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version of souls and the extension of the gos- i pend upon it, and plead it before God; but be pel. Bless all missionary societies; and let fully persuaded that his blood cleanseth from the circling months see the banners of the all sin, and that by the one offering up of Redeemer carried forward, till all nations are himself he hath perfected for ever them that subdued to the obedience of faith. Our Fa- are sanctified. ther, &c. Amen.
Yet, O God, never suffer us to sin that grace may abound. May we never crucify
the Saviour afresh, and put him to an open GOOD FRIDAY.
shame. May He never be wounded in the
house of his professing friends. Rather may MORNING
we live only and wholly for Him who died O THOU, King eternal, immortal, and in- for us, and adorn the doctrine of God our visible! though Thou art past finding out | Saviour in all things. unto perfection, we rejoice that we are not May our old man be crucified with Him, called to worship an unknown God. Thou and the body of sin be destroyed, that hencehast not left thyself without witness. We forth we may not serve sin. May we be bless Thee for the revelation which Thou planted together in the likeness of his death. hast given us; and that in thy word we can As He suffered for us, leaving us an example view Thee as the Father of mercies and the that we should follow his steps, may we God of all grace. All thy works and ways learn of Him submission, and meekness and correspond with the names Thou hast as- forgiveness of injuries: when reviled, may sumed, and demand and justify our confidence we revile not again; when suffering may we in Thee. We praise Thee for the displays of threaten not, but commit ourselves to Him thy goodness in the productions of nature and that judgeth righteously. the bounties of thy providence; but above all, Like Him, in all the afflictions of life may for thine inestimable love in the redemption we look to the hand that prepares and preof the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the sents them, and say, The cup which my Fameans of grace, and for the hope of glory. ther hath given me, shall I not drink it!
Herein Thou hast commended thy love to Whatever be the cross we are required to wards us, in that while we were yet sinners bear, may we look before us, and see Him Christ died for us.
carrying a much heavier; carrying it for us, We find ourselves this morning at the foot and carrying it without a murmur. of his cross, where angels are desiring to look Convert and pardon all those who by their into these things—And if they who need no lives or doctrine are the enemies of the cross repentance, study the sufferings of Christ and of Christ. Have mercy upon the descendants the glory that should follow, how much more of those who shed his blood; and let his dying should we, to whom they are not only true prayer be answered, Father, forgive them, and wonderful and sublime, but all-important for they know not what they do. and infinitely interesting! Help us, O Lord, As Thou hast made his soul an offering for to turn aside and see this great sight; and sin, may he see his seed, and prolong his not suffer a dying Saviour to address us in days, and the pleasure of the Lord prosper vain-Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass in his hand. May He see of the travail of by? Behold and see if ever there was sorrow his soul and be satisfied; and by his knowlike unto my sorrow.
ledge may He justify many, having borne Here may we see the value of our souls in their iniquities. the price paid for their deliverance; and in- Yea, having been lifted up from the earth, stead of neglecting them for the vanities of may He draw all men unto Him. May all time and sense, may we regard them accord-kings fall down before Him, and all nations ing to the estimation in which they were serve Him; and in all the earth which He holden by Him who gave his life a ransom has purchased with his own blood, may there for many. Here may we contemplate the evil be one Lord, and his name one. of sin, and abhor it; here look upon Him And when He who made himself of no rewhom we have pierced, and mourn for Him. putation, but took upon Him the form of a serYet remembering that He was not only slain vant, and became obedient unto death, even by us, but for us, may we rejoice in our tears; the death of the cross, shall come in his glory, and by believing enter into rest.
with all the holy angels, may we be enabled With humble and holy confidence may we to say, Even so, come Lord Jesus; and unite be enabled to say, Surely He hath borne our with those who will be eternally employed griefs and carried our sorrows; the chastise- in sayingment of our peace was upon Him, and with Unto Him that loved us, and washed us his stripes we are healed.
