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in thyself, and art the fountain of being and happiness to every creature thy hands have made. Thou art good to all, and thy tender mercies are over all thy works; and thou art continually doing us good, though we are evil and unthankful. We praise thee that we have liberty of access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

We humbly thank thee for all the mercies of this night palt; that no plague has come nigh our dwelling, no misfortune overtaken us, but that through thy mercy we are brought in peace and safety to fee the light of another day. It is of thy mercies, O Lord, that we are not consumed, even because thy compaffions fail not, they are new every morning.

We confess we have finned against thee, we are guilty before thee; we have sinned, and have come Thort of the glory of God: We have corrupt and finful natures, and are bent to backslide from thee : backward to good, and prone to evil continually. Vain thoughts come into us, lying down and rising up; and they defile or disquiet our minds, and keep out good thoughts. We are too apt to burden ourselves with that care, which thou haft graciously encouraged us to cast upon thee. We are very much wanting in the duties of our particular relations; we are cold and defective in our love to thee; weak in qur defires after thee, and unsteady in our walking with thee; and do not grow in grace and holiness as we ought to do.

We pray thee forgive all our fins for Christ's fake, and be at peace with us in him who died to make peace, and ever lives making interceflion for us. O Lord, be thou our portion, and the lot of our inhe. 'rirance ; lift up the light of thy countenance upon us, and be merciful unto us. Let thy peace rule in

our hearts; and let the consolations of our God be our strength and our song in the house of our pilgrimage.

Lord, we commit ourselves to thy care and keeping this day; watch over us for good, and not for evil. Compass us about with thy favour as with a shield : Preserve us from all evil ; yea, the Lord preserve and keep our fouls, and preserve our going out and coming in.

Our bodies and all our worldly affairs we commit to the conduct of thy wise and gracious providence, and cheerfully submit to its disposals. Let no harm happen to us; but keep us in health and safety. Bless our employments; prosper us in all our lawful undertakings, and give us comfort and fuccess in them. Let us eat of the labour of our hands, and let it be well with us.

Our precious souls and all their concerns we commit to the government of thy Spirit and Grace. O let thy grace be mighty in us, and sufficient for us; and let it work in us both to will and to do of thine own good pleasure. O give us grace to do the work of this day in its day, according as the duty of the day requires ; and to do even common actions after a godly fort; acknowledging thee in all our ways, having our eyes ever up to thee: And be thou pleased to direct our steps.

Lord, keep us from sin and wickedness: Give us rule over our own spirits, and grant that we may not this day break out into passion upon any provocation, or speak unadvisedly with our lips. Give us grace to live together in peace and holy love, that the LORD may command his blessings upon us, even life for evermore:

Make us conscientious in all our

dealings; always watch ful against fin, as become those who see thine eye is ever upon us.

Arm us against every temptation ; uphold us in our integrity; keep us in the way of our duty; and grant that we may be in thy fear every day, and all the day long.

Prepare us for all the events of this day, for we knoir not what a day may bring forth. Give us grace to stand complete in thy whole will; to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and to follow Jesus Christ. Lord, fit us for death and judgment and eternity; and enable us to live every day as those that do not know but it may be their last day. Guide us with thy counsel here, and hereafter receive us to glory.

LORD, plead thy, cause in the world; build up thy church into perfect beauty ; fet up the throne of the exalted Redeemer in all places upon the ruins of Satan's kingdom. Bless this nation to which we belong ; bless our King, and all in authority under him. Bless the minifters and dispensers of thy word and sacraments; let them not preach themselves, but Jesus Christ, and him crucified. Bless all thy people that make a profession of thy holy religion; give them grace to depart from iniquity, and to perfect holiness in thy fear. Bless all that are near and dear to us, and make them near and dear to thee: Bless them in their temporal concerns; and above all, let their fouls prosper. Dwell in all those families that fear thee, and call upon thy name. Visit the fons and daughters of affiction ; make the'r bed in their fickness; put the arm of love under their íainting heads, and give them an happy iffue out of all their affliction. Succour the tempted, relieve the oppressed, and give joy to those that mourn in Zion.

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This, our morning facrifice, we humbly offer up to thine adorable Majesty in the all-powerful, all-prevailing name of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate; to whom, with thee, O Father, and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

Our Father, &c.
A sixth EVENING PRAYER for a FAMİLY,
TOST holy, blessed, and glorious Lord God,

whose we are, and whom we are bound 10 serve ; we are not our own, but thine, and unto thee, O Lord, do we lift up our fouls. Thou art the great Benefactor of the whole creation; thou givest to all life and breath, and all things : Thau art our benefactor, the God that hath fed us, and kept us all our life long unto this day.

Having obtained help of God, wecontinue hitherto the monuments of his sparing mercy, and are witnesses for thee that thou art gracious. One day telleth another, and one night certifieth another, that thou art good and doft good, and never faileth those that seek thee and trust in thee. Thou makest the outgoing of the morning and evening to praise thee,

It is through the good hand of our God upon us, that we are brought in safety to the close of another day, and are met together to mention the lovingkindness of the Lord, and the praises of our God, who is good, and whose mercy endureth for ever. Bleffed be the Lord, who daily loads us with his benefits, even the God of our Salvation. We have from thee the mercies of the day in its day, according as the necessity of the day requires : though we come far short of doing the work of the day according as the duty of the day requires.

We bless thee for our health, and

peace,

and food; and raiment; for our friends and relations, and every other blessing that makes our pilgrimage easy and comfortable. Above all, we praise thee, for Jesus Christ, and his mediation between God and man;

for the covenant of grace made with us in him; for all the exceedingly great and precious promises and privileges of that covenant; for the drawings of thy Spirit; the teachings of thy love ; for the benefit of the scriptures, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

To us, O Lord, belong shame and confusion of face, because of our abuse of these thy mercies vouchfafed unto us.

We confess we have finned against thee : this day we have finned and done foolisniy, O God! thou knoweft our foolishness, and our fins are not hid from thee; We mis-spend our time, we neglect our duty, we follow after lying vanities, and forsake our own mercies: We offend with our tongues, and walk unworthy of our high calling.

pray thee give us repentance for our fins and daily infirmities, and make us duly sensible of the evil of them, and of our danger by them, and let the blood of Christ thy'Son cleanse us from all fin, that we may lie down this night at peace with God and with our own consciences, by believing in Jesus.

Do us good by all the providences we are under, merciful or afflitive, and by all bring us near to thee and make us fitter for thee. We commit ourselves to thee this night, and desire to abide under

the shadow of the Almighty: Make an hedge of - protection, we pray thee, about us and about our houses, and about all that we have, that no evil may befal us, nor any plagué come nigh our dwelling : Tue Lord be our keeper, who neither slumbers nor

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