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thy people, and to hear the words of eternal lire. We grieve to think that so much of the precious seed sown by thy servants should fell by the way side, so much upon stony places, and so much among thorns, and that so little fruit is brought forth to perfection. May it appear that we have not received the grace of God in vain; but that thy word in us is like good seed sown in good ground, which springeth up and bringeth forth, in some an hundred fold, in some sixty, and in some thirty.
And suffer us not to confine our religion to extraordinary occasions; but help us to acknowledge Thee in all our ways. May we never limit our devotion to particular seasons, but be in the fear of the Lord all the day long. May we be godly not only on the sabbath, but in the week; not only in the house of God, but in our own. May our piety be not a dress but a habit: not only a habit but a nature—a life—the life of God. And at lost by thy grace and guidance, may we enter that world where there is no temple, but the glory of God and of the Lamb is the temple thereof
But O how can we endure to see the destruction of our kindred? O Lord, let those that are united to us by so many tender ties, be precious in thy sight, and devoted to thy praise. Sanctify and succeed domestic devotion and instruction, discipline and example; and may our houses be nurseries for heaven, from which our churches, as the gardens of the Lord, shall be enriched with trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
O let none of ttiose who are amiable and moral, and possess so many attractions, like the hopeful youth in the gospel, fall short of heaven at last
Where the conscience is tender, and the heart is soft, and the word alarms or delights —let not these promising appearances be blasted, but bring forth judgment unto victory.
Bless all who are connected with us by religious ties. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance; feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
Regard us as a nation. Inspire all ranks and degrees of men among us with a love to that righteousness which exalteth a nation; and deliver us from that sin which is a reproach to any people.
And as all mankind, of whatever country or condition, are our brethren, bless them with the same civil and religious privileges which this highly favoured island enjoys. Let thy way be known on earth, thy saving health among all nations.
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, thy greatness is unsearchable; but we rejoice to think that thy love passeth knowledge. We have sinned against Thee; but thou art ready to forgive. We have gone far astray from Thee; but tlwu art more than willing to admit our return. Thou hast even provided the way to accomplish it Thou hast appointed and made known a Mediator, who has once suffered lor sin, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us unto God. In Him we behold Thee reconciling the world unto thyself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. And in Him a multitude which no man can number, redeemed, justified, and renewed, are exulting, My soui shall be joyful in my God, for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
O that it were thus with us! O that we could ascertain our spiritual condition, and read our title clear to the inheritance of the saints in light! Praise waitcth for Thee, O God, in Zion; and we are longing to be able to adore Thee, as the strength of our souls and our everlasting portion. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not; Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out; Whosoever will, let him come and take of the water of life freely :—O say unto our souls, I am thy salvation.
And O Lord, we hope that we are not concerned for our safety only; we trust we not only wish to know that we have the grace of God in truth, but to feel a progression in the divine life; to increase with nil the increase of God. We wish to be qualified for our work, to stand complete in the will of our heavenly Father, and to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Grant us therefore, we pray Thee, more of the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ; to give more decision to our character, more vigour to our purposes, more elevation to our hopes, more fervour to our devotion, more constancy to our zeal; so that we may run and not be weary, and walk and not faint
Thou dost not despise the day of small things, nor refuse to encourage a little strength; but Thou hast commanded us to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour: and Thou hast said, To him that hath shall he given; and hast promised, that the feeble among them shall be as David. Be it unto us according to thy word. Fulfil all the good pleasure of thy goodness, and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in us, and we in Him. May we be Christianity embodied and alive. May we be examples of the religion we profess. the most impressive and attracting. May we have a testimony in the bosoms of those who observe us, that we are the seed which the Lord hath blessed; and may every thing around us say to them, Come with us, and we will do you good.
To Thee we desire to submit all our desires, and to Thee would we commit all our concerns, casting all our cares upon Thee, conscious that Thou carest for us. And
Who Bo fit to choose our lot,
as a Being who loved us so as not to spare his own Son, who knows what is best for us in every circumstance, and is able to make all things work together for our good.
In every difficulty with which we are called to struggle, may we not only think of thy promises, but also call to remembrance the years of the right-hand of the Most High. We have often been brought low, and Thou hast helped us; and when we have been looking for nothing but darkness, at evening time itnas been light O how does it betray our depravity, that after all thy kindness and care, after all the proofs of thy patience, power, and fidelity, we are yet so little capable of trusting in Thee. We would cry out with tears, Lord, we believe, help Thou our unbelief.
Do us good by all the dispensations of thy providence, especially those of an afflictive kind. And why should we consider them strange things, since Thou hast told us that in the world we shall have tribulation, and that the same afflictions have been accomplished in all our brethren! And why should we desire exemption from them? seeing they are founded in love and intended for our profit May we ever realize thy design Dy them, and see thine hand in them: may we believe that Thou wilt be with us in trouble; and look forward with joy to that state where it will be safe for us to be without sorrow, and God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes.
