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SERVICES FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS
The Instructer shall begin with the following Exhortation in the words of Scripture.
COME, ye children, hearken unto me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; but the wicked despise wisdom and instruction. My children, if sinners entice you, consent ye not. If they say, Come with us, cast in your lot among us, - my children, walk not in the way with them; refrain your feet from their path; for their feet run to evil. When wisdom entereth into your hearts, and knowledge is pleasant unto your souls, discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you; to deliver you from the way of those who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness.
truth, And love goodness, And love thee, our God, And Jesus Christ, our Saviour. We thank thee, O Lord, for the gift of thy Son; Who came to teach us what is true and good, And died that we might live. We thank thee, that when he was on earth, He suffered little children to come to him, And took them in his arms and blessed them. May we be worthy of his blessing; May our souls rest in his arms. May we be gentle and kind; May we be patient and meek; May we love each other with pure hearts; So that our heavenly Father may love us, And
The Instructer shall begin with the following Address.
MY dear children, - God our Father has preserved us since we last met together; he has been mindful of us, and has blessed us. We can
say, How dear are thy thoughts unto us, O God! how great is the sum of them! If we should count
take us to heaven when we die.
We pray thee, O God, to bless our parents and our kindred, Our teachers and our friends. O guard them from danger, And comfort them in trouble, And heal them in sickness, And deliver them from evil. Bless all mankind. Pardon our offences; Help our infirmities; And accept our prayers; Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Instructer. The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord be gracious unto you, and give you peace, now and evAmen.
them, they are more in num. ber than the sand. He feeds us; he clothes us; he gives us friends. He gives us every good and perfect gift. We cannot repay him for all his loving kindness; but he has graciously assured us, that he will accept our praises and thanksgivings, if we offer them purely and sincerely. Let us join in offering praise to God with
devout affections, and with holy words.
Then shall the Instructer and Pupils repeat the following verses alternately; the Instructer beginning.
PRAISE the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits!
Who forgiveth all thy sins, and healeth all thine infirmities;
Who saveth thy life from destruction, fand crowneth thee with mercy and loving kindness;
Who filleth the morning of thy life with good things, and reneweth thy youth like the eagle's.
He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great.
Ye are the blessed of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
And we will praise the Lord from this time forth for evermore.
Then shall the Instructer say;
NOW let us unite in prayer to the same Almighty Being. And let us re
member that he is a God who heareth prayer, and knoweth all our thoughts, and all the secrets of our hearts. Let us pray to him humbly, and reverently, and sincerely.
HOLY and blessed Lord, our God; We pray thee to hear us; We pray thee to bless us. Give unto us a pure heart and a right spirit. May we strive to do what is pleasing in thy sight. May we be careful not to offend thee. May we love and obey our parents and guardians; May we speak the truth always; And be just and kind to all persons. As we grow in stature, may we grow in wisdom, and in favor with God and man. When we sin, do thou give us. When we wander, do thou restore us. When we are in sorrow, do thou comfort us. While we live, may we love and serve thee. In the hour of death, may we rest upon thee; And after death may we rise to praise thee. Which we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Instructer. Children, the grace of Christ be with you, and the peace of God rest upon you, now and for evermore. Amen.
The following Sentences are to be said alternately by the Instructer and Pupils.
Ins. WHEREWITHAL shall the young cleanse their way?
P. By taking heed thereto, according to God's word.
Ins. Teach them, O Lord, the way of thy statutes;
P. And we will keep it unto the end.
Ins. Give them understanding, and they shall keep thy law.
P. Yea, we shall keep it with our whole heart.
Ins. O turn away their eyes, lest they behold vanity;
P. And quicken thou us in thy way.
Ins. The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy;
P. O teach us thy statutes. Ins. Thou art good, and doest good.
P. O teach us thy statutes. Ins. Thy testimonies have we claimed as our heritage for ever; and why?
P. They are the very joy of our hearts.
Ins. Our hands also will we lift up unto thy commandments, which we have loved;
P. And our study shall be in thy statutes. Ins. Let us pray.
Then shall the Instructer say the following Prayer.
O GOD, who art the source of light, and fountain of all wisdom, help thy young servants, we pray thee, in acquiring a right knowledge of thee and of thy holy will and word. Dispose their hearts to the love of truth, and their minds to the attainment of all good learning. Assist them to search the Scriptures, and to find in them eternal life. Lead them to their Saviour, and incline them to reverence, imitate, and obey him. May they learn of him, who was meek and lowly in heart; and so learn of him, that they may finally live and reign with him, in glory and joy everlasting. This we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall he say,
O LORD, thy word endureth for ever in heaven; thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another.
P. Lord, have mercy upon
sings of the Gospel, And we pray that we may value and improve them. We thank thee for all thy good gifts, And we pray thee to make us worthy of them. May we depart from this place with thy blessing; May we go home with thy peace in our hearts. Forgive us our errors and faults. Make us wiser and better every day. May we live on earth as thy dear children; And live for ever with thee in heaven; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Benediction, which may be added to the Closing Prayer.
THE Lord bless us and keep us; the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us; and give us peace, now and evermore. Amen.
END OF SERVICES FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS