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had done-when we are about to die, and to appear before Thy tribunal.

We pray Thee, O LORD, to give us a sacred jealousy over ourselves; lest we fall short of our heavenly calling. May we learn to put our whole trust in Thee, and to place our delight in serving Thee. Pardon all our disobedience in the time past :-pardon our many negligences, as well as sins:-pardon the wasted time, the idle words, and the evil tempers of this day.

We would lie down, trusting in the merits of JESUS CHRIST Our Lord; in whose gracious promises to every repenting sinner we place all our hope. And while we thus commend our souls to Thy mercies in Christ, to Thee do we commit all our worldly affairs. In Thine hand, O LORD, whose providence it is that bringeth every thing to pass, we leave the issue of all our undertakings; for Thou knowest, better than ourselves, what is for our good.

We beseech thee to bless us with all spiritual blessings; and to sanctify to us the daily events of our lives. We pray Thee to lay upon us no great er burthen that we are able to bear; and to train us, by Thy merciful goodness and Thy tender care, for the performance of better services than we have yet rendered Thee in the world. We pray for strength against every temptation. and for final victory over every sin. Arm us for every conflict; fit us for every duty which we have to fulfil. Let us diligently perform our work in life; let us, at the same time, live in peace and love, and abound in all offices of kindness to each other.

O LORD, unite us as one Christian family together.

May we be partakers of the same faith; and heirs of the same hope. May our united prayers continually ascend to the throne of Thy heavenly grace; and may Thy blessing rest upon us.

Hear us, we beseech Thee, in these our humble supplications, for JESUS CHRIST Our Saviour's sake Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


O GOD, who of Thy tender mercy didst send Thy Son JESUS CHRIST into the world to die for our sins we beseech Thee to bestow upon us all those abundant blessings, which, through Him, Thou hast provided for the children of men. Numberless are our wants; and we would, therefore, daily abound in supplication and prayer. We pray Thee to bestow upon us all things which Thou knowest to be needful for us: to carry us in safety through this life, and to bring us to the end of our days in peace. We pray Thee to protect us in all dangers; to guide us in all our difficulties; to sustain us in all our temptations and trials; and to lay upon us no greater burthen than we are able to bear. We pray Thee to support us with Thy heavenly grace; to strengthen our faith; to animate our hope; and to enlarge our charity. We pray Thee to impress upon us

every doctrine of Thy Gospel, and thus to purify our hearts.

We thank Thee, O Heavenly Father, that, for us sinners, who have wandered from Thy flock, and have all gone out of the way, Thou hast provided the blessing of salvation. May we resign all our affairs to that merciful God, who, having rescued our souls from destruction, and shown us the path of life, hath promised also, that all things shall work together for good to them who love Him.

And, while we trust Thee, let us also diligently obey Thee. Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, may we think of these things. Fill us, O LORD, with compassion to our fellow-creaures; even as Thou hast had compassion on us. Give as hearts to deny ourselves; and to be kind and liberal o others; always remembering, that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

We beseech Thee to give us tender consciences, that we may flee from all evil. We desire, as much as is possible in this state of trial, to be kept in paths of safety; we ask not for wealth, reputation, honour, or prosperity; but we pray for a calm and peaceful spirit; for every opportunity of leading a holy life; and for such circumstances in this world as may be most free from temptation. We pray for Thy preserving grace, for holiness of life, and for eternal salvation at the last.

Pardon, we now beseech Thee, all the sins of the past day and grant, that, before we lie down to rest, we may repent sincerely of the evil which we have

dɔne; and, also, of our neglect of the good which we might have done. And we would implore both the pardon of our sins, and the acceptance of our imperfect services, in the name of our only Lord and Saviour, JESUS CHRIST.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.



O LORD GOD, our Heavenly Father, whose mercies are over all Thy works, and who hast, on this day, supplied our returning wants, we render thanks to Thee for all the bounties of Thy providence; and we desire now to lie down under a deep sense both of our own unworthiness, and of Thine unspeakable goodness.

We adore Thee, especially, for the gift of JESUS CHRIST, Thy Son; through whom we hope for the pardon of our sins, and the gift of everlasting life. We are all sinners in Thy sight; and are exposed to Thy just condemnation; but, though our offences have abounded, yet Thy grace hath still more abounded through JESUS CHRIST.

We desire to confess and lament the sins of the day which is now past. Forgive, O LORD, all our negligen ces, as well as our more manifest offences. Forgive all our evil thoughts, and words, and works. We would

lament every mis-spent hour, and every neglected opportunity of doing good. We lament our want of love to Thee our GOD, and our want of zeal in Thy service. We lament, also, the great imperfection of our charity towards those around us. Thou hast commanded us to love our neighbour as ourselves: but we are contin ually seeking our own interest; indulging our own ease; and consulting our own humour. Help us, we pray Thee, to follow the example of our blessed Saviour; who pleased not Himself; but went about doing good. and hath commanded us continually to deny ourselves, and take up our cross, and follow Him.

We beseech Thee to bless unto us the events of this day. We would remember that all things are directed by Thine unerring wisdom; and that they shall work together for good to them who love Thee. May any trial which we may this day have experienced, teach us more and more to know ourselves :-may every sorrow wean us from this present world: and may every enjoyment be the means of exciting our gratitude to Thee, the author of all good. May the afflictions of others call forth our Christian sympathy; and render us abundant in the exercise of our benevolence.

We pray for Thy blessing on all our friends and relations. Guard them from evil by night and by day; and especially from whatsoever may hurt their souls Establish them in Thy true faith and make them fruitful in good works. Bestow Thy special blessing on the rising generation.

May the children of this family live in thy fear, and maintain Thy cause in the world. May they receive

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