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as thou hast promised that of the increase and prosperity of thy kingdom there shall be no end, give thy blessing to the means which are employed for its extension throughout the world. Let the time draw near, when the whole earth shall be filled with thy glory; and when every thing that hath breath shall praise thee. Bring to pass that which is written, that in the last days the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it.
Grant these things for the honour of our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Our Father, &c. God the Father, &c.
THE END OF THE THIRD WEEK.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, we bless thee for defending us through the perils and dangers of the week past, and for bringing us in safety to the beginning of this holy day. We thank and praise thee for calling off our thoughts and pursuits from the things of this vain world; and for setting before us the things of a better!
We confess, O God, that we have greatly profaned thy Sabbaths, by doing our own ways, by seeking our own pleasure, and by speaking our own words. And thou mightest justly visit us for our iniquity by causing them altogether to cease among us. But thou art a merciful God, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity; sparing us when we deserve punishment, and in the midst of judgment remembering mercy. We beseech thee, O Lord, still to spare us, and to have mercy upon us. Let the voice of Jesus Christ thy Son, our Saviour, be heard in our be
half. For his sake, look down upon us, and grant us thy blessing. May we enter upon the duties of this day, as though we knew not but that it may be our last; remembering, that for this and every Sabbath we must render an account in the day of judgment. Keep us, we beseech thee, from all things hurtful; and dispose us to all things profitable to our salvation; that we being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things which thou wouldest have done., And, as without thee we are not able to please thee, mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may, in all things, direct and rule our hearts.
O thou, who art greatly to be feared in the assembly of thy saints, prepare us, especially, for the solemnities of thy public worship. May we account a day in thy service better than a thousand passed in forgetfulness of thee; and always be glad when it is said to us, Let us go to the house of the Lord. Thither may we go, this morning, with joyful feet, looking for thy lovingkindness in the midst of thy temple; joining thy people in the praise that awaiteth thee there; praying unto thee in the spirit; hearing and receiving thy word, and faithfully performing our vows.
Give grace, also, unto all who shall this day be gathered together in thy name; that they may worship thee, serve thee, and obey thee as they ought to do. Bless thy ministering servants, whom thou hast appointed to show unto men the
way of salvation; especially those who shall speak to us in thy name. May they not keep back thy loving-kindness and truth from the congregation of thy people; but faithfully declare the whole counsel of thee, their God. Grant that their words may be so heard and received, that they may be able to give account of their people with joy, and not with grief. Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek thee faithfully in thy sacred ordinances. Look in mercy upon such as mourn in Zion. Give unto them beauty for ashes; the oil of joy for mourning; and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Let those who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness be filled. Let the poor and needy give thanks unto thy name. May thy blessed Gospel still be preached to them; and may they know the joyful sound thereof, and be glad; esteeming it dearer to them than all the treasures of this world. Finally, may it please thee to satisfy all with the plenteousness of thy house, and to suffer none to go empty away.
Grant these, and all our requests, for thy mercy's sake in Christ Jesus, our only Lord and Saviour.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all, this day [night] and for evermore. Amen.
O God, whose property is ever to have mercy, and to forgive, receive our humble petitions; and though we be bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us, for the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. We beseech thee, O Lord, to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances, particularly those of the past day. May it please thee to give us true repentance, to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that we may amend our lives according to thy holy word.
Accept, we beseech thee, O Lord, our hearty thanks for the means of grace, which have been vouchsafed us this day; and for every blessing which thou hast bestowed upon us. To thee be ascribed all the good which we have received ourselves, and all which has been wrought in others. We bless thee, in behalf of those who may have been turned from their evil ways, or who have been comforted, instructed, and in any way edified, in thy house of prayer. For these and all thy other mercies, our souls do magnify thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
We further beseech thee, O Father Almighty, to open the ears of thy compassion to our supplications for others. Mercifully look upon the universal Church, which thou hast purchased to thyself with the precious blood of thy dear Son. To