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der, to excite an abhorrence of sin, to wean us from the present evil world, and to make us partakers of thy holiness. Only assure us, and we shall learn in whatsoever state we are, therewith to be content-only assure us, that Thou wilt be with us in trouble, and, that at the end of the vale of tears, we shall enter Emmanuel's land, where the inhabitants no more say, I am sick; where our sun shall no more go down, nor our moon withdraw ilself, but God shall be our everlasting light, and the days of our mourning shall be ended.
May our friends and relations be fellow-beirs with us of the grace of life. Let our house be the tabernacle of the righteous : let our children and servants be a seed to serve Thee : and among none of those who surround this family altar, may there be weeping and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, when they shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Ja. cob, in the kingdom of God, and they themselves shut out.
Lord, help us all to view our religious opportunities as talents, for which we are accountable : to remember, that our greatest danger results from our highest privileges; and to fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into thy rest, any of us should seem to come short of it.
Thou hast determined the bounds of our habitation; and by the events of thy providence, many of those in whose society we delight, are separated from us. When we are absent in body, may we be often present in spirit. We commend our absent friends and kindred to thy covenant care. May no evil tidings concerning them, wound our hearts : spare them in mercy : may we often embrace each other in circumstances of health and comfort: or if we have had our last interview on earth, may we all meet in our heavenly Father's house, and be for ever with each other, and for ever with the Lord.
' In hope of which, with every other blessing, we devoutly ascribe to the only wise God, our Saviour, praise and glory everlasting. Amen.
TUESDAY EVENING. O Thou King of Glory, we desire to approach thy divine Majesty with reverence and godly fear, and to worship Thee in the beauty of holiness. Every perfection adorns thy nature, and sustains thý throne. The heavens are thine ; the earth also is thine; the world is thine ; and the fulness thereof. Thy power drew the universe from nothing. Thy wisdom has managed all its multiplied concerns, presiding over nations, families, and individuals, and numbering the very hairs of our head. Thy goodness is boundless : the eyes of all wait upon Thee, and Thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. How precious are the thoughts of thy mercy and grace and so excellent is thy loving kindness, that even the children of men, put their trust under the shadow of thy wing.
Thou art the blessed and happy God. 0, teach us to place our happiness in thyself. May we never seek the living among the dead, nor ask with the deluded many, Who will show us any good ? But, may we prize the light of thy countenance ; implore the joy of thy salvation; and passing by the attractions of creatures, be able to say, Whom have I in heaven but Thee, and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.
Thou hast been infinitely more attentive to our happiness than we ever have been, or ever can be. Thou madest man upright, and when,, by voluntary transgression, we fell away from Thee, Thou didst not treat us with the severity, or the
neglect, we deserved. In thy love and pity Thou wast pleased to provide for us a Saviour, who bore our grief and carried our sorrows, and put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Apply this redemption to our hearts, by the justification of our persons, and the sanctification of our natures. We confess our transgressions-Have mercy upon us. We are heavy laden-Give us rest. We are ignorant-Make us wise unto salvation. We are helpless-Let thy strength be made perfect in our weakness. We are poor and needy. Bless us with all the unsearchable riches of Christ. Having begun a religious course, may we run and not be weary, and walk and not faint. And though perplexities, and trials, and dangers await us, yet may we travel on, unchecked and undismayed, knowing, Thou hast said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Thus far, blessed be thy name, Thou bast led us on, and we have found Thee faithful to thy promises. We have had our sorrows; but Thou hast been a very present help in every time of trouble. We have had our fears; but Thou hast not suffered the enemy to triumph over us. We have sometimes been on the verge of despair, and have said, I am cast out of thy sight: but we have been enabled to look again towards thy holy temple : and the shadow of death has been turned into the morning. Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. Thy vows are upon us, O God : we will render praises unto Thee. For Thou hast delivered our souls from death : wilt not Thou deliver our feet from falling, that we may walk before God in the light of the living ?
We would feel the connexions which unite us to others, and by sympathy, and prayer, and praise, make their miseries and mercies our own. We would rejoice with those that rejoice, and weep with those that weep. Provide support and employment for the poor, and may their hands be
sufficient for them. Make the widow's neart to sing for joy; and in Thee, may the fatherless find mercy. Visit those who are on beds of sickness, and prepare them for thy pleasure : that if they live, it may be to serve Thee; and if they die, it may be to enjoy Thee. Bless our nation. May every department of our government be under the control of infinite wisdom and goodness; and let righteousness and peace be the stability of our times. Do good, in thy good-pleasure, unto Zion; build Thou the walls of Jerusalem : and may all our churches, like the original disciples, continue steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine, and in fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Protect and refresh us through the night season : and then cause us to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning ; for in Thee do we trust; cause us to know the way wherein we should go, for we lift up our souls unto Thee. We implore it through Wie intercession of thy dear Son, and our Saviour.
And blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.
WEDNESDAY MORNING. O God, Thou art incomprehensible, and in none of thy works and ways, can any of thy creatures find Thee out, unto perfection. Yet Thou hast not left thyself without witness, nor called us to worship an unknown God. Thou hast been pleased to reveal thyself to us, as far as our wants and welfare require; and, among other endearing characters, we can discern Thee, as a God, hearing prayer.
Thou never saidst to the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain. A glorious high throne, from the beginning, has been the place of thy people's
sanctuary. And thither would we repair, in all our difficulties, necessities, and distresses, and find it good to draw near to God. Possess us with the spirit of grace, which is always a spirit of supplication. May we live in a prayerful frame of mind, that will always allow of our immediate and pleasing intercourse with Thee : in the ordinary concerns of life, may our thoughts, and desires often ascend the skies; and in habitual devotion, may we find a resource, that will sooth our sorrows, sanctify our successes, and qualify us for all our dealings with our fellow creatures.
We bless Thee that Thou hast made us capable of knowing Thee, the Author of all being; of resembling Thee, the perfection of all excellency; and of enjoying Thee, the source of all happiness. Though we are unworthy to share in thy loving kinduess, it is thy pleasure that we seek after it; and Thou hast said, their hearts shall live that seek God. Therefore, look Thou upon us, and be merciful unto us, as Thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. May we be accepted in the beloved, and know that in Him, we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of our sins. May we view him as the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth ; and as the source of all that grace, by which we are renewed in the spirit of our minds. May we always contemplate our duties in connexion with those promises, which insure ability for the performance of them; and while weak in ourselves, may we be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Attend us, 0, God, in every part of our arduous and trying pilgrimage. We need the same counsel, the same defence, the same comfort, we im- . plored as at the moment of our setting out-Cast us not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from us. May we live in the Spirit, and may we walk in the Spirit. And may our