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spirit, we desire to bless Thy holy name, that, however few and evil may be the days of our pilgrimage, Thou hast provided us with many great and glorious hopes, which, we trust, shall issue in the final gift of everlasting life.
O grant us grace to lay hold on those promises which are set before us; and to give all diligence, that we may make our calling and election sure; and thus may that world, in which we dwell, become the door of entrance to a better state; the passage to a heavenly Canaan; the blessed means of bringing us to Thee, our Father, and to Jesus Christ our Saviour, to the whole company of angels, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.
We pray Thee to make the present Sabbath instrumental to this holy end. May we examine ourselves, and repent of our sins, and renew our vows of obedience to Thee. May we shake off our indolence and self-indulgence; and learn, more and more, to walk in the Spirit, and to mortify the whole body of sin. And while we thus strive to purify our souls through the love of the truth, may Thy preached word come to us with increasing power, and with demonstration of the Spirit, and with much assurance. May we grow in the knowledge of Thee and of Thy Son JESUS CHRIST :— may we abound more and more in faith, and hope, and love:—and may these holy seasons prepare us for that rest which remaineth for the people of God.
O LORD, go forth with us this day to Thy public worship; and pour down upon us Thy Holy Spirit. Repress our vain imaginations. Dispose our minds to
prayer, and praise; and to fervent gratitude for Thy temporal, as well as spiritual, mercies. [Help us to commemorate Thy redeeming love; and to renew our exercise of faith in Him who died for our sins, and rose again for our justification.]
We beseech Thee, O LORD, to bless the preaching of Thy Gospel on this day to all who shall be the hearers of it. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth to every part of our benighted world; and shower down, especially on this nation, the abundance of Thy grace, through the diligent and faithful ministry of Thy word among us. Purify every part of Thy professing Church. Unite us in the bonds of a common faith; and teach us all to love one another.
Give success to every endeavour to enlighten the ignorant; to relieve the poor; to comfort the afflicted; to deliver the oppressed from him who spoileth him; and to promote peace and good will among men. Pour into the hearts of all, who know Thy truth, a spirit of enlarged benevolence; and raise up many who shall go forth in Thy strength, both to multiply their deeds of charity, and to carry Thy Gospel into all lands.
We offer these our humble and earnest supplications, in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our blessed and only Saviour.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
THIRD SUNDAY MORNING.
ALMIGHTY LORD OUR GOD, Creator of all things Judge of all men, who art also the merciful Father of all Thy creatures, we adore Thee for Thy great good ness, in providing not only for our temporal necessities, but also for the spiritual wants of our souls.
We thank Thee for Thy holy word, by which we are instructed in Thy will, and are made wise unto salvation. We thank Thee for all the means of grace which Thou hast appointed for our edification. We thank Thee, also, for these Thy Sabbaths, on which our thoughts are called away, from the cares and employments of this present life, to the consideration of those things which are eternal.
Grant, O LORD, we beseech Thee, that we may not neglect those great religious advantages which we possess; but may attend reverently to the truths which we shall this day hear; and worship Thee with truly humble and contrite hearts. Prepare our minds to receive the seed which shall this day be sown in them; and suffer not that we should give way to wandering thoughts, and to an indolent and worldly spirit. May we remember, when we are in the house of God, in whose service we are engaged; and whose word it is that we hear; and, when Thy Gospel is preached, may we be so awed by the terrors of the Lord, and so affected by the sense of Thy mercy, that we may lay to heart those things which we hear; and may none of us receive this grace of God in vain. And when we return
from Thy house, dispose us all to consider our ways Let us turn our thoughts to whatever hath been amiss in us during the past week :-let us implore Thy mercy in our secret prayers :—and let us read with care Thy holy scriptures.
O LORD, help us to consider how few are our days on earth; and how soon we may be called to give up our account of the privileges which we have enjoyed, and of the talents committed to us. We have only a short and uncertain life between us, and-eternal happiness, or misery. O let us now redeem the time ;before the day of our death shall come, and our sentence be sealed everlastingly. Let us make haste to obey Thy voice:―let us be diligent in endeavouring to know Thy will; and to understand the doctrines of Thy Gospel.
And to this end may Thy Spirit enlighten and direct us;-guide us into all truth :-save us from all ignorance, and blindness, and hardness of heart :-preserve us from those delusions which are fatal to the soul. Let us not speak peace to ourselves, when there is no peace; nor hope that we have an interest in CHRIST, when we have not repented of our sins, and have no true faith in His name. O LORD, produce in us sincere repentance. If we are yet living in sin, show us, we pray Thee, our danger; make us to understand both our own sinfulness, and Thy mercy; and lead us to that Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world.
Bless, we pray Thee, the ministers of Thy Gospel. Do Thou give great success to their labours. May they, by the word which they shall deliver awaken
those who are yet dead in their sins; and may they convince the wavering; and establish the weak; and comfort the feeble-minded; and raise up those who are fallen and may Thy true servants be built up in their most holy faith, and be made perfect in every good work.
Hear us, O most merciful LORD, in these our humble supplications, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST Our Saviour. Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
FOURTH SUNDAY MORNING.
ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD, who didst send Thine only Son into the world to die upon the cross, and to become a propitiation for sin, and hast promised to all who repent and believe in Him, that they shall be made heirs of eternal life;-grant unto us such humble and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our misdeeds, may be made partakers of that blessed hope, which is set before us in JESUS CHRIST.
We also beseech Thee to grant us Thy Holy Spirit, that we may not continue to transgress Thy laws, nor harden our hearts in unbelief. Turn us, O LORD, from our evil ways. Teach us, while we adore Thee for Thy redeeming mercy, to live to the praise of that Saviour who hath died for us. May we remember that