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Be honor and glory, through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.
Then may follow an Anthem or a Voluntary on the
Organ; and then the Minister shall read the FIRST LESSON, which may be either of the following portions from the Old Testament: Deut. viii. or xxvi. or xxviii. to v. 15. Isaiah xii. or xxv. to v. 10. And at the end of the Lesson he shall say, Here endeth the First Lesson. Then shall be sung or said the following Anthem.
PSALM C. O BE joyful in the Lord all ye lands; serve the
Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; it is he who hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise ; be thankful unto him, and speak good of his name.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
Then shall the Minister read the SECOND LESSON,
which may be either of the following portions from the New Testament : St. Luke xii. 13 to 32. Philipp. iv. 4 to 14. And at the end of the Lesson he shall say, Here endeth the Second Lesson. Then shall be sung or said the following Psalm.
O GIVE thanks unto the Lord; for he is gracious,
and his mercy endureth forever.
O give thanks unto the God of all gods; for his mercy endureth forever.
O thank the Lord of all lords; for his mercy endureth forever.
Who by his excellent wisdom made the heavens ; for his mercy endureth forever.
Who laid out the earth above the waters; for his mercy endureth forever.
Who hath made great lights; for his mercy endureth forever.
The sun to rule by day; for his mercy endureth forever.
The moon and the stars to govern the night; for his mercy endureth forever.
Who remembereth us when we are in trouble ; for his mercy endureth forever.
And hath delivered us from our enemies; for his mercy endureth forever.
Who giveth food to all flesh; for his mercy endureth forever.
O give thanks unto the God of heaven ; for his mercy endureth forever.
Min. The Lord be with you.
Answ. And on earth peace, good will toward men.
Min. Let us pray.
Answ. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
O THOU who art good unto all, who exercisest
loving-kindness in all the earth, and who hast come nigh to us by Jesus Christ thy Son; it is thou who givest our daily bread, health in our habitations, and peace in our borders, and who crownest the year with thy goodness. We desire this day gratefully to recount thy mercies, and to ascribe blessing and honor, and glory and praise, to thee our rock and fortress, our strength and redeemer.
How precious have been thy thoughts unto us, O God, how great has been the sum of them! We bless thee for preserving our houses from the ravages of fire, for all the health and pleasure which we have enjoyed in them, for the bread which has given strength to our bodies, for the medicine which has arrested the progress of disease, for the pathy which has comforted us under trouble, for divine preservation in our journeys by land, for favorable winds on the ocean, for refreshing showers upon the fields. . We thank thee for every cheerful sensation when alone, for the pleasures of friendly intercourse, for the benefits of good neighborhood, for the privileges of public worship, for the maintenance of civil order, the continuance of peace, the administration of justice, for every encouragement to well doing, every manifestation of useful truth, and for all the advantages of our condition.
Graciously direct us, O God, to a right improve
ment of all thy mercies. Preserve us from the wicked indulgence of all fleshly lusts, and from wasting our substance in riotous living. May we enjoy our temporal possessions with temperance, cheerfulness, and contentment. Protect us from the snares of prosperity. May we honor thee with our substance, be rich in good works, and duly esteem and praise thee the rock of our salvation.
Continue to us the enjoyment of our civil rights; rule in the hearts of our rulers, and direct them in all their designs and measures by thy wisdom and grace; make our land a quiet habitation ; grant peace, order, and plenty in our families, our villages and towns, and throughout our country; bless all fountains of useful science; heal and cleanse their waters; dispel the mists of ignorance; arrest the progress of profaneness and vice; make the people of our land humble before thee, peaceable in their civil and social relations, and zealous for the establishment of liberty, order, and truth. May we never by our ingratitude incur that censure, I have nourished and brought up children, but they have rebelled against me. Grant this, O Father, for thine infinite mercy's sake in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
CONCLUDING PRAYER. ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at
this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee, and hast promised by thy beloved Son, that where two or three are gathered together in his name, thou wilt grant their re
quests; fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them, granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
THE 'HE Lord bless us, and keep us ; may he be
gracious unto us, and give us peace, now and forevermore. Amen.
NO OW unto him who is able to keep us from
falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever.
END OF SERVICE FOR DAYS OF THANKSGIVING.