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en us with might by thy Spirit, in the inner | distress. Yet we rejoice to know that Thou man, for every purpose of the Christian lite; art a very present and an all-sufficient help and may we be satisfied with no attain- in trouble. ment, till we are filled with all the fulness Thou takest away, and who can hinder of God.
| Thee, or say unto Thee, What doest Thou? Awaken the careless; convince of their Thou hast a right to do what Thou wilt witla error and guilt all those who deny or vilify thine own. Thou art a sovereign, and the the work of thy grace; and plant in their reasons of thy conduct are often far above consciences the conviction, that if any man out of our sight: but thy work is perfect, thy have not the spirit of Christ he is none of ways are judgment. All thy dispensations his.
are wise, and righteous, and kind-kind, even Pour the spirit of grace and of supplica- when they seem to be severe. tion upon all our congregations. Bless the May we hear thy voice in thy rod, as well ministry of the gospel, and make it the mi- as in thy word; and gathering from the cornistration of the Spirit, and the power of rections with which we are exercised the God to salvation to every one that believeth. peaceable fruit of righteousness, be able to
But how can they believe in Him of whom acknowledge with all our suffering brethren they have not heard ! And how can they before us, It is good for me that I have been hear without a preacher? How many are afflicted. there, who by the wretchedness of their con- It is not the Scripture only that reminds dition, if not by their actual desire, are say- us of our living in a dying world, but all obing, Come over and help us!
servation and experience. Man is continuHast Thou not commanded us to pray that ally going to his long home, and the mournthy kingdom may come? Hast not Thou ers daily go about the streets. And we are promised that the earth shall be full of the all accomplishing as an hireling our day, and knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover in a little time our neighbours, friends, and the seas?
| relations, will seek us and we shall not be. May we encourage our expectation by re- Our days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, viewing what Thou hast already accom-J and are spent without hope. Thou hast plished, and remembering that Thou art a made our days as an hand's breadth, and our God of truth, and—the Almighty. May we age is as nothing before Thee: verily every therefore realize in our minds the delightful man at his best state is altogether vanity. period when the heathen shall cast their idols For our days are not only few, but full of to the moles and to the bats; when Maho- evil. Anxieties perplex us; dangers alarm metanism and antichrist shall perish; when us; infirmities oppress us; disappointments the Jews shall look upon Him whom they afflict us; losses impoverish us; we are conhave pierced, and mourn; and among Pro- sumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are testants, every plant which our heavenly we troubled-0) shut not thy merciful ear to Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. our prayers; but spare us, O Lord, most holy;
But why are thy chariot wheels so long in O God, most mighty; O holy and most mercicoming? Why does the whole creation groan ful Saviour: Thou most worthy Judge eterand travail in pain together until now? How nal, suffer us not at our last hour, for any many would say, Lord, now lettest Thou thy bitter pains of death, to fall from Thee. servant depart" in peace, according to thy We acknowledge, O God, with shame and word-could their eyes see thy salvation, sorrow, that the state of degradation and which Thou hast prepared before the face of mortality in which we groan was not our all people; a light to lighten the gentiles, original condition. Thou madest man upand the glory of thy people Israel.
right; but he sought out many inventions. While using the means, may we trust in Our first father sinned, and we have borne thy wisdom as well as thy faithfulness: and his iniquity. By one man sin entered into hear the voice saying, I the Lord will hasten the world, and death by sin; and so death it-in his time,
hath passed upon all men, for that all have And to God the Father, the Word, and sinned. the Holy Ghost, be ascribed the kingdom, And we bless Thee that this is not our power, and glory, both now and for ever. final state. By the discoveries of faith, we Amen.
see new heavens, and a new earth wherein
dwelleth righteousness. We see the spirits THE EVENING AFTER A FUNERAL.
of just men made perfect. We see our vile
bodies changed, and fashioned like the SaO Thou Father of mercies, and God of all viour's own glorious body; and man the sincomfort-Thou hast often invited us to thy- ner raised above the angels who never sinself by a profusion of kindnesses; and it mani- ned. fests our depravity, that we think of Thee so We bless Thee for this purpose of grace, little in the hour of ease and prosperity. But formed before the world began, and accomwe are now before Thee in affliction and plished in the fulness of time by the Son of thy love, who hath abolished death, und our living Redeemer; and look forward to a brought life and immortality to light by the period of renewed and improved intercourse, gospel; and who among the ravages of the in which we shall be for ever with each other, grave, says--I am the resurrection and the land for ever with the Lord. life: he that believeth in me, though he were Now unto Him that is able to keep its dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth from falling, and to present us faultles beand believeth in me shall never die.
