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daily loadeth us with ben Lead us by thy gracious efits.
hand in the path of our duAbove all, we thank ty; and, in the time of thee, for thy great mercy, temptation, let thy good in sending thy well beloved Spirit be with us, to keep us Son Jesus Christ into the from falling. May our world, to instruct us by minds be purified from all his excellent doctrine; to sinful affections ;
may guide us by his perfect ex- falsehood and deceit have ample ; and to fill us with no place in our words ; the joyful hope of eternal and, in all our ways, may life. Thou hast been we obey. thy commandmindful of us and blessed ments; that being holy in us; thou hast dealt boun- thy sight, we may obtain tifully with us, and done thy favour, and may finally great things for us. We be received into thine evwill bless thee at all times; erlasting kingdom. thy praise shall be contin We pray unto thee, O ually in our mouths. gracious God, in behalf of
We acknowledge before all our friends. Supply thee, O God, who rulest their wants out of the stores the children of men with of thy bounty; let thy wisdom and goodness, that watchful providence everwe have not duly improved more defend them from thy manifold mercies. evil; and let thy goodness Though thou hast nourish- and mercy follow them all ed and brought us up as the days of their lives. children, we have sinned We address our united against thee, We desire
We desire devotions unto thee, the to forsake all our evil giver of all good things, in ways, and to return unto the name and as the discithee with our whole hearts; ples of Jesus Christ; and and we humbly beseech now unto the blessed and thee, who art slow to an- only potentate, the King of ger and ready to forgive, kings, and Lord of lords, that thou wouldst pardon dwelling in light to which all our transgressions. O
can approach, Lord, show thy mercy up
whom no man hath seen on us, and grant us thy or can see, be honour and salvation.
power everlasting. Amen.
FRIDAY MORNING. meet with, we humbly be
seech thee to have comALMIGHTY and ever- passion on our infirmities, lasting God, in whom we and to give us the constant live and move and have assistance of thy holy Spirit, our being; we, thy needy that we may be effectually creatures, render thee our restrained from sin and exhumble praises, for thy cited to our duty. Imprint preservation of us from upon our hearts such a the beginning of our lives dread of thy judgments, to this day. We thank and such a grateful sense thee for refreshing us with of thy goodness to us, as the slumbers, and guarding may make us both afraid us from the dangers of the and ashamed to offend past night. For all thy thee ; and keep in our mercies we bless and
minds a lively rememnify thy glorious name; brance of that great day, humbly beseeching thee tó in which we must give an accept this our morning account of our thoughts, sacrifice of praise
of praise and words, and actions, and thanksgiving.
according to the works And since it is by thy done in the body, be remercy, O gracious Father, warded or punished, by that another day is added him, whom thou hast apto our lives, we here dedi- pointed the judge of the cate both our souls and quick and dead, thy Son our bodies to thee and thy Jesus Christ. service in a sober, righteous, In particular, we implore and 'godly life ; in which thy grace and protection resolution do thou, O mer- for the ensuing day. Keep ciful God, confirm and us temperate in our meats strengthen us; that as we and drinks, and diligent in grow in age, we may grow our several callings. Grant in grace, and in the know- us patience under any afledge of our Lord and Sa- flictions thou shalt see fit viour Jesus Christ, to lay on us, and minds al
But, O God, who know- ways contented with our est the weakness of our present condition. Give nature, and the manifold us grace to be just and uptemptations which we daily right in all our dealings;
quiet and peaceable; full we beseech thee, in mercy, of compassion; and ready and forgive us the sins to do good unto all men, which we have committed according to our abilities against thee.
