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liverance for them į or should thy wisdom con tinue the trial, keep them from sinking or sinning in the evil day ; let thy strength be made perfect in their weakness; and in the multitude of their thoughts within them, may thy comforts delight their souls. ' '
Be with those who will pass the day in absence from thy dear abode. Though Thou art with thy people in trouble, yet Thou hast taught them, by experience, to value thy ordinances, and to esteem a day in thy courts, better than a thousand. 0, let them not pass an unprofitable, though a silent sabbath ; let their meditation of Thee be sweet; and though not in thy house, may they be in thy Spirit, on thy own day.
And make those thankful, who are exempted from spiritual privations; and have liberty, and health, and strength, to go into thy house, in the multitude of thy mercies.
We bless Thee that this is our privilege. May we know the day of our visitation, and embrace the things that belong to our peace. May we hear with solemnity of mind, knowing that for all these things, God will bring us unto judgment. May we hear with prayer, remembering that whoever may plant or water, Thou alone canst give the increase. May we be doers of the word, and not hearers only; and may we keep in memory what is preached unto us, that we may not beIlieve in vain.
May we carry into ordinary life the various portions of divine truth, which successively engage our attention, and use them as seasons and circumstances render them suitable ; may its doctrines inform, its warnings caution, its rules guide, and its promises comfort us, till we have received the end of our faith, the salvation of our souls.
Bless the congregation in whose devotions we. are to mingle. Let thy minister be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints shout aloud for joy. .
0, Thou holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised Thee, peace be within thy walls-For our brethren and companions' sakes we will now say, peace be within Thee.
And bless, we beseech Thee, all thy churches, and all thy servants of every name.. Plead thy own cause. Build up Zion. Establish and make Jerusalem a praise in the whole earth. May many run to and fro, and knowledge be increased ; and may all know Thee from the least even to the greatest. Our Father, &c.
QUICKEN our souls to call upon thy name; pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplication; and in our enlivened and enlarged experience, may we know that Thou art not only the gracious rewarder, but the Almighty helper of them that diligently seek Thee.
For such O God, is the ignorance of our minds, the vagrancy of our thoughts, the earthiness of our affections, and the unbelief of our hearts, that with- ' out Thee we can do nothing. But the preparation of the heart, and the answer of the tongue are from Thee; thy Spirit helps our infirmities; thy grace is sufficient for us. Ünite our hearts to fear thy name ; enable us to come even to thy seat ; and may our fellowship be with the God of love,
May we approach Thee, not as the Eternal Jehovah, but as our Father and our Friend, our exceeding joy, the strength of our heart, and our portion for ever. May we not only exercise that faith, by which we understand the worlds were made by the word of God. May we not only believe in Thee as the God of nature and providence, but in Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent, and sent to put away sin by the sacrifice of Him
self. We feel discouragements resulting from our guilty fears, and find it hard to believe, that on our return thou wilt meet us in peace. We there fore bless Thee, for the displaying of the exceeding riches of thy grace, in thy kindness towards us by Christ Jesus : and we rejoice in the blessed intelligence, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their iniquities unto them.
These glad tidings we have this day been hear- ' ing; and () Lord, Thou knowest how often we have heard the joyful sound ; and Thou knowest the manner in which we have received it. We have reason to fear, that many have received it in vain; that their hearing has only added to their guilt; and that their sabbaths have been only employed in treasuring up wrath against the day of wrath. 0, what would the spirits in prison, give for one of our opportunities, one of our offers of mercy. How many now sitting in darkness, and in the regions of the shadow of death, would exult at the entrance of that light, against which we shut our eyes, or which we behold with indifference.
Awaken, O Lord, in our consciences, the inquiry, how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ?
May we believe the report we have this day heard · keep in memory what has been preached unto us, iest we believe in vain. May we bide thy word in our hearts, that we may not sin against Thee; and may the truth, as it is in Jesus, illuminate in us all that is dark, sanctify in us all that is unholy, establish all that is wavering, comfort all that is wretched, and accomplish in us all the good pleasure of thy goodness, and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in us, and that we may be glorified in Him.
We sometimes hope, Thou hast commenced a good work in us ; we hope that we have begun to see the evil of sin, to hunger and thirst after right
eousness; that we are asking the way to Zion, with our faces thitherward; and are praying, rememher me, 0, Lord, with the favour Thou bearest unto thy people.
Command and enable us to go forward. Take us by the hand, and lead.us.on from strength to strength. Let the dawn break into the perfect day; and the blade become the full corn in the ear.
We live in a world of changes but Thou art the same : may we know that Thou hast made, with us an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure. We are pressing through a vale of tears; but we bless Thee for the opening glory at the end. Enable us to realize, as our own, a better, even a heavenly country. Prepare us for every part of our pilgrimage ; uphold our goings in thy word ; and let no iniquity have dominion over us.
May we rejoice as though we rejoiced not; and weep as though we wept not ; and buy as though we possessed not; and use this world as not abusing it. · We would sympathize with those that are in distress. Give to them that mourn in Zion, beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Bless all the institutions which are established to diffuse the Scriptures, and to send forth missionarieș. Remember those who have gone forth to preach among the Gentiles, the unsearchable riches of Christ, Preserve their health, their morals, their spirituality, their zeal ; let them be exam. ples of all they teach ; and be Thou a little sanctuary to them among the heathen. May all the events that take place, in the nations of the earth subserve the spread of the Redeemer's empire ; and may we exult in the period, when the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
And to God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost, be praises for ever and ever. Amen.
MONDAY MORNING The heavens declare thy glory, 0, God, and the firmament 'showeth thy handy work.' Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge ; and there is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. We behold displays of thy wisdom, power and goodness, in all thy works, from the largest, to the least.
But Thou hast magnified thy word, above all thy name; and we can never be sufficiently thankful, for the revelation of thy will in the Scriptures of truth. We bless Thee that this sacred volume has been preserved, and translated, and published, and multiplied, so that we all have it in our possesion, and can read, in our own tongue, the wonderful works of God. Here we see, not only thy greatness, but thy grace; and not only thy pity, but thy rectitude; we see mercy and truth meeting together, righteousness and peace kissing each other. Here Thou hast shined in our hearts, to give us the light of the knowledge of thy glory, in the face of Jesus Christ.
For in Him Thou hast reconciled the world unto thyself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. Thou hast made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. And Thou hast raised Him up from the dead, and given Him glory, that our faith and hope may be in God. May the hearts thus tenderly wooed, be effectually won. At the view of this infinite kindness, may we resign all our unworthy and suspicious thoughts; and placing our confidence in Thee, return and say-Lord, I am thine, save me. Look Thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as Thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
We ask not to be enrolled among the rich and : the great of this world, but to be numbered with