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to those around us, but to Thee, O GOD, who searchest the heart.

May we, likewise, exercise fervent charity towards all men. Teach us to weep with them that weep, and to rejoice with them that rejoice; and to minister, to the utmost of our opportunities and abilities, to the various wants of our fellow-creatures: following the example cf our LORD and SAVIOUR, who hath taught us that "it is more blessed to give than to receive." And grant unto us grace in every respect to adorn by our lives that holy Gospel which we profess.

We pray Thee, also, to guide our future steps. Be Theu our constant helper and defender, ordaining for us that condition in life which shall most conduce to our eternal welfare. If Thou sendest trouble, impart unto us strength to bear it; and save us from those temptations which might prove the occasion of our falling. If prosperity be our lot, give us grace to be thankful for it; and to use with moderation our several enjoyments. May we remember that the time is short —that our light affliction is but for a moment-that our carthly pleasures, also, will soon be past-that all the glory of man is but as the flower of the grass-and that the fashion of this world passeth away.

We would, further, intercede with Thee in behalf of all our friends and relations. Bless them in their persons, in their families, and in all their undertakings. Grant unto them the comforts of Thy grace here; and make them finally partakers of glory everlasting.

We implore Thee to bestow Thy special favour on the rising generation. Save them from the contagion

of this vain and evil world. Watch over them during the weakness and inexperience of their youth; and prepare them for the duties to which Thy providence shall call them.

We commend to Thy fatherly care the poor, and destitute; the prisoner, and captive; the sick, and the afflicted. Send help from above to those who are under sore temptations:-strengthen the feeble knees, and raise up those who have fallen :-and teach us all to exercise patience, and forbearance, and loving kindness, towards each other.

We offer these our imperfect prayers, in the name of our only Saviour, JESUS CHRIST.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


O LORD GOD, our Heavenly Father, who art the Giver of all good things, we desire to thank Thee for Thy mercies during the past night, and for all the numberless blessings which we enjoy. We would begin this day with Thy solemn worship; thus acknowledging Thine hand in the bounties of Thy providence, and professing our gratitude and obedience unto Thee. We would, also, praise Thee for the gift of JESUS CHRIST Thy Son, by whom we obtain pardon of sin, and all things necessary for our everlasting salvation. Adored be Thy name that Thou hast not left us in ignorance of Thee; but hast given us Thy holy word; and hast caused us to abound with the means of grace. We would daily remember these Thy spiritual gifts; and we would now resolve to spend this day in a manner worthy of our Christian profession.

Assist us, O LORD, by Thy Holy Spirit, to bring these our prayers to good effect. Strengthen us against our temptations :-direct us in every difficulty:-com fort us in all our sorrows, and adversities; and enable us to fulfil every part of that Christian duty in which we have been instructed.

May we love our neighbour as ourselves; and do unto all men as we would that they should do unto us. May we honour and obey the civil authority. May we submit ourselves to all our governors and teachers. May we hurt nobody by word or deed. May we be true and just in all our dealings; and bear no malice nor hatred

in our hearts. May we keep our hands from stealing; and our tongues from evil-speaking, lying, and slandering. May we preserve our bodies in temperance, soberness, and chastity. May we not covet other men's goods; but learn, and labour truly, to get our living; and to do our duty in that state of life to which it hath pleased GOD to call us.

Pardon all our negligence in time past; and give us grace continually to examine ourselves; and to amend our lives according to Thy holy word.

We desire to add our humble supplications for all those whom it is our duty to remember in our prayers. Have compassion on the poor and the afflicted:-send them help, O LORD, in their hour of need; and sustain them with Thy heavenly consolations, when all human aid shall fail. We pray for the young and the ignorant: -may they be instructed in the way in which they ought to walk; and may they become instruments by which the knowledge of Thee and of Thy Son Jesus CHRIST shall extend to distant generations.

Hear us, O LORD, in these our imperfect prayers, which we humbly present to Thee, in the name of our blessed Saviour JESUS CHRIST.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


ALMIGHTY AND EVER-BLESSED GOD! Thou art the King Eternal, Immortal, and Invisible: Thou sittest in the highest heavens; and art exalted above all blessing and praise :-before Thee the angels veil their faces; and the heavens are not pure in Thy sight. Thou didst create all things :-Thou upholdest all things :-Thou sustainest the lives of the creatures whom Thou hast made:-And Thou governest all events, by Thine unceasing Providence. Thou art continually present withi us; and seest the secrets of all hearts;-and Thou wilt hereafter, bring every work into judgment, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

We bless Thee, that, of Thy great goodness, Thou hast sent Thy Son JESUS CHRIST to redeem for ever from death and hell our immortal souls, which were made in Thine own image; and that Thou hast given us an assurance of our own resurrection, by raising Him from the dead on the third day.

We praise Thee for these Thy sabbaths, on which we maintain a perpetual commemoration of this victory of our once crucified and now ascended Lord; and are continually instructed, by the ministers of His gospel, in all things which concern our everlasting salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may this day hear Thy sacred word with reverence and holy fear, with serious and deep attention, and with all humility and thankfulness. Enable us to join in the prayers of Thy people, with devout and contrite hearts; and be Thou

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