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ever, Lord, to whom should we go but unto! May we be made the partakers of Christ Thee? Thou hast the words of eternal life. and not only of his righteousness but of his Thou hast been with us in trouble; and many Spirit ; that we may be not only pardoned a shadow of death hast Thou turned into the but renewed; and not only have a title to morning. We can now discern thy wisdom heaven but a meetness for it. No longer and kindness in dispensations which once alienated from the life of God, may our mediperplexed and dismayed us: and what we tations of Thee be sweet, and may we draw know not now we shall know hereafter. near to Thee as to our exceeding joy. May
Never leave us nor forsake us; but sup- we confide in thy promises, and rely on thy port and lead us through all these dark and constant protection and care. May we be sorrowful regions; and enable us with con- devoted to thy service, and find it perfect fidence to hail the hour when our sun shall freedom. May we love obedience: may thy no more go down, nor our moon withdraw law be within our heart. herself; for the Lord shall be our everlasting Let thy cause be dear to our souls. We light, and the days of our mourning shall be pray that thy word may have free course and ended.
be glorified. Let thy church not only be We implore it through the intercession multiplied in number, but increased in knowof Him who gave himself for our sins, that ledge and sanctity and peace and concord and He might deliver us from this present evil joy, so that it may be a pruise in the whole world according to the will of God and our earth. Let the light of the moon be as the Father; to whom be glory for ever and ever. light of the sun, and the light of the sun be Amen.
sevenfold, as the light of seven days. For brass, bring gold; and for iron, silver; and
for wood, brass; and for stones, iron. SATURDAY MORNING.
Thou dost not stand in need of us; but
in thy condescension and wisdom Thou art LET not the Lord be angry, while we, who pleased to make use of means, and we desire are but dust and ashes, take upon us to speak the honour and happiness of being instruunto the living God. Pardon our unworthi- ments in thy hand. Lord, what wilt Thou ness—help our infirmities; and hearken unto have us to do? We would value every day the voice of our cry, our King and our God, afforded us as a new period of usefulness for unto Thee will we pray:
May we be anxious to accomplish all we can Thou art good to all; and we have largely to alleviate human wo, and to advance the shared with thy creatures the bounties of thy temporal and spiritual welfare of all around providence. But I remember us with the fa- us. vour Thou bearest unto thy people. We bless And may we not only be zealous, but per. Thee for characterizing them; and we bless severing. May we never be discouraged, Thee that Thou hast placed the distinction never grow weary in well-doing. While in no high and discouraging attainments: for many go back after following the Saviour, Thou takest pleasure in them that fear Thee; may we cleave to him with purpose of heart, in them that hope in thy mercy. May these and at last hear Him say, Ye are they who dispositions be found in cach of us. May have continued with me in my temptation, we dread thine anger, revere thy perfections, and I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my stand in awe of thy majesty, and tremble at Father also hath appointed unto me. thy word. And hide not thy mercy from us: We would not forget the afflicted. Hear enable us to trust in it and to plead it; and the sighing of the needy; cause the widow's with a broken heart and a contrite spirit may heart to sing for joy; and in Thee may the we earnestly cry, God be merciful to me a fatherless find mercy. Remove indisposition sinner. In how many ways do we need the and disease from those who are exercised exercise of it! But Thou art rich in mercy; thereby, or assure them of that world where Thou art abun:lant in mercy; Thou delight- the inhabitant no more says, I am sick. est in mercy.
Be with us all through the changing scenes We are all so many proofs of this. Because of life, and at the hour of dissolution: when thy compassions fail not we are not con- heart and flesh fail be Thou the strength of sumed. Our forfeited lives have not only our heart and our portion for ever. If death been continued, but crowned with thy good should be sudden, let it not find us unpre
Thou hast provided for our souls as pared; if it should be awful in the apprehenwell as for our bodies; and we hear a thousand sion, let it be safe in the result; and if we voices inviting us to the feast, and saying, cannot depart in triumph, may we expire in Come, for all things are now rea:ly. Thanks humble hope. be unto God for his unspeakable gift: we And through eternal ages may it be our bless Thee for a Saviour, who died for our privilege to unite with those who are singing, sins, and rose again for our justification, and Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from is now ascended far above all heavens that our sins in his own blood, and hath made us He might fill all things.
kings and priests unto God, and to his Father
-to Him be glory and dominion for ever and may we learn in whatsoever state we are Amen.
therewith to be content; yea in everything may we give thanks.
