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hearts; we acknowledge and our powers of resistin thy presence our im- ing temptations increased. perfections and sins, and Relieve the infirmities of fervently pray that thou our minds and bodies; wouldst be gracious unto grant us such strength as us, and forgive us, and re- our duties may require, member our iniquities no

and such diligence as may more. And as we know, improve those opportunithat without striving to be ties of good that shall be holy as thou art holy, we

afforded us.

Deliver us cannot expect thy favour, from evil thoughts; give we pray that thou wouldst

us true repentance for the not leave us to ourselves, sins of our past lives; and but wouldst assist us by as we draw nearer and thy holy Spirit, and grant nearer to the grave, inunto us true repentance. crease our faith, enliven Help us to renounce and our hope, extend our chaforsake all that is evil, and rity, and purify our decleave to all that is good, sires; and so help us, by and to make thee and thy thy holy Spirit, that when approbation the objects of it shall be thy pleasure to our supreme regard; so call us hence, we may be that we fail not at last to received to everlasting attain that eternal happi- happiness, through Jesus ness which thou hast


Christ our Lord. Amen. ised to thy faithful servants. Hear us, O Father, and

LORD of life and death, answer


and all worlds, peace, through thine infi- give us to know the value nite mercy in Jesus Christ


fleeting years. our Lord. Amen.

While we have time, let

us improve it as we ought; TIME, DEATH, AND ETER- let us not forsake thee in

life, nor fall from thee in

death; and O keep us, we GRANT, O Lord and entreat thee, from that heavenly Father, that as second death, which must our days on earth are mul- come upon the heedless tiplied, our good resolu- and impenitent.

Thou tions may be strengthened, who openest, and no man

send us


of of all



shutteth, open to us the before thee our God, and doors of thine own pe

before the world we may culiar abode, and permit manifest that we are reus to dwell with thee, ligious, not in name and where weakness, danger word only, but in deed and and death shall find no truth; and may be trained room. Grant this, O Lord, up for everlasting life and for thine infinite mercy's happiness, through Jesus sake, through Jesus Christ Christ our Lord. Amen. our Lord. Amen.




humbly thank thee for the O GOD, by whose gra- privileges of religious worcious providence we have ship and instruction which been led to the knowledge we have at this time enjoyand worship of thee, the ed. Forgive whatever thou one true God, and who hast seen amiss in us, and hast appointed the public whatever may have been ordinances of religion for said contrary to the truth our improvement in piety and to thy holy word. Acand virtue; we give thee cept the sincerity of our humble thanks for the devotions, and cause the privileges of this day; and good seed of thy word to we beseech thee to enable spring up, and bear us to manifest our thank- hundred fold in our hearts fulness to thee, who guidest and lives.

. Teach us to us by thy counsel, by a dil- love thee more and serve igent performance of all thee better, day by day; the duties of piety, right- that when our days on eousness, and mercy, that, earth are ended, we may keeping faith and a good be received to thine eterconscience, and living in nal joy, through Jesus all godliness and honesty, Christ our Lord. Amen.






While the Minister is reading the following Sentences, or

such a portion of them as may be convenient, the Wardens shall collect the usual Alms for the Poor.

LET your light so shine and the prophets. Matt. before men, that they may vii. 12. see your good works, and Not everyone who glorify your Father who is saith unto me, Lord, Lord, in heaven. Matt. v. 16. shall enter into the king

Lay not up for your dom of heaven; but he selves treasures upon earth, who doeth the will of my where moth and rust do Father who is in heaven. corrupt, and where thieves Matt. vii. 21. break through and steal; He who soweth little but lay up for yourselves shall reap little ; and he treasures in heaven, where who soweth plenteously, neither moth nor rust doth shall reap plenteously. Let corrupt, and where thieves every man do according do not break through nor as he is disposed in his steal. Matt. vi. 19, 20. heart; not grudgingly, or

Whatsoever ye would of necessity; for God that men should do unto loveth a cheerful giver. you,

so do unto Cor. ix. 6, 7. them; for this is the law While we have time let



us do good unto all men, of God in him? 1 John, and especially unto those ii. 17. who are of the household Give alms of thy goods, of faith. Gal. vi. 10. . and never turn thy face

Godliness is great riches, from any poor man; and if a man be content with then the face of the Lord that he hath; for shall not be turned away brought nothing into the from thee. Tob. iv. 7. world, neither may we Be merciful after thy carry any thing out. i Tim.

power; if thou hast much, vi. 6, 7.

give plenteously; if thou Charge those who are hast little, do thy diligence rich in this world, that gladly to give of that little; they be ready to give, and for so gatherest thou thyglad to distribute; laying self a good reward in the up in store for themselves day of necessity. Tob. a good foundation against iv. 8, 9. the time to come, that

He who hath pity upon they may attain eternal

the poor lendeth unto the life. 1 Tim. vi. 17, 18, Lord; and look, what he 19.

layeth out, it shall be God is not unrighteous, paid him again. Prov. that he will forget your xix. 17. works and labour that Blessed is the man who proceedeth of love, which provideth for the sick and ye have showed for his needy; the Lord shall dename's sake, who have liver him in the time of ministered unto the saints, trouble. Psal. xli. 1. and yet do minister. Heb. I have shown


how vi. 10.

that ye ought to support To do good, and to dis- the weak, and to rememtribute, forget not; for ber the words of the Lord with such sacrifices God Jesus how he said, It is is well pleased. Heb. xiii. more blessed to give than 16.

to receive. Acts, xx. 35. Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother Then the Minister shall say, have need, and shutteth up his compassion from Let us pray for the whole him, how dwelleth the love church of Christ.

ALMIGHTY and ever- heavenly grace; and esliving God, who by thy ho- pecially to this congregaly apostle hast taught us tion here

present; that to make prayers and sup- with meek heart and due plications, and to give reverence they may hear thanks for all men; we and receive thy holy word, humbly beseech thee most truly serving thee in holimercifully [to accept our ness and righteousness all alms and oblations, and] to the days of their life. And receive these our prayers,

we most humbly beseech which we offer unto thy thee of thy goodness, O Divine Majesty ; beseech- Lord, to comfort and sucing thee to inspire contin cour all those, who in this ually the universal church transitory life are in trouwith the spirit of truth, ble, sorrow, need, sickness, unity, and concord; and or any other adversity. grant that all they who do And we also bless thy holy confess the name of Christ name, for all thy servants may agree in the truth of departed this life in thy thy holy word, and live in faith and fear; beseeching unity and godly love. thee to give us grace, so We beseech thee also to to follow their good exbless all christian rulers amples, that with them we and governors, and grant may be partakers of thy that all who are placed in heavenly kingdom. Grant authority over us may truly this, O Father, for thine and impartially minister infinite mercy's sake, in justice, to the punishment Jesus Christ our Mediator of wickedness and vice, and Advocate. Amen. and to the maintenance of true religion and virtue. Then the Minister shall say Give grace, O heavenly to those who come to reFather, to all Ministers of

ceive the holy Commuthy holy gospel, that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true YE who do truly and and lively word, and right- earnestly repent you of ly and duly administer thy your sins, and are in love holy ordinances. And to and charity with your all thy people give thy neighbours, and intend to


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