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that thou art in him reconciling the world to thyself, not imputing unto men their trespasses. O grant us that true faith to which forgiveness is promised; and, thankful for this great deliverance which thou hast wrought out for us, may we rest in the assurance, that there is no sin which thy mercy cannot blot out,-nor any deviation from duty which, to those that turn again, thou wilt not forgive.

May this faith display its genuine nature, by bringing forth in us the fruits of righteousness. May our hearts be purified in thy sight;-may we henceforward devote ourselves entirely to thy service,—and whatever sins may have formerly overcome us, by thy grace may we be enabled to relinquish them in all time to come.

Enable us to do the duties of our different stations with faithfulness and assiduity, as in thy sight, and with a constant eye to thine approbation.

Help us, also to meet all the changes of life with the spirit of true disciples of the Son of God. If thou shouldst see fit to bless us with prosperity, may we be humble and thankful,-moderate in our desires, and in all our enjoyments,--and ever aware,

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that in prosperity itself there is often a source of great danger to our best interests.

If thou shouldst see fit to subject us to suffering, may we receive it always as from thy hand; and, knowing that evil springeth not from the dust, nor sorrow from the ground, may we endeavour to see in all our sorrows the chastisements of our sins, and study to free our natures from every thing that is contrary to thy will.

If thou shouldst at any time call us into circumstances which demand the exertion of more than ordinary strength, supply us, O Lord, out of thine abundant fulness; and may we feel thy gracious promise accomplished in us, that as our day is, so also shall our strength be.

For these purposes, bless to us all the means of grace. May our Sabbath services be productive to us of peace and joy ;-may we receive the instructions and admonitions of thy word as a refreshing stream amidst the wilderness of life ;-and, when thou permittest us to sit down at thy holy table, may it be to receive nourishment to our souls, that we may pursue our journey with great delight.

Bless, we beseech thee, all who are connected

with us by the ties of nature or of affection. Take especially under thy protection those who are far away ; be thou ever near to them, to bless and to prosper them; and let not their immortal interests suffer any harm amidst the many temptations and dangers of the world.

May we, who now worship together, fulfil all our duties to each other with tenderness and with fidelity; and having done well the different parts assigned us in time, may we all meet at last in thy heavenly kingdom.

These our humble prayers we present to thee, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose blessed words we now conclude our petitions : “Our Father which art in heaven ;-Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that 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,

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ANOTHER FAMILY PRAYER

FOR SABBATH MORNING OR EVENING.

HEB. i. 1. God, who at sundry times, and in

divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.

WE again bow down, O Lord, at the footstool of thy throne of grace, to thank thee for the renewed mercies of another week, and of another Sabbathday. O pour down thy good Spirit upon us, that the thanksgivings we now offer up may arise from truly grateful hearts, and that all thy loving-kindness may

be sanctified to us for our eternal welfare. We desire on this thy holy day to thank thee for thy merciful dispensations towards the children of

We delight to remember, that when we had fallen from that estate in which we were created,

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thou wast pleased to give the gracious promise, that, in the fulness of time, a great Deliverer should arise, who was to be the source of blessings to all the families of mankind. We review, with sentiments of gratitude, the wise and splendid provision which in different ages was made for the coming of this Great One. Thou didst speak, in times past, unto the fathers by the prophets,—thou didst choose a peculiar people to be the depositaries of thy oracles, -and, at last, thou didst send thine eternal Son, not in the likeness of angels, but of the seed of Abraham. We recollect this day the wonders of that night on which thy Son was made man. Hosannah to the Son of David ! blessed be he who came in the name of the Lord to save us! Hosannah in the highest!

We thank thee for the pure and elevated wisdom which our Saviour taught,—for the perfect example he has set before us,--for that great sacrifice by which, in his own flesh, he made atonement for human guilt,--and for all the great hopes which, through his interposition, have been given to mankind.

We delight especially to remember, that on this

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