And if we have a portion in this world, keep us from making this world our portion. May we never look for that in the creature which can only be found in the Creator; nor for that on earth which is only to be found in heaven. Among our caresses and indulgences, may we never lose the heart of a scranger, or forget that this is not our rest May the streams of comfort lead us to the fountain of all good; and may we love and serve our Benefactor in all his benefits.
And thus miy we know how to be abased, and how to abound; and in every varying condition, display the principles and dispositions of those who are born from above, and are seeking glory, honour, and immortality.
And to the Father, the Word, and Holy
Ghost, be ascribed all honour and praise, world without end. Amen.
O Thou, whose name alone is Jehcvah, Thou art the Most High over all the earth; and Thou hast set thy glory above the heavens. All thy works praise Thee, O Lord. and thy saints bless Thee. Thou art our fathers' God, and we will exalt Thee: Thou art our own God, and early will we seek Thee, for in thy favour is life.
Open Thou our lips, and our mouth shall show forth thy praise. Thou hast made us, and not we ourselves. Thine eye did see our substance yet being unperfect, and in thy book all our members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there were none of them. Thou hast taupht us more than the beasts of the field, and mode us wiser than the fowls of the air. There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth him understanding. Thy providence has watched over us from the womb, supplied all our wants, arranged all our aflairs, and determined the bounds of our habitation.
And O what reason have we to exclaim, The lines are fallen to us in pleasant places, yea we have a goodly heritage! We live in a land of religious privileges. How superior are our advantages to those of thine ancient people the Jews! The Sun of Righteousness, which was below the horizon to them, has risen upon us with healing in his wings, and we are all the children of the day. Let us not therefore sleep as do others; but while we have the light, may we walk in the light lest darkness come upon us.
May we ever be impressed with the conviction, that where much is given much will be required, and that our greatest danger results from our distinguishing advantages— our sabbaths, our sanctuaries, the scriptures of truth, the preaching of the gospel, and all the events which have urged our attention to it
What more could have been done for us than Thou hast done t And yet now little fruit have we brought forth! How well do we deserve to be cut down as cumberers of the ground and cast into the fire. Yet, O Lore}, spare us at the intercession of the Vinedresser: for his sake renew our season of trial; and employ fresh means for our improvement and accompany them with a divine power. Convince us of our sin and danger. Awaken in us the solemn inquiry. What must I do to be saved? And let not our concern, when awakened, lead us into any refuge of lies, or induce us to build on any false foundation ; but may we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and find his rest to be glorious.
Produce in us that brokenness of heart, and that self-despair, which will render the faithfitl saying worthy of all acceptation; and make the Saviour precious to us as He is to all them that believe. May He be delightful to us in all his offices; may we love Him in his commands, as well as in his promises; may we wear his yoke and carry his burden; and find his yoke easy and his burden light Make us in our views, principles, and dispositions, new creatures; may we shine in all the beauties of holiness; and reflect the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvellous light Explain to «is thy secret which is with them that fear Thee; and show us thy covenant in its provisions and stability; and in every distress may this be all our salvation and all our desire.
With affections weaned from the world, and with evidences bright for heaven, all the days of our appointed time may we wait till our change comes: may we die supported by the consolations of the gospel, and surrounded with the glory of God; and have an entrance ministered unto us abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour.
Prepare us for our passage as well as for our end. While we are here may we fulfil the duties, and bear with firmness the trials of our respective stations; may we glorify our Father who is in heaven, and serve our generation according to his will.
Continue thy goodness to us as a family. Remember our absent friends. Let thy ministers enjoy thy presence, and thy churches be filled with thy glory. Let the British empire be under thy care, and ever prove the seat of learning and science; of civil and religious freedom; of social blessedness; and of gospel privileges; and be the source of usefulness to the ends of the earth.
May princes come out of Egypt May Ethiopia stretch forth her hands unto God. And may all nations whom Thou hast made come and worship before Thee.
For thine, O God, is the power; and thine shall be the glory, through our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
O Loan God of hosts, hear our prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob: behold, O God, our shield, and look upon the face of thine Anointed.
It is in his dear and all-prevailing name we come. We have nothing of our own to plead; no works, no worthiness, no promises. We have all like sheep gone astray. We have been transgressors from the womb. We have knowingly opposed thine authority, and abused thy goodness. We have been un
grateful under thy indulgences, incorrigible under thy rebukes, and have improved none of our religious advantages. We stand before Thee in our trespass, and are condemned by our own consciences as well as by thy word. Yet in the way of thine appointment Thou art waiting to be gracious, and hast said, that whatsoever we ask, believing in his name, we shall receive.
