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Bless, O LORD, every member of this family. [Granı unto the children a spirit of docility and obedience.] [Make every servant to know the duties of his station, and to maintain a conscience void of offence:] and may none of us forget Thee our GOD, nor be indifferent to the great and glorious hope which Thou hast set before us. O grant, that, in all our works-begun, continued, and ended in Thee,-we may, each of us, glorify Thy holy name; and, finally, by Thy mercy, obtain everlasting life, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.

Have mercy on all our friends and relations. Pity the poor and the afflicted. Give peace to those who are troubled in mind; and supply the various necessities of all Thy creatures.

We ask every blessing, in the name of JESUS CHRIST Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


ALMIGHTY AND MOST MERCIFUL GOD! We beseech Thee to pour down Thy blessing on us Thy servants, who are now assembled to worship Thy holy name.

Thou art infinitely great and glorious! Before Thee, the angels veil their faces; and the heavens are not pure in Thy sight! We are weak, and helpless; sinful, and corrupt; exposed to dangers on every side, and in continual need of Thy gracious assistance. O LORD, preserve us through this day. By Thee we have been protected during the night. Continue to us Thy wonted care; and guard, we pray Thee, both our bodies and our souls from every kind of evil.

We are now entering on the duties of our several callings. May the LORD enable each of us to be faithful and diligent in them; as those who must hereafter "give account of all things done in the body," to Him who is the Judge of quick and dead.

We desire to remember that Thine eye seeth us wheresoever we are; and pierceth even into our inmost thoughts. We pray, therefore, that all our most secret ways may be pleasing unto Thee, O Thou searcher of hearts! Let us not attempt to deceive either ourselves, or those around us, by the mere appearance of goodness; but may we have the testimony of our consciences, that in simplicity and godly sincerity we have our conversation in the world.

Give us grace to overcome our sinful appetites and passions; to mortify our pride; and to bring every

member of our bodies, and every faculty of our souls, into captivity to the law of Christ. May we put away all hatred and variance, all anger and strife, all malice and evil-speaking; and may this day be a day of peace and harmony to every member of this family; that so, when we assemble again to worship Thee at night, our prayers may be accepted, being the offering of those who dwell together in love; and who have learnt to forgive one another, even as they hope to be forgiven.

We pray Thee to bless the events which shall befal us on this day. Thou, O LORD, orderest all things for us; and we know not what a day may bring forth. O sanctify to us our prosperity, and our adversity; our health, and our sickness; our daily comforts and enjoyments, as well as our anxieties and disappointments. Purify our hearts, more and more, by the various dispensations of Thy providence; and fit us, by the several vicissitudes of this mortal life, for that great and final change which we must soon experience.

We desire, also, to pay unto Thee our grateful thanks for Thy past mercies. Thou hast sustained us in our infancy; hast guided us in youth; and hast preserved us during our advancing years. Thou hast often raised us when we have been brought low:-Thou hast succoured us in trouble; hast delivered us in sickness; and healed all our infirmities. While others have fallen, we have been kept alive. Day after day, we remain the monuments of Thy mercy; and comforts surround us on every side. O LORD, we biess Thy name for what is past; and we pray, that the remembrance of Thy goodness may lead us to repentance; and may

make us careful to walk according to Thy will, for the days which are yet to come. Pardon our many offences; and grant us perfect remission of our sins, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST.

We further beseech Thee to bestow Thy blessing on our dear friends and relations. Thou hast encouraged and commanded us to intercede for one another; and we desire, therefore, most earnestly to commend to Thy fatherly care all those whom it is our duty to remember in our prayers. We entreat Thee to be merciful to those who have at any time shown us mercy :-to pity the poor and the afflicted-to strengthen the weak-and to comfort the desponding mind.

Have mercy on the rising generation. Save them from the follies and ignorances of their youth; and raise them up to be a seed to serve Thee, when we shall be gathered to our fathers.

Hear us, O LORD, in these our prayers and intercessions, for the sake of our only Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD, who art the Au thor of our being, the Preserver of our lives, and the Giver of every blessing which we enjoy :-unto Thee do we now direct our Prayer, beseeching Thee this day to supply our returning wants and necessities. Grant unto us all things needful both for the body and soul : and especially, vouchsafe unto us pardon of our sins, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD.

We confess, that we are unworthy of Thy favour; for we have continually trespassed against Thee: but Thou art good, and gracious, unto those who freely acknowledge their transgressions, and cast themselves. on Thy mercy. O LORD, we pray, that we, being delivered from the fear of Thy wrath, through a lively faith in JESUS CHRIST Thy Son, may serve Thee with cheerful and quiet minds; and may partake in all the consolations of Thy Spirit as well as walk in the way of Thy commandments.

We pray for integrity and diligence in our several callings. May we this day remember that Thine eye is upon us. May we carefully avoid hypocrisy, and deceit, and every approach to dishonesty and unfaithfulness. May we, also, watch against pride, and vanity; against envy, and hatred; against selfishness, and covetousness; and against whatsoever sin may most easily beset us. May we each fulfil our proper work with humility of mind; and approve ourselves not only

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