from our sins in his own blood, and hath May we never degrade his death, by fear-made us kings and priests unto God, and to ing that it will not be available for guilt so his Father, be glory and dominion for ever great and aggravated as ours, even if we de- and ever. Amen.
deem us from all iniquity, and purify unto
himself a peculiar people zealous of good EVENING.
works. O THOU, whose name alone is Jehovah, the And O that in every future moment of our Most High over all the earth: we desire to existence, we may be constrained to live not adore thy perfections, and to admire thy to ourselves, but to Him that died for us and works, which are sought out of all them that / rose again. As He so loved us, may we also have pleasure therein.
| love one another; and never deem anything Thou art the only wise God. Thy power too great to do or to suffer, while endeavouris almighty. Whither can we go from thy ing to seek and to save that which is lost. presence, or whither can we flee from thy | May the hearts which are too hard to be spirit! Thou art holy in all thy ways. And broken by terror, be melted by love, and such is thy purity, that even the heavens are gained by confidence. May none of those not clean in thy sight.
who are desirous of returning to Thee be disHow shall we come before the Lord, or couraged by a fear of rejection, but calling bow before the high God? We have no of- to remembrance and belief the infinite proof fering of our own to bring. No man can re
urown to bring No man can re. which Thou hast already exhibited of thy bedeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for nevolence, thus judge-He that spared not him. The blood of bulls and of goats could his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, not take away sin. The law itself made how shall He not with Him freely give us all nothing perfect-but the bringing in of a bet-things. ter hope did, by the which we draw nigh to Smile upon our sovereign and our country. God.:
Let all the churches of the faithful be edified Yes, blessed be thy name, Thou hast and multiplied. Bless all the ministers of the shown us what is good; and we behold the everlasting gospel, and may they increasingly Lamb of God, who is the propitiation for our determine to know nothing, save Jesus Christ sins, and not for ours only, but also for the and Him crucified. sins of the whole world.
Increase the number of those who love his Here a foundation is laid for our hope, in salvation; and as he gave himself a ransom connexion with the highest glory of all thy for all, may it be testified in due time; that perfections; and we rejoice to think that while He may have the heathen for his inheritance, pieading for salvation by the blood of the cross, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his we ask Thee not to deny thyself, or to tram- possession, and reign King of kings, and Lord ple on thy holy law: for here thy law is magnified and made honourable; here all thy at. In his words we conclude our devotions : tributes are developed and harmonized : mercy Our Father, &c. Amen. and truth meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Here weary and heavy laden may we come for relief, and find rest unto our souls. May
EASTER SUNDAY. we take fresh views of this adorable sacrifice
MORNING under a sense of our constant unworthiness and desert; and in all our approaches to Thee may WHEN we consider the heavens, the work we have boldness and access with confidence of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which by the faith of Him.
Thou hast ordained; Lord, what is man that May we not only rely upon his cross, but Thou art mindful of him, or the son of man glory in it. Yea may we joy in God through that Thou visitest him. We are not worthy our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have of an audience at thy footstool; we are not now received the atonement. And may we worthy of the least of all thy mercies; our be able, individually, to say, I am crucified sins have even called aloud for vengeance. with Christ ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, But Thou hast not executed upon us the but Christ liveth in me; and the life that I fierceness of thine anger; because Thou art now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the good as well as great; and thy goodness conSon of God, who loved me and gave himself stitutes thy greatness. Thou hast turned our for me.
