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FOR THE LORD'S DAY MORNING.
O Thou, whose mercies are over all thy works, who art the fountain of all our blessings and the spring of all our joys; whose presence causes even the barren wilderness to rejoice, and whose loving-kindness makes the hearts of thy creatures glad! Thou suppliest all the wants of thy large family, and givest thy bounties with a liberal hand. Thy mercy and goodness have been again extended to us, thine unworthy servants, for thou hast permitted us to behold the return of another holy sabbath morning, and hast granted to us every needful blessing. Most heartily would we thank thee for having brought us to the beginning of this day of sacred rest and sweet communion with thee, our God; and 0, that its hallowed hours may be spent in thy service and to thy praise ! Bless, we beseech thee, the preaching of thy gospel this day; and grant that it may have free course, and run, and be glorified, until all the ends of the earth shall see thy salvation in Christ Jesus. To this end do thou give to the ministers of thy word thy holy spirit; make them useful in their day and generation, and enable them so
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to fulfil the duties of their calling, that multitudes may be brought from sin to holiness, that they may hereafter be raised from earth to heaven. Graciously regard, we beseech thee, O God, the land in which we dwell. As a nation, we are highly favored with religious privileges, but, alas! we have sunk and debased ourselves by our manifold transgressions. Othat there may be a true reformation among us, from the highest to the lowest, for thy word declares to us, that “while righteousness exalteth a nation, sin is a reproach to any people.” Look in compassion, we pray thee, upon the sick and afflicted, and do thou, in thy mercy, supply their wants out of thine abundant fulness. Comfort them under their sufferings, and lead them to partake of the bread of life and the waters of salvation. Grant thy blessing, heavenly Father, to us, and to our children, and to all who are near and dear to us, and make us all to be of the family of heaven, of the household of faith, and heirs with Christ Jesus in his kingdom of glory. Bless us while in thine house of prayer; direct our thoughts, and words, and actions ; watch over us at all times, and keep us from the snares' of the world, from the allurements of sin, and the evil propensities of our own hearts, and make us altogether such as thou wouldst have us to be, and such as thou wilt approve in the day of Christ. ' Forgive our sins, and help our infirmities. Let thine hand conduct us safely through the perplexities of life, that we may never turn from thee, either to the right hand or to the left; and when at last thou shalt call us hence, may we depart in peace to enjoy that eternal sabbath which awaits thy people in heaven above. We ask all in the name of Jesus Christ, thy be. loved Son. Amen.
FOR THE LORD'S DAY EVENING.
O LORD God Almighty! Maker of all things! Judge of all men! whose dwelling is in the highest heavens, who inhabitest the praises of eternity, and who art the Lord and Giver of life! Thou searchest the hearts and triest the reins of the children of men, and nothing can be hid from thine all-penetrating eye. Thou hast seen and known us through the day that is past; thou hast watched over us and preserved us, and before we go to our rest we would render to thee those thanksgivings which are so justly thy due. We bless thee for the holy season we have enjoyed, and the means of spiritual improvement thou hast afforded to us, but lament that we make so little progress in the divine life. O quicken us to greater diligence in seeking after the things that belong to our peace, and help us to enter into a strict examination of our hearts, that we may see how matters stand between thee and our souls. We would bow with reverence and humility at thy heavenly footstool, while with true contrition of heart we confess that we have sinned and come short of thy glory, and that we have merited nothing but thy just displeasure. Bat do thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, and forgive us all our transgressions, according to thy mercy in our Saviour, Jesus Christ; and for the time that is to come, may we be led, by divine grace, to walk worthily of our high calling and glorify thy name. We thank thee, O God, for thy tender mercies and loving-kindnesses to us at all times, and especially for having blessed us this day with our food and raiment, and every earthly comfort that we have enjoyed; but above all would we thank thee for the gift of thy beloved Son, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. We would thank thee also for thy holy gospel, which so plainly makes known to us the way to life eternal, and which, by guiding us in the paths of truth and righteousness, is able to make us wise unto salvation, and prepare us for the companionship of the blessed before thy throne. Incline our hearts, we beseech thee; to walk in wisdom's ways, help us to obey thy commands with great delight, enable us to do thy will on earth below as it is done by angels in heaven above, and grant us grace to serve thee in such an acceptable manner, that we may obtain thy favor in this life, and a crown of glory in the life that is to come. And now, Heavenly Father, take us, we pray thee, under thy care and protection through the night that is before us ; let us rest beneath the shadow of thy almighty wings; grant to us refreshing sleep, and awake us in the morning to adore thy name. And for all thy care over us, and thy continual mercy to us, we will forever praise thee, through faith in Jesus Christ, who hath taught us, when we pray, to say, “Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us day by day our daily bread; forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil ; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. AMEN."
1. FOR MONDAY MORNING. O Thou ever blessed God, who art the Giver of every good and perfect gift, the kind Father and Friend of the human
race! Thou art the source of light and the fountain of love, and desirest not the death of sinners, but that they should turn from their wickedness and live. Look down in pity and compassion upon thy unworthy creatures, now humbly kneeling before thee, penitently imploring thy forgiveness for the numerous sins and transgressions which we have committed against thy Divine Majesty, and enable us for the future to live to thy glory, by devoting the remain, der of our days to thy service, to the good of our fellowcreatures, and to the salvation of our souls through the Lord Jesus Christ. And do thou, of thy great goodness, keep us this and every day of our lives from the evils that are in the world, and the snares that surround us, for thou knowest'our weakness and our liability to fall in the hour of temptation, unless supported by thy powerful hand. Bless us, we beseech thee, in our family and in all our connections, and make us more and more like our beloved Saviour, who was holy, harmless, undefiled, and sepa. rate from sinners, and who went about doing good. Help us to copy his bright example and to walk in his heavenly footsteps, to take up his cross daily, and to follow him whithersoever he goeth. Give to us, we entreat thee, O God, the spirit of prayer and supplication at all times, and enable us, by the influence of thy spirit, to approach with confidence to a throne of grace, that we may find mercy and grace to help in every time of need. We would come before thee as the disciples of Jesus Christ, beseeching thee to lift up upon us the light of thy countenance, and mercifully to regard the children of thy love. And, O, our Father, may we always act with a single eye to thy glory, remembering that we are ever in thy presence, and beneath thine eye. Take us especially