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who 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 those 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, for ever and ever. Amen.
WHEN we consider the heavens, the work of thy fin. gers, the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained; Lord, what is man, that Thou art mindful of him, or the son of man, that Thou visitest him. We are not worthy of an audience at thy footstool; we are not worthy of the least of all thy mercies; our sins have even called aloud for vengeance.
But Thou hast not executed upon us the fierceness of thine anger; because Thou art good as well as great; and thy goodness constitutes thy greatness. Thou hast turned our very fall into an occasion of improving our condition, by advancing us to the possession of greater blessings than we originally enjoyed; so that we not only have life, but have it more abundantly.
For this purpose the Son of thy love was manifested; and in the fulness of time we behold Him assuming our nature, and coming into our world, not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. We rejoice to see, in his release from the prison of the grave, the evidence of the all-sufficiency and acceptation of the sacrifice He offered on the cross. O help us to consider Him as a risen Saviour; and may we feel
A day set apart in commemoration of our Savior's resurrection.
the power of his resurrection, in establishing our faith, enlivening our hope, and securing our sanctification. May we not only believe his resurrection, but partake of it, and resemble it; that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also might walk in newness of life, reckoning ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And if risen with Christ, may we give evidence of it, and act becoming it in seeking those things that are above.
May we never leave our spiritual and everlasting condition undecided and unknown; may we never be satisfied till we are able to say, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for us.
In all our difficulties and dangers may we rejoice that He who was dead is alive again, to plead for us, to defend us, and to supply; and has the keys of hell and of death.
In all the afflictions of life, in the decay of nature, and when looking into the horrors of the grave, may we with humble and holy confidence be able to say, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
Are we called to mourn over the loss of our dear and pious connexions ? Let us not sorrow as those who have no hope; but comfort one another with these words, That Jesus died and rose again, and them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.
We glory in the victory which our risen Saviour has obtained not only over death and the grave, but the powers of darkness. We rejoice that He has set judgment in the
earth, and that the isles ae waiting for his law, that his word is translating into every language, and his servants entering every clime. We hail what He has done as a pledge of his universal triumph. And though we yet see not all things actually put under Him, we see Him for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; and in possession of all the resources necessary to accomplish the benevolent designs of his heart: and He must reign till ALL his enemies are made his footstool.
Through Him, as the once suffering but now exalted Saiour, we address Thee, as our Father, &c.
O THOU ever blessed God, we rejoice to think Thou last determined to get thyself honor in this apostate part of thy empire, not by the merited infliction of thy justice, but the displays of thy goodness. For Thou hast said, Mercy shall be built up for ever, a monument higher than the heavens, more durable than eternity, and inscribed to the praise of the glory of thy grace, wherein Thou hast made us accepted in the Beloved.
We bless Thee for the appointment and revelation of the one only Mediator between Thee and us; by whose death sinners are reconciled, and by whose life they are saved. Thou hast laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with his stripes we are healed.
Establish in our minds a full persuasion that He was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification; and may we above all things be concerned to know, not only that he is risen again, but that we are quickened
together with Christ, and raised up, and made to sit with him in the heavenly places. May we hold communion with Him as a living and reigning Saviour, able to carry on our cause, and save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by Him.
Is He not head over all things unto his body the church? Is He not exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour? Has He not assured us, that because He lives, we shall live also? May we view Him as the first fruits of them that sleep; and believe that as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. May we view his resurrection, not only as the pledge, but the model of our own; knowing that He shall not only change our vile body, but fashion it like HIS own glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue ALL things unto Himself.
Thou hast appointed a day in which Thou wilt judge the world in righteousness by that man whom Thou hast ordained; and Thou hast given assurance of it unto all men, in that Thou hast raised Him from the dead. O save us from the wrath of the Lamb. May we tremble at the thought of appearing before Him, if we have neglected his salvation, despised his precious blood, and resisted his Holy Spirit.
Let not the head stone of the corner be a stone of stuinbling and a rock of offence; but as He is chosen of God and precious, may He be precious to us. And while He is living for us in heaven, may we be living for Him on earth. May we esteem it our highest honour to be like Him, and feel it our greatest pleasure to serve Him.
And let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that Thou hast made that same Jesus whom their fathers crucified, both Lord and Christ. May the veil be taken from their heart, and may they behold as in a glass his glory. As a nation, be merciful unto us and bless us.
Christian country be a country of Christians; and let all who name the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Bless all those who preach Jesus and the resurrection May they preach with the Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven. May their sound go into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
As yet, after all we have read and heard and exper.· enced, we know but little of the value of the gospel; but we know enough to induce us to be thankful for our religious advantages, to sympathize with those who are without Christ, and to pray that in Him all the families of the earth may be blessed, and all generations call Him blessed.
Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will working in us that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
O God, Thou hast established thy throne in the heavens, and thy kingdom ruleth over all; and all nations before Thee are as nothing. Yet, blessed be thy name, 't is only in comparison with thy infinite greatness, that they are nothing-not in reference to thy condescension and kindness and care. Even as individuals we have been the charge of thy providence; goodness and mercy have always attended us, and having obtained help of Thee we continue to this day. Thou hast been mindful of our souls as well as our bodies; yea, Thou was pleased to form a
A festival observed in remembrance of the descent of the IIoly Ghost upon the apostles -Acts ii, 3.