| very fall into an occasion of improving our We are thankful that as He atoned for our condition, by advancing us to the possession guilt, so He procured for us the grace of life, of greater blessings than we originally enjoythat the blessing of Abraham might come oned; so that we not only have life, but have it the gentiles, and that we might receive the more abundantly. promise of the Spirit through faith. May we For this purpose the Son of thy love was never separate the pardon and sanctification manifested, and in the fulness of time we bewhich Thou hast joined together. May we hold Him assuming our nature, and coming prove that He gave himself—not only for our into our world, not to be ministered unto, but sins, but that He might deliver us from this to minister, and to give his life a ransom for present evil world; yea, that He might re-many. We rejoice to see, in his release from
fhanh, lo fa mol of lords
the prison of the grave, the evidence of the 1
EASTER SUNDAY. all-sufficiency and acceptation of the sacrifice He offered on the cross. O help us to con
EVENING. sider Him as a risen Saviour ; and may we O Thou ever blessed God, we rejoice to feel the power of his resurrection, in esta- think Thou hast determined to get thyself blishing our faith, enlivening our hope, and honour in this apostate part of thy empire, securing our sanctification. May we not only not by the merited infliction of thy justice, believe his resurrection, but partake of it and but the displays of thy goodness. For thou resemble it; that like as Christ was raised hast said, mercy shall be built up for ever, a from the dead by the glory of the Father, even monument higher than the heavens, more so we also might walk in newness of life, durable than eternity, and inscribed to the reckoning ourselves to be dead indeed unto praise of the glory of thy grace, wherein sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ Thou hast made us accepted in the Beloved. our Lord.
We bless Thee for the appointment and And if risen with Christ, may we give evi- revelation of the one only Mediator between dence of it, and act becoming it in seeking Thee and us; by whose death singers are those things that are above.
reconciled, and by whose life they are saved. May we never leave our spiritual and ever- Thou hast laid on Him the iniquity of us all. lasting condition undecided and unknown: Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried may we never be satisfied till we are able to our sorrows; the chastisement of our peace say, Blessed be the God and Father of our was upon Him, and with his stripes we are Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his healed. abundant mercy hath begotten us again 'unto Establish in our minds a full persuasion a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus that He was delivered for our offences, and Christ from the dead to an inheritance in- raised again for our justification; and may corruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not we above all things be concerned to know, away, reserved in heaven for us.
not only that He has risen again, but that we In all our difficulties and dangers, may we are quickened together with Christ, and raised rejoice that He who was dead is alive again, up, and made to sit with Him in the heato plead for us, to defend us, and to supply ; venly places. May we hold communion with and has the keys of hell and of death. Him as a living and reigning Saviour, able to • In all the afflictions of life, in the decay carry on our cause, and save unto the utterof nature, and when looking into the horrors most all that come unto God by Him. of the grave, may we with humble and holy Is He not head over all things unto his confidence be able to say, I know that my body the church? Is He not exalted to be a Redeemer liveth, and shall stand at the latter Prince and a Saviour ? Has he not assured day upon the earth; and though after my us that because He lives, we shall live also ! skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh May we view Him as the first-fruits of them shall I see God.
that sleep; and believe that as in Adam all Are we called to mourn over the loss of our die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. dear and pious connexions? Let us not sor- | May we view his resurrection, not only as the row as those who have no hope ; but comfort pledge, but the model of our own; knowing one another with these words—That Jesus that He shall not only change our vile body, died and rose again, and them that sleep in but fashion it like his own glorious body, Jesus will God bring with Him.
according to the working whereby He is able We glory in the victory which our risen even to subdue all things unto himself. Saviour has obtained, not only over death and Thou hast appointed a day in which Thou the grave, but the powers of darkness. We wilt judge the world in righteousness by that rejoice that He has set judgment in the earth, man whom Thou hast ordained; and Thoa and that the isles are waiting for his law; that hast given assurance of it unto all men, in his word is translating into every language, that Thou hast raised Him from the dead. and his servants entering every clime. We O save us from the wrath of the Larnb. May hail what he has done, as a pledge of his uni- we tremble at the thought of appearing be versal triumph. And though we yet see not fore Him, if we have neglected his salvation, all things actually put under Him, we see despised his precious blood, and resisted his Him, for the suffering of death, crowned with Holy Spirit. glory and honour; and in possession of all the Let not the head stone of the corner be a resources necessary to accomplish the bene- stone of stumbling and a rock of offence; but volent designs of his heart: and He must as He is chosen of God and precious, may He reign till all his enemies are made his foot be precious to us. And while He is living stool.
for us in heaven, may we be living for Him Through Him, as the once-suffering but on earth. May we esteem it our highest ho now exalted Saviour, we address Thee, as nour to be like Him, and feel it our greatest Our Father, &c. Amen.
| pleasure to serve Him.
