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of death; and lift up the light of thy countenance upon us in the regions of eternal day. O God, hear us in thy great mercy; pity our infirmities; pardon our sins; and from our united hearts accept this tribute of devotion, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O THOU who dwellest in the heavens, but whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, unto thee do we lift up our souls. Thou art never far from any one of us, and we cannot flee from thy presence. If we say, The darkness shall hide us, even the night shall be light about us; for the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. Thou seest us at this moment, and discernest every thought and intention of our hearts. Thou art acquainted with all our ways, and there is not a word in our tongues, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Let this mo
mentous truth be deeply impressed upon our minds. However occupied, and in whatever place or circumstances we may be, may we remember that thou art with us; that no fault which we commit will be overlooked, no virtue we exercise be unnoticed, and no prayers which we utter be unheard by thee, our God. Encircled in thy protecting arms, may we fear no evil. Encompassed by thine awful presence, may we dread all sin.
When discouraged by difficulties, let us look up to thee from whom our help cometh; and when distressed by calamity, may we take refuge in thy mercy, and find peace by staying our minds on the eternal One. Through life, may we act always as seeing him who is invisible. In death, may we find our consolation in the presence of him, who, when flesh and heart fail, will be the strength of our heart and our portion for
Accept our thanks, most merciful Father, for thy
great goodness in bringing us to the close of another day, in the enjoyment of so many blessings. While we gratefully receive the gifts of thy bounty, let us not incur the guilt of loving the creature more than the Creator, or of laying up treasure on earth to the neglect of our treasure in heaven; but help us so to pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not things eternal.
Graciously regard whatever of duty we have this day performed. Forgive whatever has been sinful in us. Bless and protect our friends. Let no evil come near us in the night; and bring us to the morning rejoicing still in thy great goodness, and praising thee, the Father of all mercies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, maker of all things, whose we are, and on whom we entirely depend; we bless thee that thou hast kept us during the past night;
that thou hast refreshed us with grateful slumbers; that thou hast preserved us from the dangers which walk in darkness, and hast opened our eyes on the light of another day. We acknowledge, O God, that these are but a small part of thy mercies. Thou hast been always with us; thou art continually doing us good. All the blessings which we enjoy, or have ever enjoyed, come down from thee, the Father and the Friend of all.
We would call upon our souls, and all that is within us to bless and praise thy holy name, and not to forget all the benefits of him, who forgiveth our iniquities, who healeth our diseases, who redeemeth our lives from destruction, and crowneth with loving kindness and tender mercy. O teach us how to thank thee as we ought; to show forth thy praise not only with our lips but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our
days. Let us cherish that faith which is imbibed from a pure doctrine, and is manifested by a holy life. Let us cultivate that piety which deeply reverences and supremely loves a Being of infinite perfections, and which produces, as its natural fruit, a sincere love for all mankind. May every day of our lives be marked by some valuable improvement, some act of virtue, some victory over temptation and passion. May we be continually advancing nearer to perfection, to the moral likeness of our Saviour, and to thy rest and happiness above.
O God, we look to thee for thy protection through this day. Keep us from danger, from sickness, and from falling into sin. Enable us to be useful to society, and to obtain the approbation of those whom we love. Let us especially so conduct ourselves this day, and through all our days, as to secure thy favor which is life, and thy loving kindness which is
better than life. We ask all things in the name, and as disciples of thy blessed Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Christ. Amen.
EVER gracious and indulgent God, who hast brought us to the close of this day in safety and peace; we render thee our devout thanksgivings for the mercies which we have experienced, and commend ourselves to thy continued protection. Unworthy as we are, we yet would seek thy face and implore thy favor, for thou hast bid us look to thee as our merciful Father, who will never forget nor forsake his children, and is always ready to forgive those who truly turn to him.
We therefore pray thee, O Father, that above all things thou wouldst assist us in loving and serving thee. What our lot shall be, we leave to thy wise providence; but O teach us, under all circumstances, to be grateful to thee in prosperity, and resigned
to thy will in affliction and distress. Inspire our hearts with a purer love to thee; enlighten our minds with heavenly wisdom; and make our desires conform themselves to thy purposes. Let gratitude be the pervading disposition of our souls. May we always feel that we are thy children; that we have received from thee infinitely more than we deserve; and that the least return which we can make to thee, is, to be contented and cheerful under thy paternal gov
May our reverence for thy will and commandments be displayed in our conduct toward our brethren of the human family; so that we may constantly regard them with feelings of pure benevolence, and do unto them as we should wish them to do unto us. Let us go to rest this night at peace with all mankind, and with bosoms free from all envy, hatred, malice, and uncharitableness; and grant that we may rise up in the morning with a
firm resolution to imitate thee, according to the measure of our humble capacity, by doing good.
Hear, answer, forgive, and accept us, O Father in heaven, for thine infinite mercy's sake in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O THOU infinite and eternal Spirit, by whose power the world in which we live, and the countless worlds by which we are surrounded, were created from nothing; by whose wisdom they and all that they contain are constantly directed; by whose goodness they are preserved in order and filled with happiness and beauty; and without whose support they would all return to the nothing from which they came; we thy dependent offspring come to thee this morning with the grateful acknowledgment of our dependence on thy bounty and proBy thee our tection. daily returning wants are supplied; by thee our
dwellings are defended; our blessings are preserved; our feet are kept from falling, our eyes from tears, and our souls from death.
Weak and ignorant as we are, we rejoice to know and to feel that we are subjected to thine all wise control, and that we are surrounded by the presence of the omniscient and eternal God. And especially do we thank and bless thee, O Father, for thy love in the gospel of thy Son Jesus Christ; for the heavenly radiance which it sheds on the path of our duty, through the gloom of affliction, and on the bed of death. We thank thee that it enables us to look beyond the bounds of mortality and time, and defy the power of change and death; and that it promises to the faithful servants of God, and true disciples of Christ, those glorious rewards of a future life, which eye hath never seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived,
All is from thee; all joy, all support, all improvement, all hope. 0 may we become worthy of thy mercies, by receiving them as from thee, and using them according to thy will; by renouncing and avoiding all that is evil, and following after and cleaving to all that is good; by living and dying in thy fear and love.
Hear us, O Father, in heaven where thou dwellest, and accept us in the name of Jesus Christ our redeemer; as whose disciples we address thee, and through whom we ascribe unto thee everlasting honors. Amen.
O GOD, the unchangeable and everlasting fountain of life, perfection, and happiness; we lift up our hearts unto thee, the greatest, wisest, and best of beings. Grant that we may increase in the knowledge of thee, day by day; that we may constantly attain more pure and worthy conceptions of thy