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The LORD by wisdom hath found-|pecially for the returns of seed-time ed the earth; by understanding hath and harvest, and for crowning the he established the heavens: by his year with thy goodness, in the inknowledge the depths are broken up, crease of the ground, and the gatherand the clouds drop down the dew. ing in of the fruits thereof. And, Prov. iii. 19, 20. we beseech thee, give us a just sense of this great mercy; such as may appear in our lives, by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord; to whom, with thee and the HOLY GHOST, be all glory and honor, world without end.
The eternal GOD is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. xxxiii. 27.
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone; the fountain of Jacob shall be upon the land of corn and of wine, also his heaven shall drop down dew.
Deut. xxxiii. 28.
Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! Deut. xxxiii. 29.
Instead of, O come let us sing, &c. the follow
ing shall be said or sung;
PRAISE ye the LORD; for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. The LORD doth build up Jerusalem; he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
He healeth those that are broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; he maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains.
He giveth to the beast his food; and to the young ravens which cry. Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem: Praise thy God, O Sion.
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
The Epistle. St. James i. 16. Do not err, my beloved brethren: every good gift and every perfect gift is from above; and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us of the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his crea tures. Wherefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of GOD. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naugh. tiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Be ye doers of the word; and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his MOST gracious GOD, by whose natural face in a glass; for he he. knowledge the depths are broken up, holdeth himself, and goeth his way, and the clouds drop down the dew; and straightway forgetteth what manwe yield thee unfeigned thanks and ner of man he was. But whoso look. praise, as for all thy mercies, so es-eth into the perfect law of liberty, and
He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
Then shall be said or sung one of the Selections, or some other portion of the Psalms, at the dis
cretion of the Minister.
The First Lesson shall be Deut. viii. and the
After the General Thanksgiving, shall be said
this which followeth:
continueth therein, he being not a unto you, Love your enemies, bless forgetful hearer, but a doer of the them that curse you, do good to them work, this man shall be blessed in his that hate you, and pray for them deed. If any man among you seem which despitefully use you and pero be religious, and bridleth not his secute you; that ye may be the childtongue, but deceiveth his own heart, ren of your Father which is in heaven: this man's religion is vain. Pure for he maketh his sun to rise on the religion and undefiled before GOD evil and on the good, and sendeth rain and the Father is this: to visit the on the just and on the unjust. For if fatherless and widows in their afflic-ye love them which love you, what tion, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
The Gospel. St. Matt, v. 43.
YE have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. But I say
reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? Or if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the pub. licans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
PRAYER TO BE USED IN FAMILIES.
The master or mistress having called together as many of the family as can conveniently be present, let one of them, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling 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.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, in whom we live Acknowledgment of and move and have our being; we, thy needy creatures, God's mercy and pr servation, especially render thee our humble praises, for thy preservation of through the night past. us from the beginning of our lives to this day, and especially for having delivered us from the dangers of the past night. To thy watchful providence we owe it, (that no disturbance hath come nigh us or our dwelling; but, that we are brought in safety to the beginning of this day.) For these thy mercies, we bless and magnify thy glorious name; humbly beseeching thee to accept this our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for his sake who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
* * When disturbances of any kind befall a family, instead of this, say, that notwithstandbrought in safety to the ing cur dangers, we are beginning of this day.
AND, since it is of thy mercy, O gracious Father, Dedication of soul that another day is added to our lives; we here dedicate and body to God's service, with a resolution both our souls and our bodies to thee and thy service, in to be growing daily in a sober, righteous, and godly life: in which resolution, goodness.
do thou, O merciful GOD, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST.
Prayer for grace to BUT, O God, who knowest the weakness and corrupenable us to perform tion of our nature, and the manifold temptations which we daily meet with; we humbly beseech thee to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and excited to our duty. Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee. And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions; and, according to the works done in the body, be eternally rewarded or punished, by him whom thou hast appointed the Judge of quick and dead, thy Son JESUS CHRIST Our Lord. Amen.
For grace to guide and keep us the follow ing day, and for God's
of the same.