Through Him display thyself in our experience, as a God pardoning and subduing iniquity. Justify us freely from all things; and sanctify us wholly, body, soul, and spirit May we be thy workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, and prepared unto every good work. We groan within ourselves, longing not only for deliverance from the wrath to come, but from the sin that dwelleth in us; and praying not only for an interest in thy favour, but a participation of thy image.
If thou hast begun the good work in us, carry it on unto the perfect day. Assure us of present assistance and final success, whatever difficulties or oppositions we meet with; that we may go on our way rejoicing, and be strong in the grace that is fn Christ Jesus. If we feel little—and O how little do we feel!— of the joys of thy salvation, uphold us by thy free spirit; and enable us to persevere in the path of obedience, and in the use of the means which Thou hast appointed, assured that none of those shall be ever ashamed that wait for Thee. And should we walk in darkness and have no light may we trust in the Lord and stay upon our God—Yet suffer us to implore that Thou wilt make Thy face to shine upon us, and give us the full assurance of hope—which hope may we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast in all the storms of life.
We bless Thee for all that is past Unless the Lord had been our help, our souls had almost dwelt in silence; but when we said, My feet slipped, thy mercy, O Lord, held us up. But we are still in the body and in the wilderness. We need thine aid as much as ever. We have a growing sense of our ignorance, weakness, and danger. Withdraw not thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from us. Whether we are called to do thy will or to bear it may we feel that our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. If our course conducts us through rouch and trying scenes, say to us, Thy shoes shall be iron and brass, and as thy days so shall thy strength be. In view of our encounter with our spiritual foes, clothe us with the whole armour of God; teach our hands to war, and our fingers to fight; and in the midst of the conflict tell our hearts that we shall be more than conquerors through him that loved us.
And may we be concerned that the blessings we ask for ourselves may be imparted to others. Teach us to love our neighbour as ourselves; and may we often examine our conditions in life, our offices, our talents, and our opportunities, to see how we may be serviceable in our day and generation.
Comfort those that mourn in Zion. Let all the afflicted find Thee a very present and an all-sufficient help in the day of trouble. Provide for the poor and needy. Guide those that need instruction ; and may integrity and uprightness preserve them while they wait upon Thee.
Sanctify and continue to us, and to our latest posterity after us, all our national blessings, civil and religious; and may our country, by its institutions, character, and usefulness, continue to be a praise in the whole earth.
These are great blessings for such sinful creatures as we are to ask; but Thou hast given us a Name to plead which is above every name. Behold not our guilt, but that blood which cleanseth from all sin; not our unworthiness, but that righteousness with which Thou art well pleased. And accept us in the beloved. Our Father, &c. Amen.
O God, we are Thine, and Thee we are bound to worship. We grieve to think how many there are who cast off fear, and restrain prayer before Thee. But whatever be the determination of others, our purpose by thy grace is taken; and as for us and our house, we will serve the Lord.
We would not live a day or an hour without Thee in the world, careless of thy favour or regardless of thy glory. Impress us individually and deeply with a sense of thine omniscience; that Thou art about our path and our lying down, and acquainted with all our ways. Especially may we feel it when we enter thy more immediate presence, and engage in the exercises of devotion. Then may we remember that thine eyes are upon us; that thou requirest truth in the inward part; and that nothing can screen even our motives and principles from thy penetration.
Too little we acknowledge has this been our experience in former engagements; we have often been careless, where we should have been full of reverence: we have been strangers to the powers of godliness, while familiar with its forms. Thou hast been nigh in our mouths, but far from our reins. Much of our guilt has originated from our religious means and privileges; from the low estimation in which we have holden them, the slight improvements we have made of them, the little they have contributed to our growth in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.
Over all this may we sorrow after a godly sort; and may the sincerity of our repentance
be seen in our future alarm and endeavours, and especially in our self-renunciation and dependence upon another—for when we are weak, then and then alone we are strong. May we every moment feel how necessary it is to be more intimate with Him who came, not only that we might have life, but that we might have it more abundantly; whose gracz is sufficient for us; whose Spirit helps our infirmities, and can strengthen in us the things that remain, that are ready to die.
We bless Thee for an advocate with the Father, for a propitiation of infinite value; for a fulness that filleth all in all. In Hun believing may we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. And may we know how to obtain relief for a guilty conscience, without feeling reconciled to our imperfections. May we abhor the thought of turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, or sinnmg that grace may abound. Because we are not under the law but under grace, may we reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord—by thy mercies presenting our bodies a living sacrifice, and asking, What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me? Through sanctification of" the Spirit and belief of the truth, may our affections be set on things that are above; and may this be the growing desire of our souls; O that my feet were directed to keep thy precepts!
