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nation; but is passed from death unto life. TI A Prayer for imprisoned Debtors. OST gracious God, look down in pity and compassion upon these thine afflicted servants, who are fallen under the misery of a close restraint. Give them always a deep sense of their sins, and of thy fatherly love and correction; and the more their confinement presseth hard upon them, the more let the comforts of thy grace and mercy abound towards them. Give to their creditors tenderness and compassion, and to them a meek and forgiving spirit towards all those who have confined them, and a full purpose to repair all the injuries and losses which others have sustained by them. Raise them up friends to pity and relieve them; give them the continued comfort of thy countenance here; and so sanctify their afflictions, that they may work for them an eternal weight of glory, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
A FORM OF
Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God,
For the Fruits of the Earth, and all the other Blessings of his merciful Providence; To be used yearly on the first Thursday in JNovember, or on such other Day as shall be appointed by the Civil Authority. * The Service shall be as usual, eaccept where it is hereby otherwise appointed. " .4mong the Sentences at the beginning of JMorning Prayer shall be the following:
ONOUR the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burstout with new wine. Prov. iii. 9, 10. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by under
standing hath he established the heavens: By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. Prov. iii. 19, 20. The eternal God isthy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. xxxiii. 27. Israel thenshalldwell in safety
alone; the fountain of Jacob shall be upon the land of corn and of wine, also his heaven shall drop down dew. Deut. xxxiii. 28. Happy, art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency. Deut.
xxxiii. 29. *I Instead of, O come let us sing, &c. the following shall be said or sung :
RAISE ye the Lord; for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. The Lord doth build up Jerusalem; he gathereth together the out-casts of Israel. He healeth those that are broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; he maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food; and to the young ravens which cry. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: Praise thy God, O Sion. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
The Epistle. St. James i. 16.
O not err, my beloved brethren: every good gift and every perfect gift is from above; and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us of the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Be ye doers of the word; and not
hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Fatheris this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
The Gospel. St. Matt. v. 43. E have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you: that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the Publicans the same 2 Orifye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Publicans so? Beye therefore perfect, even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect.
‘s The Master or Mistress having called together as many of the Family as can conveniently be present; let one of them, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows,
all kneeling :
UR Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name;
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 % the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever. 7726-72.
Aoi. and everlasting God, in whom we
live and move and have our being; we, thy needy creatures, render thee our humble praises, forthy preservation of us from the beginning of our lives to this day, and especially for having delivered us from the dangers of the past night. To thy watchful providence we owe it, (that no disturbance hath come nigh us or our dwelling; but, that we are brought in safety to the beginning of this day.) For these thy
Acknowledgment of God’s mercy and £reservation, especially through the night past.
* When disturbances of any kind befala Family, instead of this, say, that notwithstand
mercies, we bless and magnify thy glorious name; humbly beseeching thee to accept this our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for his sake who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
.#o A* since it is of thy mercy, O gracious Father, that another day is added to our lives; we here dedicate both our souls and our bodies to thee and thy service, in a sober, righteous, and godly life: In which resolution, do thou, O merciful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. .Amen.
UT, O God, who knowest the weakness and coruption of our nature, and the manifold temptations which we daily meet with ; we humbly beseech thee to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy Holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and excited to our duty. Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee... And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great Day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions; and according to the works done in the body, be eternally reward. ed or punished, by him whom thou hast appointed the Judge of quick and dead, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For grace to guide
ing our dangers, we are brought in safety to the beginning of this day.
service, with a resoAution to be growing daily in goodness.
Prayer for grace to enable us to perform that resolution.
and keep us the folIowing day, and for God’s blessing on the business of the same.
* On Sunday Morning instead of this, say, and let thy Holy Spirit accompany us to the place of thy public worship, making us serious and attentive, and raising our minds from the thoughts of this world to the consideration of the next, that we may fervently join in the prayers and praises of thy Church, and listen, to our duty with honest hearts, in order to practise it.
IS particular, we implore thy grace and protection
for the ensuing day. Keep us temperate in out
meats and drinks, and diligent in our several callings. Grant us patience under any afflictions thou shalt see fit to lay on us, and minds always contented with our present condition. Give us grace to be just and upright in all our dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all men, according to our abilities and opportunities. Direct us in all our ways *(and prosper the works of our hands in the business of our several stations.) Defend us from all dangers and adversities; and be graciously pleased to take us and all things belonging to us under thy Fatherly care and protection. These things, and whatever else thou shalt see necessary and convenient to us, we humbly beg, through the merits and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore.
T The Family being together, a little before Bed Time, let the JMaster or Mistress, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling :
Oo 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. :
Mo. merciful God, who art of purer eyes than o'o..."; to behold iniquity, and hast promised forgive- ofio and for. ness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; ” we come before thee in an humble sense of our own unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold transgres- . let hi sions of thyrighteous laws.” But, O gracious Fa- wo. # 3...". ther, who desirest not the death of a sinner, look upon ...;;...: us, we beseech thee, in mercy, and forgive us all our ######: transgressions. Make us deeply sensible of the great "**** evil of them; and work in us an hearty contrition; that we may obtain forgiveness at thy hands, who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, our only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
A. lest, through our own frailty, or the tempta-oo: tions which encompassus, we bedrawn again into other. sin, vouchsafe us, we beseech thee, the direction and assistance of thy Holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of our souls; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or inordinate desires, may rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice; that we may never suf. fer the sun to go down upon our wrath; but may always go to our rest in peace, charity, and good-will, with a conscience void of offence towards thee and towards men: That so, we may be reserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and aviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Ao * O Lord, our intercessions for all man- ***. kind. Let the light of thy Gospel shine upon all
nations; and may as many as have received it, ; as becomes it. Be gracious unto thy Church; and grant that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may serve thee faithfully. Bless all in authority over us; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and vice, and maintain thy true religion and virtue. Send down thy blessings temporal and spiritual, upon all our relations, friends, and neighbours. Reward all who have done us good, and par. don all those who have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble; and do thou, the God of pity, administer to them according to their several necessities, for his sake who went about doing good, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.