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out of their afflictions. And from the various calamities we meet with in life, may we learn to pity the distressed, to sympathize with the afflicted, to be patient under all the appointments of thy providence, and be excited to the pursuit of that happiness, which ariseth from the practice of virtue and piety, and from the glorious hope of immortality, which thou hast promised to the faithful followers of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

CONCLUDING PRAYER.

O LORD, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast permitted us to make our united supplications unto thee; accept the praises and hear the prayers which we have offered to thy divine Majesty; and fulfil, 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, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in whose words we conclude our prayers;

OUR 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.

NOW unto him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.

END OF FIRST SERVICE.

SECOND SERVICE.

The Service is to be introduced by the following Address from the Minister to the People.

ilies of the earth continually depend; we would present ourselves before thee with reverence and humility; we would offer unto thee our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, with joy and gratitude. By celebrating thy perfections, may we be excited to an ardent love and imitation of thee, our Father in heaven. May we confess our sins with unfeigned sorrow, and steady pur

The Lord reigneth; let poses of amendment; may the earth rejoice.

INTRODUCTORY PRAYER.

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bountiful dispenser of eve-
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men; may no vain
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HEAR, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world; for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Let the heaven and the earth praise him; the sea, and every thing that moveth therein.

Trust in him at all times, ye people; pour out your hearts before him; for God is our refuge.

People.

ject withdraw our affections; but may our whole hearts be engaged in thy worship, and may the influence of these our religious services be manifested in our future lives; which we humbly ask in the name and as disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord.

People.

Graciously hear us, O God, graciously hear us, O Lord God.

Then shall be recited the following Anthem, or instead of it the Psalms appointed for the Day.

Min. WE praise thee, O God, we worship thee, the one true and living God, who art infinite and unchangeable in all thy perfections.

Peo. Blessed art thou O Lord God, and worthy to be praised for ever.

Min. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.

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Min. Thou hast founded the earth by thy wisdom, and stretched out the heavens by thine understanding; by thy knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; thou art mighty in wisdom, wonderful in counsel, and excellent in all thy works.

Peo. O Lord, how manifold are thy works; in wisdom hast thou made them all.

Min. Thou art the righteous Lord, who exercisest judgment in the earth; thy righteousness is like the great mountains, thy faithfulness reacheth above the clouds; eternal truth is thy law.

Peo. Upright art thou, O Lord; all thy works are just and true.

Min. O Lord God, holy and reverend is thy name; thou art of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; sinners cannot stand before thee; but the upright in heart are always in the light of thy countenance. Peo. We reverence thee, O Lord, for thou art holy.

Min. Above all we praise thee, we worship thee, as the Lord God gracious and merciful, the God of love, and of all consolation; thou exercisest loving kindness and benignity; thou delightest to make all thy creatures happy; thou doest good continually; and thy tender mercies are over all thy works.

Peo. O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his won

derful works to the children of men.

Min. But who, O Lord, can show forth all thy praise ? We behold the monuments of thy power; we trace the footsteps of thy wisdom; and every moment of our lives partake of the riches of thy goodness; but none can say how great, and wise, and good thou art.

Peo. Who can find out thee, the Almighty, unto perfection?

Min. With one consent, and with our whole hearts, we would celebrate thy glorious perfections here below, until our souls become prepared for thy kingdom and service above; there to worship thee in a more perfect manner, through the ages of eternity. Amen.

Then may follow a Voluntary on the Organ; after which the FIRST LESSON is to be read out of the Old Testament; and then the Service is to proceed with the following Thanksgiving.

Minister.

REJOICE in the Lord, all ye people; come into his presence with thanksgiving, and be devout and joyful in his service.

Sing praises unto him, and bless him; for he is good, and his mercy endureth for ever.

People.

We will give thanks unto the Lord for he is good, and his mercy endureth for ever.

Minister.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies; we would offer unto thee our unfeigned thanksgivings for thy goodness and loving kindness to us and to all

men.

We thank thee for the breath of life, the light of reason and conscience, the benevolent and friendly affections, and all the useful and noble powers of our minds. We thank thee for our continual preservation, for the food

we eat, the raiment with which we are clothed, and the habitations wherein we dwell; for health and peace and safety; for every personal and family and public blessing; for every friendly and social enjoyment, and for all the happiness of our lives.

People.

Bless the Lord, O our souls, and forget not all his benefits.

Minister.

But above all we bless thee, O ever gracious Father, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesns Christ, for the means of grace, and the hope of glory. We thank thee for those pure and heavenly doctrines which he hath taught, to lead mankind in the way of truth and salvation; for those holy and excellent rules of virtue and true religion, which he hath laid down in his gospel; and for the perfect example which he

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