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serveth our spirits, and hast manifested unto us, thou, Lord, makest us to ever since we came into dwell in safety.
the world; we put our Min. O thou most high confidence in thee, whose God, possessor of heaven counsel is our guide, and and earth, the judge of all, whose favour is our highand the universal King, est happiness. thy government is right- Peo. Blessed be the Lord eous, thy providence per- for his goodness, and for his fect, and all thy command- wonderful works to the ments are holy, just, and children of men. good; the obedience of all reasonable creatures is due Then may follow a Volunto thee alone, the King of tary on the Organ; kings, the Lord of lords, after which the FIRST the blessed and only po- LESSON is to be read out tentate.
of the Old Testament ; Peo. We bow ourselves and then the Service is before thee, thy willing to proceed with the folsubjects; thy command
lowing Thanksgiving. ments are true, and right
Minister. eous altogether.
Min. o God, thou art EVER gracious and our creator, and righteous most merciful Father; thou governor; we rejoice in art the giver of all good; the being which we have 'thou delightest in the hapreceived from thee; we piness of thy creatures, yield a willing submission and art daily imparting the to all the orders of thy riches of thy bounty, We government, and we ad- thank thee for all the indress thee as our Father stances of thy goodness to who hast made us to bear Thou art the former thine image, and to par- of our bodies, and the Fatake of the blessings of thy ther of our spirits ; thou family.
hast exercised a wise and Peo. We are thy chil- gracious care over us, ever dren; therefore do we pray since we came into the unto thee.
world; by thee are all our Min. We rejoice in thy wants supplied, from thee fatherly care, which thou all our enjoyments proceed,
and thou crownest our days
Minister. with thy goodness. We thank thee for rea- We bless thee, thou
and understanding, wise and gracious disposer and for all the treasures of of all things, for the various knowledge thou hast open- dispensations of thy provied to our view ; that thou dence in favor of religion hast formed us for the and the happiness of practice of virtue and true mankind, in the several religion, and given us op- ages of the world; for all portunities for the im- the divine messengers thou provement of our minds, hast sent, by whose inand the attainment of our struction and example thy highest happiness. light and truth have been
We thank thee, that we preserved in the darkest are placed in a social state, times of ignorance and are endued with social af- idolatry. fections, and may enjoy so Above all we thank thee, many pleasures, from the for the display of the exesteem and friendship of ceeding riches of thy grace our brethren.
in Jesus Christ, by whom To thy goodness we as- thou hast made every necribe all the enjoyments cessary provision for our we receive from the prac- improvement in true religtice of virtue, and the just ion. exercise of our powers ;
Blessed be thy name,
O the variety of trials thou God, for this divine teachhast appointed for the im
er and Saviour, whom thou provement and perfection hast sent to declare unto of our natures here, and us thy heavenly will, to the prospect thou givest us save us from ignorance and of a more happy and per- vice, and to lead us, by his fect state hereafter.
heavenly instructions and
perfect example, to the People.
love and practice of uni
versal goodness. We give thanks unto We praise thee, O merthe Lord, for he is good, ciful Father, for all that he and his mercy endureth hath done and suffered to
redeem us from all iniquity, saketh his sin shall obtain and to purify unto himself mercy. a peculiar people, zealous O come, let us worship, of good works.
and fall down ; let's kneel We offer up our warmest before the Lord our makgratitude to thee, that not- er; against him have we withstanding our marifold sinned and done evil in his sins and imperfections thou sight. hast appointed us to obtain salvation by our Lord GENERAL CONFESSION. Jesus Christ, that by him we are assured of pardon,
ALMIGHTY and most and thy gracious accept- merciful Father, we conance, upon our return to fess that we have sinned obedience and virtue; that against thee; we have dishe has opened before us regarded thine authority, the solemnities of a future and abused thy goodness ; judgment, and confirmed we have acted inconsistto us the joyful hope of ently with our christian glory, honour, and immor- character, and departed tality.
from thy holy command
ments; we have been unPeople.
mindful of the perfect ex
ample set before us, and Blessed be the God and forgotten the and Father of our Lord Jesus precious promises to which Christ, for he is good, and we are called. Our only his mercy endureth for hope is in thy mercy. Suf
fer us not, O Lord, to per
ish in our transgressions ; Here the SECOND LESSON save us from the dominion
is to be read, out of the of them for the time to New Testament; and
Grant us, we bethen the Minister may seech thee, thy gracious say,
assistance in the future
course of our lives, and HE who covereth his teach us to act agreeably sin shall not prosper, but to the profession which we whoso confesseth and for- make, and the desires we
have now expressed be- doing good; grant, merfore thee.) Give us such ciful Father, that all mana deep persuasion of the kind may perceive thy evil of sin, and of the im- hand in the advantages portance and excellence of which they enjoy, and be a holy and virtuous life, disposed to render thee that we may carefully ab- their humble thanks for all stain from all iniquity, and the instances of thy benebe filled with the fruits officence. Fill the minds of righteousness, which are thy reasonable creatures to thy honor and glory. with the knowledge of thy Vouchsafe unto us the light truth; cause thy light to of thy countenance, and es- shine upon those who sit in tablish our minds in a firm darkness ; (dispel the prereliance on thy goodness judices under which they and mercy declared unto labour ; above all, we mankind,' through Jesus beg that thou wouldst deChrist our Lord. Amen. liver them from
evil affection, and bring them People.
into the way of truth and
happiness. Lord have mercy upon
May the gospel of Jesus us, and incline our hearts prevail through the world, to keep thy law.
and by the power of its
truth, and the exemplary Then shall be read the conduct of those who pro
COLLECT FOR THE DAY, fess it, may it enter the and one or more of the hearts and govern the lives following Prayers.
of all the inhabitants of the
earth, and make all nations FOR ALL MANKIND. righteous and happy,
Reform, we beseech O GOD, the Father of thee, all the disorders all mankind, we rejoice in which arise from the evil thy universal providence, passions of men, and progand commit to thy direcs per the just designs of all tion all the concerns of those who delight in peace; our fellow creatures. Thou
may the blessings of free art the fountain of all bles- and equal government besings, thou delightest in come universal; and un
der the influence of good they contribute their part laws, and a righteous ad- to the public welfare, and ministration, may all the the happiness of all manadvantages of civil society kind. Bestow upon us, 0 be widely extended, and merciful Father, every the best interests of man- thing truly good, and may kind be effectually secur- we with one heart acknowed; and whilst thy crea- ledge and praise thee, who tures enjoy the gifts of thy art good, and doest good bounty, may they unite in continually. Amen. praise and thanksgiving to thee, the Author of all FOR RULERS. good, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O MOST mighty God,
we commend to the care FOR OUR COUNTRY. and direction of thy provi
dence, the President of WE commit to thee, our the United States, and all righteous Governor, all the others in authority. May important interests of our they be men fearing God, country ; grant, we be- and hating covetousness; seech thee, that we may may they have wisdom to live in safety, and enjoy discern and firmness to the blessings which thy pursue the true interests of providence hath bestowed this people; may they emupon us, in tranquillity and ploy all their influence to peace. Mercifully preserve promote peace and virtue ; us from all public calami- and under their governties; and may true relig- ment, may justice and ion and virtue so prevail judgment run down as a among us, that our tran- river, and righteousness as quillity may be continued, a mighty stream. Amen. and our distinguished priv- FOR CHRISTIAN MINISileges be handed down to succeeding ages. Vouchsafe thy favor to all or- WE recommend to thy ders of men among us; by gracious regard the minisa diligent and cheerful dis- ters of the christian religcharge of the duties of ion, humbly beseeching their several stations, may thee that their faithful en