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us of our sins, confirm our faith, encourage our hopes, enliven our affections: and thus fit us for serving thee, with wisdom and zeal, in the several stations in which we are placed. '[And when some of us shall meet at thy table, give us thy special help; that in deep repentance, lively faith, and fervent love, we may remember our dear Redeemer's sufferings and death, renew our acceptance of his salvation, render our tribute of grateful praise, and yield ourselves up to thy service, as“ bought with a price to glorify thee with our “ bodies and spirits, which are thine.” Thus may we ' feed on Christ in our hearts by faith with “thanksgiving;' and be strengthened for every future service and conflict, by this “ Bread' of life “ which came down from heaven.”]

Bless, we beseech thee, O gracious Lord, those who shall assemble with us in thy courts; [and those who meet with us at thy table;} vouchsafe to thy believing people all those good things, which we have asked, or should ask for ourselves. Come passionate those, who have hitherto been formal worshippers, and strangers to thy saving grace. Awaken the careless, undeceive the deluded, guide the enquirer, comfort the broken-hearted, confirm the wavering, and excite to diligence such as have been lukewarm and slothful. Assist and prosper thy servants, who labour among us in the word and doctrine. Give them, wisdon, . zeal,

On the days when the Lord's Supper is administered.

faithfulness, tenderness, and compassion. Help them rightly to divide the word of truth, and to speak such things as suit the various characters and cases of the congregation. Give them much comfort and success in their work; and grant them many seals to their ministry, who may be their joy here, and their crown of rejoicing in the day, of the Lord Jesus. Remove every hindrance to their usefulness; and bring forth many from all around, whom thou wilt make partakers of thy saving grace, and instruments of diffusing the light of thy truth, and of handing it down to future ge. nerations, that the children who are yet unborn may praise the Lord. Vouchsafe the same bles. sings to all faithful pastors and their congregations; and grant that all who are called ministers of Christ' may be illuminated with the knowledge of thy truth,' and both by their doctrine and example make it known, and recommend it to mankind.

Send forth, O thou Lord of the harvest, more labourers thoroughly furnished for thy work. Enlighten the dark parts of the earth with thy saving grace. Remember, with special regard, such as are employed in distant regions and arduous circumstances, to make known thy gospel; comfort their hearts, prosper their endeavours, and raise them up many helpers. Purify thy church from scandals and heresies. Cause divisions among Christians to cease. “ Multiply mercy, grace, and peace, to all that love the “ Lord Jesus in sincerity;” and by the prevalence of thy gospel terminate wars all over the earth.

Look in mercy on such as are confined from thy courts by sickness or family afflictions; and by thine immediate teaching and blessing, make up to them the want of publick ordinances. Pity the multitudes, who are every where profaning thy holy sabbath, and give them repentance unto salvation. Remember all with whom we have at any time

gone to the house of God in company; and let our prayers, though now separated, be accepted for each other. Be with us through the day. May we be edified, and thy name be glorified; and may we meet in the evening, with peaceful consciences and thankful hearts. Hear us through the merits and mediation of thy beloved Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Family Prayer for the Lord's Day Evening.


O Thou most holy and merciful God, we, thine unworthy servants, desire this evening to review, as in thy presence, the day past; humbling our. selves for our sinfulness, and thanking thee for all thy loving kindness.

When we endeavour to examine any part of our conduct, or to compare it with thy holy law : never fail to discover abundant cause for humiliation. Alas, not only have our actual transgressions and omissions been innumerable and aggravated : but each of us has cause to exclaim, when contemplating thy glories, “Woe is me for I am “ undone, because I am one of unclean lips, and “mine eyes have seen the King the Lord of Hosts!" O God! our very worship is so defiled and defective; that, instead of atoning for our past sins, or recommending us to thy favour, it needs thy gracious forgiveness, and must be washed in the blood of Christ. Pardon then, we beseech thee this evening, whatever thy holy eyes have seen amiss in the duties of the day: the wanderings of our hearts, the coldness of our affections; our want of reverence, love, and gratitude; the weakness of our faith, the wavering of our hope; the mixture of self-seeking and regard to men, with which our religious services have been contaminated. And grant that all our supplications and thanksgivings, as far as they have been uprightly presented before thy throne of

grace, under the influences of thy Holy Spirit, may be mercifully accepted, through the mediation of our heavenly Advocate. We desire also, O Lord our God, to crave thy fatherly forgiveness of every thought, word, and action, by which we have grieved thy Spirit, dishonoured thy name, or counteracted the gracious designs of this thy holy day. Wash us thoroughly from all our sins, in the fountain of atoning blood; and vouchsafe us the comfort of thy pardoning love, and the enjoyment of thy peace, before we close our eyes

in sleep.

Suffer not, O merciful Lord, the ordinances of this sacred season to rise up at last in judgment against us, to our confusion or condemnation: let not thy word of grace be a savour of death to any individual now before thee. But, o thou Giver of every good gift, teach us to improve our advantages; and render the transient seasons of public ordinances a permanent blessing to our souls. Let us not rest satisfied, with having been serious, impressed, affected, or comforted, when hearing thy word; or with conscious sincerity in our worship (or in our engagements at thy table:] but let us so meditate upon these things with self-application and fervent prayer; that our judgment may

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