fore the presence of his glory with exceeding May it be our immediate and supreme con- joy-To the only wise God our Saviour, be cern to win Christ, and be found in Him; glory and majesty, dominion and power, both knowing that there is no condemnation to now and ever. Amen. them that are in Christ Jesus; and that blessed are the dead that die in the Lord. So teach us to nuinber our days, that we
FAST-DAY. may apply our hearts unto wisdom—that wisdom which will lead us to prefer the soul
MORNING. to the body, and eternity to time; that wis Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the dom which will lead us to secure an interest whole earth is full of thy glory. O for such in a better world, before we are removed an impression of thy holiness as Isiah had from this.
when, penetrated with a sense of his own 0 let not the trifles of time induce us to sin, and the sin of the nation, be exclaimed, neglect the one thing needful. While each Wo is me, for I am a man of unclean lins, of us is compelled to say, I know Thou wilt and I dwell among a people of unclean lins bring me to death, and to the house appoint- Banish all insensibility and indifference from ed for all living, may we be enabled also to our minds, and unite our hearts to fear thy say, I know whom I have believed, and am name. persuaded that He is able to keep that which we lament that the world in which we I have cornmitted to Him against that day. live, formed to show forth thy praise, was so
And 0 let not the solemnities we have early defiled by sin; that all fiesh corrupted this day witnessed be ever forgotten; for its way before God, and every imagination often our most serious impressions have worn of the thoughts of the heart was only er! off, and our goodness has been as the morn- continually. We adore thy awful but righting cloud, and as the early dew that soon eous displeasure, in bringing the flood upa passeth away.
the world of the ungodly and taking them all Thou hast permitted death to invade our | away. . circle, and hast turned our dwelling into a Yet even this tremendous desolation did house of mourning. May we find that it is not hinder the renewed human race from rebetter to be in the house of mourning than belling against Thee; and a long succession in the house of mirth. By the sadness of the of private and public calamities proclains the countenance may the heart be made better, desperate depravity of our nature, and the more serious to reflect, and more softened to evil of sin. Our world is the empire of death, take impression.
| a vale of tears, and tempests and earthquakes, With the feelings of the creature may we and war, and pestilence and famine, scatter blend the views and the hopes of the Chris- the tokens of thy wrath, for Thou distributtian. May we reinember that Thou hast est sorrows in thine anger. bereaved us, not as an aggressor, but as al Thy judgments are now abroad in the earth proprietor, resuming what was lent us for a 1-may the inhabitants thereof learn rightseason. but never ceased to be thine own. eousness. They have reached and invaded May we therefore be dumb, and open not | us-may we lay them to heart, and be suitaour mouth, because Thou hast done it ; or if bly impressed with the afflicting circumstanwe speak, may it be to acknowledge and ces of the country to which we belong. pray-I know, O Lord, that thy judgments. We have been equally distinguished by are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast privileges and guilt; and it is impossible for aillicted me; let thy loving-kindness be for us to review the one, without being reminded my comfort, according to thy word unto thy of the other. An innumerable multitude of servant.
natural, providential, and religious benefits, We bless Thee for thy goodness to the de- have distinguished our portion. The lines ceased, and that we are not called to sorrow have fallen to us in pleasant places, yea we as those who have no hope. We ascribe have a goodly heritage. At an early period whatever excellency was found in them to the gospel visited our shores, and has contithy grace; and desire to be followers of them, nued in the midst of us to this hour. We as far as they also were of Christ.
| have lived under the administration of laws, Forgive us in whatever instances we failed just, mild, and beneficent. We have enjoyed in our duty towards them. Let the prayers civil and religious freedom. The scriptures they offered for us while on earth be answer- have not been withbolden from us, nor hare ed; may we hold communion with thein in our teachers been removed into a corner
but our eyes have seen our teachers; and, ! And let the word that is to be spoken be sitting under our own vine and fig-tree, none quick and powerful, sharper than any twohas dared to make us afraid. In our dangers edged sword, piercing even to the dividing Thou hast appointed salvation for walls and asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints bulwarks; the earth has yielded tous her in- and marrow, and be a discerner of the crease; and God, even our own God, has thoughts and intents of the heart. blessed us.
