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the guidance of thy Holy Spirit, we may steadfastly walk in the path that leadeth unto life eternal.
But, Oh! gracious Father, we acknowledge and confess our own unworthiness of these great mercies, and manifold abuse of them. We humble ourselves before thee; beseeching thee, of thy great goodness, to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances. Pardon the iniquity of our most holy things; and wash us in the precious blood of our Lord and Saviour. And grant that, however we have fallen short of our duty this day, we may not have attended thy ordinances altogether in vain. Though we are unprofitable servants, do not forsake us. Though we are dull of hearing, and slow of heart to believe, and are not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary, yet mercifully bear with our infirmities, and cast us not away from thy presence. Grant that every Sabbath may be the means of bringing us nearer to thyself, and of making us more meet for the enjoyment of thy glorious kingdom.
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord, in our prayers and supplication for all men. Prosper the labours of thy faithful servants who have this day published the glad tidings of salvation. Give thy blessing to the seed which they have sown, that it may bring forth fruit abundantly. Grant that those who have waited on thee may renew their strength, and be prepared to run, with increased earnestness,
the race that is set before them. Hear the prayers which have been offered up for all estates of men in thy holy Church; and answer them in the multitude of thy tender mercies. Look, with an eye of pity and compassion, on such as have neglected thy ordinances, and profaned thy Sabbaths. Turn them from the error of their ways, and give them repentance unto salvation.
We desire now to commend ourselves, and all who are dear unto us, to the protection of thy good providence. Bless, preserve, and keep us through the perils of the night. And grant us thy peace all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O MOST mighty and merciful God, under the shadow of whose wing we have slept in peace, and are now risen in safety, we humbly approach thee, in the name of thy blessed Son, with the tribute of our morning oblations.
O Lord our God, who is like unto thee, that hast thy dwelling so high, and yet humblest thyself to behold the things that are done, not only in heaven, but on earth; and visitest the sinful children of men with all temporal and spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus? Fill our hearts, with a due sense of thy mercies towards us. Maintain in us, at this time, a special remembrance of what we owe to thee for the Sabbath which is past. We praise
thee for the word of thy salvation; for the ordi. nances of thy house; and for all the other advantages of thy day of rest. And grant, Lord, that we may diligently improve them. Cause thy power and thy glory, which we have seen in the sanctuary, to rest upon us throughout the week. Help us to show, by our life and conversation, that we are not trusting to a form of godliness, and denying the power thereof. We feel and confess our own weakness. We know that the way of man is not in himself; that it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. Be thou, therefore, our keeper and our defence upon our right hand. By thy special grace preventing us, put into our minds good desires; and, by thy continual help, enable us to bring the same to good effect. Keep us this day without sin. Deliver us from the snares and temptations of the world. Dispose us to make a covenant with our eyes, and to turn them away from beholding vanity. Incline us diligently to take heed to our ways, that we offend not in our tongue. Make us faithful in our several callings. But preserve us from being overcharged with the cares of this life, and save us from a covetous and a worldly spirit. Teach us to set thee always before us, and to be in thy fear all the day long. So that whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we may do all to the glory of thy great name, that thou in all things may est be glorified through Jesus Christ.
Save and protect, we earnestly beseech thee, the Church which thou hast purchased with thy blood, scattered throughout the world; especially that part of it which thou hast planted in this favoured land. Send forth among all its members, a more abundant measure of thy grace. Keep them unspotted from the world; and let their conversation in all things be as becometh the Gospel of Christ. Have mercy on those who as yet know not the day of their visitation: particularly on such as thou hast made dear to us. Take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word, and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved through Christ for ever. Remember, with thy most gracious favour, our relations and friends; and give unto them, and unto all others, whatever may be profitable for life and godliness.
Accept, we beseech thee, this our morning sacrifice of prayer and of praise, for the worthiness of thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
O LORD God of our salvation, day and night will we cry unto thee. Bow down thine ear, and hear us. Let our prayer come up before thee as ncense, and let the lifting up of our hands be an acceptable evening sacrifice.
We are not worthy, in ourselves, to appear in
thy presence, and implore the smallest blessing at thy hands. For though thou hast nourished and brought us up as children, yet have we sinned and rebelled against thee, O heavenly Father, from our youth up even until now. We have broken thy law, despised thy Gospel, and cast thy words behind us.
But, blessed be thy name, there is forgiveness with thee, and plenteous redemption in thy beloved Son. In him thou art a God of compassion, long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and in truth.
For his sake, therefore, and for thy name's sake, pardon our iniquity; for it is great. Enter not into judgment with thy servants, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no flesh living be justified. But in the midst of judgment remember mercy. Look upon Jesus, thy anointed, and save us from condemnation. May each of us retire to rest, delivered from the burden of guilt, and the bondage of corruption; and translated into the glorious liberty of thy children.
Grant us grace, O God, day by day, to examine our hearts and lives, and so to search and try them, that we may know what manner of spirit we are of. Let not a deceived heart turn us aside. What we know not, do thou teach us. What we know, do thou enable us to practise. Give unto us an enlightened and a tender conscience. Suffer us not to grieve thy Spirit by trifling with sin, and resisting the convictions of our minds. But grant,