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O LORD GOD, our heavenly Father, who preservest us from week to week; and continually renewest Thy various mercies to us;—we kneel down this evening, desiring to express our gratitude and love to Thee, who art the Author of our being and the source of all our happiness.

We thank Thee, that while so many thousands are suffering in misery and want, we are provided with innumerable comforts; and are passing day after day, in quietness and peace.

We pray Thee, O LORD, that, as we look back on our days which are passed, and consider our lot in life, we may become more thankful for all that goodness which is showered down upon us; and more earnest t employ the opportunities and talents which are given to us, in fulfilling Thy will, and in diminishing, as much as in us lies, both the wickedness and the misery which are in the world. We would lament every neglect and abuse of Thy providential gifts,-of which we may have been guilty in times past: confessing with shame and humiliation of soul, that our talents have not been turned to a religious and profitable use, as they ought to have been.

We would now, especially, lament our mis-spent time, and neglected opportunities, and all our other sins, during the past week. How many sinful thoughts have we indulged! How many hasty and unbecoming words have we uttered! And how little has it been in our

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minds to exercise every Christian grace! We lament, also, the coldness of our hearts in our religious duties. Though instructed in the affecting truths of the Gospel, and blessed with the knowledge of Christ crucified for us, we confess, that we have been listless and lukewarm in our worship: too much alienated from the life of God; and too much occupied with the cares of this world. Though living, O LORD, on Thy continual bounty, kept by Thy power, and indebted to Thy pardoning grace, how little have we laboured to fulfil Thy holy will, and to walk blamelessly in all Thy statutes and commandments. We now present ourselves before Thee, freely confessing these our sins, and imploring Thy forgiveness in the name of JESUS CHRIST: and we would lie down this night, trusting in His all-sufficient sacrifice on the cross for us; and looking for Thy mercy unto eternal life.

And we pray, that, being thus prepared by repentance and deep humiliation of soul, we may go forth on the ensuing sabbath to hear Thy Gospel, with teachable and submissive minds. May we receive the seed sown into an honest and good heart. May the Gospel of our salvation be the chief desire of our minds, and the con solation of all our hearts. As the sabbath returns, may we welcome the joyful sound; and bless that God, who not only increases our temporal mercies, but also sets before us the hope of everlasting life.

And enable each of us, O LORD, who are met here together, to set an example of pure and undefiled religion to all who live around us.

Have compassion on the young in this family. In.


cline them to hear Thy word with attention, that they may grow wiser every day they live; and teach them to lift up their hearts in prayer, while they kneel down with us to worship Thee.

Confirm the wavering in the ways of true religion. May they see that godliness has the promise of the life which now is, as well as of the life which is to come. May they, also, be convinced of their sins; and experience what is that peace of conscience, which the Gospel brings to the truly humble and penitent.

To Thee do we now commit ourselves, beseeching Thee to bless every member of this family. May we lie down in the fear of God, in the faith of Christ, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit; and may we rise in the morning, rejoicing in our Christian privileges, and desiring to employ the Sabbath in Thy service.

Hear us, O LORD, in- these our supplications, for JESUS CHRIST's sake.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


O God, who hast appointed a day in which Thou wilt judge the world in righteousness, give us grace so to try and judge ourselves, that we may not be finally and everlastingly condemned at the judgment-seat of JESUS CHRIST. Dispose us daily to examine both our hearts and lives; for Thou, O LORD, regardest our secret thoughts. Grant unto us repentance for whatever sins we have committed—either in thought, word, or deed; and forgive all our trespasses, both against Thee and against our neighbour, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST.

We confess that we too easily forget "the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus." Thou hast sent Thy Son from heaven to save us :-Thou hast invited us by Thy promises, and restrained us by the threatenings of Thy word :-Thou hast set before us "an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away :”—and Thou hast warned us of " a worm that never dieth, and of a fire which is not quenched."

We beseech Thee to deliver us from all hardness of heart. May Thy Holy Spirit impress our minds with a deep sense of the importance of eternal things. O may we labour" to make our calling and election sure!" May we be diligent, and hope to the end; knowing that we must soon put off these mortal bodies, and that the coming of our Lord JESUS CHRIST is at hand.

We desire to thank Thee for the advantage of Thy holy sabbaths; for the gift of Thy sacred word; and

for all the means of grace. We have abundant light and knowledge;--we have "line upon line, and precept upon precept."

Assist us, this night, to look up to Thee with pure and humble minds. Let us commit ourselves to Thy gracious care: sensible of Thy constant presence with us; and earnestly desiring to partake both of Thy favour here, and of those joys which are at Thy right hand for evermore. And let not the cares and anxieties of life, nor the lawful business in which we have been engaged, prevent our now meditating on a better world.

We pray Thee to bestow Thy blessing on our dear friends and relations; on our country; and on all for whom we are bound to pray. Pity those who are af flicted, and who shall pass this night in wakefulness and pain. Succour the tempted. Give peace to the troubled in mind. Be Thou a Father to the fatherless, and a God of consolation to those who are desolate and oppressed. And give us all grace, that we may abound in charity one towards another; and do good unto all men, according to our Lord's example and command


Pardon the imperfection of these our humble supplications; and grant unto us whatsoever things Thon knowest to be needful for us, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST Our Saviour.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.

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