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Lord, I implore thy special grace at this solemn shall ordinance. In the breaking of bread, help me by a lively faith, to view Christ's body broken for me; and in the pouring out of the wine, his blood shed for me. May I thus learn to feel more of the evil of sin, and more of the love of Christ. Help me wisely, believingly, and gratefully to discern the Lord's body; and may it be as living food to my soul, so that now, resting on the atonement of Christ, my Lord, I may rejoice and be glad in his great salvation. May he thus be evidently set forth crucified before me, and may I enjoy the communion of his body and his blood. , .
ice na Gracious Lord, I bescech thee, enable me, when I receive the bread, by a lively faith to realize the. blessed truth, that Christ.died for sinners, even for me; poret and when I drink the wine, to believe according to his hear own word, that his blood was shed for many for the re- pop la mission of sins. May I then afresh gire myself wholly to your ta thee, to be entirely thine, in life, in death; and through eternity; renewing all my solemn rows of obedience, and toys receiving fresh strength to carry them into effect.'
Grant also unto all that shall meet with me around thy table the same blessings. Let our hearts be drawn near to each other. Give us to enter into the privilege of the communion of saints; and may we know that, though many, we are one body, and all partakers of that one bread, the living and true bread that came down from heaven.
O Lord, may we and all thy people thus assembling in thine earthly courts, be made more and more meet for thy heavenly mansions, and at length come to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; may we meet again there, where
faith shall be lost in sight, and hope in full enjoyment, and love for ever fill all our souls, through Jesus Christ, our strength and our Redeemer. Amen.
PRAYER AFTER THE LORD'S SUPPER. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Cbrist, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Help me, holy Lord, coming now to thee in secret, gratefully to pour out my soul before thee.
Othou who dwellest in the high and holy place, whose name is holy, I feel that I infinitely need pardon for the sins of my holiest services. If thou, Lord, be extreme to mark what has been amiss, I cannot stand before thee; I have cause to mourn the wanderings of my heart, the dulness of my affections, the weakness of my faith, and the slightness of my repentance, even at thy table, with all the solemnities of the memorials of my Saviour's death around me, and amid the assembly of thy saints.
But while I mourn my own sinfulness, yet still help me to magnify thy wonderful grace. Blessed be thou who put it into my heart to assemble with thy people.
Great is the privilege, thus to meet among them here below, to participate in their prayers, and to join in their praises. Thanks be unto thee for that manifestation of thy love which this ordinance brought before me. O how consoling the truth to such a sipner as I am, that Jesus died for the ungodly, that he receiveth sinners and eateth with them!
Giver of all grace, if I enjoyed any feelings of love to thee, any desires after thy salvation, any thing of com.
munion with thee ; if my hope were at all enlivened, a; íny faith at all strengthened, 'my heart at all enlarged, ugo all praise and glory be to thee. I would not deny thy i lei answers to my prayer; I would not refuse: to acknowl. La edge the work of thy spirit on my soul; but rather, in this thy goodness, find fresh motives to love and to serve a thee. Forgive nie all that was wrong. Accept, through face the mediation of Jesus, all that thy grace enabled me to do according to thy will. · Teach me to feel that I am under fresh obligations to all boly obedience. May the solid and delightful joys of PLAT peace with God, the pardon of sins, free justification, and the hope of glory, make the sinful pleasures of the world for ever insipid and vain. Having seen and tasted how good the Lord is, may I never turn back again to folly.
O Lord, now it is I need thy strength. Now grant me thy Holy Spirit, continually to bring to my remembrance the solemn transactions of this day. May the recollec. The tion of them long remain, filling me with a holy fear of the offending thee, an ardent love to my Saviour, and influ. folio encing me to devote my body, soul, and substance, all I plug am, and all I have, wholly to thee.
Lord, now grant that my evil tempers may at length be subdued; that the flesh with its affections and lusts that inay, through thy Spirit, at length be mortified; thai N Christ may now dwell in my heart by faith ; and that, strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, I may fulfil in my life all the solemn vows and resolutions that have been afresh renewed this day in thy presence.
Yes, gracious God, let me never cease striving to serve thee ; let me never, while the world tempts, and sin dwells in me, and Satan opposes, give over the
ated contest ; let me never rest short of thy great salvation. tid 0 thou good Shepherd, who laid down thy life for thy
sheep, let me never perish, neither let any pluck me out of thy band ; till at length, with all tbine elect, I come to occupy thy fold above.
Hear me, gracious Father; hear and answer, for Christ's sake. Amen.
.' MORNING FAMILY PRAYER.
AcMighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is natried, who hast said that thou wilt be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be thy people ; dispose our hearts by the gracious influence of thy Holy Spirit, to worship thee through one Mediator, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Adoration. [* Thou art God, and there is none beside thee: the Creator of heaven and earth, the Lord of glory, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty. We bow and worship at thy footstool; we acknowledge thee to be the
Thanksgiving. Accept, through thy Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, our unfeigned thanksgivings for the mercies of another day. . Thon Thou gavest us our being, and thou preservest us from
, * The parts in brackets can be left out, if it is wished to shorten the prayers.
day to day. Through the defenceless hours of the tre but a wight thou hast kept us in safety. Thou hast given us a bedient. soul capable of knowing and rejoicing in thee, and a body fan occasi by which we may serve thee.
atence, [We bless thee for the seeing eye and the hearing ear, yakeousne for the free use of our limbs and of our senses, for the powers of the mind, and the affections of the beart.}
But, O Lord, we thank thee most of all for thy spiritual blessings. We bless thee that we were not born in heathen lands, but in this favoured country, where the light of thy truth clearly shines. We thank thee el free for the comfort of the Holy Scriptures, for the labours rett ? of faithful ministers, and for all the means of grace. O ki tea how great bas been thy love to us! Thou sparedst not thine own Son, but deliveredst bim up for us all, and this day with him thou hast freely given us all things.
[We are invited to come to thee; though we be guilty Muiste and sinful, we are freely offered pardon, peace and sale spin vation ; and thou givest us a hope full of immortality in te, ar Christ Jesus our Saviour.]
Dedication. What reward shall we render unto the Lord for all his benefits? We desire now afresh to devole ouro selves to thy service. We give up ourselves, our whole selves unto thee. God of peace sanctify us wholly. God of our life, grant that our whole spirit, and soul, and body, may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Confession. But with shame and confusion of face, we would .confess that we have been rebellious and disobedient Thou art holy, but we are unholy. Thou art merciful, but we have often been selfish and unkind. Thou art