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Almighty and everlasting GOD, by whose power we were created, by whose providence we are sustained, and by whose grace in CHRIST we are made heirs of eternal life; we desire to bless Thee for all Thy mercies, both temporal and spiritual; and, especially, for Thy goodness to us on the day which is now past.
We thank Thee for our food and raiment; for our various comforts and enjoyments; for our freedom from pain and sorrow; and for our deliverance from many of those temptations which are common in the world. We bless Thee, also, for the religious advantages which we so abundantly enjoy; for the light which shines around us; for the various means of grace; and for the gift of Thy written word.
We desire, at the same time, to confess our numberless sins. We have trespassed in thought, word, and deed: we have done that which we ought not to have done; we have left undone that which we ought to have done; and our only hope is in Thy mercy. Pardon, O LORD, for CHRIST's sake, all the evil which we have committed on this day. Forgive whatever pride and vanity we may have indulged: whatever anger and passion, whatever fretfulness and impatience, we may have betrayed; and whatever evil thoughts we may have harboured in our minds. Pardon, also, the various sins of our tongues, by which we so often violate the law of charity towards our neighbour. We plead the merits of JESUS CHRIST, Thy Son; and we would
rejoice, that there is this great Mediator between God and man, through whom there is perfect remission of sins for all those, who, with penitent and contrite hearts confess their trespasses against Thee.
And grant, we beseech Thee, that we may endeavou continually to amend our lives, and to walk in the way of Thy commandments. Put within us Thy Holy Spirit, that we may turn from every sin; and may delight in doing the will of our heavenly Father. Make us humble and lowly, kind and benevolent, and fruitful in every good work. May we follow the example of our blessed SAVIOUR, who went about doing good; and, remembering how short is the time of our sojourning here on earth, may we use all diligence both in serving others, and in making our own calling and election
We desire, also, before we lay down to rest, to commend to Thy grace and Thy care all our dear friends and relations. We beseech Thee to protect them from all evil and to grant unto them all things convenient for them; and, when they shall have experienced Thy favour here, to bring them to Thine everlasting Kingdom.
Bless the children of this family:-strengthen them, that they may resist sin; may overcome the world; may deny themselves; and bring forth fruit in their lives to the praise and glory of Thy name.
And, finally, we implore Thy blessing on our President and country, [on our Congress,] our magistrates, our ministers of the Gospel, and all orders of men among us. Teach us to fill up our stations with fidel
ity; and to walk in the fear of God, and in charity towards all men.
We offer up these our imperfect prayers and supplications, in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our Lord and Saviour.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and most merciful God, we are met together to offer as a Christian family our united prayers and supplications unto Thee. Thou understandest the secrets of all our hearts. Thou hast known all the circumstances of our past lives; and art acquainted with the present disposition of all our minds. Thou knowest whether we are of the number of those who live in thoughtlessness and forgetfulness of Thee, and persist in their impenitence, not seeing their danger: or whether we are of that happy number, who have embraced Thy Gospel with true contrition of heart; and have obeyed its solemn call to repentance and newness of life.
O LORD, suffer not that any of us should harden our
hearts against Thee. May we fear, lest death should overtake us in our sins: and, if we are yet negligent of the things which make for our everlasting peace, may we begin to seek the salvation of our souls, with earnestness and anxiety. But, if any of us have already received Thy truth in the love of it; if any of us have already repented truly of our sins, and begun to lead a new life, and to walk in the way of Thy commandments, we pray that we may learn to follow them to the end, fully.
O LORD, how great is the privilege of those who can thus look up with holy confidence unto Thee! How blessed are they who have Him for their friend, who made heaven and earth, and hath all things under His government! We pray Thee to receive us into Thy favour; to adopt us into Thy family; and to make all things work together for our good.
Having sought, first, the kingdom of God and His righteousness, may all other things be added unto us. May Thy merciful providence direct the events of our lives. May Thine arm be stretched out to protect us. May Thy Spirit sustain and strengthen us; and, if it should please Thee to visit us with trials and afflictions. may Thy grace sanctify all our sorrows; and cause them to be instrumental to our eternal benefit.
We now commit ourselves to Thee for this night; earnestly beseeching Thee to pardon our sins, and to take us under Thy gracious protection. May we rise in the morning with every good desire growing up us and go to the duties of the following day, remembering, that we are candidates for a heavenly prize:
and looking, beyond these temporal things, to a better and more enduring inheritance.
We offer up these our imperfect prayers in the name of our Lord and Saviour, JESUS CHRIST.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
O LORD ALMIGHTY, who art the God of our lives, the author of all our happiness, and the only source from which we can derive any true consolation ana hope-and who hast also declared in Thy word, that Thou hearest the prayers of Thy creatures, and art rich in mercy unto all who devoutly call upon Thee;-encouraged by Thy gracious promises, we sinners, hopeless in ourselves, and exposed to Thy just condemnation, presume to call upon Thy name and to implore Thy blessing and Thy mercy.
We confess, that we have all trespassed against Thee. We have sinned by our early forgetfulness of Thee; our iniquities have advanced with our advancing years; and if we now attempt to recollect all the evil which we have done, we are confounded by the multitude of our offences. We confess, that we have been vain and worldly proud and self-willed; professing,