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a truly Christian spirit; and endue us, we most humbly pray thee, with that meekness and humility, which is in thy sight of so great a value, and with all those holy and Christian dispositions which thou lovest and delightest in. Instruct us in all the particulars of our duty which we owe to thee, our neighbour, and ourselves.

Guide us by thy right hand, and conduct us by thy good Spirit, through all the business and affairs of this life. Teach us to act with faithfulness and honesty in every thing that we undertake; and give us such a sense of thy continual presence with us, as may guard us by thy grace against all the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. [Be with us, O merciful God, this day wherever we go, and in whatsoever we say or do.

Preserve us from the dangers of evil company, from the deceitfulness of our own hearts, and more especially from “ those sins that most easily beset us.” Let thy blessing accompany all our honest labours; and grant us such a portion of health, and other temporal advantages, as thou seest best and most needful for us. We desire to leave ourselves and all our concerns in thy unerring hands; humbly beseeching thee to take us, and all that belong to us, under the protection of thy good Providence, and so to bless, direct, and guide us in this life, that we may at last obtain that greatest of all blessings, the eternal salvation of our souls, through the merits and mediation of our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ; in whose most holy name and words we sum up all our wants and desires :- Our Father, &c.]

This is to be used on a Sunday Morning,

instead of the foregoing paragraph.

DISPOSE our hearts, O Lord, we humbly beseech thee, to a serious attendance upon thee in all holy duties. Make us duly mindful of all thy sacred institutions; and grant that we may never so far forget the interest of our souls, as to neglect the religious observance of the christian sabbath.* And as thou hast brought us to the beginning of this sacred day; so be thou graciously pleased to take us into thy protection, and to assist us in a right discharge of its duties. Withdraw our minds from the cares, and business, and pleasures of this life, which will so shortly have an end; and let us attend upon the great concern of that far better life, which is to last for ever. Give us awful and affecting thoughts of thy divine majesty, and a lively sense of our own wants, that our prayers and praises, and all our services, may be offered up in such a serious and devout manner, as may render them acceptable in thy sight, and conducive to our spiritual improvement. Make us attentive to thy holy Word, and to all the good instructions that may this day be given us by thy ministering servant; (to whom be thou pleased to impart grace, and faith, and humility), and grant that we may not rest in mere outward performances; but by a right use of thy holy ordinances,* may grow in grace, and become

* Read Exod. xx. 8, 11; xxxi. 13, 17; Levit. xix. 30; St. Mark ii. 27, 28.

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Happy are they who “ delight in the ordinances of the Lord,” and who keep holy the Sabbath day.”

every day better Christians, and be so improved in all virtuous and godly living, and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, that when this vain and transitory life shall have an end, we may dwell with thee in life everlasting, and praise thy name for ever and AMEN. Our Father, &c. The grace of our Lord, &c.



Happy are they to whom God has given a taste for these pure and spiritual joys; and who can with pleasure exclaim with the Psalmist, “ as the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God ! A day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! a day spent in thy courts is better than a thousand otherwise employed.”

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