Our Father, &c. Amen. It is impossible for us to express or conceive the obligations we are under to love and serve Thee.
FAST-DAY. But we know-and O help us to feel-how
EVENING. unworthily and ungratefully we have behaved O God, Thou hast established thy throne ourselves towards our adorable Benefactor. in the heavens, and thy kingdom ruleth over We are a sinful nation, a seed of evil-doers; all. We prostrate ourselves before Thee, children that are corrupters. The whole deeply impressed with a sense of the vastness head is sick, and the whole heart is faint: of thy agency and dominion. Thou changest from the crown of the head even to the sole the times and the seasons: Thou removest of the foot, there is no soundness, but wounds kings, and settest up kings. Empires rise and bruises and putrefying sores. O Lord, and fall, and fade and flourish, at thy bidding; righteousness belongeth unto Thee, but unto and all nations are in thy hand but as clay in us confusion of faces, as at this day, to our the hand of the potter. princes and our rulers.
But none of thy dispensations are arbitrary. We do not wonder at the scourge under Whatever Thou doest, is done, because 0 which we are now groaning. We cannot Father it seemneth good in thy sight: and thy complain of thy severity-we deserve to be judgment is always according to truth. Thou turned into hell, with all the nations that art holy in all thy ways, and righteous in all forget God.
thy works-And Thou art good even in But Thou art the Almighty. Thou hast wrath. Thou rememberest mercy; and dost all hearts in thy hand, and all events at thy not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children disposal.
of men. And we have heard that to the Lord our Therefore it is that we have been this day God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though humbling ourselves in thy presence. we have rebelled against Him. We are For we acknowledge that we have been proofs ourselves, that thy compassions fail deeply guilty. Thou hast nourished and not-hence though corrected, we are not con- brought up children, but we have rebelled sumed; and though guilty, we are yet allow- against Thee. The ox knoweth his owner, ed and invited to enter thy presence. | and the ass his master's crib; but we have
With deep humiliation, not unmingled not known, we have not considered. Thou with hope, may we approach the throne of hast given us our corn, and wine, and oil, and thy grace, at this time of need. O be merci- multiplied our silver and gold ; and we have ful unto us and bless us, and cause thy face prepared them for Baal. Because of swearto shine upon us that we may be saved. For ing, the land has mourned. Pride has comthe sake of thy dear Son, who died the just passed us about as a chain. Discontent has for the unjust, by whose name we are called rebelled against thine appointments. How
-behold a country prostrate at thy footstool; has the love of money, which is the root of and hear the voice which will issue to-day all evil, abounded among us. How have thy from so many temples and closets, saying, sabbaths been profaned, and thine ordinances Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine disregarded. How has the gospel been unheritage to reproach.
dervalued, neglected, despised ! Remove, if it please Thee, the blow of thy And all our transgressions have been more heavy hand, in the calamity which we are aggravated than those of any other people, deploring; and after giving us such a deliver- because Thou hast favoured us unspeakably ance as this, may we no more break thy com- more than all the families of the earth. mandments. Or if Thou hast determined to Therefore Thou couldst easily and justly continue the correction, 0 correct us, but have destroyed us: but Thou hast not stirred with judgment, not in thine anger, lest Thou up all thy wrath. In all that is come upon bring us to nothing.
