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FAMILY

FAMILY PRAYERS.

PRAYERS.

SUNDAY MORNING. We make it our earnest

prayer to thee, that our ALMIGHTY and ever hearts may be touched by blessed God, source of all its holy influences, that being, and fountain of all our characters may be formgood; we, thy children, ed by its spirit, that our created by thee, continually lives may be governed by preserved by thee, and in- its laws. O guide us, we debted to thee for all that beseech thee, in the ways we possess and all that we

of its truth to the everenjoy, would come before lasting home which it thee this morning, to ex- promises to the righteous. press our sense of thy Let our attendance this goodness to us, to acknown day on thy public worship, ledge our dependence upon and the services and ina thee, to adore thy great structions of thy house, ness, and commend our conduce to our spiritual selves to thy care.

improvement and our eterGlory be to thy name

nal good

Let us enter that thou hast made us thy gates with thanksgivcapable of holding com- ing, and thy courts with munion with thee, the Fa- praise, and take with us ther of our spirits, and of our best affections and resreceiving the revelations olutions to the temple of of thy word and will. the Lord. Suffer not our Glory be to thy name for minds to be distracted, nor the heavenly doctrines, our devotions to languish. precepts, and promises of Let not our thoughts, the gospel of thy Son, which ought to be engagedi

in the holiest offices, be still dominion, now and for returning to

the cares,

evermore. Amen. pleasures, and follies of a transitory world; neither SUNDAY EVENING. let us take thy name upon our lips when our hearts OUR Father who art in are far from thee. But let heaven; accept, we beour prayers and medita- seech thee, our grateful actions exalt and purify us, knowledgments for thy and assist us to discharge goodness to us this day; our duties in this life, and for preserving our lives; contribute to prepare us for shielding us from danfor that eternal world to ger; for supplying our which we are rapidly bast- daily bread; for permitting ening.

our attendance on the orBless all who call upon dinances of thy house. Let thy name this day. May it not be in vain that those they approach thee in sin- of us who have united with cerity, humility, and love. thy people in public worMay all denominations of ship, have lifted up our Christians, however divid- thoughts to God and listed in opinion, be joined to- ened to the voice of ingether in the bond of peace struction. We fervently and an earnest regard for pray that whatever good the interests of true relig- impressions may have been ion and virtue. And Ó made upon us may be durlet the name and the gos- able ; that whatever good pel of thy Son be known resolutions we may have and glorified more and formed may be steadfastly more, till the whole world kept; that the errors which shall come to the perfect - we have confessed may

be light, and embrace the truth reformed; that every deas it is in Jesus. In his vout aspiration we may worthy name, and as his have breathed in the sancdisciples, we offer these our tuary may be remembered petitions ; ascribing to in the world, to guard us thee, the King eternal, im- against temptation, and mortal, invisible, the only preserve us holy and undewise God, all glory and filed. Help us all to set honour, rnight, majesty, and our affections on things

own

our

above. Keep ever in our May the contemplation of minds a lively sense of our his character, and imitation responsibility to thee. May of his example, bring us we constantly live as in constantly nearer to his thy world, in thy sight, as perfection, and to thy subjects, thy creatures, those mansions of everthy children. Let it belasting happiness which he our study at home and has promised to his disciabroad, by day and by ples, and gone before to night, to love and fear thee prepare for them. as we ought, and to do Take us, Almighty God, those things which are well under thy sovereign propleasing in thy sight. tection. Make us in soul

We acknowledge, O and body wholly thine. thou Father and judge of Sanctify

domestic men, that we have sinned relations; and strengthagainst thee; that not en and purify the bonds withstanding we have been of love which join thy continued in the world servants together.

together. May from day to day, and thy the blessings which we remercies have been borne ceive from thee, excite our to us on the wings of every gratitude and animate our hour, we have been undu- obedience. May those tiful and unthankful ; we sorrows, and privations, , have often forgotten, and and pains, with which in often disobeyed thee. Othy wisdom thou mayest Father, pardon and reclaim afflict us, be endured with us, and give us that repen- fortitude and resignation, tance which needeth not and improved to our eterto be repented of. Cleanse nal peace. Watch over us from our secret faults, us during the darkness of and let sin have no domin- this night, and the defenceion over us.

Enable us to less hours of sleep; prebecome true followers of serve us from all dangers ; thy Son Jesus Christ in all and bring us to the light of things; to clothe ourselves another morning more inwith his humility, purity, clined to love thee, and and benevolence. Let thy resolved to serve thee, than will, as it was his, be ours we ever have been. Acalso. Like him, may we cept our evening sacrifice go about doing good. of prayer and praise, which

we

we offer in the name of members of this household, Jesus Christ our most bless- mutually endeavour to dised Lord and Saviour. charge our several duties Amen.

to each other with tender

ness and fidelity. Let the MONDAY MORNING. gentle and pure spirit of

the blessed Jesus possess GREAT and glorious our hearts, and influence Lord our God; we, thy our conduct. Let transervants, whom thou hast quillity, harmony, and love brought to see the light of abide in our dwelling, and another morning, prostrate the voice of health and ourselves before thee, and cheerfulness be continually humbly acknowledge thee heard in it. Wilt thou exas the God of our lives and tend thy loving kindness to the giver of all good. It all our friends. Delight in is thou who sustainest us their happiness here, and in the defenceless hours of make them heirs of the insleep, and when we awake heritance of the saints in

are still with thee. the future and eternal Encompassed by the same world. care which guarded us by O thou, whose blessing night, we go forth to the is on the habitation of the occupations of the day. O just, let us be the joyful God, our trust is in thee. objects of that blessing, Give us grace to perform now and for our duty faithfully; to use Let thy mercy encompass this world as not abusing our abode, and follow us it; to hold fast our integ- in all our ways. Throughrity as long as we live; to out our earthly pilgrimage, remember that thou seest be thou our guide and us always, and that we comforter; let thy rod and must render a final account thy staff be our support in of all that we do to thee, the valley of the shadow the witness and the judge of death; and lift up the

light of thy countenance We thank thee, O most upon us in the regions of merciful Father, for our

our eternal day. O God, hear domestic ties and family us in thy great mercy; pity blessings. May we, the our infirmities; pardon

evermore,

of men.

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