May we not only submit to our trials, but SATURDAY EVENING.
be grateful for them. They are designed for
our profit, that we may be partakers of thy O Lord God of Hosts: Thou hast esta- holiness. They evince a care of which we blished thy throne in the heavens, and thy are unworthy, and which we have never prokingdom ruleth over all. It is a source of joy perly repaid. Lord, what is man, that Thou to our minds, and of encouragement to our shouldst magnify him; that Thou shouldst hopes, that the Lord God Omnipotent reign- set thy heart upon him; that Thou shouldst eth. In thy greatness we see thy all-suffi- visit him every morning, and chasten him ciency to accomplish all that Thou hast pro- every moment. So impatient and wayward mised, to confer upon us all we need, and to and foolish have we been under thy hand, do for us exceeding abundantly above all we that we have forfeited all claim to the rod, can ask or think.
and deserve to be stricken no more. It would It is therefore good for us to draw near to be just in Thee to say, They are joined to idols, Thee; and it is our mercy to know that we let them alone. But, O Lord, abandon us not can approach Thee with confidence of ac- to ourselves; treat us not with neglect. Emceptance and success; founded not on any ploy whatever means are necessary to save worthiness or works of our own, but on thine and sanctify our souls. Try us as Thou own grace in the appointment of a Mediator, pleasest; only while we are chastened of the who has put away sin by the sacrifice of him- Lord, let us not be condemned with the self, and opened a new and living way into wicked. the holiest of all by his own blood.
Humble us under a view of our depravity We have no other name to plead, and we through another day and another week, which need no other. Behold, O God, our shield, is now hastening to join the days and weeks and look upon the face of thine Anointed; before the flood. Who can understand his and for his sake, who groaned in the garden errors? In many things we all offend. Hide and died upon the cross, and now appears in thy face from our sins. Heal our backslidthy presence for us, pardon our iniquity, for ings, and receive us graciously; so will we it is great: cleanse us from all unrighteous-render the calves of our lips. ness; deliver us from the power of darkness; On the coming day, let thy good Spirit and translate us into the kingdom of thy dear lead us to thy holy hill and to thy tabernacle. Son.
May we go unto the altar of God as to our May we no longer be strangers and foreign- exceeding joy, and taste the blessedness of ers, but fellow-citizens with the saints and of those that dwell in thy house and are still the household of God; and because we are praising Thee. Teach us to value properly sons, send forth the spirit of thy Son into our the means of grace, and be concerned to dehearts, crying, Abba, Father. May our inter- rive from them the benefit they are designed course with Thee be free and delightful and to afford. May we remember our accountconstant; and not on peculiar occasions only, ableness for them. May we remember that but in every thing by prayer and supplication they never leave us as they find us; but alwith thanksgiving, may we make known our ways prove the savour of life unto life, or of requests unto Thee. May we live in thy pre- death unto death.
Let not our attendance add to our sin and May we walk with God, and walk humbly condemnation. Let us not sing without dewith God; sensible of our deficiencies and votion, pray without desire, and hear in vain; desert; admiring thy condescension and pa- but be found in the number of those who tience; and bowing to all thy dispensations know the joyful sound, and walk in the fear without murmuring or repining.
of the Lord, and in the comforts of the Holy May we walk circumspectly, not as fools Ghost. but as wise, redeeming the time. May we And may those who will not be able to be zealous in the discharge of all those duties, hear the word, hear the rod, and hear it saythe performance of which depends on a sea- ing, As many as I love I rebuke and chasten. son so fleeting and precarious. May we con- Let meditation and reading and pious consider one another, and provoke one another versation, and above all thy special presence, to love and to good works; not forsaking the be substitutes for public ordinances. Thus assembling of ourselves together as the man- send portions to those for whom nothing is ner of some is, but exhorting one another, prepared; and let them that tarry at home and so much the more as we see the day ap- divide the spoil. And have mercy upon all proaching.
men, as we implore it through the mediation Enable us to realize the universality and of the ever blessed Redeemer. In whose perfection of thy agency in all our affairs; words we address Thee-Our Father, &c. and since all thy ways are mercy and truth, I Amen.
