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thee for all the necessaries, conveniences, and comforts of our life ; for all the means of our wellbeing here, and of our everlasting happiness hereafter. We give thee thanks for the light of thy Gospel, and the help of thy grace, and the support of thy promises, and all the blessings which thou hast vouchsafed unto us in thy Son Jesus Christ.
May we ever walk as in thy sight; and, fearing to offend thee, may we keep ourselves from all sin.
Enable us to resist and overcome temptation ; to follow the motions of thy good Spirit; to be true and just in our dealings; watchful over our thoughts, words, and actions; diligent in our business, and temperate in all things. May thy blessing be upon our persons, onr labors, our substance ; upon all that belongs to us, and all who are dear to us. Give us, gracious God, what is needful for us, and give us grace not to abuse thy favors. Give us, we bescech thee, contentment for ourselves, and benevolence for others. Give us, in this world, the knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come, life everlasting. Amen.
thy pardon for our sins, and thy grace and powerful assistance, that we may not hazard thy favor by our transgressions. May the same good Providence that has watched over us for our good the past night, guard us this day from all evil and mischief, from all assaults of our spiritual enemies, from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word and commandment. And seeing all men's labors are in vain without thy blessing, we beseech thee to bless every one of us in our several places and callings. Prosper thou the works of our hands upon us, and give us grace thankfully to accept, and soberly to
use, whatever we shall this day receive from thee; that we, owning
thee for our benefactor, and using thy benefits according to thy pleasure, may continue to be the partakers of thy blessings.
Bless us at home and abroad. Bless the country in which we live, and its rulers and governors,
Bless the church universal of thy Son, and all the ministers of the holy Gospel. Bless all schools and seminaries of learning, and all instructers of youth. Preserve all who travel by sea and by land. Give health and strength to the sick and weak, and joy and comfort to the sorrowful and afflicted.
We commend ourselves, and all belonging to us, to thee, our merciful Creator. Hear us also in behalf of our sriends, our relations, our benefactors, and all who desire our prayers. We humbly ask for them the mercies which suit their several conditions and needs. We implore for them thy favor, thy peace, and life eternal.
And now to thee, O God, Father Almighty, we ascribe all honor and glory through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and eternal God, our Creator,
Preserver and Benefactor, dence, and hope in thy we desire to begin this goodness and mercy. day with the acknowledg Bless unto us the afment of thy power and flictive circumstances goodness, and of our through which we may obligation to love and pass. May we see thy serve thee; and we be- hand in all thy various seech thee to grant us dispensations, and know grace to pass the whole that if we truly love and of it in thy fear, and in the serve thee, all things shall fulfilment of thy com work together for
for our mandments.
good. O Lord, enable us dili We commend to thy gently to perform our re kind and fatherly care all spective duties. Let us our friends and relations. not waste our time, nor We pray for the rising be unfaithful to any trust. generation; that thou Let us have the testimony wouldst be their hope, of our consciences, that their refuge, and their in simplicity and sincerity strength. Hear the cry of we have our conversation the sick, and the aged, and in the world. Let truth be the afflicted; and grant ever on our lips. May we help and peace to all thy perform a kind and Chris- needy and dependent tian part to all who come creatures ; and pardon to within our influence. sinful and sinning men,
We also beseech thee through Jesus Christ our to give us patience to Saviour. Amen. bear the several trials and vicissitudes of life, with Then shall the whole an equal and contented family together say the mind. Let us not be per
Lord's Prayer. plexed with the cares of this world,
over OUR Father, who art whelmed with unneces- in heaven, Hallowed be sary fears; but let us ever thy name. Thy kingdom trust thy gracious Provi- come; Thy will be done
on earth, as it is in heav us not into temptation,
Give us this day our But deliver us from evil. daily bread, And forgive For thine is the kingdom, us our trespasses, As we and the power, and the forgive those who tres- glory, For ever and ever. pass against us. And lead Amen.
FIRST EVENING SERVICE
FOR A FAMILY.
The following Anthem is and of our cup, and thou
to be said by the Reader shalt maintain our lot. and Family alternate Behold, he who keeply, as in the preceding eth his people will neither Services.
slumber nor sleep. He is
about our path, and about THE Lord hath com our bed, and beholdeth all manded his loving kind our ways. ness in the day time; and We will lay us down in in the night season also peace, and take our rest, our song shall be of him, for it is thou, O Lord, onand our prayer unto the ly, who makest to God of our life.
dwell in safety. As long as we live will Now unto the King we magnify thee in this eternal, immortal, invisimanner, and lift up our ble, the only God; hands in thy name.
Be honor and glory, Let our prayer be set through Jesus Christ, for forth in thy sight as the ever and ever. Amen. incense; and let the lift
Then shall the Person ing up of our hands be an
who conducts the Serevening sacrifice.
For thou art the portion of our inheritance
The Lord be with you;
vice say ;
Answer. And with thy spirit.
Reader. Let us pray. Then shall he read either
of the following Pray
O ALMIGHTY and everlasting God; for all the blessings which we every day receive from thy bounty; for all the known, and all the unobserved favors, deliverances, visitations, graces of thy holy Spirit, we bless thy good providence; beseeching thee still to continue thy fatherly care over us, for we are weak and ignorant, and need thy constant protection and guidance.
God be merciful unto us, who have broken his laws, abused his patience, wasted his time, sinned against his light, and resisted his good Spirit. Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we may be able to see the evil and danger of sin, and shun the smares of tempt— ation, and walk with safety in the paths of pleasantness and peace. For
give whatever we have done or thought amiss during the past day; and give us grace that we may render ourselves more worthy of thy favor for the time to come. Let us be excited to serve thee, our heavenly Master, with fidelity, and finish our work with diligence, before that night overtakes us, wherein no man can work.
O thou who never slumberest nor sleepest, but both by night and day dost watch over thy people, keep and defend us, we pray thee, this night. Let the shades which encompass us be as the shadow of thy wings. May our sleep be quiet and refreshing; and may we rise in the morning prepared and invigorated to serve thee in the duties of the day. May all our nights on earth be hallowed by thy blessing, and all our days devoted to thy service; so that when we have slept the sleep of the grave, we may awake to the resurrection of the just.