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he pestilence that walketh in darkness, and he destruction that wasteth at noonday. Civil liscord has not raged in our provinces; our hores have not been invaded; we have not leard the confused noise of warriors, or seen rarments rolled in blood—it lias not come lijrh us. Our enemies have often threatened o swallow us up, but the IiOrd has been on iur side, and they have not prevailed against is. We are this day called upon to acknowedge thy goodness in ( ).
CSod is the Lord who hath showed us light; iind the sacrifice with cords, even to the 10ms of the altar. After giving us such a leliverance as this, may we no more break hy commandments. May we never convert iur blessings into the instruments of provocation, by making them the means of nourishiig pride and presumption, wantonness and .ntemperance: and compel Thee to complain —Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish peoile, and unwise? Is not He tlay Father that lath bought thee! Hath He not made thee ind established thee?
For this purpose meet with us in thy house; ind may the goings of our God and our King be seen in the sanctuary. Be with the preacher md with the hearers; and let the words of his mouth, and the meditation of their hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer. May public instruction awaken the ardour of our feelings. May our gratitude not only be lively, but practical and permanent And by all thy mercies may we present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto Thee, which is our reasonable service.
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul. Amen.
FOR A DAY OF THANKSGIVING.
O Gon, Thou art good, and Thou doest good. Thou art good to all, and thy tender mercies are over all thy works.
We have thought of thy lovingkindness this day, in the midst of thy temple; and are again surrounding this domestic altar to exclaim, O that men would praise the Lord, for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.
We lament to think that a world so filled with thy bounty, should be so alienated from thy service and glory. We mourn over the vileness of our ingratitude, and abhor ourselves repenting in dust and ashea O Thou God: of all grace, make us more
thankful. In order that we may be more
thankful may we be more humble; impress us with a deep sense of our unworthiness, arising from the depravity of our nature, and countless instances of unimproved advantages, omitted duties, and violated commands. May we compare our condition with our desert, and with the far less indulged circumstances of others. May we never be inattentive to any of thy interpositions on our behalf; but be wise and observe these things, that we may understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.
How many blessings, temporal and spiritual, public and private, hast Thou conferred upon us. Thy mercies have been new every morning, and every moment
Our afflictions have been few and alleviated, often short in their continuance, and always founded in a regard to our profit. Thy secret has been upon our tabernacle; and we have known Thee in thy palaces for a refuge. The lines have indeed fallen to us in pleasant places, yea we have a goodly heritage. Thou hast not dealt so with any people. It is a good land which the Lord our God has given us—a land distinguished by knowledge; dignified as the abode of civil and religious freedom; endeared by the patriot's zeal, and the martyr's blood, and the ashes of our forefathers: a land the Lord careth for, and upon which his eye has been from the beginning even to the end of the year.
Thou hast been a wall of fire round alwut us by thy providential protection, and the glory in the midst of us by the gospel of our salvation, the ordinances of religion, and the presence of thy Holy Spirit
What shall we render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards usl Because Thou hast been our help, therefore under the shadow of thy wing may we rejoice. Because Thou hast heard our voice and our supplication, therefore may we call upon Thee as long as we live; and in every future difficulty and distress, make Thee our refuge and our portion.
Enable us to bless Thee at all times; may thy praise continually be in our mouth; and may we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives.
Being delivered from the peril and calamity
(of ) with which we have been exercised,
may we serve Thee without fear, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our lives.
We dare not trust our own hearts. We have often resembled thy people of old, who in the hour of deliverance and indulgence sang thy praise, and said—All that the Lord commandeth us will we do; but soon forgot his works and the wonders which he had showed them. Keep these things for ever in the imagination of our hearts; and not only draw us, but bind us to thyself with the cords of love and the bonds of a man.
And with all our calls to gratitude and joy,
may we remember that we have also reason for sorrow and humiliation. O give us that repentance which is unto life. Reform as well as indulge us; and pardon as well as spare. Let not our prosperity destroy us, nor our table become a snare. Let us not, by our perverse returns, provoke Thee to visit us with heavier inflictions; and turn the rod into a scorpion. May our ways please the Lord, that we may hope for a continuance of thy - favour, and know that all things shall work together for our good.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion. Build Thou the walls of Jerusalem. And as the churches have rest, may they walk in the fear of the Lord, and in the comforts of the Holy Ghost, and be multiplied.
Let the king live before Thee; and on his
head may the crown flourish. Bless all the brunches of the royal house: preside over our national councils; impart wisdom to those who conduct our public affairs: and may ajj the various classes in the community pursue that righteousness which exalteth a nauou, and forsake l hat sin which is a reproach to any people.
Regard the services in which we have been engaged with the thousands of our Israel: accept the poor and imperfect thanksgivings we have oflered; and let thy word which has been dispensed in aid of the devotion of the day, accomplish all the good pleasure of thy goodness—through Jesus the Lord, our righteousness and strength; and in whose words we address Thee as—
Our Father, &c . Amen.