ple; and are we unfit for services which re
quire a spirituality to which we are naturally SUNDAY MORNING.
averse ? Our encouragement is in the all-sui
ficiency of thy grace; and therefore blessed O God, Thou hast made, and Thou uphold be thy name, we go with a lively hope deest all things by the word of thy power. The rived from thy own promise, In all places day is thine, the night is also thine; and by where I record thy name, I will come unto thy wise and kind appointment they are also thee and I will bless thee. Save now, O Lord rendered ours—The night to wipe off from we beseech Thee; O Lord we beseech Thee our minds the cares of the day; to refresh our send now prosperity. wearied bodies; and to renew our natural We cast our eyes over a world lying in strength—and the day to summon us to new wickedness; and our compassion and zeal are activities, and to afford us opportunities to awakened. How many are perishing with glorify our heavenly Benefactor, to serve our hunger, while there is bread enough and to generation, and to acquire knowledge, holi- spare in our Father's house. How many are ness and everlasting life.
suffering under the miseries of this life, and To these duties every morning calls us; the fears of another, but they have no combut this is the day which the Lord hath made forter. The captive exiles hasten that they more peculiarly for his own honour and our may be loosed, and that they may not lose improvement; and therefore we will rejoice their life in the pit; and by their condition, and be glad in it. It brings to our remem- if not by their consciousness of it, are sarbrance the creation of the world, when God ing, Come over and help us. O send out thy rested from all his works which He had light and thy truth, that all nations whom made, and pronounced them to be very good. Thou hast made may come and worship beAnd there is none like unto Thee, O Lord, fore Thee and glorify thy name. We bless among the gods, neither are there any works Thee that so many Societies have been formlike unto thy works: they proclaim thy eter-ed for this noble purpose; and that so many nal power and godhead, so that we should be have counted the cost, and have gone forth without excuse were we not to glorify Thee to preach among the Gentiles the unsearchas God. But Thou hast said, Behold, I create able riches of Christ. And we bless Thee for new heavens and a new earth, and the for- the smiles with which Thou hast crowned mer shall not be remembered nor come into their efforts. Thou hast risen up out of thy mind. We adore Thee therefore as the God place. Thou hast made bare thy arm in the and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who sight of all the nations. Kings of armies do having finished the work that was given him flee apace, and she that tarries at home dito do, entered into his rest: we call to our vides the spoil—and princes shall come out minds a risen Saviour, who has obtained eter- of Egypt; and Ethiopia shall soon stretch nal redemption for us; who dieth no more; forth her hands unto God; and all the ends who must reign till all his enemies are made of the earth shall see his salvation, for the his footstool.
mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. May we enter into his rest and find it to be God save the king; and render him equal glorious. May we cease from all the wretch- to all the importance and responsibility of his ed attempts to deliver and save ourselves; exalted station: and may he reign not only and believe in the name of the only, begotten over a great and mighty empire, but over a Son of God; that being justified by faith we moral and holy people, whose God is the may have peace through the blood of the Lord. Clothe thy priests with righteousness; cross; and standing in his grace rejoice in let thy saints shout aloud for joy; let thy poor hope of the glory that shall be revealed. be satisfied with bread. Let the blind and the
We feel our depravity as well as our guilt; lame come to Jesus in the temple and be heal. and therefore we pray, not only that Thou ed. May private trials subserve the designs wilt forgive us our sins, but cleanse us from of public instruction; and thy own presence all unrighteousness. Create in us a clean make the chamber of sickness and the dwellheart; renew in us a right spirit; and in sim- ing-place of sorrow, the house of God and the plicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly gate of heaven. And prevent us, O Lord, in wisdom but by thy grace, may we have our all our doings by thy most gracious favour: conversation in the world.
