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us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee, in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Keep us, especially, this day, by thy mighty power. Give us grace to live as thy redeemed people; and to walk in all thy commandments and ordinances blameless. And grant that our love to thee may abound more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that we may approve things that are excellent; that we may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by him, to the praise of thee, our God.
O Lord, open thou our lips, and our mouth shall show forth thy praise. Accept our thanks for all thy mercies, temporal and spiritual. We bless thee for preserving us through the past night, and for refreshing us with necessary sleep: we acknowledge it to be of thy undeserved goodness that we are all here before thee this morning. We bless thee for every opportunity of meeting together before the throne of grace. We praise thee for every increase of spiritual knowledge; for every victory over the enemies of our souls. We adore thee for all the promises of thy word; for all the wonderful instances of thy forbearance towards us; for all the motions of thy good Spirit
in us; for all our past and present comforts, and for all our prospects of future glory. Day by day we magnify thee; and worship thy name ever, world without end.
Hear our intercessions, most gracious Father, for the whole race of man. Have mercy on a world that lieth in wickedness; and stretch forth thy right hand to save it from destruction. Overrule all changes in empires and kingdoms, for the advancement of true religion, and for the furtherance of thy glory. Extend on every side the kingdom of thy Son. Prosper every lawful endeavour for the conversion of Heathen nations. Pour down thy Spirit from on high; that all the ends of the world may remember themselves, and be turned unto thee, O Lord; and that all the kindreds of the nations may worship before thee. Hear us, especially, in behalf of thy ancient people, Israel. Our heart's desire and prayer for them is, that they may be saved.
Hear us, especially, in behalf of these United States. Send forth throughout the land a universal spirit of repentance, that we may return every man from his evil ways, and may amend every man his doings. Increase among us that righteousness which exalteth a nation; and save us from that sin which is the reproach of any people. And may we never, in the pride of our hearts, forget that blessed only is the nation whose God is the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. We
pray for our relations and friends. May their names be found written in the book of life. We pray for our enemies, and for those who may despitefully use us, and persecute us. O thou God of peace, reconcile them unto us, and unto thee.
Hear us, O Lord, in these our supplications and thanksgivings; and do for us, and all for whom we have prayed, more than we are worthy to ask, or able to conceive, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, who hath mercifully taught us thus to pray:
Our Father, &c. God the Father, &c.
ALMIGHTY Lord God, the Father of mercies, the Giver and Preserver of all good things, we humbly beseech thee of thy great goodness, to receive the thank-offerings which we desire now to present on thy altar. We would raise a memorial of thy abundant kindness, and tell out thy works with gladness. We acknowledge that thou hast hitherto wonderfully helped us; and that it is only through thy tender mercies that we have been spared to the evening of this day.
Thy ways towards us have been faithfulness and truth. Thou hast done for us more than we have either desired or deserved; and far more than we are able to express. Who can utter thy mighty acts, O Lord, or show forth all thy praise?
But, though thou art exalted high above all blessing and praise, yet we beseech thee to accept our thanks, such as they are, for the tokens of thy manifold kindness towards us; and help us, in future, to give unto thee more of the glory that is due unto thy name. Grant, Lord, that from the abundance of the heart we may speak thy praise; and that, at the close of every week, we may be found growing in grace, in thankfulness, and in every fruit of the Spirit. Especially may a sense of thy wonderful love in the redemption of our souls, ever abide upon our minds. And since thou hast given thy Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification, grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; and at his second coming to judge the world in righteousness, may be found an acceptable people in thy sight.
But who may abide the day of his coming? And who may stand when he appeareth? We cannot stand, before thee, O Lord, in our own righteousness. We humble ourselves at thy footstool, acknowledging the sins which we have committed against thee, particularly the sins of the week which is now closing. And, we pray thee, most merciful Father, to grant unto us forgiveness of all that is past, through him, who, by thy grace, tasted death for every man. For his sake, cleanse
thou us from all our offences, and grant, that, being justified by his blood, we may be saved from wrath through him.
To thy tender mercies in Christ Jesus we now commit ourselves, and all for whom we should pray. Save and defend us through the night-season. Open our eyes to see the light of another Sabbath; and sanctify it to the good of our souls. Sanctify it, likewise, we humbly beseech thee, to the good of our fellow-creatures. Give unto them every blessing which we have asked for ourselves; and every other of which they may stand in need.
Bless all the ministers of thy word and ordinances, [especially him who is set over us in the Lord.] Qualify them for the work to which thou hast called them, and particularly for the duties of thy holy day. Preserve us in the unity of the Spirit, and in the bond of peace. Put away from us strife, and division, and every evil work. Let brotherly love continue and increase. And do thou, the very God of peace, abide with us always. Bless all the members of the universal Church; and grant that such as profess and call themselves Christians may be led in the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Shed abundantly thy grace and mercy on all who are near and dear to us; and make them to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting. And