IN particular, we implore thy grace and protection for the ensuing day. Keep us temperate in our meats and blessing on the business drinks, and diligent in our several callings. Grant us patience under any afflictions thou shalt see fit to lay on us, and minds always contented with our present condi*On Sunday morn- tion. Give us grace to be just and upright in all our ing, instead of this, say, dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and and let thy holy Spirit accompany us to the ready to do good to all men, according to our abilities and place of thy public wor- opportunities. Direct us in all our ways* (and prosper ship, making us serious and attentive, and rais- the works of our hands in the business of our several ing our minds from the stations.) Defend us from all dangers and adversities;. thoughts of this world and be graciously pleased to take us, and all things the next, that we may belonging to us, under thy fatherly care and protec fervently join in the tion. These things, and whatever else thou shalt see thy Church, and listen necessary and convenient to us, we humbly beg, through to our duty with honest the merits and mediation of thy Son JESUS CHRIST Our hearts, in order to pracLord and Saviour. Amen.
to the consideration of
prayers and praises of
THE grace of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, and the love of Gop, and the fellowship of the HOLY GHOST, be with us all evermore. Amen.
The family being together, a little before bed time, let the master or mistress, or any other whom they shall think proper, say as follows, all kneeling:
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.
Confession of sins,
trition and pardon.
MOST merciful GOD, who art of purer eyes than to with a prayer for can behold iniquity, and hast promised forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; we come before thee in an humble sense of our own unworthiness,
Here let him who
acknowledging our manifold transgressions of thy right. eous laws. But, O gracious Father, who desirest not the death of a sinner, look upon us, we beseech thee, in reads, make a short pause, that every one mercy, and forgive us all our transgressions. Make us may secretly confess deeply sensible of the great evil of them; and work in us the sins and failings of that day. a hearty contrition; that we may obtain forgiveness at thy hands who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of thy Son JESUS CHRIST, our only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
Prayer for grace to
AND lest, through our own frailty, or the temptations which encompass us, we be drawn again into sin, vouch- reform and grow bet safe us, we beseech thee, the direction and assistance of thy holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of our souls; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or inordinate desires, may rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice; that we may never suffer the sun to go down upon our wrath; but may always go to our rest in peace, charity, and good-will, with a conscience void of offence toward thee and toward men: That so, we may be preserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
AND accept, O LORD, our intercessions for all man. kind. Let the light of thy Gospel shine upon all nations; and may as many as have received it, live as becomes it. Be gracious unto thy Church; and grant that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may serve thee faithfully. Bless all in authority over us; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and vice, and maintain thy true religion and virtue. Send down thy blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all our relations, friends, and neighbors. Reward all who have done us good, and pardon all those who have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble; and do thou, the GOD of pity, administer to them according to their several necessities, for his sake who went about doing good, thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
TO our prayers, O LORD, we join our unfeigned thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore thy mercy in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty toward thee. We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of thy holy Spirit; for thy continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day beseeching thee to continue these thy blessings to us; and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all. thv Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen
IN particular, we beseech thee to continue thy gracious protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear of them; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep, as may fit us for the duties
Prayer for God's protection through the night following.
of the following day. Make us ever mindful of the time when we shall lie down in the dust; and grant us grace always to live in such a state, that we may never be afraid to die: so that living and dying we may be thine, through the merits and satisfaction of thy Son CHRIST JESUs, in whose name we offer up these our imperfect prayers. Amen.
THE grace of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, and the love of GOD, and the fellowship of the HOLY GHOST, be with us all evermore.
On Sundays and on other days, when it may be convenient, it will be proper to begin with a chapter, or part of a chapter, from the New Testament
SELECTIONS OF PSALMS,
TO BE USED INSTEAD OF THE PSALMS FOR THE DAY, AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MINISTER.
PSALM 19. Cæli enarrant. THE heavens declare the glory of GOD; and the firmament showeth his handy work.
One day telleth another; and one night certifieth another.
There is neither speech nor language; but their voices are heard among them.
Their sound is gone out into all lands; and their words into the ends of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun; which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again; and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The law of the LORD is an undefiled law, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, and rejoice the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, and endureth for ever; the judgments of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than
gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and the honey-comb.
Moreover, by them is thy servant taught; and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can tell how oft he offendeth? O cleanse thou me from my secret faults.
Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominíon over me.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer.
THE earth is the LORD's, and all that therein is; the compass of the world, and they that dwell therein.
For he hath founded it upon the seas, and prepared it upon the floods.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD or who shall rise up in his holy place?
Even he that hath clean hands and a pure heart; and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbor.
He shall receive the blessing from the LORD; and righteousness from the GoD of his salvation.
This is the generation of those who