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of Christ; and when we are engaged in business in the world, may our love to Thee inspire us with such continual zeal in doing good, and such holy activity in our calling, that we may be preserved from those snares to which the careless and the profane are constantly exposed. And thus may we pass on through life: growing in grace; attached more and more to every principle of the Gospel; looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith; and anticipating a happy resurrection. O may we hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; and, in the ensuing week, may we remember what this day we have been taught; and may we obtain of Thee, by daily prayer, the constant aid of Thy heavenly grace: we ask it for JESUS CHRIST our Saviour's sake.
Our Father, &c.
FIFTH SUNDAY EVENING.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, who hast encour aged and commanded us in Thy word, both to make known our wants, and to confess our sins, unto Thee, -we desire now to approach the throne of Thy grace, deeply sensible of our manifold necessities, and imploring Thy forgiving mercy.
We beseech Thee to have compassion upon us for the sake of Thy SON JESUS CHRIST. Blessed be Thy name for this great Mediator between God and man; through whom alone we hope for acceptance in our prayers; and for all things necessary, both for the body and the soul. We have sinned grievously against Thee; we have trespassed in thought, word, and deed. We have left undone that which we ought to have done; as well as done that which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. We cannot tell how often we have offended. O LORD, cleanse Thou us from our secret faults. Teach us to know ourselves, that we may more fully understand our great unworthiness; and more entirely rely on Thy grace in JESUS CHRIST
We would especially lament the sins of the past week. We profess, day by day, to amend our lives. but we too often leave a great part of our duty unperformed: we yield to indolence and negligence; to selfishness and covetousness; to our evil tempers, and to many sins which most easily beset us; and our daily repentance is incomplete. Assist us now to acknowledge, with deep contrition of soul, the guilt which wo
have incurred; that we may obtain perfect remission through that Saviour in whom Thou hast encouraged us to hope.
And grant unto us, for His sake, the gift of Thy Holy Spirit; that we may be enabled to advance in our Christian course, and prevail over the enemies of our souls. Save us from the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Give us strength, that we may fight under the banners of our Saviour; and may be made more than conquerors over every temptation. May we become habitually fearful of sinning against Thee, and diligent in every good work.
We beseech Thee to grant Thy blessing to the words which we have heard this day; that they may be grafted inwardly in all our hearts; and may bring forth in us the fruit of good living. May our faith be strengthened by every religious exercise in which we engage; and may the successive sabbaths, with which we are favoured here on earth, prepare us for an eternal sabbath, in Thine immediate presence in heaven.
Give success to every endeavour which has been made on this day to bring sinners to repentance. O let Thy name be known on earth, Thy saving health to all nations. May they who sit in darkness behold the Sun of Righteousness arise; and may Thy word every where be glorified.
We pray for all who are appointed to dispense Thy truth. Do Thou, O LORD, so enlighten them by Thy grace, that they may be able to instruct others, and lead them safely forward in the way of everlasting life.
Have mercy on the land in which we live. Bless
our President. [Direct the consultations of our Houses of Congress.] Inspire our magistrates with integrity, and our people with the spirit of obedience. Have pity on the poor and the afflicted. Bestow Thy blessing on the rising generation. May they be trained up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; and advance not only in useful knowledge, but in all virtue and godliness of life
Finally, we pray for our Christian friends, and for all our dear relations. Being united in the bonds of Christian love, may we all seek each other's welfare, and bear each other's burthens, and thus fulfil the law of CHRIST. May those, who are strong, have grace to bear with the infirmities of the weak; and may we severally minister to each other's necessities, according to our opportunity and ability.
We present these our imperfect prayers, in the name of JESUS CHRIST our Lord and Saviour.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
O LORD GOD, our Heavenly Father, who art the Maker of all things, and the Judge of all men, we Thy creatures, who live upon Thy daily bounty, and are accountable to Thee for all we do, desire now to offer up our acknowledgments of Thy goodness during the past day, and to implore Thy forgiving mercy.
We would lament the trespasses which we have, this day, committed. Thou seest, O LORD, all our hearts. We are blind and ignorant, prone to error, yet impatient of reproof. We often deceive ourselves with the mere appearance of goodness; but Thou knowest every false way in which we allow ourselves to walk. Pardon, we beseech Thee, for JESUS CHRIST's sake, whatever evil we have either said, or thought, or done, on this day. Pardon all the multitude of our iniquities. Teach us continually to examine our lives by the light of Thine unerring word; and vouchsafe unto us true repentance, and faith in JESUS CHRIST.
We pray Thee, also, to pour out upon us the gift of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may amend our ways, and walk in newness of life. Thou hast favoured us with much religious knowledge, and with many means of grace. O let us remember, that, unto whom much is given, of them shall much be required. Let us not live, as the children of this world, employing our time in vain and unprofitable things; but let us endeavour to be useful in that station in which Thou hast placed us. As we have received CHRIST JESUS the Lord, so let us