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weakness and languishing, to health and strength again. Speak the word only, and thy servant shall be healed. Mitigate his [her] pains, rebuke bis [her] disorder, and say unto it, Thus far thou shalt go, but no further. Let thy servant recover, that he (she] may live, and glorify thee on earth, and be a blessing to those around him [her]. Put underneath him [her] thine everlasting arm, and support him [her]. Consider his [her] frame, and remember he [she] is but dust. As his [her] days, so may his [her] strength be. Now wearisome days and nights are appointed unto him, [her] may he (she] acknowledge thee in this visitation of sickness. As thou triest him [her] in the furnace of affliction; so let him [her] come forth as gold seven times tried,

nd fitted for his [her] Master's use. Under all his [her] trials and sorrows, may he [she] with resignation say, The cup, which my Heavenly Father giv

, eth me, shall I not drink it? O that his [her] afflictions might work together for his [her] good. Show him [her] wherefore thou dost contend with him, [her] and let him [her] receive thy chastisements as fatherly corrections.

May he [she] suppress every murmuring thought; be still and know that thou art God. Sanctify unto him [her] his [her] sickness, and restore him [her] to health, that in the end he (she] may be enabled to say, It is good for me that I have been afflicted; I have learned wisdom under the corrections of my Heavenly Father; and to say, Bless the Lord, O my soul! and forget not all his benefits, who healeth all thy diseases, who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness, and tender mercies. But, Lord! if this sickness is to be unto death; O! let him [her] be prepared to die. And as the time of his [her] departure draweth nigh, may he (she] be enabled to look forward to the hour of dissolution with composure and resignation. Support him, [her] that he [she] may bear with

tranquillity the agonies of dying nature, and leave a smile upon death itself. And when his [her] pulse shall cease to beat, and the vital spark go out in death, and his [her] heart and flesh shall fail, be thou the strength of his [her] heart and his [her] everlasting portion. (If the sick person be aged, then pray; Though his [her] outward man perish, yet may the inward man be renewed day by day. And may he [she come to the grave in a full age,

(] like as a shock of corn cometh in its season.)

(If the sick person be a child, or youth, then pray; Regard graciously this child, or youth, may it not die in the morning of life. Give it not up to the embraces of death. But shouldest thou call it to die, wash it in the blood of the Redeemer, sanctify its heart and prepare it for the everlasting enjoyments of thy kingdom, where youth shall bloom in eternal day.) Sanctify this dispensation of thy providence to all the friends and connexions of the sick person, and prepare them for thy holy will, whether the sick person is to live or to die. Pre'pare us for health or sickness, life or death. When we come to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, may we fear no evil, having thy rod and thy staff to comfort us; and in the day of the Lord Jesus may it be found, that we died in the Lord, and are blessed in him.

.I prayer on account of the bereavement of a friend or


O thou eternal and compassionate God! help us on this affecting and mournful occasion, to raise up our souls to thee in prayer. We acknowledge, that death entered into the world by sin, and so death hath passed upon all men for that all have sinned. Man, that is born of a woman, is of few days, and


full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Thou hast determined his days, and the number of his months are with thee. Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, return, ye children of men. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep; in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down and withereth. For we are consumed in thy wrath; we spend our years as a tale, that is told. In thy righteous providence, thou hast commissioned death to enter this family, and remove one of its members. O thou God of consolation! pity us in our bereaved and afflicted state. Be our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. May we be still, and know that thou art God, and that the Judge of all the earth does right. May we not despise the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction. Sanctify unto us this instance of bereavement, so that, with the Psalmist, we may say, We know, O Lord! that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted us. Lord make us to know our end; and the measure of our days what it is; that we may know how frail we are. Suitably may we reflect upon the vanity and uncertainty of human life, and all things earthly. Let the solemn providence of mortality in our family, impress our minds with deep concern to be also ready. In the death of others, may we see as in a glass, our own mortality. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. May we humble ourselves under thy mighty hand, and cast all our care upon thee who careth for us. Ever may we exercise the highest confidence in God, and with holy Job, say, Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. May we remember that the Lord doth not afflict willing

ly, nor grieve the children of men. But like, as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. (If the deceased person was pious, then pray; Fill our hearts with gratitude, that in the death we mourn, we are called to sorrow, not even as others, which have no hope, and that we have reason to believe, that our deceased friend and relative died in the Lord, and is blessed in him.) (If the deceased person was a child, then pray; Sanctify this providence unto those of us, who were the parents of the deceased. May we be dumb and open not our mouths, because thou didst it. And may we be enabled to feel and say with holy Job, The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.) Ever may

, we be ready and watching for the approach of the Son of Man; for blessed are those servants whom their Lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. And ever may we remember, that life at the longest is short, and that soon we must lie down in the cold and silent tomb, there to repose until waked by the trump of the archangel, when all the dead shall arise. With the apostles, may we know, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. And when we shall be called to resign ourselves into the cold arms of death, help us to commend our departing spirit into the hands of our Almighty Redeemer, saying, as did dying Stephen, Lord Jesus! receive our spirit, and may we go to be forever with the Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Monthly Concert. Infinitely great and blessed God! help us to pray occasion, when so

thousands and thousands, in different parts of the earth, are prostrate before thee in supplication. We thank thee, O Lord! that we are not this day bowing down to stocks and stones, dumb idols, like millions of the human race; but that we have knowledge of thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. We bless thee for the Sacred Scriptures, a preached gospel, and the overtures of mercy through the Son of thy love.-Help us, we beseech thee, duly to appreciate and improve these precious privileges and mercies. May we all be the possessors of that religion, which came down from heaven, and which qualifies for an entrance into the New Jerusalem. Quicken us in the discharge of holy duties; and may we be entirely consecrated to God in all that we are, and all that we possess; and may we do all that lies in our power for the promotion of the cause of Christ around us, and in all the earth. Pour out thy Spirit in this place in copious effusions. O Lord! revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. May all the members of this Church be alive to the things of religion, pray much, and speak often one to another on the great interests of Christ and his kingdom. May impenitent sinners be pricked in their hearts as was Saul of Tarsus, and be brought to bow to the sceptre of Jesus, and to the acknowledgment of the truth as it is in him. 0 that the general inquiry here may be, what shall be done to inherit eternal life. And let the noise among the dry bones wax louder and louder, till all the slain shall arise. O! let the triumphs of the cross be spread all around us. Multiply converts to righteousness, as the drops of the morning dew, and let the Churches be greatly increased with those who shall be saved.-- -We thank thee, O thou God of mercy! for all revivals of religion in our country, and that such numbers have been brought into the fold of Christ. Multiply such re


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