| us for our evil deeds, Thou hast punished us Aid thy people in the private and public less than our iniquities deserve. Yet Thou devotions of the day. Pour out a spirit of hast testified thy displeasure; and visited us grace and of supplication, that we may sor with thy judgments: so that when we looked row after à godly sort. May thy ministers for light and peace, we have seen darkness be faithful and fearless: may they cry aloud, and trouble. and spare not; but lift up their voice like a O let us not be inattentive to the design of trumpet, and show thy people their trans- thy dealings, or insensible under thy rebukes. gression, and the house of Jacob their sin. O let it not be said of us, as it was of the Jews, The harp and the viol, and the tabret | clothed with honour and majesty: Thou co and pipe, and wine, are in thy feasts, but verest thyself with light as with a garment; they regard not the work of the Lord, neither Thou walkest upon the wings of the wind. consider the operation of his hand. Thou When we reflect on the glory of thy majesty, hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; we are filled with wonder at the vastness of Thou hast consumed them, but they have re- thy condescension. For Thou condescendest fused to receive correction: they have made even to behold things that are in heaven. their faces harder than the rock; they have What then is man that Thou art mindful of refused to return.
him, or the son of man that Thou visitest In the way of thy judgments, O Lord, may him! we wait for Thee. Thou hast said, Is any We rejoice that we are under the governafflicted? Let him pray. Call upon me in ance of a Being, who is not only almighty, the day of trouble, and I will deliver thee, but perfectly righteous, and wise, and good; and thou shalt glorify me. Fulfil the word that all things in our world are appointed and unto thy servants, upon which Thou hast arranged by thy paternal agency; that thy caused us to hope. And O let not the calami- | providence numbers the very hairs of our ty be removed only, but above all sanctified: head, and that a sparrow falleth not to the let it appear that we have heard the rod, and ground without our heavenly Father. Him that appointeth it: and be able to say, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. We It is good for us that we have been afflicted. bless Thee for personal mercies. If we are
For which purpose, bless, we beseech Thee, called, it is by thy word. If we are renewed, the word of thy grace which has been spoken; it is by thy Spirit. If we are justified, it is and grant that the professed humiliation of freely by thy grace, through the redemption the day may be real—for Thou lookest to the that is in Christ Jesus. It is in Thee we live heart. And let it also be universal : may it and move and have our being. Thy goodness extend from the highest to the lowest; may has been always near us, to hear our coinit pervade the court and the country; may it plaints, to soothe our sorrow, and to command enter every church and every family- Let deliverance for us. And numberless are the none of us lose sight of ourselves in the public instances of lovingkindness that now, from calamity. May each individual retire and ignorance or inattention, elude our notice; ask, What have I done?-and what wilt the discovery of which will awaken our songs, Thou have me to do? And though other when we mingle with those who dwell in thy lords have had dominion over us, henceforth by house above and are still praising Thee. Thee only may we make mention of thy name. We thank Thee for relative benefits; for
Regard the king as supreme, and the go- blessings on our families, blessings on our vernment under which we live. Bless his churches, and blessings on our country. We majesty's confidential advisers; the heredi- confess that we are not worthy of the least tary and constituted nobility of the realm ; of all thy mercies, and of all the truth which the representatives of the people; and the Thou hast showed unto thy servants. Sins magistracy of the land-may all be wise in of every kind and of every degree hare counsel, exemplary in conduct, and faithful reigned among us; have spread through all to their trusts.
ranks and orders; and continued notwithAnd thus may we be reformed and not de- / standing all warnings and corrections: and if stroyed. Thus may we be a holy, that we Thou hadst dealt with us after our sins, or may be a happy people, whose God is the rewarded us according to our iniquities, we Lord. Return, O Lord, how long ? and let should long ago have had no name nor place it repent Thee concerning thy servants. O among the nations of the globe. satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may But to the Lord our God belong mercies rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us and forgiveness, though we have rebelled glad according to the days wherein Thou against Him. All thy dispensations towards hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we us have said, with a tenderness that ought to have seen evil. Let thy work appear unto penetrate our hearts-How shall I give thee thy servants, and thy glory unto their chil- up, O England! Our privileges, never prodren. And let the beauty of the Lord our perly improved, and forfeited times without God be upon us; and establish Thou the work number, have been continued. We still beof our hands upon us; yea the work of our hold our sabbaths, and our ears still hear the hands establish Thou it.
joyful sound. Our constitution, liberties, and And to the Father, the Son, and the Holy laws, have not been subverted or impaired. Spirit, be rendered the kingdom, power, and Thou hast given us rains and fruitful seasons; glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Thou hast filled us with the finest of the wheat: our garners have been affording all
manner of store; our oxen have been strong FOR A DAY OF THANKSGIVING.