We would not seek great things for ourselves, but be content with such things as we have. Deliver us, O Lord, from the love of money which is the root of all evil. May we value our substance, not as the medium of pride and luxury, but as affording us the means of support and usefulness; and may we guide our affairs with discretion, that we may owe no man any thing, and be able to give to him that needeth. Establish in us the royal law: may we love our neighbour as ourselves; and feel it not only our duty but our pleasure, as we have opportunity, to do good unto all men, especially unto them that are of the household of faith.
Bless all the churches of the faithful. Thou hast given them rest; may they walk in the fear of the Lord, and in the comforts of the Holy Ghost, and be edified and multiplied.
Display thy power and thy glory in the sanctuary. Be with thy servants who show unto men the way of salvation. Make them wise to win souls: may they speak the things only that become sound doctrine; mav they never expect success as the result of their eloquence and reasonings, but from the excellency of the power that is of God.
Let the king live before Thee; and our highly favoured country be safe and flourishing under the shadow of the Almighty.
Regard our friends and relations. Those that are absent from us, we commend to me care and direction of an ever-present God. Let those that know Thee not be made wise unto salvation: let not those who arc endeared by so many ties, be separated from us for ever—How can we endure to see the destruction of our kindred?
Keep us in all places and circumstances. Hide us this night in the secret of thy pavilion, and in the morning encompass us with s< Mil's of deliverance.
And now, blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things; and blessed be his glorious name for ever, and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.
O Thou that hearest prayer, and inhabitest the praises of Israel! with Moses and Aaron among thy priests, and Samuel among them that call upon thy name, we would this morning exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool, for He is holy.
We thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for all thy inexpressible and inconceivable goodness to the children of men, of which our own history and experience afford such numberless proofs. In thy works of creation we read thy name the Lord God Almighty; in the dispensations of thy providence we acknowledge Thee as the only wise God; but in the gospel of thy grace we behold Thee as the God of love, and so loving the world as to give thine only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. In Him Thou hast provided for our deliverance from all the effects of sin; for the justification of our persons, the sanctification of our natures, and our perseverance in the path of life, till we receive the end of our faith—the salvation of our souls.
We bless Thee, that exposed as we are to the terrors of thy law which we have so often transgressed, here we have a refuge from the storm; and learn that there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. We bless Thee, that while we are compelled to exclaim, Unclean, unclean! here is an open fountain, the efficacy of which—for it has often been tried—clcansoth from all sin. We bless Thee, that while in us dwelleth no good thing, and all creatures are cells of emptiness, there is a fulness accessible to all, and incapable of reduction, from which we can receive and grace for grace.
O I/ird, we ask not for worldly riches or honours, but pray that we may be blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ We envy not those whom the multitude admire; they will soon be cut down as the grass, and wither as the green herb; but look Thou upon us, and be merciful to us, as Thou usest to do unto those that fear
thy name. They are happy now, and are inviting and encouraging us to taste and see that the Lord is good. May a vital union be immediately established between Him and us —He the head,and we the members; He the vine, and we the branches; lie the shepherd, and we the sheep of his pasture; He the chief corner-stone, and we ulso as lively stones built up a spiritual house, an habitation of God through the spirit
Let us not walk as other gentiles, in the vanity of our minds, and having our understandings darkened; but may we estimate things according to the testimony of thy word, and feel a persuasion that to obtain salvation by our I/ird Jesus Christ, is a concern in comparison with which every other interest is a shadow and a dream.
And O Lord save us from presumption. Keep us from suspending our attention to the things of eternity on a more convenient season, or any future period which may never arrive; but reflecting upon the shortness and uncertainties of life, and knowing how frail we are, may we seek the I/jrd whde He may be found, and call upon Him while He is near. May we immediately begin to live the life of the righteous, that we may die the death of the righteous, and that our last end may be like his.
And O save us from the delusion of those who go far, but not far enough in religion; who are convinced but not converted; who have another heart, but not a new one; and who with all their light and zeal and confidence, have not the spirit of Christ, and therefore are none of his. May we judge of our Christianity not only by our dependence upon Christ, but our love to Christ, and by our conformity to Christ May we know that He dwelleth in us and we in Him, because He hath given us of his Spirit
Let our religion not only be real but progressive; let us not only hold on our way, but wax stronger and stronger. May we live and may we walk in the Spirit May we profit by every correction, and be injured by no indulgence.
Accept of our personal and combined acknowledgments, that Thou hast been our salvation in the night watches; and that we are not only the living to praise Thee this morning, but have all things richly to enjoy.
Bless the word which we have been reading. Let not the cares of this life, or the deceitfulness of sin render it unfruitful. May thy word abide in us and operate. May it attend us in all the businesses of the day, that we may not sin against Thee; and that whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we may do all to the glory of God—
To whom be glory in the church, by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.