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in the holiest offices, be still dominion, now and for returning to
Amen. pleasures, and follies of a transitory world; neither SUNDAY EVENING. let us take thy name upon our lips when our hearts OUR Father who art in are far from thee. But let heaven; accept, we beour prayers and medita- seech thee, our grateful actions exalt and purify us, knowledgments for thy and assist us to discharge goodness to us this day; our duties in this life, and for preserving our lives; contribute to prepare us for shielding us from danfor that eternal world to ger; for supplying our which we are rapidly hast- daily bread; for permitting ening.
our attendance on the orBless all who call upon dinances of thy house. Let thy name this day. May it not be in vain that those they approach thee in sin- of us who have united with cerity, humility, and love. thy people in public worMay all denominations of ship, have lifted up our Christians, however divid- thoughts to God and listed in opinion, be joined to- ened to the voice of ingether in the bond of peace struction. We fervently and an earnest regard for pray that whatever good the interests of true relig- impressions may have been ion and virtue. And Ó made upon us may be durlet the name and the gos- able; that whatever good pel of thy Son be known resolutions we may have and glorified more and formed may be steadfastly more, till the whole world kept; that the errors which shall come to the perfect we have confessed may be light, and embrace the truth reformed; that every deas it is in Jesus. In his vout aspiration we may worthy name, and as his have breathed in the sancdisciples, we offer these our tuary may be remembered petitions ; ascribing to in the world, to guard us thee, the King eternal, im- against temptation, and mortal, invisible, the only preserve us holy and undewise God, all glory and filed. Help us all to set honour, might, majesty, and our affections on things
above. Keep ever in our May the contemplation of minds a lively sense of our his character, and imitation responsibility to thee. May of his example, bring us we constantly live as in constantly nearer to his thy world, in thy sight, as own perfection, and to thy subjects, thy creatures, those mansions of everthy children. Let it belasting happiness which he our study at home and has promised to his disciabroad, by day and by ples, and gone before to night, to love and fear thee prepare for them. as we ought, and to do Take us, Almighty God, those things which are well under thy sovereign propleasing in thy sight. tection. Make us in soul
We acknowledge, O and body wholly thine. thou Father and judge of Sanctify
domestic men, that we have sinned relations; and strengthagainst thee; that not- en and purify the bonds withstanding we have been of love which join thy continued in the world servants together. May from day to day, and thy the blessings which we remercies have been borne ceive from thee, excite our to us on the wings of every gratitude and animate our hour, we have been undu- obedience. May those tiful and unthankful ; we sorrows, and privations, have often forgotten, and and pains, with which in often disobeyed thee. Othy wisdom thou mayest Father, pardon and reclaim afflict us, be endured with us, and give us that repen- fortitude and resignation, tance which needeth not and improved to our eterto be repented of. Cleanse nal peace. Watch us from our secret faults, us during the darkness of and let sin have no domin- this night, and the defenceion over us.
Enable us to less hours of sleep; prebecome true followers of serve us from all dangers ; thy Son Jesus Christ in all and bring us to the light of things ; to clothe ourselves another morning more inwith his humility, purity, clined to love thee, and and benevolence. Let thy resolved to serve thee, than will, as it was his, be ours we ever have been. AGalso. Like him, may we cept our evening sacrifice go about doing good. of prayer and praise, which
we offer in the name of members of this household, Jesus Christ our most bless- mutually endeavour to dised Lord and Saviour. charge our several duties Amen.
to each other with tender
ness and fidelity. Let the MONDAY MORNING. gentle and pure spirit of
the blessed Jesus possess GREAT and glorious our hearts, and influence Lord our God; we, thy our conduct. Let transervants, whom thou hast quillity, harmony, and love brought to see the light of abide in our dwelling, and another morning, prostrate the voice of health and ourselves before thee, and cheerfulness be continually humbly acknowledge thee heard in it. Wilt thou exas the God of our lives and tend thy loving kindness to the giver of all good. It all our friends. Delight in is thou who sustainest us their happiness here, and in the defenceless hours of make them heirs of the insleep, and when we awake heritance of the saints in
are still with thee. the future and eternal Encompassed by the same world. care which guarded us by O thou, whose blessing night, we go forth to the is on the habitation of the occupations of the day. O just, let us be the joyful God, our trust is in thee. objects of that blessing, Give us grace to perform now and forevermore. our duty faithfully; to use Let thy mercy encompass this world as not abusing our abode, and follow us it; to hold fast our integ- in all our ways. Throughrity as long as we live; to out our earthly pilgrimage, remember that thou seest be thou our guide and us always, and that we comforter; let thy rod and must render a final account thy staff be our support in of all that we do to thee, the valley of the shadow the witness and the judge of death; and lift up the of men.
