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to Christ, a constant receiving out of his fulness, a life of continual faith in the Son of God. Give us of his Spirit very largely, and may we know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.
Do thou, merciful God, enliven and enlarge our hopes of thy future glory in our earth, when all shall know thee from the least to the greatest. May we feel the power of those holy promises, in the midst of present abounding sin, which show us that the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. Hasten thy coming and thy kingdom. In the mean while may we fulfil our present duties, our daily work, doing all as unto the Lord.
Bless the church to which we belong, the place in which we reside, and all the ministers of Christ in every place, and send forth every where more labourers into thy harvest. Bless especially our own beloved country, and all efforts for the increase in it of divine knowledge and for its spiritual as well as temporal welfare. When the enemy comes in like a flood, may the Spirit of the Lord lift up a standard against him. Clothe thy priests with thy righteousness, and make thy people joyful in thy salvation. May thy word descend as the rain and the dew, and refresh our weary land, that it may become as a fruitful field and a vineyard of the Lord's planting.
May we now lie down at peace with thee and with
all our fellow men, and be protected by thy good providence from every evil during the defenceless hours of sleep, and refreshed with quiet repose, and awake with thee present to our thoughts in the morning. O that we may so measure our days as to know how frail we are and how short our time is.
Regard each of us and of our relations according to our individual wants, and give to each that mercy, grace, and strength we individually require, for our special temptations, dangers, sins, and necessities, according to the fulness of thy love in Jesus our only Lord and Saviour.
PRAISE FOR MERCY, AND PRAYER FOR FAITH, HOPE,
O thou whose eyes are over the righteous and thine ears open to their prayer, through our advocate Jesus Christ the righteous, we, though we have sinned, call upon thee by him, who is the propitiation for our sins. Enable us then to trust only in his name. And while one is speaking with the lips, may the hearts of all with one accord be ascending unto thee in earnest prayer and supplication by Jesus Christ.
We bless thee, O our God, for all the mercies restored to us afresh this morning. We praise, we magnify thy holy name, for the food which nourishes
us, the warmth that cheers us, (the cold that braces us,) the raiment which covers us, the light which shines around us, the air we breathe, the habitation which shelters us, the joy and communion which we have in each other's love, our common salvation, our common hope of glory, our divine Saviour Jesus, our one teacher and sanctifier the Holy Ghost, our one glorious Father, and our one eternal home. How vast the treasure thou hast given to us! What a circle of mercies and blessings surrounds us, how great, how numberless, how eternal! Forgive our ingratitude and disregard of mercies the loss of which would soon bring sorrow and distress upon us. Let us not forget all thy benefits, but daily live to thy praise.
And now we entreat thee to give us that precious gift of faith, by which unseen things shall become living realities, influencing our daily conduct. While we thank thee for goodness so great in all that is past, we commit unto thee all that is before us. We know not what may be our trials and temptations, what unexpected events may arise, but all is known unto thee. Preserve us, then, from the snares of our great enemy. May the world, the flesh, and the devil never seduce, entrap, pollute, or destroy our souls, but may we be kept by thy power through faith unto salvation. Make us ready to every good work, may we show mercy with cheerfulness. May we be prompt to seize opportunities of doing good. Especially let our souls be growing in faith, hope,
and love. And whether health or sickness, sorrow or joy, life or death, ease or suffering be before us, may all be advancing the maturity of our souls for thy heavenly kingdom, and preparing us to be ready for the coming of our Heavenly Lord.
Bless thy church universal. Unite the hearts of thy faithful people as the heart of one man in the belief and love of thy truth. O hasten that day when Satan shall be bruised under our feet, when the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever and ever; when sorrow and sighing shall flee away, and those new heavens and that new earth be created wherein dwelleth righte
O Lord, hear us and receive our prayer for Jesus' sake. Amen.
CONFESSION OF SINS AND PRAYER FOR HELP; FOR A BLESSING ON RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES.
Almighty God, our most merciful Father, who gavest thy Son Jesus to suffer for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to thee; may thy Holy Spirit so teach us what he has done for us, that with our whole hearts we may come to thee in entire confidence and joyful love.
Gratefully we acknowledge together thy lovingkindnesses in the day that is past. How constant
and how good is thy providence to us! How rich and how free is thy grace! How full thy love in all thy dealings with us! Nor can we doubt of thy love to us sinners, when we know that Christ died for our sins and rose again for our justification.
But, O Lord, how unmindful have we been this day of thy presence, thy will, and thy glory. Christ ought to dwell in our hearts by faith, but vain thoughts and earthly occupations, and the vanities of this world, have filled our minds and shut out the Saviour. We come then to thee for pardon and peace. Sprinkle afresh the blood of Jesus upon our consciences. May we wash our robes and make them white in the blood of the Lamb.
And give us grace with full purpose of heart to yield ourselves more entirely to thee for the time to come. O may we love thee unfeignedly, and serve thee unreservedly, and with our whole hearts; walking before thee in all thy ways with an upright and willing mind.
May we fulfil cheerfully, as unto the Lord, every duty which we owe to each other, as masters ruling in thy fear, as servants serving the Lord Christ, as parents bringing up our children for thee, as children obedient to our parents in the Lord. Thus may thy name be glorified in our consistent Christian course day by day.
We thank thee for all that thou art doing by religious societies both at home and abroad. Lord,