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Confession. :. . We feel our peed of a Saviour for singers, for we all have sipned and come short of the glory of God. When we look back even on the past day, thy law accuses us of many sins, and our own consciences justly condemo us. We have been forgetful of thy presence; our conversation has been light and trifling; and we have not with a 'single eye sought thy glory, or copied the holy life of our Saviour Christ. He left us a perfect example, but how seldom we tread in his steps; how little we have of his meekness and lowliness of heart, of his zeal and love! We have sinned, notwith standing the light of thy word, and the checks of our Owo consciences.
Petition. . : Grant us thy grace that we may not be bardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Give us true repentance, and such a sense of our sinfulness as may lead us to despair of salvation by any works of our own; and bring us bumbled and penitent to the foot of the cross. Help us by faith to behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sio of the world. Teach us to renounce qur own righteousness, and to depend wholly on Jesus Christ. May, we be able to say and feel, “in the Lord have I righteousness and strength.” . .
Teach us to come to Jesus Christ, and now to look to him, not only for pardon and peace, but also for grace and strength. We are weak, but Jesus is strong: grant that we may be made strong in and through him. Draw us to Christ, that we may receive out of his fulness all that we need, repentance, remission of sins, and the gift of thy Holy Spirit; that he may dwell in our hearts by faith, and we be rooted and grounded in love.]
We commend ourselves to thy care during the night. Let no evil'comne nigh us.' May our last thoughts be with theę; and when we awake up, may we be still with thee. Refresh our bodies with the quiet repose of the night, and renew our spirituál strength. Teach us ever to watch and pray, and to be always ready, seeing we know neither the day, nor the hour, when the Son of Man sball come.
Intercession.'.. Extend thy merciful care to all that are pear and dear to us. We pray for all our relativés. May those that are endeared to us by the ties of nature, be yet more dear by the stronger bonds of grace. Grant that we may be all one in Christ Jesus our Lord. We pray for our Christian friends, for our neighbours, and all with whom we have intercourse. Bless those that minister before the Lord. May all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, be faithful, wise, humble, and devoted servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every where raise up' pastors according to thine heart, which shall feed: thy people with knowledge and understanding. Grant thy blessing to every Missionary now preaching Christ to the Gentiles. . Cause Jew and Gentile in every place, to turn to the Lord, that they may be saved. Bring on the happy day, when there shall be one fold' and one Shepherd; and they shall not hurt, nor destroy, in all thy holy mountain. . . .
: : Thanksgiving. . 0 thou giver of every good and perfect gift, we praise and bless thee for thy great and continued mercies to us. All things thou givest to us richly for . enjoyment. We receive from thee full provision for all
our temporal wants, and thou forgivest our iniquities,
[Like as a father pitieth his children, so thou oor Lord and Father pitiest them that fear thee, Thou knowest our frame; Thou rememberest that we are dust. Thou hast had compassion on us in our low and lost estate, and thou garest 'thy Son to die for. Us; and now thou offerest and givest us thy Holy Spirit, to soften our hard hearts and to help our infirmities. Thou justifiest us freely hy thy grace, adoptest us into tby family and givest us a hope full of glory.)
Behold what manner of love thou our Father hast bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God! God of mercy, igrant, only grant, that we may be followers of thee as dear children, and show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, through Jesus Cbrist,
Blessing. : . . And now blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sittelh upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen. ..Our Father, &c. .
The Lord bless us, and keep us :
The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us. peace,
: ANOTHER EVENING FAMILY PRAYER.
O Thou, who art the God of all the families of the earth, who didst favourably notice Abraham's commanding bis children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord; be thou present with us
dow, and enable us by thy Holy Spirit, and through thy Son's intercession, to worship thee-in spirit and in truth. · .
. ... Confession.' . . , We come before thee acknowledging that we were all born in sin, the children of wrath, and have in common a corrupt nature and a continual propensity to depart from thee. And 0 how often have we offended thee, the God of all the earth, by actual transgressions. We have sinned in thought, word, and deed. Even in the day that is past, by vain thoughts, by idle words, by sinful indulgences, we have grieved thy Spirit, and we have incurred thy displeasure. Our only refuge is in thy promised mercy in Christ Jesus. We cast ourselves wholly on that mercy. Fixing all our hopes on our Saviour's cross, we confess our guilt, and earnestly pray that the blood of Jesus Christ thy Son may cleanse us from all sin. ..
..".. Petition. And give us, we beseech thee, the comfortable assurance that our sins are forgiven. Let thy Holy Spirit bear witness with our spirits that we are children of God. Plentifully impart to us the gift of thy Spirit, that we may bring forth love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, meekness, long-suffering, forbearance, and temperance. Grant that we may so copy the example of our Saviour, as to be the Epistles of Christ, known and read of all men; and have clear evidence of our own salvation. Teach us so to live, that we may glorify thee who hast bought us with a price of such amazing value as the blood of thine own Son. Othat all now kneeling together may indeed obtain mercy in Christ Jesus, be passed from death unto life, and love and
serve thee unfeignedly. Bút, O Lord, how cold is our love to thee! how dead, how dull are our hearts ! Help us to love thee; to love God with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul, and with all our strength. Shed abroad the love of God in our hearts, by giving us the Holy Ghost; and may we be taught of God to love one another. Be thou present with us in our more retired devotions: praying to our Father which is in secret in our closet, may we find his presence and blessing there.
- Intercession. Bless, O Lord, all that are near and dear to u. Many beloved relatives and friends are now absent from us; but thou art with them, and all their wants are known to thee. Give them thy grace;, ever guide them here by thy counsel, and may none of them be wanting in thy heavenly kingdom. We pray for the King, and all in authority; Lord; may their counsels be ordered by thee as may be most for the good of our Country. Give, we beseech thee to all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, and ministers of Jesus Christ' every where, true knowledge and understanding of thy word; and may they set it forth in their lives accord.. ingly. Make them wise to win souls. Lord; call förth and send out many faithful labourers to the work of the ministry. Bring it to pass that the distant isles shall wait on thee, and the Gentiles come to thy light. Bless every Society established for benefiting the bodies or the souls of men, and especially those in which we are more immediately engaged and interested.
Thanksgiving. . . . Thanks be unto thee, Holy Lord God, for all thy goodness towards us. . How multiplied are thy mercies every day!' How excellent is thy loving-kindness!