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that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honor and glory of thy
Deliver us, we beseech thee, heavenly Father, not only from the wrath to come, but also from all the evils of this present life. Under the shadow of thy wing may we find shelter, till every calamity be overpast. Grant, if it be agreeable to thy will, that the voice of joy and health may be heard in our habitation; and that no calanity may come nigh us, or our dwelling. Or shouldest thou think fit to correct us, inay we find that it is good for us to be afflicted; and that thou, of very faithfulness, hast caused us to be in trouble. For thou, Lord, art good ; a strong hold in the day of trouble : and thou knowest them that trust in thee.
Especially preserve us, this night, from the perils of darkness. Guard us from the assaults of ungodly men, from the approach of evil spirits, and from the wicked imaginations of our hearts. Bless' us in our lying down; and refresh our bodies with sleep. Bless us in our rising up; and prepare us for the duties of another day, if we are permitted to see one. May we lie down on our beds with a good bope, through grace, that if our eyes should be closed this night in the sleep of death, we may rest in Jesus, and awake, at last, to a joyful resurrection.
(Here introduce any appropriate occasioual Prayer.)
Grant, O Lord, these and all other blessings unto our fellow men. Be merciful unto all the nations of the earth; and especially unto our own land. Make them nations fearing thee, and working righteousness; and pour down upon them the spirit of unity and concord. We beseech thee to cast thy bright beams upon thy Church; that it, being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed word, may so walk in the truth, that it may at length attain to everlasting life. Preserve the rich and prosperous from forgetting thee; and make them partakers of thy heavenly treasures. Grant that the poor of this world may be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which thou hast promised to them that love thee. Comfort, O Lord, the afflicted; succor the tempted; strengthen the weak; and reclaim the wandering. Lastly, we beseech thee to give unto our relations, friends, and to all others for whom we wish more especially to pray, that godliness which is profitable unto all things; having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. All which we humbly beg in the name, and through the mediation, of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Our Father, &c,
Romans viii. 9.—Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of (with respect to) sin; but the Spirit is life because of (with respect to) righteousness.
Heb. xii. 14.—Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
Col. iii. 1.-If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry : for which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.
Romans vi. 21.-What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed ? for the end of those things is death.
22.—But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23.—For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The eyes of all wait upon thee, O God, and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openesų thy hand, and fillest all things living with plenteousness. The day is thine, the night also is thine, for all things serve thee. Thou hast sent redemption unto thy people; thou hast given us an everlasting covenant of mercy; holy and reverend is thy name, O God. Our song shall be always of thy loving-kindness, and with our mouth we will daily show forth thy praise.
Heavenly Father, we bless thee for preserving us through the past night, and for refreshing us with sleep; and we acknowledge it to be of thy undeserved goodness that we are permitted to be here before thee this morning. We bless thee for every opportunity of meeting before the throne of grace; for every means of spiritual knowledge ; for every victory over the enemies of our souls. We adore thee for all the promises of thy word; for all the wonderful instances of thy forbearance towards us; for all the motions of thy good Spirit in us; for all our past and present comforts, and for our prospects of future glory.
Take not from us thy Holy Spirit, and thy gracious providence, through our past folly and sin. Bestow upon us whatever thou mayest see necessary and convenient for the present life: but incline us to take heed of covetousness, and a too great minding of earthly things. Give us grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh,
and the devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God.
(Here may be used any occasional Prayer.)
Let a sense of thy presence abide with us this day. May we set thee always before us, remembering that thou, O God, seest us: and since unto thee all hearts are open, all desires known, and from thee no secrets are hid, cleanse, we beseech thee, the thoughts of our hearts, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name. And while we acknowledge thee in all our ways, do thou in mercy direct our paths. Make thy way plain before us. Stand continually at our right hand that we may not be moved. Strengthen us with the Holy Ghost the Comforter, and daily increase in us thy manifold gifts of grace, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill us, O Lord, with the Spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever, for the sake of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
(Or, with a Collect, for the Morning or Evening.)
Psalm xxxvii. 16.-A little that a righteous man hath, is better than the riches of many wicked.