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O THOU God of all grace ; the Father of mercies, the hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in the time of trouble : why hast Thou revealed Thyself in such lovely characters, and endearing relations, but to meet our dejections, to remove our fears, and induce us to say, it is good for me to draw nigh to God.
We come to Thee as criminals to be pardoned, as beggars to obtain relief, and as friends to enjoy communion with the God of love. We bow with submission and gratitude, to the method which Thou hast appointed and made known for all intercourse between Thee and us. We approach Thee, through him in whom Thou hast proclaimed Thyself well pleased, pleading the propitiation of his blood, and making mention of his righteousness, and of his only.
But we can have access to Thee through bim only--by one Spirit—that Spirit, the residue of which is with Thee, and which has actuated the souls of thy people, in all ages. O give thy Holy Spirit to them that now ask Thee. May He open the eyes of our understanding, and convince us of sin. May He humble the pride of our selfrighteous hearts, and expel us from every refuge of lies. May He glorify Christ in our wants, desires, dependence, and application, and take of the things of Christ, and show them to us. May we be enabled to receive the Lord Jesus in all his blessings and treasures; and though now we see Him not, yet believing, may we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. In all the distresses of conscience, in all the afflictions of life, and in all the dissatisfactions necessarily experienced in creature-enjoyments, may we repair, weary and heavy laden to Him, who has promised to give us rest. May the vanity of the world wean
us from its pursuits; and may the tribulation of the world endear the peace which no storm can prevent or destroy. '
May we arise and depart hence ; may we confess ourselves to be only strangers and pilgrims upon earth; and declare plainly, too plainly to be misunderstood, that we seek a better country, even an heavenly. Prepare us for all the allotments of this short, and changing, and uncertain life. May we have a safe passage out of it, and a comfortable passage through it ; and be useful while we are in it. May we continually illustrate in our character and conduct, the representations Thou Sast given of thy people, as the dew of heaven, the salt of the earth, the light of the world. May we never deem it enough to be blameless and harmless ; but may our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven. May we never be ashamed of Jesus or of his words ; never be deterred from the prosecution of a known duty by the fear of man; and never be discouraged from attempting it, by a consciousness of our own weakness. Having thy sanction and presence, may we be strong and courageous ; and be steadfast, and unmoveable ; always abounding in the work of the Lord.
What we know not, teach Thou us. Lead us into all truth. May we see divine things in a divine light, that while they inform our judgment they may sanctify the heart, and consecrate the whole life to the service and glory of God. Who can understand his errors ? Cleanse Thou us from secret faults. Search us, O God, and know our hearts, try us and know our thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in us, and lead us in the way everlasting.
Accept of our united thanksgivings for the preservation and refreshment of the past night; and take us under thy guiding and guardian care this
day; and whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, may we do all to the glory of God, through our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
We have heard that to the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him. Hence, we are encouraged to approach Thee. For we are verily guilty, we are deeply guilty. If our depravity has not always broken forth into action, our hearts have been deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked ; and if our transgressions have not been so gross as those of many of our fellow-creatures, they have been more aggravated, because committed against goodness the most astonishing, light the most clear, and advantages the most distinguishing,
And Thou hast seen all, and abhorred all, and · couldst easily and righteously have punished us
for all. But Thou hast not executed upon us the fierceness of thine anger, because Thou art God and not man. Neither hast Thou treated us with neglect ; but Thou hast remembered us in our low estate ; and not only without our desert, but, without our desire, Thou wast pleased to devise means for our restoration to thy favour, and image, and presence.
We bless Thee for a purpose of grace given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. We rejoice that in the fulness of time he assumed our nature, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross; and that as he was delivered for our offences, so he was raised again for our justification, and ascending up on high, entered into the holy place, as a proof of the sufficiency and acceptance of the sacrifice be offered. We rejoice that he has received the whole dispensation
of the Spirit, and that in Him all fulness dwells. And we bless Thee for the proclamations of the gospel, which hold him forth to our view in all his grace and glory, and unsearchable riches, that we through patience and comfort of the Scripture might have hope.
O Thou God of hope, fill us with all joy and peace in believing thy promises and invitations, that we may abound in bope through the power of the Holy Ghost. May we esteem all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord ; and may we supremely desire to win Christ, knowing that he who hath the Son of God hath life, and shall never come into condemnation. May we.prove that we are joined to the Lord, by being one spirit with him ; may our sentiments, tempers, and conduct, be formed after the example which he left us ; and may we never consider ourselves Christians, but as we long to be like him, and the life also of Jesus is made manifest in our mortal body. May we never love a world that crucified the Lord of glory ; nor suffer those sins to live that caused him to die. May his grace, in becoming poor, that we through his poverity might be rich, make us ashamed of our selfishness ; and may his unexampled love, in giving his life a ransom for us, so constrain us, as to render any services or sacrifices, for his sake, our delight.
May He never be wounded in the house of his professed friends ; may we rather die than bring a reproach upon his cause. May all his followers be dear to us. May we recommend him to those that know him not, that they may seek him, with us. Let the number of those who love his salvation, daily increase ; and let the accessions include every member of our household, and all our absent friends. And hasten, O Lord, the blessed hour, when all kings shall fall down before him, and all nations shall serve him-and blessed be
his glorious' name for ever! And let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
We praise Thee as the length of our days and the God of our mercy. In the morning we committed ourselves to thy care, and Thou hast been with us in our going out and our coming in ; and hast kept us in all our ways. Pardon whatever Thou hast seen amiss in us through another period of our time. Accept the charge of us through the approaching night; and grant us the sleep which Thou givest thy beloved ; as we hope we desire it, not only as creatures, but as Christians ; not only to gratify our feelings, but to renew our strength for thy service, and to fit us to glorify Thee in our bodies as well as in our spirits, through our adorable Redeemer. Amen.
O Thou omnipresent and omniscient Jehovah. Thou art about our path, and our lying down; and Thou art acquainted with all our ways. There is not a word in our tongue, but lo! O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether. Thou understandest our very thoughts afar off. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee, but the night shineth as the day : the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.
Known, therefore, to thee are our sins with every aggravation; and our necessities with all their circumstances; and, yet, Thou requirest us to confess our guilt, and to spread our wants before Thee, in order that we ourselves may be suitably affected with them, and be prepared for the promised displays of thy goodness. Every view we take of ourselves, convinces us that we lie entirely at thy mercy, and that it is only because thy com. passions fail not, we are not consumed. We know not the evil there is in one sin, and our