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may be brought up in Thy fear. May the Lord save them from this evil world. May the Lord "strengthen, stablish, and settle” them; and, after a life full of good works, give them an abundant entrance into His heavenly kingdom.

We present these our imperfect prayers, in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our ever-blessed Redeemer.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


ALMIGHTY AND EVER-BLESSED GOD, who art the Father of all the families of the earth, and the everpresent help of those who put their trust in Thee-who hast sustained us amidst the weakness of infancy; hast guided us in youth; and preserved us during our advancing years;-who, by Thy providence, hast united us in one household;—who hast supplied our wants, and abundantly provided, as well for our bodies, as for our souls;-who hast delivered us from some of the scenes of temptation, and of sorrow, to which we see others exposed; and permittest us to lie down, and rise up, in peace and safety;-We are now met together to thank Thee for the mercies of the past night, and to acknowledge that it is by Thy power and goodness alone that we are preserved from day to day. O LORD,

protect us this day from evil. Go Thou forth with us to the several duties of our stations; and enable us to do all things in Thy fear, and to Thy glory.

We beseech Thee to put Thy Spirit into our heart, that we may not depart from Thee; nor forget any of Thy commandments. May we serve Thee with humble, patient, and quiet minds; and may our love abound both towards Thee, and towards all men. Deliver us from those angry tempers to which our natures are so prone; and from all those sins which war against the soul. And may we grow in grace :-may we, more and more, prevail over the temptations by which we have formerly been overcome. May we lay aside every weight, and the sins which have most easily beset us; ever looking unto Him who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, and pressing towards the mark of the prize of our high calling, in Christ Jesus. May we remember that, in due time, we shall reap if we faint not; and may we be stedfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the LORD;-may we be faithful, even unto death; knowing that our labour shall not be in vain in the LORD.


We pray for Thy special blessing on the employ ments in which we shall this day engage. May we undertake nothing which is contrary to Thy will; and may our good endeavours be crowned by Thee with We would remember, that, without Thee, we can do nothing:-that without the concurrence of Thy providence, we can fulfil no purpose of our minds, and that we can do nothing spiritually good without the aid of Thy grace :-unto Thee, therefore, let our eyes be continually lifted up.

Bless, O LORD, every member of this family. [Granı unto the children a spirit of docility and obedience.] [Make every servant to know the duties of his station, and to maintain a conscience void of offence:] and may none of us forget Thee our God, nor be indifferent to the great and glorious hope which Thou hast set before O grant, that, in all our works-begun, continued, and ended in Thee, we may, each of us, glorify Thy holy name; and, finally, by Thy mercy, obtain everlasting life, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD.


Have mercy on all our friends and relations. Pity the poor and the afflicted. Give peace to those who are troubled in mind; and supply the various necessities of all Thy creatures.

We ask every blessing, in the name of JESUS CHRIST Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.



ALMIGHTY AND MOST MERCIFUL GOD! We beseech Thee to pour down Thy blessing on us Thy servants, who are now assembled to worship Thy holy name.

Thou art infinitely great and glorious! Before Thee, the angels veil their faces; and the heavens are not pure in Thy sight! We are weak, and helpless; sinful, and corrupt; exposed to dangers on every side, and in continual need of Thy gracious assistance. O LORD, preserve us through this day. By Thee we have been protected during the night. Continue to us Thy wonted care; and guard, we pray Thee, both our bodies and our souls from every kind of evil.

We are now entering on the duties of our several callings. May the LORD enable each of us to be faithful and diligent in them; as those who must hereafter "give account of all things done in the body," to Him who is the Judge of quick and dead.

We desire to remember that Thine eye seeth us wheresoever we are; and pierceth even into our inmost thoughts. We pray, therefore, that all our most secret ways may be pleasing unto Thee, O Thou searcher of hearts! Let us not attempt to deceive either ourselves, or those around us, by the mere appearance of goodness; but may we have the testimony of our consciences, that in simplicity and godly sincerity we have our conversation in the world.

Give us grace to overcome our sinful appetites and passions; to mortify our pride; and to bring every

member of our bodies, and every faculty of our souls, into captivity to the law of Christ. May we put away all hatred and variance, all anger and strife, all malice and evil-speaking; and may this day be a day of peace and harmony to every member of this family; that so, when we assemble again to worship Thee at night, our prayers may be accepted, being the offering of those who dwell together in love; and who have learnt to forgive one another, even as they hope to be forgiven.

We pray Thee to bless the events which shall befal us on this day. Thou, O LORD, orderest all things for us; and we know not what a day may bring forth. O sanctify to us our prosperity, and our adversity; our health, and our sickness; our daily comforts and enjoyments, as well as our anxieties and disappointments. Purify our hearts, more and more, by the various dispensations of Thy providence; and fit us, by the several vicissitudes of this mortal life, for that great and final change which we must soon experience.

We desire, also, to pay unto Thee our grateful thanks for Thy past mercies. Thou hast sustained us in our infancy; hast guided us in youth; and hast preserved us during our advancing years. Thou hast often raised us when we have been brought low:-Thou hast succoured us in trouble; hast delivered us in sickness; and healed all our infirmities. While others have fallen, we have been kept alive. Day after day, we remain the monuments of Thy mercy; and comforts surround us on every side. O LORD, we biess Thy name for what is past; and we pray, that the remembrance of Thy goodness may lead us to repentance; and may

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