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and grant, that through the gracious help of Thy Holy Spirit, we may obtain that peace which the world can not give; and may be enabled to pass the residue of our lives, in humble resignation and willing obedience. We acknowledge, O GOD, that every day is Thy gift, and ought to be used according to Thy command. O Thou, in whose hands are life and death, and by whose mercy we are spared, help us so to improve the time, that we may every day become more holy in Thy sight; and, when it shall please Thee to call us from this mortal state, may we resign our souls into Thy hands, with confidence and hope; and may we finally find mercy, and obtain a joyful resurrection to eternal life, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.
We commend to Thy fatherly goodness all our relations and friends, especially those who are the most closely united to us. We beseech Thee to look mercifully upon them; and to grant them whatever may most promote their present and eternal joy.
Bless the President of these United States, and all in authority. Extend Thy goodness to our whole native land. Pity the sorrows, and relieve the necessities, of all mankind. And let Thy kingdom come; and Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
O LORD, hear our prayers, for JESUS CHRIST's sake to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
Most gracious and merciful God, who hast protected us through the night, hast refreshed us with sleep, and hast brought us together this morning in peace,-We desire to present unto Thee our unfeigned thanks and praise for all Thy various and great mercies. We confess that we are unworthy to come into Thy presence, before whom the angels veil their faces, and in whose sight the heavens are not clean; for our lives have been unholy, and our sins many and great. If, therefore, Thou shouldst mark iniquity, O LORD, who shall stand? But we rejoice that there is with Thee forgiveness and plenteous redemption, through JESUS CHRIST Thy Son. Pleading, therefore, His sacrifice, and trusting in His intercession, we approach the throne of Thy grace, and say, "God be merciful to us sinners, for JESUS CHRIST'S sake." O LORD, grant unto us true repentance, and a lively faith. Convince us of our guilt. Discover to us every thing, (either in our hearts or lives,) which hath been displeasing to Thee.
We pray, that, through faith in the blood of Thy Son, we may obtain peace in our consciences; and that, through that blessed hope which is set before us, we may be raised above the various troubles, disappointments, and temptations, of this present evil world
We pray, also, that through the knowledge of Thy truth, and the help of Thy Spirit, we may be disposed to fulfil every precept of Thy word. May we do unto all men as we would that they should
do unto us; and
may we forgive one another, even as we hope to be forgiven. May we be clothed with humility; and, denying all ungodliness and worldly lusts, may we live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. May we be content with such things as we have; fulfilling, each of us, our proper duties; and watching against anger, malice, hatred, envy, and all other evil tempers, which are ready to rise up within us. And thus doing Thy will, and walking in Thy ways, and improving every talent committed to us, may we wait for the second coming of our Lord.
We, also, most humbly beseech Thee, O Father of mercies, to look down with an eye of favour on all our friends and relations.
Bring home to Thy flock all those who arc wandering in the ways of sin. Strengthen and confirm those who love Thy name, that they may rejoice in Thy salvation.
Be gracious unto all whom Thou hast disposed to be kind to us: sanctify them to Thyself; and shower down Thy best blessings upon them.
Pity those who are afflicted, tempted, persecuted, enslaved, or oppressed; and in Thy good time give them deliverance.
Give success to the labours of the ministers of Thy gospel. Bless and purify Thy Church. Have compassion on our native land; and, though many sins testify against us, take not away the means of grace so long afforded us.
Bless the President of these United States, and all in authority direct the public measures to our best
interests, and to Thy glory and teach all orders of men to serve their generation according to Thy will. And grant that all the changes in the kingdoms of the world may issue in Thy glory, and in the furtherance of Thy gospel.
These, and all other things needful for us, we ask in the name of JESUS CHRIST our Lord.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD, who art the giver of all the good things which we enjoy, we, Thy creatures, who are here assembled together in Thy name, desire to offer our unfeigned thanks for all Thy temporal as well as spiritual mercies. We bless Thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but, above all, for Thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our LORD JESUS CHRIST. We thank Thee, that the knowledge of this salvation hath extended to us; and that we have been instructed in the will of God, and in the blessed doctrines of Thy Gospel. We praise Thee for that good providence which hath directed our steps in life. We thank Thee, if Thou hast in any measure enlightened our minds to understand the truths which we have heard; and to
know the things which make for our everlasting peace. O LORD, grant, we now most humbly beseech Thee, that we may not walk in darkness; but, as He that hath called us is Holy, may we also be Holy in all manner of conversation. Give us grace to overcome our sinful appetites and passions; and to be sober and temperate in all things. Assist us, also, by Thy Holy Spirit, to subdue the corrupt affections of the mind; all anger, and malice, and envy, and pride, and covetousness; and make us patient and contented, kind and charitable, humble and spiritually-minded. We pray Thee also, to make us diligent, and useful, in that world in which Thou hast placed us. May we not misspend our time, nor neglect any opportunity of doing good; but may we be willing daily to deny ourselves, that we may the more abundantly minister to the various wants of others.
We pray Thee, O LORD, to give unto each of us grace to know the several duties to which we are called; and to be both faithful and zealous in the performance of them.
May those who bear rule in this house remember, that they are only the stewards of the good things which Thou entrustest to them; and that they must give account hereafter to their Master who is in heaven.
Give to the children of this family grace to be obedient in all things; and to learn to walk in the fear of the Lord, and to exercise brotherly kindness towards each other.
May the servants of this house remember, that Thine eye is upon them; and that the Gospel, which they have