And let all the house of Israel know as- scriptures complete. Instead of the blackness suredly, that Thou hast made that same and darkness and tempest of Sinai, we have Jesus whom their fathers crucified, both Lord the milder glories and the small still voice of and Christ. May the veil be taken from their Zion. 'We have not received the spirit of heart, and may they behold as in a glass his bondage again to fear; but the spirit of adopglory.
tion, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. As a nation, be merciful unto us and bless We praise Thee for the establishment of us. May this Christian country be a country the glorious gospel which at the first began of Christians; and let all who name the name to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed of Christ depart from iniquity.
unto us by them that heard Him; God also Bless all those who preach Jesus and the bearing them witness, with signs and wonresurrection. May they preach with the Holy ders, and with divers miracles and gifts of the ; Ghost sent down from heaven. May their Holy Ghost, according to his own will. We
sound go into all the earth, and their words rejoice, that though his supernatural agency unto the ends of the world.
has ceased with its necessity, the ministry of As yet, after all we have read and heard the Spirit continues, and that his saying inand experienced, we know but little of the fluences are confined to no period of the value of the gospel; but we know enough to church. All that have been enlightened and induce us to be thankful for our religious ad- renewed since the fall, have been the subjects vantages, to sympathize with those who are of his operation; and with Thee is the resiwithout Christ, and to pray that in Him all | due of the Spirit. the families of the earth may be blessed, and We rejoice that as there is no blessing we all generations call Him blessed.
so much need, so there is no blessing we are Now the God of peace, that brought again so much encouraged to implore: for thy truth from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great has said, If ye, being evil, know how to give Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of good gifts unto your children, how much the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in more shall your Father which is in heaven every good work to do his will, working in give his Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. us that which is well-pleasing in his sight, |
T O Thou God of all grace, fulfil the word through Jesus Christ; to whon be glory for unto thy servants, upon which Thou hast ever and ever. Amen.
caused us to hope. Impart unto us thy Holy Spirit, to open the eyes of our understanding,
to sanctify our affections, to comfort our hearts, WHITSUNDAY.
to glorify Christ, by taking of the things of
Christ, and showing them to us.
May we never commit the sin against the O God, Thou hast established thy throne Holy Ghost. Never quench the Spirit. Never in the heavens, and thy kingdom ruleth over resist the Holy Ghost. Never grieve the Holy all: and all nations before Thee are as nothing. Spirit. But may we pray in the Holy Ghost, Yet blessed be thy name, it is only in compa- and worship God in the Spirit, and be led by rison with thy infinite greatness that they are the Spirit, and be filled with the Spirit. nothing—not in reference to thy condescen- May we always view thy commands in sion and kindness and care. Even as indi- connexion with thy promises, and our duties viduals we have been the charge of thy pro- and trials in connexion with our resources. vidence; goodness and mercy have always Great is our work, great is our warfare, and attended us, and having obtained help of Thee far greater than we have ever yet felt it to we continue to this day. Thou hast been be is our weakness. But our sufficiency is mindful of our souls as well as our bodies; of God; and Thou hast said, I will never vea Thou wast pleased to form a purpose of leave thee, nor forsake thee. Not by might grace in our favour, and devise means the nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord. most glorious to deliver us from the degrada- Let the goings of our God and our King tion and misery and perdition of sin, and to be seen in the sanctuary; and when thy truth make us partakers of the hope of eternal life. is dispensed, let it come to those who hear it,
We bless Thee for the dispensation of re- not in word only, but in power and in the
to the privileged country in which we live. I mire with gratitude the developement of a płna Humble us before Thee for our sins, espe- of mercy and grace divinely appropriate to cially our neglect and abuse of our religious all our wants and woes, and uniting the highadvantages. Withdraw not from us the bless. est display of thy highest glory with the salings we have forfeited; and inflict not upon vation of sinners. us the judgments we have deserved. But Adored be the benevolence that led the spare us according to the greatness of thy Son of thy love, before the foundation of the mercy.
