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hope of glory. Dispose us to be lowly-minded, obedient, and teachable, to put our trust in Thee the living God, who givest us richly all things to enjoy, and ever to press forwards with all our strength of soul and body towards the prize of our high calling in Christ. Enable us to estimate aright our time of trial here, while we are yet, under Thy blessing, able to turn it to its proper account; and we earnestly pray Thee, in whose hands are the issues of life and death, to spare the lives of each of us here assembled before Thy throne, until the work be finished which Thou hast given us to do, through the death and revelation of Thine only Son. Shed abroad in our hearts a lively sense of all Thy goodness and lovingkindness to us and to all men. Thy nature is ever to have mercy and forgive; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of Thy great mercy loose us, for the honour of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.


ALMIGHTY God ! in the name of Thy well-beloved Son, who was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, are we now gathered together before Thee. Pardon us, we beseech Thee, for His sake, and accept our prayers. Absolve us from our numerous offences, whereby we have most justly provoked Thy wrath and indignation. Cause us earnestly to repent and heartily to be sorry for our misdoings: make the remembrance of them burdensome and painful to us, that we may turn to Thee with an humble spirit and a contrite heart. May we submit ourselves entirely to Thy Gospel, and in all our ways acknowledge Thee. Let us not disquiet ourselves in vain, or be troubled about many things, but strive to lay up our treasure in heaven. Teach us in whatsoever state we are therewith to be content, and under all the chances and changes of this mortal life to put our trust in Thee alone. Enable us to seek Thy kingdom above all things, and cleanse us from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, that we may perfect holiness in the fear of Thee. We make our humble supplications unto Thee, for all our relations, friends, and benefactors. Let Thy fatherly hand be ever over them : let Thy Holy Spirit be ever with them: and so lead them in the knowledge of Thy word, that in the end they may obtain everlasting life. Look with an eye of pity and compassion upon all those who are any ways afflicted in mind, body, or estate. Give them patience under all their sufferings, and in due time a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And as we pray unto Thee, O God, for ourselves and others, so we desire to bless and praise Thy holy name, for all Thy goodness and lovingkindness unto us and unto all men. We give Thee most sincere and humble thanks for the preservation of us down to this day; for the comforts and conveniences as well as the necessaries of life. Above all, we magnify and adore Thee for perfecting and revealing to us the redemption of the world. Unto Jehovah, who is our strength, unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the manifestation of His power, unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, have mercy upon each of us, and teach us our fallen estate;

and so convince us of our sins, that we may, through Christ our Redeemer, earnestly desire to be made truly penitent, and humbly seek pardon and continual assistance from Thce. Break within us the power of sin, and deliver us from the bondage of Satan. Let us indeed look to the cross of Him who died for our sins, and ever intercedes for those who unfeignedly repent, and sincerely endeavour to amend their lives. Let not our hearts be hardened against Thee, but inspire us with a thankful sense of Thy presence, and a practical reliance on Thy faithfulness and power. Teach us effectively that we cannot serve two masters, and make us hold unto Thee. Put away from us all hurtful things, and give us those things which may be good and profitable unto us. Deliver us from all wilfulness and inordinate cares, from intemperance and prodigality, from evil-speaking, lying, and slandering. Suffer not our lours to be consumed in vanity, or our years in trouble, but let each day tell and instruct another, that as our life draws nearer its close, we may be more and more conformed to Thine image. Be with us amid the trying concerns and importunate claims of the world, and keep us habitually studious to walk after Thy commandments, and ever anxious to do that which we believe right in Thine eyes. 0! Thou that art the Rewarder of them that diligently seek Thee, work in us, that we acknowledge the spirit and power, while we observe in all humility the forms, of godliness. Let us not forget the costly ransom of our souls, but ever be constrained, by the love of Christ for us, to take the cup of salvation, and to avow with our lips, and make manifest in our lives, day by day, the power of His Spirit, And when at any time we have fallen from our high calling, and sinned before Thee, break down all plausible reasons, all idle excuses, for not again seeking Thee with all our might. Let us not ruin our own souls by dangerous delays, and most delusive intentions for the morrow, but turn to Thee meekly, through our Redeemer, while it is yet now the accepted time. Unto Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, unto the Lord God Almighty, be glory, and majesty, power,

and dominion, now and for ever.


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