light of thy countenance We thank thee, O most upon us in the regions of merciful Father, for our eternal day. O God, hear domestic ties and family us in thy great mercy; pity blessings. May we, the our infirmities; pardon
our sins; and from our which we utter be unheard united hearts accept this by thee, our God. Encirtribute of devotion, through cled in thy protecting arms, Jesus Christ our Lord. may we fear no evil. EnAmen.
compassed by thine awful
presence, may we dread MONDAY EVENING.
all sin. When discouraged
by difficulties, let us look O THOU who dwellest up to thee from whom our in the heavens, but whom help cometh ; and when the heaven of heavens can- distressed by calamity, may not contain, unto thee do we take refuge in thy merwe lift up our souls. Thou cy, and find peace by stayart never far from any one ing our minds on the eterof us, and we cannot flee nal One. Through life, from thy presence. If we may we act always as seesay, The darkness shalling him who is invisible.
the night In death, may we find our shall be light about us; for consolation in the presence the darkness and the light of him, who, when flesh are both alike to thee. and heart fail, will be the Thou seest us at this mo- strength of our heart and ment, and discernest every our portion for ever. thought and intention of Accept our thanks, most our hearts. Thou art ac- merciful Father, for thy quainted with all our ways, great goodness in bringing and there is not a word in us to the close of another our tongues, but lo, O Lord, day, in the enjoyment of thou knowest it altogether. so many blessings. While Let this momentous truth we gratefully receive the be deeply impressed upon gifts of thy bounty, let us our minds.
However oc not incur the guilt of lovcupied, and in whatever ing the creature more than place or circumstances we the Creator, or of laying may be, may we remember up treasure on earth to the that thou art with us; that neglect of our treasure in no fault which we commit heaven; but help us so to will be overlooked; no pass through things temvirtue we exercise be un poral, that we finally lose noticed, and
no prayers not things eternal.
Graciously regard what- souls, and all that is withever of duty we have this in us to bless and praise day performed. Forgive thy holy name, and not to whatever has been sinful forget all the benefits of
Let no evil come bim, who forgiveth our innear us or our dwelling in iquities, who healeth our the night; and bring us to diseases, who redeemeth the morning rejoicing still our lives from destruction, in thy great goodness, and and crowneth us with lovpraising thee, the Fathering kindness and tender of all mercies, through mercy. O teach us how Jesus Christ our Lord. to thank thee as we ought; Amen.
to show forth thy praise
not only with our lips but TUESDAY MORNING. in our lives; by giving up
ourselves to thy service, ALMIGHTY God, ma- and by walking before thee ker of all things, whose in holiness and righteouswe are, and on whom we ness all our days. Let us entirely depend; we bless cherish that faith which is thee that thou hast kept us imbibed from a pure docduring the past night; that trine, and is manifested by thou hast refreshed us with a holy life. Let us cultigrateful slumbers; that vate that piety which deepthou hast preserved us ly reverences and supremefrom the dangers which ly loves a Being of infinite walk in darkness, and hast perfections, and which opened our eyes on the produces, as its natural light of another day. We fruit, a sincere love for all acknowledge, O God, that mankind. May every day these are but a small part of our lives be marked by of thy mercies. Thou some
valuable improvehast been always with us; ment, some act of virtue, thou art continually doing some victory over temptaus good. All the blessings tion and passion. May we which we enjoy, or have be continually advancing ever enjoyed come down nearer to perfection, to the from thee, the Father and moral likeness of our Sathe Friend of all.
viour, and to thy rest and We would call upon our happiness above.