Axe there any of the vanities of the gentiles that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Art not Thou He, O Lord our God! Therefore will we wait upon Thee, for Thou hast made all these things.
Thou visitest the earth and waterest it; Thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God which is full of water. Thou makest it soft with showers; Thou blessest the springs thereof. Thy paths drop fatness. They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side.
We have been made to feel the worth of this blessing by the want of it; and it would be easy for Thee to continue the privation, till the heavens over us were brass, and the earth under us iron; and the husbandman be ashamed for the wheat, and for the barley, because the harvest of the field is perished, and because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
But O deal not with us after our desert. Turn not a fruitful land into barrenness. Command thy rain to descend. Cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and herbs for the service of man, and bring forth food out of the earth.
FOR FAIR WEATHER
—How numberless are our wants and dangers! Our hopes are destroyed, not only by the deficiency, but the excess of our supplies. Stop, we pray Thee, the bottles of heaven, which have so long been pouring down water upon us; and cause thy sun not only to rise but to shine. Give us the clear shining after rain, that the earth may yield her increase in maturity, and opportunity be afforded for the wholesome in-gathering of grass for the cattle, and grain for the use of man; that there may be no complaining in our streets, but that we may eat in plenty, and be satisfied and praise the Lord.
And O let us not forget our souls, in our mindfulness of the body; nor expend all our concern upon the meat that perisheth, but be above all things anxious to secure the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, and which the son of man will give, for him hath God the Father sealed.
IN VIEW OF JOURNEYING.
O God, thou hast called thyself the Preserver of men, and the length of our days. We are therefore encouraged to commit ourselves to thy guardian care, in the journey before us.
Many have parted with the hope of soon embracing each other again, but instead of returning to their own dwelling, they have been conveyed to the house appointed for all living. We pray, with submission to thy pleasure, that this may not be our experience. Give thine angels charge concerning us to keep us in all our ways. Let no evil befall our persons, and no plague come nigh our dwelling. May we know also that our tabernacle is in peace, and visit our habitation and not sin.
Yet uncertain what a day may bring forth, may we be prepared for every event of thy providence; and wherever, in dying, we go from, may it be our happiness to know where we are going to, and rejoice in the prospect, that when all our wanderings and partings are ended, we shall unite in our heavenly Father's house, and be for ever with the Lord.
FOR A NEW-MARRIED PARTY.
Bless those who have just entered a state honourable in all. May they remember the vows they have left at the altar, and in the discharge of their personal and relative duty may they make their word their rule, that mercy and peace may be upon them. May the husband love his wife even as himself,
and the wife see that she reverence her husband; and both walk together as heirs of the grace of life, that their prayers be not hindered.
Preserve them from the evils which destroy, or diminish the welfare and comfort of the condition in which Thou hast placed them; and may thoy enjoy all the happiness derivable from prudence, temper, accommodation, real godlmess, and the divine blessing.
May they expect to discern infirmities in one another, but may they be always most deeply conscious of their own. And let them not look for unattainable, by looking for unmingled bliss on earth; but remember that this is not our rest, and be prepared for difficulties, trials, changes, and final separation.
FOR A WOMAN APPROACHING THE TIME OF TRAVAIL.
—Regard thine handmaid, who is looking forward to an important hour. Be not Thou far from her when trouble is near. May her mind be kept in perfect peace, being stayed upon the God of her salvation. Bring to the birth, and give strength to bring forth. Soften the pains of labour, as well as command deliverance; and in due time may she remember no more her anguish, for joy that a child is born into the world. And may the root and the branch abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
FOR ONE UNDER SICKNESS.
—Think, O God, for good upon the afflicted, especially him (or her) whom we now commend to thy compassionate regard. Comfort him upon the bed of languishing, and make all his bed in his sickness.
If the sickness be unto death, prepare him for the solemn event, and be with him in it But we are allowed to implore deliverance, with submission; nothing is too hard for the Lord; Thou canst heal as well as wound: we therefore pray, if it be thy good pleasure, that Thou wilt put efficacy mto the means, rebuke the disorder, renew the strength, and prolong the days of thy servant
Above all, let the dispensation be sanctified to the suflerer, and his connexions; and may all have reason to acknowledge in the review, It is good for me that I have been afflicted.
FOR A YOUTH GOING FROM HOME.
(If with a view to Business.)
—O God, Thou appointest the bounds of our habitations, and arrangest all our individual concerns; and it is thy pleasure, not
only that we should part at death, bat often separate in life. When absent from each other in body, may we be present in spirit; and may our natural affection be strengthened and sanctified by inquiry and correspondence, and divine remembrance at the throne of grace.
Regard the member of our family who is now leaving the parental roof and the parental wing. In all his ways may he acknowledge Thee, and be Thou the guide and the guard of his youth. Secure him from the paths of the destroyer and the evils of the world. May uprightness preserve him. In the situation he will be called to fill, may he be dutiful and obliging, and diligent and faithful . May he always remember that the eye of God is upon him; and be not only amiable but pious; and be in favour with God as well as man.
