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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 in 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,

indeed, the Christian faith; but too much engrossed by the present world, and too thoughtless of eternity; inclined to cherish delusive hopes of much earthly good; eager also for reputation with our fellow-creatures; but little anxious to please Thee, and to secure our everlasting salvation.

We lament especially that though Thy Gospel hath Deen preached to us, we have heard it with so much indifference. We lament that, notwithstanding the powerful nature of its doctrines, we have been so little affected by it; so often refusing to follow Thy will, and the precepts of CHRIST: choosing, rather, to live according to the will of men, and the corrupt customs of this sinful world. O LORD, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may not remain insensible to Thy mercies in JESUS CHRIST. May we lie down this night deeply affected with the importance of eternity; and resolved to give up our future lives to that God who made us, and to that SAVIOUR who hath redeemed us by His most precious blood.

We desire, also, to thank Thee for Thy many temporal gifts. Blessed be Thy name for all the mercies which we have experienced this day-for our health and strength-for our food and raiment-for the various accommodations and comforts of this mortal life. We are not worthy, O LORD, of the least of all Thy bounties. May we be enabled to view them as the gifts of our reconciled Father: and, while we enjoy these earthly blessings, may we look forward, with cheerful and humble hope, to those greater things, which, as yet, eye hath not seen, nor the ear heard, nor hath it entered

into the heart of man to conceive; but which Thou hast prepared for them who love Thee.

Accept, for our SAVIOUR's sake, whatever we may have done this day in any measure according to Thy commands; and receive these our imperfect prayers, which we offer in His name.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


O LORD GOD, our heavenly Father, we are met to gether as a Christian family, to thank Thee for the mercies of the past day, and to implore Thy blessing before we lie down to rest.

We would ever remember and our utter uncertainty how We are placed in this world for

the frailty of our nature long we may have to live. a short season, and must soon enter into eternity. We must go to the Father of our spirits, and give account of all things done in the body, and must then receive our eternal doom.

O may this awful thought return to our minds with each returning day; that we may enter upon our duties, reflecting on the ends for which we were born; and may lie down each night, examining whether we are so passing our time on earth, as we shall wish we

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