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grace in our favor, and devise means the most glorious to deliver us from the degradation and misery and perdition of sin, and to make us partakers of the hope of eternal life.
We bless Thee for the dispensation of religion under which it is our exalted privilege to live. How superior are our advantages to those enjoyed by many of thy people in
The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which we see, and did not see them; and to hear the things which we hear, and did not hear them; but blessed are our eyes for they see, and our ears for they hear. Instead of a portion of revelation, we have the sacred scriptures complete. Instead of the blackness and darkness and tempest of Sinai, we have the milder gleries and the still small voice of Zion. We have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
We praise Thee for the establishment of the glorious gospel, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will. We rejoice, that though his supernatural agency has ceased with its necessity, the ministry of the Spirit continues, and that his saving influences are confined to no period of the church. All that have been enlightened and renewed since the fall, have been the subjects of his operation; and with Thee is the residue of the Spirit.
We rejoice that as there is no blessing we so much need, so there is no blessing we are so much encruraged to implore ; for thy truth has said, If ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give his Holy Spirit to them that ask Him.
O Thou God of all grace, fulfil the word unto thy ser vants, upon which Thou hast caused us to hope. Impart unto us thy Holy Spirit, to open the eyes of our under. standing, to sanctify our affections, to comfort our hearts, to glorify Christ, by taking of the things of Christ, and showing them to us.
May we never commit the sin against the Holy Ghost. Never quench the Spirit Never resist the Holy Ghost. Never grieve the Holy Spirit. But may we pray in the Holy Ghost, and worship God in the Spirit, and be led by the Spirit, and be filled with the Spirit.
May we always view thy commands in connexion with thy promises, and our duties and trials in connexion with
Great is our work, great is our warfare, and far greater than we have ever yet felt it to be, is our weak. ness. But our sufficiency is of God; and Thou hast said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Not by might nor by power, but my Spirit, saith the Lord.
Let the goings of our God and our King be seen in the sanctuary; and when thy truth is dispensed, let it come to those who hear it, not in word only, but in power and in the Holy Ghost, and with much assurance.
And bless not only the gates of Zion, but all the dwel. ling-places of Jacob. May every family contain a church in the house. Pour thy blessing upon our seed, and thy Spirit upon our offspring; and may the rising race grow up the ornaments, examples, and benefactors, of their day and generation.
To Thee we commend all who have the rule over us; we implore thy favorable regards to the privileged country in which we live. Humble us before Thee for our sins, especially our neglect and abuse of our religious advantages. Withdraw not from us the blessings we have forfeited; and inflict not upon us the judgments we have
deserved. But spare us according to the greatness of thy mercy.
And from our land of vision, may the light break forth upon all those who are in darkness and the region of the shadow of death.
Bless ali missionary exertions. Let the various societies employed in this work of faith and labor of love, view each other with pleasure, and rejoice in each other's success; and if not in immediate and personal co-operation, yet in accordance, and tendency, and design, may they stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel. Let those who remain at home, hold forth the word of life in their own circles, and be concerned to evangelize the districts in which they reside. But 0,- let there not be a deficiency of those who offer themselves to the help of the Lord among the heathen, and that say, Lord, send me. Let it be said, as it was in the beginning of the gospel, The Lord gave the word, great was the company of them that published it.
And be with those that are already engaged. We know that Paul can only plant, and Apollos water; but Thou canst give the increase.
Pour thy Spirit from on high, and the wilderness shall become a fruitful field. Our Father 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. Amen.
O Thou author of peace and lover of concord, iu know. ledge of whom standeth our eternal life, and whose service is perfect freedom ; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, and give us grace whereby we may serve Thee acceptably, with reverence and with godly fear.
We adore Thee as the Creator of all things, visible and invisible. Thou art the maker of our earth ; and Thou art the maker of man upon it; and Thou madest man upright in the possession of thy image and the enjoyment of thy presence. But man being in honour, abode not. Our first father sinned; and we have borne his iniquity. We have gone astray from our birth; and in numberless instances have evinced ourselves to be the degenerate offspring of a fallen original—and there is no health in us. As transgressors of thy law, we are under the curse; and did our deliverance depend upon ourselves, we must lie down in endless despair. We admit, in all its extent, the testimony of thy word against us; but admire with gratitude, the developement of a plan of meroy and grace, divinely appropriate to all our wants and woes, and uriting the highest display of thy highest glory with the salvation of sinners.
Adored be the benevolence that led the Son of thy love: before the foundation of the world to say, Lo! I come to ·lo thy will, O God; thy law is within my heart. Blessed be the day when the angels saw Him who was rich for our sakes becoming poor, that we through his poverty might be rich. Blessed be the hour, when the Prince of Life boro our sins in his own body on the tree; and having obtained eternal redemption for us, ascending up on high, leading captivity captive, and receiving gifts for men, even the re. hollious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them
We rejoice that Christianity was originally preached, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; and in the demonstration of the Spirit was so firmly established, that the gates of hell can never prevail against it. We praise Thee that at so early a period the sun of righteousness, in the knowledge of the gospel, arose with healing under his wings, upon this distinguished land, and said, Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon Thee. And O what reason have we to be thankful if this gospel has come to us not in word only, but in power and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.
For we bless Thee that though miracles have ceased, yet thy Spirit is insured to thy people to the end of the world, as the source of light and life, and peace and joy; giving testimony to the word of thy grace, and working in the souls of men to will and to do of thy good pleasure.
O Thou Author of all good, save us, we beseech Thee, by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. May we be found in the number of those who are born of the Spirit, and give evidence of it by our walking after the Spirit, and our minding the things of the Spirit. Instead of judging ourselves by dreams, fancies, and impressions, may we prove what is acceptable unto the Lord, and remember that the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness of truth.
We desire, O God, to acknowledge our entire dependence upon
Thee. Whatever time we have been engaged in thy service, we are still in the body, and feel our need of the continuance of those counsels, supports, and consolations, which have ever been afforded us. Cast us not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
In all the dangers to which we are exposed, uphold us by thy free Spirit ; and may we not think it enough to be preserved from falling, but may we go forward, and be always abounding in the work of the Lord. Strengthen us