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our meditations, and distract our minds, and close them against thy gracious influence. Blessed be this day, thrice blessed, in the opportunities it offers, in the good resolutions it witnesses, in the strength it shall give us to meet all the coming duties and trials of life. Bless, we pray thee, the preaching of thy word. May we apply the truth to our own souls. May thy house be to us as the open gate of heaven, where we may behold the light of the unseen world, and hold communion with heavenly things. And unto thee, through Christ Jesus, be the glory forever. AMEN.
O THOU Friend and Guardian of all, who in thy faithful providence dost cherish and protect all souls in every age and clime; we rejoice in thy universal care and in thy perfect love. It is the desire of our hearts that all mankind may be brought to the knowledge and love of the truth. We thank thee, heavenly Father, for the privileges of the Christian Sabbath, and we pray that this day may be blessed to us. May thy kingdom be advanced in our hearts. May the truth, as it is in Jesus, be faithfully proclaimed, and received into honest and good minds, where it shall spring up and bring forth immortal fruits. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, abound in all places of worship, in all hearts, this day. Touch with sacred fire the lips of those who declare thy truth. Give them single, honest and fearless minds, and accompany their labors with thine all-powerful spirit. Help us, God of all grace, to order our hearts aright before thee in these our solemn services. That we may worship thee with a spiritual worship, and in the beauty of holiness, and that we go forth into the duties of life strengthened to perform thy will. That we may depart from iniquity and lead godly lives, glorifying thy Son and his gospel, and giving unto thee, through him, praise forever and ever. AMEN.
TO BE REPEATED BY THE CONGREGATION.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent;
according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, that we may hereafter live a godly and sober life; to the glory of thy holy name. AMEN.
ALMIGHTY GOD, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; Maker of all things; Judge of all men; we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy Divine Majesty. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of which is grievous unto us. Have mercy upon us; have mercy upon us, most merciful Father. In the name of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, we beseech thee to forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life. To thy honor and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly Father, who of thy great mercy hast promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith, turn unto thee; have mercy upon us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALMIGHTY GOD, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we may show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; in whose name we ascribe unto thee all honor and glory, world without end. AMEN.
O LORD, merciful and gracious, we, thy dependent offspring, would now humbly and sincerely thank thee, because thou hast given us life, and by thy bountiful providence hast always nourished, directed and governed us. For our reason, education and religion; for all the gifts of nature and of grace; for our Saviour, Christ; for our redemption, and instruction in the truth; for thy repeated calls to us; for all the patience which has waited for us, and all the mercy which has spared us; for all the enjoyments of this present life, and for all thy promises, and all our hopes of a better life to come, we bless and magnify thy holy name. And grant, O Lord, that thy mercies may be followed by our obedience; and that we may so walk in the light of thy favor, and in the paths of thy commandments, that living here to thy praise, we may at last be received to thyself, to rejoice forever in thy presence; which we ask in the name, and as
disciples of him who died that we might live; through whom to thee be ascribed all thanksgiving and praise, both now and forever. AMEN.
TO BE REPEATED BY THE CONGREGATION.
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 this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. AMEN.
COMMENCING OR CONCLUDING PRAYERS.
O GOD, the eternal Source of wisdom and purity, from whom all good counsels, all holy desires, and all just works do proceed; we offer up our humble prayers unto thee, beseeching thee to enlighten our minds, and sanctify our hearts by thy heavenly truth. What we know not, teach thou us; whatever is amiss in us, dispose us to reform; whatever in us is good, assist us to carry forwards to perfection; which we ask in the name and as disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
WE thank thee, O Father in heaven, for the blessings and privileges of this holy day. For every means of intellectual and spiritual improvement. Especially do we thank thee for the gospel of thy Son; for the light it sheds on thy nature, character and providence, on the path of our duty, and on the future world. May this glorious light shine into our hearts, and cheer and sustain us, and lead us through the
scenes and trials of this life, to the endless felicities of thy kingdom above. Which we ask in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN.
ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee, and has promised by thy beloved Son, that where two or three are gathered together in his name, thou wilt grant their requests; fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them, granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. AMEN.
ETERNAL and all-seeing God; we thy creatures sink into nothing before thy supreme majesty; we feel our weakness; we acknowledge our folly; we bewail our sins; thee only we adore with awful veneration; thee we thank with fervent zeal; to thy power we humbly submit; of thy goodness we devoutly implore protection; on thy wisdom we firmly and cheerfully rely. Whenever we address thee, O Father, if our prayers are unwise, wilt thou pity us; if they are presumptuous, wilt thou pardon us; if acceptable to thee, grant them, all-powerful God; and as we now express our submission to thy decrees, adore thy providence, and bless thy dispensations, so, in that future state, to which we reverently hope thy goodness will raise us, may we continue praising, venerating, worshipping thee, more and more, through worlds without number, and ages without end.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all everAMEN.