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we sleep. And should another day dawn upon us, may we awake in safety, with minds and bodies refreshed, ready to go forth to our respective duties, and faithfully serve thee and our fellow-men.
Which we ask in the name and as the disciples of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
The Bread of Life.
And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger : and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
But I said to you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise reject.
For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me.
And this is the Father's will who hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one who seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life : and I will raise him up at the last day.
ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly Father, who daily loadest us with benefits; we would come to thee at the close of this day to express our grateful sense of thy great and manifold mercies.
At home and abroad, in our several ways and amid varied exposures, thou hast kept us from dangers and from death. Thou hast continued to us the use of our powers and faculties, and enabled us to go through the toils required by duty and necessity without injury to mind or body. Thy bounty has supplied our wants. Thy loving hand has tenderly smoothed for us the rough and thorny paths. In thee we have found an unfailing support, when, wearied and fainting, we had felt our own strength insufficient to our need. Most humbly and fervently we thank thee, O God, for these and all the manifestations of thy unmerited goodness.
And now that we are about to retire to our rest, we would beseech thee to continue to bless us, and to take care of us. If in the day that has just past we have been successful in our endeavors to control our tempers, appetites and passions, wilt thou accept this as a proof of our sincere desire to abstain from what is evil, and by thy grace confirm and fortify within us the same holy resolution, so that on the morrow we may begin again the like efforts of self-government with yet greater zeal. If we have tried to be of use to any of our fellow-beings, to do them good, to lighten their burdens and assuage their griefs, O Father, do thou crown what we have imperfectly attempted with thine own efficacious blessing. May the happiness of others become yet dearer to our hearts with each succeeding day.
But, O God, thou knowest that we too often fail to do even what we have most sincerely desired, and that many errors and sins remain in us to make us afflicted and ashamed before thy holy eyes. O, may thy mercy pardon what we have done amiss. Make us truly contrite in view of all our transgressions. Let thy Holy Spirit help our infirmities, purify our affections, and give new moral force to our best purposes and desires. May our souls be led to him who alone can feed them, so that they will hunger no more. To him may we go who will in no wise reject those who seek him, but will give them everlasting life, and raise them up with him at the last day.
And now may we lie down upon our beds in peace. Be thou our guardian and deliverer. Keep far from us and our habitation every evil; and grant us, in thy mercy, the joy of a happy reünion around this family altar in the morning, if it be thy will that we open our eyes to the light of another day. Amen.
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek ;) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness ; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take, therefore, no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
ALMIGHTY GOD, we draw nigh to thee in faith and humility to offer our evening worship. How great the privilege to look up to thee and call thee Father! How blessed are they who have him for their friend who made heaven and earth, and orders all things therein! We pray that we may abide in thy favor; may be kept in thy family; may always find thee near. Having sought first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, may all other things be added unto us. Thou knowest what we have need of. May thy bounty supply our wants. May thine arm be stretched out to protect us. May thy Holy Spirit sustain and strengthen us. And when it seems good unto thy wisdom to visit us with trials and afflictions, may thy grace sanctify all our sorrows, and make them instrumental to our eternal benefit.
To thy grace and care we commend our friends and relations. We beseech thee to guard them from evil, and grant them all things convenient to them; and when they shall have finished their appointed course on earth, to bring them to thine everlasting kingdom.
Bless the old and the young. May children be blessed in their parents, and parents in their children. Bless those who are coming on, and those who are in
the midst of their work, and those who are passing away. Be thou the God and the Guide of all.
Let us go to rest, this night, secure in thy gracious protection. Keep us from distrustful thoughts. May our minds have rest in thee. Let us rise in the morning prepared for the duties of the day. And when at last we are called to sleep the sleep of death, may we fear no evil, but rejoice in the sure hope of a brighter morning, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
for the True Riches.
And he spake a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully :
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits ?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up
for many years; take thy ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said to him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee : then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided ?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
ETERNAL GOD, thou only Source of all good, we admire the wisdom and mercy which are displayed in