Make us and opportunities. Direct deeply sensible of the evil us in all our ways, and of all unrighteousness ; prosper the works of our and work in us a hearty hands in the business of contrition for our faults our several stations. De- and offences, that we may fend us from all dangers obtain forgiveness at thy and adversities; and be hands, who art ever ready graciously pleased to take to receive the humble and us and all things belonging penitent. to us under thy fatherly And lest, through our
and protection. own frailty, or the temptaThese things, and whatev- tions which encompass us, er else thou shalt see ne we be drawn into further cessary and convenient to sin, grant us the direction us, we humbly beg in the and assistance of thy holy name and as the disciples Spirit. Reform whatever of Jesus Christ, our bless- is amiss in the temper and ed Lord and Redeemer. disposition of our souls ; Amen.
that no unclean thoughts,
unlawful designs, or inorFRIDAY EVENING. dinate desires may rest
there. Purge our hearts MOST merciful God, from envy, hatred, and who art of purer eyes
than malice ; that we may nevto behold iniquity, and hast er suffer the sun to go promised forgiveness to all down upon our wrath ; but those who confess and for- may always retire to our sake their sins; we come rest, in peace, charity, and before thee this evening, good will, with a conscience in an humble sense of our void of offence towards unworthiness, acknow thee and towards man. ledging our transgressions And accept, O Lord, of thy righteous laws. our intercessions for all But, o gracious Father, mankind. Let the light who desirest not the death of thy gospel shine upon of a sinner, look upon us, all nations; and may as
many as have received it, into the world to redeem live as becomes it. Be us from sin and death, and gracious unto thy church; to show us the Father. and grant that every mem
We bless thee for thy paber of the same, in his vo- tience with us; for the ascation and ministry, may sistances of thy holy Spirit ; serve thee faithfully. Bless for thy continual care and all in authority over us; watchful providence over and so rule their hearts us through the whole course and strengthen their hands, of our lives. We pray that they may punish wick- thee to continue thy blessedness and vice, and main- ings to us; and to give us tain thy true religion and grace to show our thankvirtue. Send down thy fulness in a sincere obediblessings, temporal, and ence to thy laws. spiritual, upon all our re- We beseech thee to prolations, friends, and neigh- tect us this night. Defend bours. Reward all who us from all dangers, and have done us good, and give us such refreshing pardon all those who have sleep as may fit us for the done or wish us evil, and duties of the following day. give them repentance and Make us ever mindful of better minds. Be merciful the time when we shall lie to all who are in any trou- down in the dust; and ble; and of thine abundant grant us grace always to goodness minister unto live in such a state, that them according to their we may never be afraid to several necessities.
die; so that living and dyTo our prayers, O Lord, ing we may be thine, and we join our unfeigned thine for evermore. We thanks for all thy mercies; ask all in the name of thy for our being, our reason, Son Jesus Christ. Amen. and all other endowments and faculties of soul and SATURDAY MORNING. body; for
health, friends, food, and raiment, O GOD, our Creator and all the other comforts and heavenly Father, the and conveniencies of life. giver of all good, upon Above all we adore thy whom we depend now and mercy in sending thy Son for ever; under an awful
sense of thy constant pres
aim to bear a nearer reence with us, we thy crea- semblance unto thee, the tures and thy servants are original of all perfection, assembled together,
together, to and to proceed, after the thank thee for thine unde- example of Jesus Christ served goodness to us at thy Son, in the practice of all times, and particularly all goodness. By the exto acknowledge the watch- pectation of a happy imful care of thy providence, mortality, may our virtue by which we have been be supported, and our preserved during the de- peace secured ; that we fenceless hours of the night, may live in a state of conand brought in health tinual improvement, and and safety to the light of preparation for that heavanother day.
enly kingdom, into which Thy mercies, O God, nothing unholy or impure are renewed to us every
shall ever enter. morning. Let our grati- O God, to the direction tude and dutiful obedience of thy wise and unerring to thee bear some propor- providence we do entirely tion to thy favors,
that commit ourselves. Safe may be a family fearing under thy protection, and thee, and glorifying thy happy in thy favour, we name among men.
We would cheerfully follow desire to set thee our God where thou pleasest to before us in all our ways, conduct us. We desire that thy blessing may con- only that portion of the stantly go along with us, good things of this life and that we may never un- which thou seest to be fit _dertake any thing which for us, and would decline we dare not beg of thee no sufferings which thou to prosper; but may al- shalt appoint for the trial ways pursue what thou, and improvement of our the righteous Judge, ap- virtue. Be with us this provest
, and wilt finally day, and all our days. reward and honour.
In health and in sickness, in Assist us, gracious God, life and in death, may we in the discharge of all so- lift up our souls to thee, cial and relative duties. and make thy goodness May it be our prevailing alone our confidence and