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LOOK graciously, O God, on thy servant, whom thou hast brought low with illness. Grant unto him a strong sense of his entire dependence upon thee; that whether the means used for his relief succeed, he may ascribe the glory to thee alone, or whether thou thinkest fit to deny them their intended effects, he may humble himself under thy mighty hand, and bear the rod, knowing who hath appointed it. We pray thee to preserve thy servant to us, for he is dear to us. Nevertheless, not our will, but thine be done. If it be thy will that he should live, may his whole life praise thee. If his sickness is unto death, may his soul be prepared to meet thee, and our souls lie resigned at thy feet.
SANCTIFY to thy servants, O God, the loss of one of our number by death. Look with pity upon our sorrows; and
grant that the affliction which it has pleased thee to bring upon us, may awaken our consciences, and soften our hearts, and impress upon us such convictions of thy holiness and power, that we may place in thee our only felicity, and strive to please thee in all our ways. And give us grace constantly to look forward to that life which is beyond death, and over which death has no power, revealed to us by thy dear Son Jesus Christ.
IN ANY AFFLICTION.
MERCIFULLY gard us, O Lord, in our present trouble, and make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us. Strengthen us to bear the cross which is laid upon us. Give us grace to look to the example of our blessed Master, who, for the joy which was set before him, endured a heavier cross than ours. By the sadness of our countenances may our hearts be made better; and may we so improve thine afflictive dispensations, that they may all tend to our final happiness and glory.
A SHORT SERVICE
FOR A BIBLE CLASS, OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
The following Sentences
are to be said alternately is full of thy mercy;
Ins. Teach them, O Lord, the way of thy statutes;
P. And we shall keep it unto the end.
Ins. Give them understanding, and they shall keep thy law;
P. Yea, we shall keep it with our whole heart.
Ins. The earth, O Lord,
Ins. O turn away their eyes, lest they behold vanity;
Ins. WHEREWITHAL doest good; shall the young cleanse their way?
P. By taking heed thereto, according to God's word.
P. And quicken thou us in thy way.
P. O teach us thy sta
Ins. Thou art good, and
P. O teach us thy sta
Ins. Thy testimonies have we claimed as our heritage forever; and why?
P. They are the very joy of our hearts.
Ins. Our hands also will we lift up unto thy commandments, which we have loved;
P. And our study shall be in thy statutes. Ins. Let us pray.
Then shall the Instructer say the following Pray
O GOD, who art the
source of light, and fountain of all wisdom, help thy young servants, we pray thee, in acquiring a right knowledge of thee and of thy holy will and word. Dispose their hearts to the love of truth, and their minds to the attainment of all good learning. Assist them to search the Scriptures, and to find in them eternal life. Lead them to their Saviour, and incline them to reverence, imitate and obey him. May they learn of him, who was meek and lowly in heart; and so learn of him, that they may finally live and reign with him, in glory and joy everlasting. This we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall he say,
O LORD, thy word endureth forever in heaven; thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another.
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who tresAnd lead pass against us. us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
END OF SERVICES.
THE INSTRUCTION OF CHILDREN.
Question. Can you tell me, child, who made you? Answer. God made me and all things.
Q. For what did God make you?
A. To be good and happy.
Q. What is it to be good?
A. To love and obey my parents, to speak the truth always, and to be just and kind to all
Q. Can God know whether you be good or not?
A. Yes; for though we cannot see God, yet he sees us, wherever we are, by night as well as by day.
of prayer, called the Lord's
Q. Repeat the Lord's Prayer. A. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Q. What will God do to those who are not good? A. He will punish them.
Q. Is God able to punish those who are not good?
A. Yes; he who made all things can do all things; he can take away all our friends, and every thing which he has given us; and he can make us die, whenever he pleases.
Q. After you die, shall you live again?
A. Yes; God will raise us from the dead, and if we be good, we shall die no more.
Q. Where shall you
live again, if you have been good?
A. IfI have been good, I shall go to heaven, where I shall be very happy for
Q. What shall become of the wicked, when they die?
A. They shall meet with their just punishment.
Q. When you do any thing which is wrong, should you not be afraid that God, who sees you, will punish you ?
A. Yes; but he has promised to forgive us, if we be sorry for our sins, and endeavour to sin no more.
Q. Who has told us, that God will forgive us, if we of our sins, and endeavour to sin no more?
A. Many persons by whom God spake, and particularly Jesus Christ. Q. Who was Jesus Christ?
A. The well beloved Son of God, whom the Father sent to teach men their duty, and to persuade and encourage them to practise it.
Q. Where do we learn what we know concerning