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to pay unto Thee constant gratitude and love, to fulfil Thy will, and to do all to Thy glory.

We desire to thank Thee for Thy patience and long forbearance with us. Though we continually offend against Thee, Thou still waitest to be gracious; and though we have been so deaf to the calls of Thy providence, and to the invitations of Thy Gospel, still Thou hast not cast us off: but permittest us, day after day, to read Thy sacred word,—to join in social prayer,— and to call upon the God of our salvation.

We now pray Thee, for Christ's sake, to nave mercy upon us; to fill our hearts with a sense of Thy goodness; and to teach us how to serve Thee henceforth in a more acceptable manner; that so we may dwell in the light of Thy countenance, and that Thy blessings may descend upon us. Help us to be faithful in all the As masduties of life to which Thou hast called us. ters, may we remember that we have a Master in heaven. As servants, may we serve the Lord Christ. As parents, may we be careful to train up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. As children, may we be obedient to our parents in all things; proving that this is good and acceptable to the Lord. As citizens, may we obey magistrates, and all who are put in authority over us. And, as members of the same family, may we remember how blessed a thing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. May we, therefore, exercise towards each other all patience, and loving kindness, and charity; and endeavour to preserve the unity of the spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righ

teousness of life.

O LORD, pardon the sins and negligences of this day; and help us to amend our ways, and to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

Let us now lie down in Thy fear; and, in the morning, let us again seek Thy favour: and let us ever remember, that Thou, LORD, art with us, by night, and by day; and that Thou alone causest us to dwell in safety.

These prayers we humbly present to Thy divine majesty, trusting in the name of JESUS CHRIST our Saviour.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


ALMIGHTY GOD, Creator of all things, in whose hands are life and death, glory be to Thee for all Thy mercies. We thank Thee for Thy preservation of us during the past day; and for the many bounties of Thy providence. Pardon, O most merciful God, all the offences against Thee which we have committed; and also our negligence of those duties which Thou hast required. Have mercy on our souls for JESUS CHRIST'S sake; and vouchsafe unto us the comforts of Thy Holy Spirit.

Enable us, O LORD, to pass our future time on earth, in Thy fear and to Thy glory. Save us from the power of our sins; and from all our spiritual enemies. O Thou, in whose hand are the wills and affections of men, kinale in us, we pray Thee, all holy desires. Repress our sinful and corrupt imaginations. Dispose us. to love Thy commandments, and to desire Thy promises: strengthen and establish us in every good work; and grant, that, by Thy constant help and protection, we may so pass through things temporal, as finally not to lose the things eternal.

Grant, that, amidst the hopes, and fears, the pleas ures, and sorrows, the dangers, and deliverances,— and all the various changes of this mc rtal life, our hearts may be surely fixed on those joys which are eternal. O merciful Father, do Thou continually direct and bless us. Give us in this world knowledge of Thy truth, and confidence in Thy mercy; and, in the world to come, life everlasting, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST.

We pray, O LORD, for all our dear friends and relations. Guard them from evil by night and by day. Support, comfort, and assist them; and bring them to eternal happiness, through the merits of the same blessed Saviour. Have mercy on the young; may they be trained up in the nurture and admonition of the LORD; and thus learn to do Thy will and to walk in Thy fear, all the days of their lives. We commend unto Thee the President of these United States, and all who are in authority. Bless all the ministers of Thy Gospel. Pity the sorrows of the afflicted; and supply the various wants of all Thy creatures. Be gracious to


our benefactors. We pray Thee, also, to forgive our enemies and to teach us to exercise kindness and good-will towards all men.

Take us, now, O LORD, under Thy gracious protection; defend us from all the dangers of this night; and prepare us, if it please Thee, by the refreshment of sleep, for the duties which Thy providence shall, on the ensuing day, appoint for us.

Accept, O LORD, these our humble and imperfect supplications, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST Our Sav


Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


O LORD GOD, our heavenly Father, who art our daily protector in all dangers, and the giver of every blessing which we enjoy; we desire most humbly and heartily to thank Thee for Thy mercies to this family during the

day which is now past; and we pray Thee to preserve

us through the night, and to cause Thy peace, at this time, to rest upon us.

Forgive, we beseech Thee, all our sins ;-remember not against us the transgressions of this day, or of our former lives; but grant unto us true repentance and faith in our Lord JESUS CHRIST.

Help us daily to exercise godly sorrow for all that we do amiss. Put into us a due sense of our great unworthiness, and of our continual guilt; and vouchsafe unto us the light of Thy reconciled countenance; and the comforts of Thy Holy Spirit: that, while we lie down to rest, we may enjoy peace in our consciences, and the hope of pardon for all our sins, through Him who hath died for us.

And teach us, O LORD, to number our days, and to consider our latter end. Let us remember that we are continually drawing nearer to the grave; and that we know not how soon it may please Thee to call us hence. O Thou, by whose mercy we have now been spared another day, help us to redeem the time, and to fulfi} the work appointed for us, before we give up our ac count to Thee. Let us not neglect, nor delay, to execute any good resolution which, by Thy grace, we may have formed.


And, especially, may we none of us put off our repentance; or refuse to hear Thy voice in Thy Gospel; lest death should come upon us unawares. Dispose us, every evening, to try and examine our ways by the standard of Thy holy word. Save us from a hardened heart,—from an unawakened conscience,-and from a worldly and unbelieving spirit. May we remember, that, as Thy mercies are sure to the humble and penitent, so also are Thy judgments sure to him who lives and dies in his iniquity. May we, therefore, daily call upon Thee; and truly humble ourselves before Thee; and may we so worship Thee and serve Thee in this world, that we may be accepted in the world to

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