to labour; our sheep have brought forth thouMORNING,
sands and ten thousands in our streets. Thou O God, Thou art very great, Thou art hast spread thy wing, and sheltered us from
the pestilence that walketh in darkness, and thankful. In order that we may be more the destruction that wasteth at noonday. Civil | thankful may we be more humble; impress us discord has not raged in our provinces; our with a deep sense of our unworthiness, arising shores have not been invaded; we have not | from the depravity of our nature, and countheard the confused noise of warriors, or seen | less instances of unimproved advantages, garments rolled in blood—it has not come omitted duties, and violated commands. May nigh us. Our enemies have often threatened we compare our condition with our desert, to swallow us up, but the Lord has been on and with the far less indulged circumstances our side, and they have not prevailed against of others. May we never be inattentive to us. We are this day called upon to acknow- any of thy interpositions on our behalf; but ledge thy goodness in (- ).
| be wise and observe these things, that we may God is the Lord who hath showed us light; understand the lovingkindness of the Lord. bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the How many blessings, temporal and spirithorns of the altar. After giving us such a ual, public and private, hast Thou conferred deliverance as this, may we no more break upon us. Thy mercies have been new every thy commandments. May we never convert morning, and every moment. our blessings into the instruments of provoca- Our afflictions have been few and alleviation, by making them the means of nourish-ted, often short in their continuance, and ing pride and presumption, wantonness and always founded in a regard to our profit. Thy intemperance: and compel Thee to complain secret has been upon our tabernacle; and we -Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish peo- have known Thee in thy palaces for a refuge. ple, and unwise? Is not He thy Father that The lines have indeed fallen to us in pleahath bought thee? Hath He not made thee sant places, yea we have a goodly heritage. and established thee?
Thou hast not dealt so with any people. It For this purpose meet with us in thy house; is a good land which the Lord our God has and may the goings of our God and our King given us—a land distinguished by knowledge; be seen in the sanctuary. Be with the preacher dignified as the abode of civil and religious and with the hearers; and let the words of freedom; endeared by the patriot's zeal, and his mouth, and the meditation of their hearts, the martyr's blood, and the ashes of our forebe acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our fathers : a land the Lord careth for, and upon strength and our Redeemer. May public in- which his eye has been from the beginning struction awaken the ardour of our feelings. even to the end of the year. May our gratitude not only be lively, but Thou hast been a wall of fire round about practical and permanent. And by all thy us by thy providential protection, and the mercies may we present our bodies a living glory in the midst of us by the gospel of our sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto Thee, salvation, the ordinances of religion, and the which is our reasonable service.
presence of thy Holy Spirit. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in What shall we render unto the Lord for strength, that do his commandments heark- all his benefits towards us? Because Thou ening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye hast been our help, therefore under the shathe Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his dow of thy wing may we rejoice. Because that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his Thou hast heard our voice and our supplicaworks, in all places of his dominion: bless the tion, therefore may we call upon Thee as Lord, O my soul. Amen.
long as we live; and in every future difficulty and distress, make Thee our refuge and our portion.
Enable us to bless Thee at all times; may FOR A DAY OF THANKSGIVING. thy praise continually be in our mouth; and
may we show forth thy praise, not only with EVENING.
our lips, but in our lives. O God, Thou art good, and Thou doest Being delivered from the peril and calamity good. Thou art good to all, and thy tender (of — ) with which we have been exercised, mercies are over all thy works.
may we serve Thee without fear, in holiness We have thought of thy lovingkindness and righteousness, all the days of our lives. this day, in the midst of thy temple; and are We dare not trust our own hearts. We again surrounding this domestic altar to ex- have often resembled thy people of old, who claim, O that men would praise the Lord, for in the hour of deliverance and indulgence his goodness, and for his wonderful works to sang thy praise, and said-All that the Lord the children of men.
commandeth us will we do; but soon forgot We lament to think that a world so filled his works and the wonders which he had with thy bounty, should be so alienated from showed them. Keep these things for ever in thy service and glory. We mourn over the the imagination of our hearts; and not only vileness of our ingratitude, and abhor our-draw us, but bind us to thyself with the cords selves repenting in dust and ashes
of love and the bonds of a man. 0 Thou God of all grace, make us more And with all our calls to gratitude and joy,