(If with a view to a School.') —O Thou God of providence and grace, we commend to thy care the dear child about to leave our abode for a season in order to receive needful instruction. Let his (or ber) life be precious in thy sight May he redeem his time, and acquire the improvement that will fit him for usefulness in his day and generation. And O let him be made wise unto salvation; and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon him; that he may be a useful and ornamental member in thy church below, and hereafter a pillar in thy temple above, never more to go out
FOR A SERVANT COMING INTO
—And, O Thou, with whom there is no respect of persons, bless the servant that has just entered our household. May she (or he) be diligent in her station ; may she rise early; be attentive to punctuality, and neatness, and cleanliness; pleasing well in all things, not answering again; not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that she may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. May she cheerfully conform to the religious order of the family, be thankful for its daily worship, and improve every spiritual privilege.
And while our servants know and observe their duty to us, may we never neglect our duty to them, but remember that we also have a Master in heaven.
FOR CHILDREN IN ORDINARY CIR
(All the petitions need not be used at tike
same time.) —O God, Thou art the lovely Father of
all mankind. Thou hast implanted in us the parental instincts; and commanded us to train up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We feel our awful responsibility, and often exclaim, Who is sufficient for these things? But Thou givest wisdom to the ignorant and power to the faint. Aid, O aid us, in discharging the duties we owe to those whom Thou hast given us and continued to as.
We give them up to Thee, who art able to fulfil all our petitions. Rescue them from the numberless accidents and diseases to which they are exposed. Let their tempers be lovely, and meek, and kind. Let their manners be simple and engaging. May they be respectful towards their superiors, obliging towards their equals, and condescending towards their inferiors.
—Let not envy and pride and censoriousness render them disdainful to others and wretched to themselves. May they speak evil of no one. Upon their tongue may there dwell the law of kindness. May they hate and abhor lying—with all deceit and hypocrisy.
—May they be always willing to receive instruction; and be diligent in acquiring all the knowledge and improvement that may render them the blessings and ornaments of society.
—Keep them from evil company. If sinners entice them, may they never consent; but early may they take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, I will go with you, for I have heard that God is with you.
—Let our sons be as plants grown up in their youth, and our daughters as cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace.
—Pour thy blessing upon our seed, and thy Spirit upon our offspring; that one may say, I am the Lord's, and another call himself by the name of Jacob, and another subscribe with his own hand, and surname himself by the name of Israel.
—We seek not great things for them as to this world—but O let them live in thy sight; let them be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting; let them be blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
Instead of multiplying riches, and leaving them incentives to pride, and vanity, and idleness, and sensuality, and augmenting a thousand fold all the difficulties of their salvation—may we lay up for them treasure in heaven; may we be concerned to leave behind us a large inheritance of prayers and instructions and examples—with the blessing of God, that maketh rich, and addeth no sorrow with it.
—If their parents should be taken away from them—when father and mother forsake them, may the Lord take them up. If they
should be deprived of their father—be Thou the father of the fatherless. If they should be deprived of their mother—as one whom his mother comforteth, so do Thou comfort them.
—Should they be removed from us in early life, may the heavenly Shepherd gather the lambs with his arm, and .carry them in his bosom; and may we be prepared to resign them. And if, as we submissively implore, their lives should be prolonged—may they grow up, and prove our comfort and honour, serve their generation according to thy will, and walk before Thee in the land of tlie living.
FOR CRIMINALS IN PRISON. —Behold, in the greatness of thy mercy, those who are bound in aflliction and iron, because they rebelled against the word of God. May they be led to reflect upon the evil of sin, in the degradation and misery to which it has reduced them. Give them repentance unto life; that they may acknowledge that Thou art just in all that is brought upon them, and be more concerned to obtain deliverance from the wrath to come, than exemption from the hand of civil justice. If after lengthened confinement they should be released, let them be rescued from the bondage of corruption, and partake of the glorious liberty of the sons of God; and if appointed unto death, O hear the sighing of the prisoner, and though the flesh be destroyed, let the spirit be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
While we feel an abhorrence of sin, may we always display compassion for sinners, and be thankful that we have been exempted, by the favourableness of our condition in life, by pious relations, by education, by thy restraining and thy sanctifying grace, from so many temptations by which we might have been conquered. Who made us to differ from another t And what have we that we did not receive?
FOR A FRIEND AT SEA. —The sea is thine as well as the dry land. All the elements obey thy voice. We commend to thy kind and almighty care, our friend who is now on the perilous ocean. Give to the winds and the waves commandment to save him. O Thou that art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are far off upon the sea, encourage and tranquillize his mind by holy reliance on thy Providence. May he not only see, but improve the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. And should the waters thereof roar and be troubled, and vain be the help of man, hear him in his distresses; make the storm a calm; and bring him to his desired haven.