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this day heard with our outward ears, through thy grace, be so inwardly ingrafted in all our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of thy holy name. Keep us, this night, by thy power and goodness. Let the angel of the covenant watch over our beds, and protect us from all danger. Give unto us, as unto thy beloved, peaceful and refreshing sleep; and grant that we may awake in the morning, strengthened, both in body and soul, for the various duties of the week.

Let our prayers also come up before thee in behalf of our fellow-creatures, and fellow-Christians. O merciful God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live, have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, infidels, and heretics: 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 among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Regard with thy favour and protection the church which thou hast planted in the earth. Return, we beseech thee, O Lord of hosts; look down from heaven, behold and visit the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch which thou hast made strong for thyself. Give us grace, we earnestly beseech thee, seriously to lament our

unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that as there is but one body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may henceforth be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and love, on earth; and, at length, through thy mercy, join in one eternal song of praise and thanksgiving, with the blessed company of saints and angels that are continually before thy throne.

Finally, we beseech thee to receive our praises for the manifold mercies which we have received from thee this day: and grant these requests for ourselves, and for all whom thou hast taught us to love as ourselves, for the honour and praise of thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Our Father, &c.

MONDAY MORNING.

O God, who makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to praise thee, accept our hearty thanksgivings for the blessings of the past night.

We have lain down and slept, and are now assembled together to acknowledge that it is thou only who makest us continually to dwell in safety. Thou art the God of our life: day by day will we direct our prayer unto thee, and look up. Hear us, we beseech thee, in the multitude of thy mer

cies, in the truth of thy salvation, for the sake of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Grant, Lord, that the day which is past may shed its hallowed influence on this day, and on all the days of the week. Give us grace to engage in the cares and business of life with fear and trembling, as those who know the deceitfulness of sin, and the weakness of our mortal nature. We acknowledge, O God, that, after former Sabbaths, our vows and resolutions have too often been forgotten, and have passed away like the morning cloud and the early dew. Strengthen, therefore, O Lord, we beseech thee, the holy thoughts and desires which may have been produced in our minds. Enable us to show our sincere gratitude to thee for thy day of rest, by causing our profiting to appear unto all men.

Subdue the workings of our evil hearts. Preserve us from pride and envy, from hatred and malice, from murmurings and disputings, from covetousness and dishonesty, from selfishness and idleness, from unchristian tempers and impure desires, and from all hurtful lusts that war against the soul.

Pardon and correct whatever is sinful in us; strengthen what is weak; confirm what is wavering; supply what is wanting; and make us thoroughly furnished unto every good word and work. Without thee we can do nothing. Direct us, therefore, O Lord, in all our doings with thy

most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy name; and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life.

Sanctify, we beseech thee, the means of grace to all those who attended them yesterday. Water the seed which was sown with the dew of thy blessing; that, being received into an honest and good heart, it may bring forth fruit abundantly.

Preserve such as are more especially dear to us, from being overcharged with the cares of this life. May they show by their conduct that they have profited by the ordinances of thy house, and have not received thy grace in vain. Pity and convert those who profess to know thee, but in works deny thee; and dispose them, in future, to walk worthy of the vocation where with they are called. Give thy blessing unto all whom thou hast set over the congregations of thy people; [especially to him whom thou hast set over us.] Strengthen their hands, and comfort their hearts. Keep them steadfast in the faith of Christ, and zealous in the cause of thee, their God: and may they, and we, and all thy people, be accepted of thee at the last, through the full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction of the same Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Redeemer.

Our Father, &c. The Lord bless us, &c.

MONDAY EVENING.

MOST merciful God and Father, who hast safely preserved us through another day, and loaded us with thy benefits, we are assembled together to acknowledge thy overruling providence, which ordereth all things in heaven and in earth; and to render thee our hearty thanks for still holding our souls in life. We confess that we have forfeited, by our manifold transgressions, thy fatherly protection in the present life, and have rendered ourselves altogether unworthy of the blessings of the life that is to come.

But, notwithstanding our guilt and unworthiness, we would look up to thee in the name of that Mediator, through whose all-prevailing merits we may yet have boldness to come into thy presence. Though thou hearest not sinners for their own sake, yet him thou hearest always.

Now, therefore, O Lord our God, hearken to the prayers of thy humble servants. Mercifully regard us, while we draw nigh by that new and living way which is consecrated for us through his blood, not presenting ourselves before thee for our righteousness, but for thy manifold and great mercies in Christ Jesus. Enter not into judgment with thy servants for having so little profited by the many privileges of thy Sabbath, and for not having manifested more of the power of thy ordinances in the duties of the past day. Pardon our want of love to thee, and our undue

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