com- We would remember them that are in passions fail not we are not consumed. We bonds, as bound with them; and those that know not the evil there is in one sin; and suffer adversity, as being ourselves also in our iniquities are more in number than the the body. Address to the hearts of the afhairs of our head. Thou art our creator: but ficted, the promise, I will be with thee in of the rock that begat us we have been un- trouble: thy shoes shall be iron and brass, mindful, and have forgotten the God that and as thy days so shall thy strength be. formed us. Thou hast nourished and brought Let glory dwell in our land, and upon all up children: but we have rebelled against the glory may there be a defence. Do good thee. Thou hast given us laws, founded in a in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build Thou regard to our welfare as well as thine own the walls of Jerusalem. Make bare thine glory; but we have said with our lives, if not arm in the sight of all the nations; and let with our lips, Who is the Lord, that we all the ends of the earth see the salvation of should obey his voice? Thou art the perfec- our God. tion of beauty, the centre of excellency, the May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, source of all blessedness; and Thee we ought and the love of God, and the communion of to have loved supremely: but we have loved the Holy Ghost, be with us all, now and for and served the creature more than the Crea-evermore. Amen. tor; we have loved idols, and after them we have gone. Instead of praying, Lord, lift Thou up the light of thy countenance upon us, we have asked with the multitude, Who
TUESDAY EVENING. will show us any good ? Departing from O THOU who wast, and art, and art to come, Thee, we have made flesh our arm. We have the Almighty! With Thee is the fountain leaned on broken reeds, and though they of life. In thy presence there is fulness of have disappointed our hopes, and pierced us joy, and at thy right-hand there are pleasures through with many sorrows, we have often for evermore. It is our privilege as well as returned to the same wretched dependence. our duty to draw near to Thee. It is the preThou hast raised up for us a Saviour; and rogative of our nature, that of all creatures the gospel has presented to our view a plan in this lower world, we alone are made capaof redemption and renovation which the an- ble of knowing, resembling, serving, and engels desire to look into. But we have crown-joying Thee. All our degradation and misery ed all our guilt, by neglecting so great sal- have been produced by our alienation and ab vation, and turning away from Him that sence from Thee; and all our happiness and speaketh from heaven; and we deserve to be perfection depend upon our reunion and infor ever excluded from all the blessings of tercourse with Thee. We therefore bless the cross.
Thee for the revelation Thou hast given us, O deal not with us after our desert, but ac- and by which we learn, that thy thoughts tocording to our necessity; and where sin has wards us are thoughts of peace and not of abounded, may grace much more abound. evil. We rejoice in a new and living way Over all our unworthiness may grace reign into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, who has through righteousness unto eternal life by once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, Jesus Christ our Lord. It is thy pleasure that he might bring us unto God. We pray that we seek Thee. The desires we feel are that the grand design of his sacrifice may be of thine own producing. We are willing to accomplished in each of us. May we feel be saved in thy own way. We love thy sal- that we are brought back from the dreadful vation; we love it as it is free, and secures distance to which sin had conveyed us, and to thyself the undivided glory; and we love that we are one with God again : and henceit as it is holy, and designed to save us from forth may the life that we live in the flesh, the power as well as the penalty of sin. O be a life of communion with the Father of