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A Prayer to be used at the Commencement of
O GOD our heavenly Father, who hast given us life and being, and on whom we depend for our support and preservation, who by thy kind providence haft brought us to meet together at the beginning of another year, accept, we beseech thee, our united thanksgivings for all thy mercies cxtended towards us through the years of our past lives; and grant, O Lord, to us thy servants, the continued protection of thy providence, and the affiftance of thy grace throughout the future days which may be allotted us on earth.
To thee, O God, would we commit ourselves, our families and friends, beseeching
thy thy blessing on all our concerns, both spiritual and temporal. Prepare us, o Lord, for every change or trial through which thou mayest see fit to lead us, and cspecially for our great and final change, if that be appointed this year to any of us; and as cach succeeding year brings us nearer to that awful. period, teach us, O Lord, so to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom while we remain here, so that at length we may attain the end of our faith and hope, even the everlasting salvation of our souls, and an admittance into those blessed mansions which thou haft prepared, according to thy goodness and mercy, declared unto mankind through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer adapted to the Spring Season. O LORD, the Creator and Preserver of all things, who, with unerring wisdom, maintainest the beauty and order of thy works ;
we look up with joy and confidence unto thy gracious power, which causes the returning seasons to know their place; thou haft sent forth thy spirit, thou hast renewed the face of the earth. Bless, we beseech thee, the springing of the year, and enrich the earth with the rain of heaven; may grass grow for the cattle, and herbs and fruits for the service of man; may our paftures be cloathed with flocks, our vallies covered with corn, and the year crowned with thy goodness; and may we so improve the various blessings of thy providence in this world, as to be prepared for the unchangeable felicities of thine everlafting kingdom. Amen.
A Prayer to be used during the Season of
Harvest. ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, in whose power alone it is to' give fruitful seasons, and to fill our hearts with food and gladness; we lift up our' eyes. unto thee, from whom our hope cometh, beseeching thee to preserve unto us the appointed weeks of harvest, and to give us seasonable weather for ripening and gathering in the fruits of the earth, that in due time we may enjoy them. Suffer not the hopes of the hulbandman to fail ; may the poor be satisfied with bread; continue to bless us with the bounties of thy providence; and may we evermore live to thy praise in a wise, grateful, and temperate enjoyment of thy mercies, who art the only giver of all good. Amen.
For seasonable Weatber.
O GOD, our heavenly Father, whose gift it is that the earth is fruitful and bringeth forth its increase for our sustenance and comfort ; we humbly befeech thee to send us in this our necessity such seasonable weather, that we may receive the fruits thereof in due time; and grant that we