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He, who descended from heaven to save us from condemnation, came also "to redeem us from all iniquity, and to purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." May we have grace to walk according to His example, and to do whatever is pleasing in Thy sight.
We pray Thee to send Thy blessed Gospel over the world. Put an end to infidelity and atheism, to superstition and false religion, to heresy and schism, to ignorance and vice, and to war and discord. Let the nations of the earth receive Thy truth in the love of it; and being reconciled to Thee through JESUS CHRIST, may they live in peace and unity.
We also pray Thee to purify Thy professing church in this land. We would lament the iniquity even of our holy things; and would beseech Thee to strengthen the faith of Thy servants, and to enlarge their charity, that they, being examples of holiness, may lead others, who “see their good works, to glorify their Father which is in heaven."
We implore Thy blessing on all the faithful preachers of Thy word. May Thy grace both prevent and follow them; and may they eminently adorn, by their lives, that holy doctrine which they teach.
Look down in mercy on the rising generation. Put into the hearts of parents and teachers zeal for the spiritual good of those over whom Thou hast placed them. Give them wisdom from above, that they may know how to inculcate true and strict religion; and open the minds of the young, that they may receive instruction with a teachable spirit; and, as they grow in years,
may advance not only in useful knowledge, but in all virtue, and godliness of life.
And, finally, we intercede with Thee in behalf of the poor and the afflicted. Do Thou, who art the God of all consolation, provide for them. Send down help from above in every hour of their need; and turn their earthly trials and tribulations to their eternal good. Incline those who are in prosperity, to remember all who are in trouble. Teach as many as are rich in this world, to be ready to communicate; and those, who are strong, to bear with the infirmities of the weak.
Into Thy hands, O LORD, we now commit ourselves, and all who are dear to us; beseeching Thee to hear these our imperfect prayers and intercessions, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST, our ever blessed Redeemer.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
FIFTH SUNDAY MORNING.
U LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, who didst in the beginning create the heavens and the earth; who rulest the world by Thine unceasing Providence, and orderest all the affairs of men; who hast made us what we are, and hast appointed the time, and the place of our existence; we thank Thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life;-We bless Thee, that Thou hast not made the wilderness our habitation, nor a barrén land our dwelling-place; but that Thou hast placed us in the midst of plenty, and of enjoyment.
We also adore Thee, that Thou hast given us im mortal souls; and that Thou hast made Thyself known unto us, both by the works of Thy hand, and by the express revelation of Thy word. We praise Thee, that, while the heavens declare Thy glory, and the firmament showeth Thy handy-work, JESUS CHRIST hath also descended from heaven, and hath, still more, revealed Thy grace unto us. We rejoice that Thy power, and Thy greatness, and the excellency of Thy wisdom, and also Thine unspeakable love and mercy to the creatures whom Thou hast made, have been declared to us. We adore Thee for all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge which are in JESUS CHRIST; especially for the pardon of our sins through faith in His name; and for the hope which is laid up for us in heaven, through His Gospel.
But we desire to lament, O LORD, that we have not rendered unto Thee according to the greatness and
multitude of Thy mercies; for we have walked after the way of our own hearts, and have suffered Thine exceeding grace and goodness to be forgotten by us. Help us, therefore, with unfeigned sorrow, and contrition of heart, to acknowledge our offences against Thee. We confess our worldliness, and thoughtlessness of Thee; our coldness, and indifference in Thy service; our pride, our ambition, and our covetousness We also acknowledge and lament our too irritable tem pers, and angry passions, and our too great readiness to justify ourselves and to find fault with others. We confess our indolence, our waste of time, and our frequent negligence in our employments. We confess, also, all the various sins of our tongues, our hasty, sudden, as well as flattering and deceitful words. We confess the want of purity and holiness, in our secret thoughts and imaginations. We now pray Thee, O GOD, to pardon our iniquities, for the sake of that Saviour, in whom Thou hast invited us to trust. And, while we exercise this faith, may we condemn ourselves on account of our transgressions; may we resolve to forsake them, and to walk henceforth in newness of life.
O God, strengthen us, we pray Thee, by Thy Holy Spirit, that we may not fall again under the power of our temptations; but that all our ways may be pleasing in Thy sight. O grant, that we who are hearers of Thy word, may also always be doers of it,-lest we fall into tenfold condemnation. May we remember Thine awful punishments denounced against the ungodly, as well as the glorious recompense of reward laid up for thos
who seek for it by patient continuance in well-doing. May we, therefore, lay aside every weight, and the sins which do most easily beset us. May we be faithful and diligent; may we put on the whole armour of God; and may we fight manfully under the banners of our Saviour, against the world, the flesh, and the Devil; remembering, that to him that overcometh, He will give a crown of life.
Bless unto us the preaching of Thy word this day. Grant that it may sink into all our hearts; and may make us anxious to please Thee, and mindful of our latter end. And whensoever we may come to die, we pray that no terrors may then dismay us; but that we may have so repented of our sins, while we were in life and in health, and have so obeyed the voice of GOD in His Gospel, that, trusting in the mercies of Him who hath died for us, we may yield up our departing spirit to God who gave it, in the hope of a joyful resurrection to eternal life through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord &c.