world, to say, Lo! I come to do thy will, o And from our land of vision, may the light God; thy law is within my heart Blessed break forth upon all those who are in dark- be the day when the angels saw Him bo ness and the region of the shadow of death. was rich for our sakes becoming poor, that we
Bless all missionary exertions. Let the through his poverty might be rich. Bled various societies employed in this work of be the hour, when the Prince of Life bore faith and labour of love view each other with our sins in his own body on the tree; add pleasure and rejoice in each other's success; having obtained eternal redemption for us, ar and if not in immediate and personal co-ope- cended up on high, leading captivity captie, ration, yet in accordance, and tendency, and and receiving gifts for men, even the rebel. design, may they stand fast in one spirit, with lious also, that the Lord God might dwell one mind, striving together for the faith of among them. We rejoice that Christianity the gospel. Let those who remain at home was originally preached, with the Hols Glos hold forth the word of life in their own cir- sent down from heaven; and in the dent cles, and be concerned to evangelize the dis-stration of the Spirit was so tirinly established, tricts in which they reside. But 0, let there that the gates of hell can never prevall against not be a deficiency of those who offer them-it. We praise Thee that at so early a period selves to the help of the Lord among the the Sun of Righteousness, in the knowledge heathen, and that say, Lord, send me. Let of the gospel, arose with healing under his it be said, as it was in the beginning of the wings upon this distinguished island, and gospel—The Lord gave the word, great was said, Arise, shine, for thy light is one, and the company of them that published it. the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
And be with those that are already en And I what reason have we to be thankfu gaged. We know that Paul can only plant, if this gospel has come to us, not in word and Apollos water; but Thou canst give the only, but in power, and in the Holy Ghost, increase.
and in much assurance. Pour thy Spirit from on high, and the wil- | | For we bless Thee, that though miracles derness shall become a fruitful field. Our | have ceased, yet thy Spirit is insured to the Father, &c. Amen.
people to the end of the world, as the source of light and life, and peace and joy; giring
testimony to the word of thy grace, and workWHITSUNDAY,
ing in the souls of men to will and to do of
thy good pleasure. EVENING
Thou Author of all good, save us, we beO Thou Author of peace and lover of con- seech Thee, by the washing of regeneration cord, in knowledge of whom standeth our and the renewing of the Holy Ghost May eternal life, and whose service is perfect we be found in the number of those who are freedom; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts born of the Spirit, and give evidence of it by by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, and our walking after the Spirit, and our minding give us grace whereby we may serve Thee the things of the Spirit. Instead of judging acceptably, with reverence and with godly ourselves by dreams, fancies, and impres fear.
sions, may we prove what is acceptable unto We adore Thee as the Creator of all things, the Lord, and remember that the fruit of the visible and invisible. Thou art the maker of Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, our earth; and Thou art the maker of man and truth. upon it: and Thou madest man upright in the We desire, O God, to acknowledge our enpossession of thy image and the enjoyment tire dependence upon Thee. Whatever time of thy presence. But man, being in honour, we have been engaged in Thy service, we abode not. Our first father sinned; and we are still in the body, and feel our need of the have borne his iniquity. We have gone astray continuance of those counsels, supports, and from the womb; and in numberless instances consolations, which have ever been afforded have evinced ourselves to be the degenerate us. Cast us not away from thy presence, and offspring of a fallen original--and there is no take not thy Holy Spirit from tis. health in us. As transgressors of thy law, we In all the dangers to which we are exare under the curse; and did our deliverance posed, uphold us by thy free Spirit; and may depend upon ourselves, we must lie down in we not think it enough to be preserved from endless despair. We admit in all its extent falling, but may we go forward, and be always the testimony of thy word against us, but ad-abounding in the work of the Lord. Strength