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| wealth, and use it as the instrument of use0 THOU God of nature and providence;
fulness. May they be willing to communimanifold are thy works, in wisdom hast
cate, ready to distribute; and enjoy the blessThou made them all; and all are full of thying o
| ing of him that is ready to perish, and make goodness. The welfare of thy creatures re
| the widow's heart to sing for joy. quires the severity of winter as well as the pleasures of spring. We adore thy hand in all. Thou givest snow like wool; Thou
A TIME OF THUNDER AND LIGHT.
NING, scatterest the hoar frost like ashes. Thou sendest abroad thine ice-like morsels: who
-With Thee is terrible majesty. Thou can stand before thy cold?
lookest on the earth, and it melteth; Thou But we bless Thee for a house to shelter touchest the mountains, and they smoke. us; for raiment to cover us, for fuel to warm Thou thunderest in the heavens, and all naus; and for all the accommodations that ren- i ture shudders at thy voice. How vain now der life, even at this inclement season, not is the help of man! Who can resist thy will! only tolerable but full of comfort.
We feel ourselves to be nothing, less than
nothing, and vanity. Our very houses are -Not more than others we deserve,
no protection now! O Thou, to whom belong Yet God has given us more.
the issues from death, defend our persons and May we be grateful; and may we be piti- our dwelling. May we always stand in awe ful. May we reflect on the condition of those of Thee, and sin not. May we know that who are the victims of every kind of privation this awful God is ours, our Father and our and distress—and waste nothing-hoard no-Friend; and may we have boldness in that thing—but hasten to be the ministers of day, when the heavens being on fire shall be mercy, and the disciples of Him who went dissolved, and the elements melt with fervent about doing good.
heat, and the earth also, and all the works O let the rich now deservedly prize their that are therein, shall be burnt up.
FOR RAIN AFTER A LONG DROUGHT. , cious produce. O that men woud praise the - Thou hast never left thyself without
A thuself without Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful
| works to the children of men! For he satis witness, but hast been continually doing good,
fieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry even to the unthankful and unworthy, in giv
soul with goodness. ing them rain from heaven, and fruitful sea
We have again witnessed thy faithfulness sons, filling their hearts with joy and glad
and truth in the promise-While the earth ness. We acknowledge that the heavens
remaineth, seed-time and harvest, and cold over us might have been brass, and the earth
and heat, and summer and winter, and day under us iron. We have justly deserved the
and night shall not cease. May we learn to calamity; and thy power, without a miracle,
trust Thee in all thy engagements. could have inflicted it. But though Thou
And make us thankful that as we bare no hast tried our patience, and awakened our
famine of bread, so we have no famine of fears, Thou hast not forgotten to be gracious.
hearing the word of the Lord. With regard We praise Thee for sending us the season
to the soul, as well as to the body, Thou able and plentiful rain, by which Thou hast |
fillest us with the finest of the wheat. refreshed and revived the drooping fields, so that the earth promises to yield her increase.
-O THOU that stillest the noise of the FOR FAIR WEATHER AFTER MUCH seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult RAIN.
of the people; we bless Thee that Thou hast O God. Thou art good, and doest pood. made peace in our borders, and called us to Thou hast again surpassed our deserts, and adore Thee, as the repairer of the breach, the been better to us than our fears. Thou hast
restorer of paths to dwell in. caused the clear shining after rain; so that
We lament the evils of war, both natural in the meadows the hay appeareth, and in and moral; and confess with shame, that erer the fields Thou art preparing of thy goodness
since man became an apostate from Thee, he for the poor. Thou preservest man and beast.
| has been an enemy to his brother, and that May we feel our entire dependence upon
from the death of Abel our earth has been a Thee, and by prayer and praise give Thee
field of blood. O let thy word be speedily the glory that is due unto thy holy name.
accomplished. Let the nations learn war no more, but beat their swords into plough
shares, and their spears into pruning-books; FOR A GOOD HARVEST.
and only emulate each other in husbandry,
and commerce, and science, and religion. -AGAIN Thou hast crowned the year with
O Thou Prince of Peace, preside in every thy goodness. The grain might have perish
| privy council. May all public teachers reed in the earth, or have failed of maturity for
commend peace. In private life, may we want of the showers and of the sunshine.