and further us with thy continual help; that We rejoice that the tabernacle of God is in all our works begun, continued, and ended with men; and we bless Thee that Thou hast in Thee, we may glorify thy holy name; and said, Let them make me a sanctuary that I finally obtain everlasting life, through Jesus may dwell among them. We are now to re- Christ our Lord: to whom be glory for ever pair from the retirement of the closet and the and ever. Amen. family altar, to the habitation of thy house, and to mingle with the multitude that keep
SUNDAY EVENING. holy-day. We are unworthy to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his tem- PRAISE waiteth for Thee, O God, in Zion,
and to render it is the noblest exercise of Not only by the word but by the rod, teach which our nature is capable. And it is infi- us to profit. May we learn obedience by nitely thy due from all thy creatures; and all the the things we suffer: and however grievthy works display thy attributes and fulfil thy ous any dispensation may be to flesh and designs. The sea and the dry land; the win- blood, may we be able to say with a sufferer ter's cold and the summer's heat; the morn- of old, I know that this shall turn to my saling light and the evening shade, all are full vation. We forget not the sons and daughof Thee. Thy paths drop down fatness. Thou ters of affliction : 0 do Thou remember them givest us richly all things to enjoy. Thou art in the displays of thy power, and the tenderthe King of kings, and the Lord of lords. Em- ness of thy pity. pires rise and fall, and fade and flourish at thy Our goodness extendeth not to Thee, but pleasure. But while all thy works praise thee, may the poor and the needy, and the ignorant O Lord, thy saints bless 'Thee. And how ma- and the vicious find that it ever extends to ny of these are there in thy house above. And them: and that Thou art pleased to make us how many are there even in this world which not only the subjects of thy goodness, but the lieth in wickedness; and how does it delight instruments of thy mercy. Bless the throne, us to think that their multitude is so greatly the government, and the country. May the increasing. The Lord add to his people how British empire be under thine eye continually, many soever they be, a hundred fold! and ever prove the seat of knowledge and
But O number us with thy saints in glory freedom, of social order and happiness, of everlasting. We turn from men of the world gospel privileges and genuine godliness, of who have their portion in this life, the gro benevolence and usefulness. vellers of mortality, and long to be remem- Let better days arrive than the world has bered with the favour Thou bearest unto thy ever yet witnessed. Let the gospel break in people. If we know our own hearts, we would upon those who are lying in the shade of choose rather to suffer affliction with the peo death and hell : and where the illumination ple of God than enjoy the pleasures of sin for has begun, may the light of the moon be as a season; and esteem the reproach of Christ the light of the sun, and the light of the sun greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. be sevenfold as the light of seven days. Bind How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy up all the breaches of thy people, and heal tabernacles, O Israel ! May we die the death the stroke of their wounds. Bless thy church of the righteous, and may our last end be like universally: and revive and enlarge the portheirs. And, O Lord, we pray to resemble tion of it with which we are connected, and them, not only in their future allotment, but have been again engaged in the exercises of in their present condition and character. devotion. Behold us as a family; and may With them we would sit at the great Teach- the good will of Him that dwelt in the bush, er's feet and receive of his words. With them ever reside in this house to secure and to we would run the race that is set before us, bless. looking unto Jesus. With them we would Regard us as individuals, at the close of fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on another Sabbath. How many have this day eternal life.
been awakened to the resolution, I will arise May our religion never be an undecided and go unto my Father. How many have thing in our own minds: may we know that had their faith and hope in God established. the root of the matter is found in us ; and may How many have obtained supplies to prepare others know it too. May our principles be them for their re-entrance into the duties and evinced in their operation and effects. May trials of life. But we fear it is not so with we not only believe with the heart, but con- We mourn over our unprofitableness, fess with the tongue, and hold forth the word | and tremble at our condition. We have of life by our lives as well as by our lips. again met together, if not for the better for May our understandings be more informed in the worse. 0 let us not provoke Thee to divine things: our affections more holy and withdraw the means of grace from us, or to heavenly ; our principles more confirmed ; our withhold the influence which can alone renmotives more simple and pure; our hearts der them effectual. We know the Word we more right with God. Till the day dawn, hear will judge us in the last day; may we and the shadows flee away, may there be an judge ourselves by it now, that we may not open and unrestrained intercourse between be condemned with the wicked. Enter not Thee and our souls. Till the full fruition into judgment with thy servants, for in thy comes, may we enjoy the earnests of our in- sight shall no flesh living be justified. Our heritance, and the first-fruits of the Spirit. Father, &c. Till we walk by sight, may we walk by faith. Till we finish our course with joy, may we pursue it with diligence, and in every inter
