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the errors which we have confessed may be reformed; that every devout aspiration we have breathed in the sanctuary may be remembered in the world, to guard us against temptation, and preserve us holy and undefiled. Help us all to set our affections on things above. Keep ever in our minds a lively sense of our responsibility to thee. May we constantly live as in thy sight, as thy subjects, thy creatures, thy children. Let it be our study at home and abroad, by day and by night, to love and fear thee as we ought, and to do those things which are well pleasing in thy sight.
We acknowledge, O Father, that we have sinned against thee; that although thy mercies have been borne to us on the wings of every hour, we have been undutiful and unthankful ; we have often forgotten, and often disobeyed thee. O Father, pardon and reclaim us, and give us that repentance which needeth not to be repented of. Cleanse us from our secret faults, and let sin have no dominion over us. Enable us to become true followers of thy Son Jesus Christ in all things; to clothe ourselves with his humility, purity, and benevolence. Like him, may we go about doing good.
Take us, Almighty God, under thy sovereign protection. Make us in soul and body wholly thine. Sanctify our domestic relations; and strengthen and purify the bonds of love which join thy servants together. May the blessings which we receive from thee excite our gratitude and animate our obedience. May those sorrows, and privations, and pains, with which, in thy wisdom, thou mayest afflict us, be endured with fortitude and resignation, and improved to our eternal peace. Watch over us during the darkness of this night, and the defenceless hours of sleep; preserve us from all dangers; and bring us to the light of another morning more inclined to
love thee, and resolved to serve thee, than we ever have been. Accept our evening sacrifice of prayer and praise, which we offer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
GREAT and glorious Lord our God, we, thy servants, whom thou hast brought to see the light of another morning, prostrate ourselves before thee, and humbly acknowledge thee as the God of our lives and the giver of all good. It is thou who sustainest us in the defenceless hours of sleep, and when we awake we are still with thee. Encompassed by the same care which guarded us by night, we go forth to the occupations of the day. O God, our trust is in thee. Give us grace to perform our duty faithfully ; to use this world as not abusing it ; to hold fast our integrity as long as we live; to remember that thou seest us always, and that we must render a final account of all that we do to thee, the Witness and the Judge of men.
We thank thee, O most merciful Father, for our domestic ties and family blessings. May we, the members of this household, mutually endeavor to discharge our several duties to each other with tenderness and fidelity. May the gentle and pure spirit of the blessed Jesus possess our hearts, and influence our conduct. May tranquillity, harmony, and love, abide in our dwelling, and the voice of health and cheerfulness be continually heard in it. Wilt thou extend thy loving-kindness to all our friends. Bestow upon them happiness here, and make them heirs of the inheritance of the saints hereafter.
O Thou, whose blessing is on the habitation of the just, make us the joyful objects of that blessing, now and forevermore. Let thy mercy encompass our abode, and follow us in all our ways. Throughout our earthly pilgrimage, be thou our guide and comforter; let thy rod and thy staff be our support in the valley of the shadow of death; and lift up the light of thy countenance upon us in the regions of eternal day. O God, hear us in thy great mercy ; pity our infirmities; pardon our sins; and from our united hearts accept this tribute of devotion, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Thou who dwellest in the heavens, but whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, unto thee do we lift up our souls. Thou art never far from any one of us, and we cannot flee from thy presence. If we say, The darkness shall hide us, even the night shall be light about us; for the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. Thou seest us at this moment, and discernest every thought and intention of our hearts. Thou art acquainted with all our ways, and there is not a word in our tongues, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Let this momentous truth be deeply impressed upon our minds. However occupied, and in whatever place or circumstances we may be, may we remember that thou art with us ; that no fault which we commit will be overlooked, no virtue we exercise be unnoticed, and no prayers which we utter be unheard by thee, our God. Encircled in thy protecting arms, may we fear no evil. Encompassed by thine awful presence, may we commit no sin. When discouraged by difficulties, may we look up to thee, from whom our help cometh; and when distressed by calamity, may we take refuge in thy mercy. Through life, may we act always as seeing Him who is invisible. In death, may we find our consolation in the presence of Him, who, when flesh and heart fail, will be the strength of our heart and our portion forever.
Accept our thanks, most merciful Father, for thy great goodness in bringing us to the close of another day, in the enjoyment of so many blessings. While we gratefully receive the gifts of thy bounty, may we never incur the guilt of loving the creature more than the Creator, or of laying up treasure on earth to the neglect of our treasure in heaven; but help us so to pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not things eternal.
Graciously regard whatever of duty we have this day performed. Forgive whatever has been sinful. Let no evil come near us or our dwelling in the night; and bring us to the morning rejoicing still in thy great goodness, and praising thee, the Father of all mercies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, Maker of all things, whose we are, and on whom we entirely depend, we thank thee that thou hast kept us during the past night ; that thou hast refreshed us with grateful slumbers; that thou hast preserved us from the dangers which walk in darkness, and hast opened our eyes on the light of another day. We acknowledge, O God, that these are but a small part of thy mercies. Thou hast been always with us; thou art continually doing us good. All the blessings which we enjoy, or have ever enjoyed, come down from thee, the Father and the Friend of all.
We would call upon our souls, and all that is within us, to bless and praise thy holy name, and not to forget all the benefits of Him, who forgiveth our iniquities, who healeth our diseases, who redeemeth our lives from destruction, and crowneth us with loving-kindness and tender mercy. O, teach us how to thank thee as we ought; to show forth thy praise not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days. Let us cherish that faith which is imbibed from a pure doctrine, and is manifested by a holy life. Let us cultivate that piety which deeply reverences and supremely loves a Being of infinite perfections, and which produces, as its natural fruit, a sincere love for all mankind. May every day of our lives be marked by some valuable improvement, some act of virtue, some victory over temptation and passion. May we be continually advancing nearer to perfection, to the moral likeness of our Savior, and to thy rest and happiness above.
O God, we look to thee for thy protection through this day. Keep us from danger, from sickness, and from falling into sin. Enable us to be useful to society, and to obtain the approbation of those whom we love. Especially may we so conduct ourselves this day, and through all our days, as to secure thy favor, which is life, and thy loving-kindness, which is better than life. We ask all things in the name, and as disciples of thy Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
EVER-GRACIOUS and indulgent God, who hast brought us to the close of this day in safety and