follow peace with all men; and cherish the But Thou wast pleased to bless the springing principles and the dispositions which will thereof; and we saw, first the blade, then the prepare us for that world, where we shall enear, and after that the full corn in the ear. ter into peace, and the sound of war will be We hailed the valleys standing thick with heard no more. corn, and heard the little hills rejoicing on every side. In due time the mower filled his hands, and the binder of sheaves his FOR A SAFE RETURN FROM A bosom; and the appointed weeks of harvest
JOURNEY. have been afforded us to gather in the pre- ! -As the keeper of Israel Thou hast been
with us, not only in the house, but by the newal of her strength, and her ability to apway. We might have been injured by wick- pear again in all the duties of her important ed and unreasonable men. We might have station. been left groaning under the pain of bruised Let the impressions produced by recent limbs or fractured bones. Our lives might mercies be rendered as durable as they are have been spilt like water on the ground, lively. May she remember, and pay Thee which cannot be gathered up again; and the the vows which her soul made when in first tidings that reached our friends might trouble. have plunged them into anguish.
| May the life spared, and the life given, be But all our bones can say, Who is a God dear in thy sight and devoted to thy glory; like unto Thee? Thy secret too in our ab- and may every addition made to the world of sence has been upon our tabernacle, and se- creatures be found an accession to the church cured it from all evil. O that it may be the of the living God. tabernacle of the righteous; and be ever filled, not only with the voice of rejoicing but of praise. And be with us in all the future journey
re journey | FOR THE RETURN OF A FRIEND of life. Guide us by thy counsel. Uphold
FROM SEA. us by thy power; and supply all our wants, till we come to our Father's house in peace.
- What shall be done unto Thee, O thou Preserver of men? We offer to Thee the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to thy name, for thy goodness towards
our friend and thy servant, whom Thou hast FOR RECOVERY FROM SICKNESS.
delivered from the dangers of the pitiless -All our times are in thy hand. All dis deep. Thou wast with him when trouble eases come at thy call, and go at thy bidding. was nigh; and at thy command were the Thou redeemest our life from destruction,
issues from death. Others have found a and crownest us with lovingkindness and
watery grave, till the sea shall give up her tender mercies. We bless Thee that Thou
dead; but he has returned alive and in comhast heard prayer, and commanded deliver- fort. Many are weeping over the loss of ance for our friend and thy servant, who has | those for whom they long anxiously waited; been under thine aflicting hand. He (or | but we have embraced the desire of our eyes; she) was brought low, but Thou hast helped
and in the multitude of thy tender mercies him: Thou hast chastened him sore but not we pay Thee the vows of renewed interdelivered him over unto death. May he not course. only live but declare the works of the Lord.
As Thou hast delivered his eyes from tears, his feet from falling, and his soul from death, may he daily inquire, What shall I render ACTS OF DEVOTION FOR THE unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me?
TABLE. and resolve to offer unto Thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and to call upon the name
BEFORE MEAT. of the Lord.
O God, the eyes of all thy creatures wait And may we ever remember that a recovery upon Thee, and Thou givest them their meat is only a reprieve: that the sentence which in due season. Bless to our use the bounties dooms us to the dust is only suspended; and of thy providence, by which Thou hast spread that at most, when a few years are come, we another table for us in the wilderness. Let shall go the way whence we shall not return. them refresh, nourish, and strengthen our May we therefore secure the one thing need frail bodies, that we may be the better able ful, and live with eternity in view.
to serve and glorify Thee, through our Lord and Saviour. Amen. Or thus:
Forgive our sins, and sanctify to us the
comforts with which we are now indulged. FOR SAFE DELIVERY IN CHILD May we eat, and be satisfied, and praise the BIRTH.
Lord, through the mediation of thy dear Son
and our Redeemer. Amen. -We bless Thee on the behalf of thine handmaid, who is now saying, I love the
AFTER MEAT. Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplication. Thou hast been with her We adore Thee, O God, as the giver of in the hour of pain and peril, and made her every good and perfect gift. We bless Thee the joyful mother of a living and well-formed for the meat that perisheth, but above all for infant. Complete thy goodness by the re- ' that meat which endureth to everlasting life. Feed us and lift us up for ever, through our acceptable, through Jesus Christ our Led Lord and Saviour. Amen. Or thus : Amen. Or thus:
What shall we render unto the Lord for Add to the bounties of thy providence the all his benefits towards us? Let thy good- better blessings of thy grace; and may we be ness lead us to repentance, induce us to pity found in the number of those that stal eat and release the destitute, and constrain us to bread in the kingdom of God, for the Reo present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and deemer's sake. Amen.
END OF THE FAMILY PRAYERS
REV. WILLIAM JAY.
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J. P. K. HENSHAW, D. D. Baltimore, Nov. 16, 1832.
Rector of St. Peter's Church.
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