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But Thou hast proclaimed thy name, the Lord God, merciful and gracious : Thou hast caused all thy goodness to pass before us ; Thou hast opened a new and living way into the holiest of all, by the blood of Jesus ; and we have boldness, and access with confidence, by the . faith of Him.
We bless Thee that in Him all fulness dwells, and that ignorant, and guilty, and depraved, and miserable, as we are in ourselves, from Him we can derive wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. And we rejoice, that these blessings are attainable, without money and without price; and that we may know they are our's, by every title God himself can give; and shall be our's for ever.
O let such undeserved, such infinite goodness melt our hearts, and lead us to throw down the weapons of rebellion, and weep over them. May we sorrow after a godly sort, that ever we offended a Being so worthy of all our love and our obedience; and while compelled to acknowledge, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, O Lord, other lords, beside Thee, have had dominion over us; enable us to say, But, henceforth, by Thee only will we make mention of thy name. As our reasonable service, to Thee may we dedicate ourselves immediately without delay, and fully without reserve. To
Thee may we yield our understanding and our intellectual powers; our wills and our active powers; our senses and our bodily powers; our time, our substance, and all our relative powers--may our words, and our actions, and our callings in life, be all holiness unto the Lord.
May we come out from the world, and touch not the unclean thing, and be received and acknowledged as the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. And though they are few in number, and the world knoweth them not, may we choose thy people as our companions, and
delight in them as the excellent of the earth. With them, at thy gates, may we daily watch, and wait at the posts of thy doors : with them, may we courageously fight the good fight of faith : with them, may we patiently labour in thy vineyard.
May we love them all: and as we have opportunity, may we unite with them all in holy communion, and cooperate with them all in schemes of civil and sacred beneficence. We bless Thee for the country and the age in which we live. We bless Thee for the spirit which has been awakened, and the efforts that are now making, to promote the temporal, and above all the spiritual, welfare of mankind, by individuals and communities, and combinations of communities. O let them not labour in vain; let the pleasure of the Lord prosper in their hand; let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children; and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us ; yea, the work of our hand, establish Thou it.
And prepare us for suffering thy will, as well as doing it. May we never look for unmingled felicity here, but expect to find life, as all who have gone before us have found it, light and darkness, pain and pleasure, good and evil. When we meet with trials, may we never think them strange things: nor murmur and repine under them. Rather, may we be thankful, that they are so few and alleviated; rather may we rejoice, that they are all founded in love to our souls, and designed to make ils partakers of thy holiness. Sustain us under them; improve us by them; and assure us in due time of our deliverance from them; and of our entering the rest that remains for the people of God, where all sorrow and sighing shall cease, and all tears shall be wiped from our eyes.
And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with us all, now and for ever. Amen.
O GOD—Thou art the God of all the families of the earth ; for they are formed by thy will, and supported by thy providence. But Thou art, in a peculiar manner, the God of those families, in which thy name is known, and loved, and honoured. Thy curse is in the house of the wicked, but Thou blessest the habitation of the just. Whatever be the dispositions of others, we desire to say, with increasing resolution and zeal, As for us, and our house, we will serve the Lord. Thy yoke is easy ; thy burden is light; thy work is honourable and glorious; and in keeping thy commandments, there is great reward. Thou art the best of all masters; Thou hast promised to bear with our infirmities, and to suffer us to want no good thing.
Already Thou hast laid us under infinite obligations, as the God of providence and of grace-Thou bast dealt well with thy servants, O Lord. Bless the Lord, O our souls, and all that is within us, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, o our souls, and forget not all his benefits.
By thy good hand upon us, we have been conducted throngh the perils, not only of another day, but another week: a period, during which, many have been carried down to their graves, and we have been brought so much nearer to our own.— Impress us with a sense of the shortness of time, and so teach us to number our days, that we may apply our heart unto wisdom. Many have been
involved in perplexities, and exposed to want; many have been confined to the house of mourning, or the bed of sickness: but we have been indulged with liberty, and ease, and health, and strength : we have seen thy loving kindness every morning, and thy faithfulness every night; and have had all things richly to enjoy.
But, o how little have we been affected by the instances of thy undeserved goodness : how imperfectly have we improved our religious privileges; how negligent have we been in seizing opportunities of doing good to the bodies and souls of our fellow-creatures--and how well does it become each of us to ask
What have I done for Him who died,
To save my wretched soul ?
Fast as my minutes roll.
We stand before Thee this evening in our trespass : enter not into judgment with thy servants, O Lord. Our only hope is, that to the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against Him. Have mercy upon us, o God, according to thy loving kindness, according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out our transgressions.
And may a confidence in thy goodness, instead of encouraging us to sin, that grace may abound, inspire us with that godly sorrow that worketh repentance unto life. May we hate and forsake every false way. May we be attentive to our condition; and study our character: may we bridle our tongue; and keep our heart with all diligence.
May we often look back and see, how at any time, we have been ensnared or overcome ; and watch and pray in future, lest we enter into temptation. And do Thou keep us by thy power: uphold us by thy free
Spirit: and not only restrain us from sin, but mortify us to it.
May sleep refresh our bodies, and fit them for thy service on the ensuing day; and may thy grace prepare our minds. May we leave all the cares of the world for a while, behind ; that we may attend on the Lord without distraction. May we repair to the hallowed exercises of devotion, as the hart panteth after the water brooks. May we call the sabbath a delight; and be glad when they say to us, Let us go into the house of the
Lord. į And 0 Thou God of all grace, do as Thou hast said:
fulfil thy word unto thy servants, upon which Thou hast caused them to hope. Bless abundantly the provisions of thy house, and satisfy thy poor with bread. Clothe thy priests with salvation, and let thy saints shout aloud for joy.
And to the God of all grace, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.