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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be, world without end.-AMEN.


O God! our gracious and merciful Father! most wise and powerful; most holy, just, and good! whose favour is life! and whose loving-kindness is better than life; with whom there is mercy and plenteous redemption! We give thee thanks that thou hast liberally provided for all who truly repent, and believe the gospel, that the guilt of their sins may be removed through the merit of thy Son's death, and the power of them broken by thy Holy Spirit. We steadfastly believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Saviour of all men, but especially of them that come unto thee through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Therefore, through this most holy mediator we come to thee, humbly beseeching thy grace, that by repentance and faith, we may turn from our sins unto thee, our God and Father, in Jesus Christ. Convince us that we have offended thee; make us ashamed of our unthankful and treacherous carriage towards thee; and let thy mercy cover and protect us through thy well-beloved Son, on the merit of whose bitter passions and bloody death, we place our everlasting hopes. Vouchsafe, for his sake, graciously to receive us. Cure the diseases of our souls, and let not our sins overwhelm us. Assist us to crucify the flesh, with its affections and lusts. Let the love of the world be rooted out of us, and let the love of God, in Christ, be shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. Mortify in us all envy and hatred, all malice and uncharitableness. Persuade us to love one another with a pure heart fervently, as becomes the disciples of our holy and blessed Saviour, who hath given us this new commandment. And do thou, who art the very God of peace, sanctify us wholly. Enlighten our darkness. Where we are


right, let thy grace preserve, and thy power uphold us. Where we are wrong, discover to us our error, and let the spirit of truth lead us into all truth. Convinced of the vanity of the world, and its inability to make us happy; of the odiousness of sin, and its tendency to make us miserable; of the dignity of our immortal spirits, and the awfulness of that everlasting state on the borders of which we stand; may we be serious and diligent in preparing for death. Henceforth, may that faith govern us which is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen; that we may hereafter receive the end of our faith in the salvation of our souls.

O God! who knowest all our errors and our vices, and art acquainted with all our ways, overshadow us, we beseech thee, with the wings of thy mercy. Forgive us all our trespasses, as we desire unfeignedly to forgive others who have trespassed against us; and let the blood of Jesus Christ, thy Son, cleanse us from all sin. In our going out and coming in; in our rising up and lying down; in our basket and our store; in the business of time, and in all our preparations for eternity, may the blessing of the Lord our God be upon us; that the lawful works of our hands, and the guiltless desires of our hearts may prosper and be estabtablished. May we dwell in the secret place of the Most High; and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

May it please thee to prepare us for whatever is destined to be our lot in life. May it please thee to improve us by all thy providences; that they may draw us nearer to thee, and fit us for the communion of thy heavenly kingdom. May it please thee to compassionate a miserable world. May it please thee to establish the throne of Christ on the ruins of Satan's kingdom; and to give thy word free course,

hat it may be glorified. May it please thee to own thy ministers in their work; granting them grace, that they may be found faithful to him who hath called them unto the holy office. May it please thee to protect the young; to support

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the aged; to relieve the poor; to heal the sick; to visit the widow, and fatherless children; and to comfort the disconsolate; those especially who mourn thy providential bereavements. May it please thee to create thy defence around our country's glory, that in the peace thereof we may have peace. May it please thee to bless the president of the United States of America; and all our judges and magistrates; giving them grace uprightly to administer justice, and execute the laws. And, finally, may it please thee to overrule the deliberations of the National Legislature, that they may issue in such measures as may advance the honour, and maintain the peace, liberty, and safety of the republick.

Vouchsafe now, O Lord! to hear and accept us in these our prayers, through the mediation of Jesus Christ, in whom we desire at all times to be found ascribing glory to the Father-to the Son-and to the Holy Ghost-as it was in the beginning, now is, and shall be forever.AMEN!


THE Heavens declare thy glory, O Lord! and the firmament showeth thy handy-work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Angels and Archangels-Thrones and dominions-Principalities and powers-Cherubim and Seraphim--Patriarchs-Prophets-Apostles-Martyrsthe countless multitude of the just made perfect-praise thee, -bless thee-acknowledge thee to be the source of being and of blessedness-the Lord, their Creator and Redeemer. Help us to come into thy courts with thanksgivings, and in fear to worship before thy holy temple. To thy goodness we owe our existence, and the continuance of it to thine Almighty and most gracious providence. We praise thee that

thou hast called us out of darkness into the light of thy heavenly wisdom-out of ignorance into the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus. We adore the divine grace manifested in the redemption of the world by the life and death of the only begotten Son of God. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away.

Verily we are not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which God hath shewed unto his servants. Verily we have sinned, and come short of our duty, and are not worthy to be called his children. But, O Lord! where our sin hath abounded, let thy grace much more abound-for with thee there is mercy, and with thee plenteous redemption. Assist us, O Lord! to break off our sins by repentance. Forgive us our sins, O Lord; and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Strengthen us for the performance of duty. Fortify us against temptation. May we take unto us the whole armour of God, that we may be able to withstand in the evil day; and having done all to stand. May we have our loins girt about with truth; and the breast plate of righteousness upon our breasts; and our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all may we take the shield of faith, wherewith we shall be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked--and the helmet of salvation--and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.--Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication.-And after a life, whether long or short, devoted to thy service, O God! forsake us not in the hour of death; but when our flesh and our heart shall faint, be thou the strength of our heart and our portion for


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and answer these our prayers for Jesus Christ's sake. And to the only wise God our Saviour be glory both now and ever.--AMEN.


O LORD OUR GOD! thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty; who coverest thyself with light as with a garment-who stretchest out the Heavens like a curtain-who layest the beams of thy chambers in the waters--who makest the clouds thy chariot-who walkest upon the wings of the wind-who makest thine angels spirits; thy ministers a flaming fire--who laidst the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever--thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment--the waters stood above the mountains-at thy rebuke they fled--at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.-The glory of the Lord shall endure forever--the Lord shall rejoice in his works. He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth--he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. Vouchsafe, O Lord! to accept the thanksgivings of thy servants to whom thou hast given grace at this time with one accord to worship thee in the faith of thy holy gospel.-We bless thee, O Lord! we praise thee; we exalt and magnify thy holy name; who hast not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities-who hast healed our diseases, and satisfi<ed us with good things-who hast redeemed our lives from destruction, and crowned us with loving-kindness and tender mercies-who hast cast our lot in pleasant places and given us a goodly heritage, not making the wilderness our habitation, nor the barren land our dwelling.


We approach thee, O Lord! as that Being who made all things, and who upholdeth all things by the arm of his might; from whom we derive life, motion and existence. We approach thee as a Judge who is of purer eyes than to

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