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together the outcasts of rusalem; praise thy God Israel. O Sion.

He healeth those who are broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

He telleth the number of the stars; and calleth them all by their names.

Great is our Lord, and great is his power; yea, and his wisdom is infinite.

The Lord lifteth up the meek; and bringeth the ungodly down to the the ground.

O sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises upon the harp unto our God;

Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth, and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains;

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For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates; and hath blessed thy children within thee.

He maketh peace in thy borders; and filleth thee with with the finest of the wheat.

He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth; and his word is instantly obeyed.

He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

He casteth forth his ice like morsels; who can stand before his cold?

He sendeth out his word and melteth them; he bloweth with his wind, . and the waters flow.

He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and ordinances unto Israel.

He hath not dealt so with any nation; neither have the heathen knowledge of his laws. Praise ye the Lord.

PSALM 150.

PRAISE ye the Lord.

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Then may follow an Anthem or a Voluntary on the Organ; and then the Minister shall read the FIRST LESSON, which may be either of the following portions from the Old Testament: Deut. viii. or xxvi. or xxviii. to v. 15. Isaiah xii. or xxv. to v. 10. And at the end of the Lesson he shall say, Here endeth the First

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for his mercy endureth for ever,

Lesson he shall say, Here endeth the Second Lesson. Then shall be sung or said the following Psalm.

PSALM 136.

O GIVE thanks unto the Lord; for he is gracious, and his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of all gods; for his mercy endureth for ever.

O thank the Lord of all lords; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Who by his excellent wisdom made the heavens; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Who laid out the earth above the waters; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Who hath made great lights; for his mercy endureth for ever.

The sun to rule by day; for his mercy endureth for ever.

The moon and the stars to govern the night; for his mercy endureth for

ever.

Who remembereth us when we are in trouble;

And hath delivered us from our enemies; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Who giveth food to all flesh; for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of heaven; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Min. The Lord be with you.

Answ. And with thy spirit.

Min. Let us pray. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;

Answ. And grant us thy salvation.

Min. O God, make clean our hearts within us;

Answ. And take not thy holy Spirit from us.

A THANKSGIVING.

O THOU who art good unto all, who exercisest loving kindness in all the earth, and who hast come nigh to us by Jesus Christ thy Son; it is thou, who givest our daily bread, health in our habitations, and peace in our borders,

and who crownest the year with thy goodness. We desire this day gratefully to recount thy mercies, and to ascribe blessing and honor, and glory and praise to thee our rock and fortress, our strength and redeemer.

of public worship, for the maintenance of civil order, the continuance of peace, the administration of justice, for every encouragement to well doing, every manifestation of useful truth, and for all the advantages of our condition.

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How precious have been thy thoughts unto us, O God, how great has been the sum of them! We bless thee for preserving our houses from the ravages of fire, for all the health and pleasure which we have enjoyed in them, for the bread which has given strength to bodies, for the medicine which has arrested the progress of disease, for the tear of sympathy which has comforted us under trouble, for divine preservation in our journeys by land, for favorable winds on the ocean, for refreshing showers upon the fields. We thank thee for every cheerful sensation when alone, for the pleasures of friendly intercourse, for the benefits of good neighborhood, for the privileges

Graciously direct us, O God, to a right improvement of all thy mercies. Preserve us from the wicked indulgence of all fleshly lusts, and from wasting our substance in riotous living. May we enjoy our temporal possessions with temperance, cheerfulness, and contentment. Protect us from the snares of prosperity. May we honor thee with our substance, be rich in good works, and duly esteem and praise thee the rock of our salvation.

Continue to us the enjoyment of our civil rights; rule in the hearts of our rulers, and direct them in all their designs. and measures by thy wisdom and grace; make our land a quiet habitation ;

grant peace, order, and plenty in our families, our villages and towns, and throughout our country; bless all fountains of useful science; heal and cleanse their waters; dispel the mists of ignorance; arrest the progress of profaneness and vice; make the people of our land humble before thee, peaceable in their civil and social relations, and zealous for the establishment of liberty, order, and truth. May we never by our ingratitude incur that censure, I have nourished and brought up children, but they have rebelled against me. Grant this, O Father, for thine infinite mercy's sake in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CONCLUDING PRAYER.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee, and hast Son, that where two or promised by thy beloved three are gathered together in his name, thou wilt grant their requests; fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be most expedient for them, granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

THE Lord bless us, and keep us; may he be gracious unto us, and give us peace, now and for evAmen.

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END OF SERVICE FOR DAYS OF THANKSGIVING.

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