MONDAY MORNING. mediate part display the resources of the O LORD, open Thou our mouth, and our Christian, and adorn the doctrine of God our lips shall show forth thy praise. We adore Saviour in all things
and bless Thee, not only as our Creator, and
Preserver, and Benefactor, but also as our | again: and love to all our fellow-creatures, condescending Teacher. None teaches like but especially to them that are of the house Thee. Thou hast opened before us the vo- hold of faith. May we love them notwithlume of Nature, and there we can read and standing differences of opinion and impertecconsider the works of the Lord which are tions of character; and love them out of a great and useful, sought out of all them that pure heart fervently. have pleasure therein : but we have also spread Be the friend of our friends; the father of before us the fuller and clearer pages of reve- our children; the master of our servants, lation. In these we see what Thou wilt have Bless this family. May thine eye and thy us to do; and it is inscribed with such plain- heart be here continually. May all the memness that he may run that readeth. And bers of the household make thy word the rule here we learn not only what Thou requirest of their conduct, submitting themselves one of us, but what Thou hast done for us and to another in the fear of God, and by lore servpromised to us. Here we commune with ing one another. Some of our connexions are Thee as the God of all grace, and the Father far off' from us; but we rejoice to think that of mercies; the God and Father of our Lord they are near Thee, and that thou art a very Jesus Christ. In the fulness of time Thou present help in trouble. Keep them as the wast pleased to send forth thy Son, made of a apple of the eye; hide them under the shawoman, made under the law to redeem them dow of thy wing; and may all grace abound that were under the law; and he bore our towards them. Let the young be sobersins in his own body on the tree; and having minded, and flee youthful lusts. Let the made peace by the blood of his cross, he was hoary head be a crown of glory, being found exalted at thy own right hand to be a prince in the way of righteousness. We pray for and a Saviour, to give repentance unto Is- the afflicted; and we pray still more for the rael and forgiveness of sins.
prosperous and indulged. O Lord, we would cheerfully and thank- Bless the services of the past Sabbath. fully avail ourselves of the provisions of thy Let us not lay aside our religious concer love; and while others go about to establish with the day appointed to excite and increase their own righteousness, we would submit it: may we retain a savour of the things of ourselves to the righteousness which is of God through all the unhallowing avocations God. May we renounce every other refuge of the week. We often hear thy word: let for our souls, every other foundation for our us not resemble a man beholding his natural hope; and rejoice in Christ Jesus; and have face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and no confidence in the flesh.
goeth his way, and straight way forgetteth It delights us to think how many are al- what manner of man he was. But may we ready made the partakers of this life-giving look into the perfect law of liberty and exSaviour; but we pray for a participation of tinue therein, that being not forgetful hearers, him ourselves. O bless us with a present but doers of the word, we may be blesæd is experience of his salvation, in our deliverance our deed. And to God only wise, be glory from sin, in our bearing the image of the for ever and ever. Amen. heavenly, in our enjoying his presence, and in our being upheld by his free Spirit. And O bless us with a conscious experience of his
MONDAY EVENING. salvation. Let us not live from day to day, O God, Thou dost according to thine own uncertain what we are and whither we are will in the army of heaven, and among the going; but bear witness with our spirits that inhabitants of the earth : none can stay thy we are thy children, and enable us to say, I hand, or say unto Thee, What doest Thou! know that my Redeemer liveth. And bless We are the creatures of thy power; Thou us with a growing experience of this salva- art the Father of our spirits; and it is thy tion: if already enlightened, may we see inspiration that giveth them understanding. greater things than these; if'already quickened We are entirely the care of thy providence; together with Christ, may we have life more Thou hast holden our souls in life, and not abundantly: renew us day by day in our in- suffered our feet to be removed : and having ward man; and lead us on from strength to obtained help of Thee we continue to this strength in the way everlasting, till we shall day. appear perfect before Thee in Zion.
But, O God, we are sinners in thy sight; O for more of that abiding in Jesus with- and if we say we have not sinned, we make out which we cannot bring forth fruit! O for thee a liar, and thy word is not in us.
Far a deeper sense of our obligations to him, that from wishing to deny or excuse our offences, we may surrender ourselves to his will, and we throw ourselves at thy footstool, confess feel it the joy of our hearts to serve him! ing that our iniquities are increased over our While faith justifies our souls, may obedience head, and our trespass is gone up into the justify our faith, and prove it to be of the very heavens. We have erred and strayed operation of the Spirit. May our faith work from thy ways like lost sheep. We have folby love, love to Him that died for us and rose lowed too much the devices and desires of