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ly, nor grieve the children of men. But like, as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. (If the deceased person was pious, then pray; Fill our hearts with gratitude, that in the death we mourn, we are called to sorrow, not even as others, which have no hope, and that we have reason to believe, that our deceased friend and relative died in the Lord, and is blessed in him.) (If the deceased person was a child, then pray; Sanctify this providence unto those of us, who were the parents of the deceased. May we be dumb and open not our mouths, because thou didst it. And may we be enabled to feel and say with holy Job, The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.) Ever may we be ready and watching for the approach of the Son of Man; for blessed are those servants whom their Lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. And ever may we remember, that life at the longest is short, and that soon we must lie down in the cold and silent tomb, there to repose until waked by the trump of the archangel, when all the dead shall arise. With the apostles, may we know, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. And when we shall be called to resign ourselves into the cold arms of death, help us to commend our departing spirit into the hands of our Almighty Redeemer, saying, as did dying Stephen, Lord Jesus! receive our spirit, and may we go to be forever with the Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Monthly Concert.
Infinitely great and blessed God! help us to pray on this occasion, when so many thousands and thousands, in different parts of the earth, are prostrate
before thee in supplication. We thank thee, O Lord! that we are not this day bowing down to stocks and stones, dumb idols, like millions of the human race; but that we have knowledge of thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. We bless thee for the Sacred Scriptures, a preached gospel, and the overtures of mercy through the Son of thy love. Help us, we beseech thee, duly to appreciate and improve these precious privileges and mercies. May we all be the possessors of that religion, which came down from heaven, and which qualifies for an entrance into the New Jerusalem. Quicken us in the discharge of holy duties; and may we be entirely consecrated to God in all that we are, and all that we possess; and may we do all that lies in our power for the promotion of the cause of Christ around us, and in all the earth. Pour out thy Spirit in this place in copious effusions. O Lord! revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. May all the members of this Church be alive to the things of religion, pray much, and speak often one to another on the great interests of Christ and his kingdom. May impenitent sinners be pricked in their hearts as was Saul of Tarsus, and be brought to bow to the sceptre of Jesus, and to the acknowledgment of the truth as it is in him. O that the general inquiry here may be, what shall be done to inherit eternal life. And let the noise among the dry bones wax louder and louder, till all the slain shall arise. O! let the triumphs of the cross be spread all around us. Multiply converts to righteousness, as the drops of the morning dew, and let the Churches be greatly increased with those who shall be saved.- We thank thee, O thou God of mercy! for all revivals of religion in our country, and that such numbers have been brought into the fold of Christ. Multiply such re
vivals until they shall be spread over the whole land, and our land emphatically become Immanuel's, a mountain of holiness, and a dwelling place of peace and righteousness. Bless all parts of Christendom. May thy Spirit be poured out, and pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, be revived and flourish. May thy Churches be raised from the slumbers of centuries, understand the signs of the times, and wrestle with the Angel of the covenant, and, as a Prince, have power with God and prevail, and make in all respects, the most vigourous efforts in behalf of Zion, and a world lying in wickedness. O thou God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! behold in great compassion thine ancient covenant people the Jews, scattered as they are to the four winds of heaven, and justly suffering, for their rebellion and unbelief, the vials of divine wrath, which their fathers imprecated upon them, when they crucified the Lord of glory, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. We acknowledge, O God! that their punishment is just, and that they have deserved all the miseries and calamities, which have been inflicted upon them. But, O Lord! how long before the indignation against thy people shall be accomplished? How long shall they yet abide without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice? How long shall they dwell alone, and not be reckoned among the nations, and be a by-word among all nations whither thou hast led them? When shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king? O! let thy wrath, poured out upon them for their rejection of the Saviour, and for the great crime committed at Calvary, fully suffice. Convince the dispersed of Judah, that Shiloh, the Desire of all nations, and the true Messiah, has come. Let them no longer reject the gospel of thy grace, and the Saviour it reveals. May they cast their infidelity at the foot of the cross, and may that blood which their fathers shed, prove
a fountain, in which to wash away their sins. Hasten, O God! the time when thou shalt set up an ensign for the nations, and shalt assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth, and shalt bring them into their own land, the land where their fathers dwelt, and when they shall be thy people, and thou wilt be their God, and they shall walk in thy judgments, and observe thy statutes and do them. We thank thee, O God! for the exertions that are making to effect the conversion of the seed of Abraham thy friend; that a number of the Jews have been converted to the Gospel faith, and that already we see a wave sheaf waved before the Lord, as the first fruits of a spiritual harvest. May the zeal and sympathies of the Gentile Church be greatly excited in their behalf. May we feel, that we are great debtors to the children of Israel; because that unto them were committed the oracles of God; and unto them pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises, whose are the fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came. May we fulfil our obligations of gratitude to them in our endeavours to remove the blindness from their eyes, and to rend the vail of unbelief from their hearts, and to deliver them from bondage, and bring them into the glorious liberty of the children of God. O that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion; O that we might speak comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. O that the ransomed of the Lord might return and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads. O Lord! -O Lord! we would not forget before thee the multitudes of our fellow creatures, who are groping in Heathenish darkness. Remove, we pray thee, the awful blindness and misery, in which they are involved. May the happy period soon arrive
when they shall have imparted to them the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, and when salvation shall be extended to all, that dwell on the earth. Thou hast promised that thy Son shall have the Heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession. O! fulfil this promise. Say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back; bring thy sons from far, and thy daughters from the ends of the earth. To the accomplishment of this end, be pleased to succeed all the exertions, that are now making to publish the glad tidings of redemption to those, who sit in the region and shadow of death. Bless all Bible Societies, all Education Societies, all Missionary Societies, and all Societies, whose object is the conversion of the world to God. By their prayers and charities may the Christian publick manifest, that they feel for the benighted and perishing Pagans, and may they cheerfully make all proper sacrifices to send them the heralds of salvation. Go with the Missionaries of the cross, who have forsaken kindred and friends, country and home, and have exposed their health and lives for the cause of Christ. Preserve them amidst all dangers, and gloriously crown all their efforts for the building up of Christ's kingdom. Soon may the wilderness and the solatary place be glad for them; and the desert rejoice, and blossom as the rose;-soon may Ethiopia stretch out her hands unto God; and the isles of the sea welcome the Gospel to their shores. Arise, O God! and plead thine own cause, and hasten the glorious Millennial day, when the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ; and when the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea; and all shall know the Lord from the least unto the greatest. O Lord! hear; O Lord! forgive; O Lord! hearken and do; defer not for thine own sake, O my God! And all the praise and