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O Thou, who wast, and art, and art to come, the Almighty. Thou art the Creator of all the ends of the earth. Thou art our Maker, and not only the framer of our bodies, but the former os our souls. May we remember that Thou madest us upright, but that we have sought out many inventions. Let us not forget what we now arewhat we deserve-and what we want. .
Nor let us be ignorant of the provisions, of thy mercy and grace; nor of Him, in whom it hath pleased Thee, that all fulness should dwell. In all our outward troubles, and in all our spiritual distress, He is the hope and the consolation of Israel. May we receive the record, that Thou hast given to us eternal life, and that this life is in thy Son. To Him may we always look for relief, and to Him only; persuaded that there is none other name given under heaven and among men, whereby we must be saved. May we be equally con'vinced of the guilt and the pollution of sin; may we alike feel our need of the Prince and the Saviour, and implore of Him repentance, as well as forgiveness. May we love holiness, and be pure in heart. (), that our feet were directed to keep thy statutes. 0, that we had the same mind in us, which was also in Christ Jesus; and were enabled to tread in His steps, who has gone before us in every path of duty and trial.
As long as we are in the world, keep us from the evil ; and may we be always alive and awake to discharge every obligation, resulting from our condition in life, and the particular events of thy providence.
We would not be at our own disposal; but rejoice to think, we are under the care of one, who is too wise to err, and too kind to injure. How, ever ignorant of the future, we will trust and not
be afraid; and begin even in this vale of tears, the song we hope for ever to sing ; Marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are all thy ways, O Thou King of saints.
Thou hast been pleased again to renew our time, and our strength, and our comforts; help us to renew our purposes and resolutions, to obey and serve Thee. In all our ways, may we this day acknowledge Thee, and do Thou direct our paths. Let thy presence go with us, and thy free spirit uphold us.
“May we prove a stumbling block to none, by our temper or conduct; but recommend and en
dear the religion we profess to all around us. May ! we decline no opportunity of usefulness, that our
circumstances may present ; may we not withhold good, from him to whom it is due, when it is in the power of our hand to do it. May we dread the sentence, Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, and not be heard. "May we therefore be merciful; ready to communicate ; feeling the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, when rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty, might be rich.
Let those who are advanced in years, be anxious to bring forth fruit in old age. Let those who are in the midst of life, abide with God in their calling; and while they are not slothful in business, may they be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. And 0, preserve the young from the snares and temptations of youth. May they be sober. minded. If sinners entice them, let them not consent. With the infidel, and the vicious, and the despiser of the sabbath, may they not go, lest they learn of their ways, and get a snare to their souls. Let them say, I am a companion of all them that fear Thce; and choose that good part, which shall not be taken away from them.
Bless us aa a nation, in all the dependencies, and interests on the country ; in all its civil and sa
crd institutions : let glory dwell in our land, and upon all the glory, may there be a defence.
We rejoice that Thou wilt bave all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth; and that Jesus Christ gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Call in the Jews with the fulness of the Gentiles. Say to the north, give up, and to the south, keep not back ; bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth. Bless all those who by their exertions and sacrifices, are proving the sincerity of their prayers for the spread of the Redeemer's cause; and let many run to and fro, and knowledge be increased, till all shall know Thee, from the least even to the greatest.
Our Father, &c. Amen.
GIVE ear to our words, O Lord; consider our meditation; and enable us to approach Thee, with becoming conceptions of thy nature, relations, and designs.
Thou inhabitest eternity ; but our age is nothing before Thee. Thou dwellest in the heaven of heavens, and this cannot contain Thee; but we dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust. Thy power is Almighty, but we are crushed before the moth. Thy understanding is infinite, but we know nothing, as we ought to know. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look upon iniquity : but we are vile-What shall we answer Thee? We cannot answer Thee for one of a thousand of our iniquities. And had wé listened to the language of our guilty consciences alone, we could not bave entered thy sacred presence.
But Thou hast called us to thy footstool ; Thou hast shown us a new and living way into the holiest, by the blood of Jesus ; and we have boldness, and access with confidence, by the faith of Him. We, therefore, draw nigh, in full assurance of faith ; believing that we are as welcome as we are unworthy; and that the blessings we are come to implore, are as free, as they are great and numberless. Ó, receive us graciously. Be mercifulto our unrighteousness. Adopt us into the household of faith ; and say to our souls, I am thy salvation.
We have often feared that we have no part nor lot in the matter; and that our heart is not right in the sight of God. We have often questioned whether we know any thing of the new creature ; whether we have ever excercised repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. And what, if after all our advantages, we should perish ; and after all our profession, have a name only that we live, while we are dead. O Lord, decide the doubtful point; and bear witness with our spirits that we are the children of God.
We would not deceive ourselves in a business of everlasting moment : but if we are in a state of grace, enable us to know it, for our own comfort and the glory of thy great name.
And, O Lord, we pray that we may grow in grace. If we have the reality of religion, how far are our works from being found perfect before God. Strengthen in us the things that remain, that be ready to die; and help us to reach after the higher attainments and privileges of the divine life, and not always live at this poor dying rate. May we be followers of God as dear children, and feel it the joy of our lives, to be holy, as Thou art holy; and merciful, as Thou art merciful. May thine eye be more to us, than the inspection of all fellow-creatures; and thy approbation, be dearer, than the applause of a thousand worlds.
May no grace of the spirit be wanting in us; may no duty of our calling be neglected, or carelessly performed. May our faith, be a strong faith; our hope, a lively hope ; our charity, a fervent charity ; our conversation, a conversation becoming the gospel of Christ. May we stand complete in all the will of God; and may our light so shine before men, that_they may see our good works, and glorify our Father, who is in heaven.
May we long to serve our generation according to thy will : may wisdom select and regulate our means; and a blameless and lovely consistency of character, give weight to our endeavours. And may all our works begin, continue, and end in Thee. On Thee may we depend for light to know, and disposition to choose, and strength to perform, and submission to suffer, and patience to wait.
And when we have done all, may we acknowledge that we are unprofitable servants, and confess that we deserve condemnation for the defects of our obedience, rather than a reward for its excellency. And looking off from our duties, as well as our sins, to find a foundation for our hope, may we rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. And may our persons and services, be accepted in the Beloved-To whom be glory and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.
We would lift up our hearts, with our hands, unto God in the heavens. Behold, before Thee, a company of highly indulged, but sinful beings : for if we say, we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. None of our fellowcreatures know hali so much of our depravity, as we ourselves know; and our knowledge is ignorance, compared with thy wisdom.