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fied, may the fruit of the Spirit increase and abound in us. Help us to set the Lord before us in every thing this day, that his will may be our will, to be like him our great desire, and his glory our aim in all we say and do.
Bless thy ministers in their secret studies, prayers, and preparation for their public labours on the morrow. May all that call upon thy name remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy, making this day, every personal and domestic arrangement that will enable them the more devoutly to observe the Sabbath. May the day be set wholly apart for its pri vileges and duties; and earnestly may we this day in secret seek thy blessing on all the public means of grace on the morrow.
Look upon a world lying in wickedness, in the fulness of thy mercy and compassion. Cut short the days of sin and the triumphs of Satan; bring speedily to an end the usurped dominion of that malignant spirit who now reigns as the god of this world; and hasten the coming and full dominion of the rightful King and Lord, our blessed Redeemer and only Saviour.
We beseech thee regard with thy favour our principal magistrate, and all the ministers of state. We beseech thee give heavenly grace to all ambassadors of Christ, and all appointed to minister in holy things. Continue the blessing of peace, preserve us from entering upon any unrighteous wars or suffering by
unjust aggressions of others. May we be a penitent and believing people, fearing God and working right
Bless us as a family. May the bonds of family love be multiplied and strengthened, and may they become eternal, by our seeking chiefly and supremely each other's spiritual good. O answer us, for our Redeemer's sake.
PRAISE, CONFESSION, AND A BLESSING ASKED FOR THE SABBATH.
O thou blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who only hast immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen or can see, to thee be honour and power everlasting. We worship thee, we bless thy holy name, and we now together, at thy footstool, exalt, extol and magnify thee, as the one living, true and only God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, our God and our Saviour.
How wonderful thy love in testifying to us, thy sinful creatures, that whoso offereth thee praise glorifieth thee; and how rich thy grace to us, that thou hast called us out of darkness into thy marvellous light, that we should be a peculiar people to show forth thy praise! In every thing enable us to give thanks unto thee. In every thing may we order
our conversation aright, that thou mayest show unto us thy salvation,
O Lord, another week of mercies innumerable, and, to our deep humiliation, of innumerable sins, is now closing upon us. It cannot be recalled, but thy day of grace continues, and thou givest to all liberally and upbraidest not; give us then pardon and peace, give us repentance and faith, give us holiness and thine own image and likeness.
We ask for a full blessing on the approaching Sabbath. May it be to us a day of great spiritual gain and advantage. May our hearts, prepared of thee and made ready by thy grace, receive thy word into an honest and good heart, and keep it. Give unto us meekness and lowliness, for thou hast said, the meek thou wilt guide in judgment; give us faith, for thou hast said of thy people of old, the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with. faith in them that heard it. Teach us to hunger and thirst after righteousness, seeing that thou, O Jesus, hast said that such are blessed and shall be filled.
courts with joy and
O may we enter into thy praise, and experience the full truth of thine own word-Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound, they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance; in thy name shall they rejoice all the day, and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. O may this be fulfilled to each one of us.
Bless especially all thy ministers; send them help
from the sanctuary, and strengthen them out of Zion. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and let thy saints shout for joy. Let thy Spirit come down on all the assemblies of thy people in every land, like rain upon the mown grass; and as showers that water the earth. Lengthen out, if it be thy will, the days of peace and tranquillity, that multitudes may at length account that the longsuffering of our God is salvation, and turn to thee. O Lord, grant that thy people may be diligent to be found of thee in peace, without spot and blameless; and a waiting church and bride may be all prepared to go out and meet the returning Bridegroom, even Jesus our beloved Lord and Head, and to enter with him to the marriage-supper of the Lamb. Hear us for his name's sake.
LORD'S DAY MORNING.
PRAISE FOR SABBATH MERCIES.
Almighty Father, who hast revealed thyself to us as the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and
transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty: through Jesus Christ, now sitting at thy right hand, and ever living to make intercession for us, we adore together and magnify thy holy
Another Sabbath of grace and mercy now is before We bless thee for its many privileges; for thy house open to receive us; thy ministers ready to instruct us; and that we may now peacefully assemble together and worship in thy courts, none making us afraid. We thank thee for that wonderful grace to all that believe in Christ, that thou dost account them a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a peculiar people. May we rise to our high privileges, and ever shew forth thy virtues and praises in the world.
But now, O Lord, we bring before thee our great difficulty and trouble in the midst of our religious privileges. All on thy part is prepared and ready, but we have often found, by sad experience, that we are unready; our minds are carnal, worldly, and earthly. Our souls cleave to the dust. Innumerable vain imaginations and worldly thoughts distract and fill our minds; we lose the sense of thy nearness, and, with the words of prayer on our lips, have innumerable vanities possessing our inner man.
O send thy mighty Spirit into our hearts, effectually to aid us against Satan and our inward foes. May we this day know the power, and reality, and