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TH A N KSGIVING S.

A General Thanksgiving.
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Lmighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine un

worthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to

This to be said us, and to all men [* particularly to those when any that have who defire now to offer up their praises and been prayed for, de- thanksgiving's for thy late mercies vouchsafed fire to return praise. unto them.) 2. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life ; but above

PA RA PHRASE. fion and mercy, thou wouldst deliver us from the same; and this we pray chce to grant, for the honour of Jesus Christ, who is our mediator, and ai thy right hand makes intercession in our behalf. Amen.

1. O thou omnipotent being, Father of all mercies and God of all comfort, (2 Cor. i. 3.) who art the author and giver of all the good things which thy creatures are blessed with : we thy finful fervants, who are not worthy of the least of thy merits, (Gen. xxii. 10.) since thou haft been graciously pleased to bestow so many of them upon us with a boun: teous hand, we do, with the utmost devotion and respect to thee, and with the most sincere sense of thy favours, in this congregation pay our public thanks unto thee, for the numerous and reiterated examples of thy benevolence towards us, thanking thee, not only for favours conferred upon ourselves, but as, in thy holy word, we are particularly commanded so to do, giving thanks for all men. 1 Tim. ii. i.

2. We render thee our most grateful acknowledgments for the bleffing of our creation, that thou didit not suffer us to lie in a state of non-exist. ence, but haft raised us into glorious beings endowed with reason and capable of attaining to eternal bliss in a future state. We bless thee for our preservation, whereby thou haft defended us, during the whole course of our lives, from all those casualties, to which we have been every day exposed; from pain, fickness, want, and all that variety of external accidents to which we might have become a prey ; praising thee likewise for all the blessings of this life, for health, food, friends, benefactors, and many other blessings whereof we all partake; but above all, we extol thy holy name, for that inestimable love to us, (without which all temporal enjoyments had availed us nothing,) in redeeming the whole world which was lost and undone, and forever subject to the divine wrath, by the precious blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We bless thee likewise for the means of obtaining grace, which thou haft afforded os, for our reception into the church by baptism, fos the confirmation of our faith and our

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all, for chine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Chrift; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. 3. And we beseech chee, give us that Ĉue sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we may shew 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, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

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For Rain.

gracious providence dost cause the former and the latter Rain to descend upon the earth. that it may bring forth fruit for the use of man; We give thee humble thanks, that it hath

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PA RA P H R A SÉ. reifitation to thy favour after our fall, by the facrament of the Lord's fapper, for the advantages we receive by being edified by public prayer and the preaching of God's word: and finally, we bless thee for the hope which thou haft given us of existing in a blessful fate to all eternity, when thou shalt remove us out of this world; by which blessed hope we are enabled to overcome the terrors of death ; which prevents us from desponding under the greatest pressure of worldly affliction, and secures to us an Everlafting happiness in the life to come.

3. We moreover beseech thee to encrease, in one particular, thy mercies yet farther to us, and that is, to impart to us thy grace, that we may have a proper sense of all these mercies; that we may feel a fincere grati. tode for them, and that we may let the remembrance of them fink deep iato our hearts, not confining our gratitude to a verbal thanksgiving, but resolving to make the beft returns in our power, by devoting ourselves eną tirely to thy service, and forming a steady purpose, never, wilfully, to ofend so gracious a God, but to pass our whole lives in that holiness and righteousness which the rules laid down in thy gospel oblige us to; these favours we intreat thee to grant, for the sake of Jefus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee, and the Holy Ghoft, the three persons of the glorivas and blessed Trinity, to whom we are indebted for all these blessings, be ascribed eternal honour and glory. Amen.

Paraphrase on the Thanksgiving for Rain. O God, who tho' thou dwelleft in thy immortal glory in heaven, dort Levertheless protect as, thy poor creatures, with a fatherly care, and Rakef all things tend to promote their good and emolument, who doft,

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pleased thee in our great necessity to send us at thee last a joyful Rain upon thine inheritance, and to refresh it when it was dry; to the great comfort of us thy unworthy servants, and to the glory of thy holy Name, through thy mercies in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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For Fair Weather.
Lord God, who hast juftly humbled us by thy late

plague of immoderate rain and waters, and in thy mercy hast relieved and comforted our souls by this seasonable and blessed change of weather : We praise and glorify thy holy Name for this thy mercy; and will always declarc thy loving kindness from generation to generation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Plenty.
Most merciful Father, who of thy gracious goodness

haft heard the devout Prayers of thy Church, and turned our dearch and scarcity into cheapness and plenty ;

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PA RA PHRASE. for their fakes, send the former and the latter rain (that is, the rains which in the east usually fall in spring or autumn) on the earth, that men may gather their corn, wine, and oil; (Deut. ix. 14.) we, in deep and humble sense of thy goodness, do, as in duty bound, return thee thanks for relieving us in our late great necessity, by sending a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, and refreshing it when it is weary, (Pjal. xiviii. 9.) and as we acknowledge this blessing to be a greater comfort to us, we hope, by making a good use thereof, to cause it to promote thy honour and glory, which we heg, for thy mercies fake vouchsafed us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Fair Weather.. O righteous Lord God, who, on account of our disobedience and our innumerable transgreffons of thy holy laws, didít, of late, punith us by heavy rains and foods, but was afterwards pleased in thy great mercy, to fpare us and relieve us, by sending this happy and seasonable change of weather ; we, for this mercy, return thee our moit hearty thanks in tbe congregation of thy people here assembled, and do promise, from hence forward, constantly to bear in mind this extraordinary love and kindness which thou 'halt mewn us, and, during the remainder of our lives, to be always thewing forth thy praise from generation to generation, (Pfal. !xxix. 13.) Amen.

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We give thee humble thanks for this thy special bounty ; beleeching thee to continue thy loving kindness unto us, that our land may yield us her fruits of increase, to thy glory

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For Peace and Deliverance from our Enemies.

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thy servants against the face of their enemies; We yild thee praise and thanksgiving for our deliverance from chofe

apparent dangers wherewith we were compassed. We acknowledge it thy goodness, that we were not delivered over as a prey unto them; beseeching thee fill to continue such thy mercies towards us, that all the world may know that thou art our Saviour and mighty deliverer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Åmen.

For restoring public Peace at Home.
Eternal God, our heavenly Father, who alone makest

men to be of one mind in a house, and stillest the outrage of a violent and unruly people ; We bless thy holy Name, that it hach pleased thee to appease the seditious tumults which have been lately raised up amongst us; most humbly beseeching thee to grant to all of us grace, that we may henceforth obediently walk in thy holy commandments; and leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, may continually offer unto thee our facrifice of praise and thanksgiving for these thy mercies towards us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. For Deliverance from the Plague, or other common fickness. Lord God, who haft wounded us for our sins, and.

consumed us for our transgressions, by thy late heavy and dreadful visitation, and now in the midit of judgment, remembering mercy, haft redeemed our souls from the jaws of death ; We offer unto thy Fatherly goodness ourselves, our fouls, and bodies, which thou hast delivered, to be a living facrifice unto thee; always praising and magnifying thy mercies in the midst of thy Church, through Jesus Chrilt our Lord. Amen.

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ful Father, that all the punishments which are threatened in thy law, might justly have fallen upon us, by reason of our manifold transgressions and hardness of heart: yet secing ir hath pleased thee of thy tender mercy, upon our weak and unworthy humiliation, to affwage the contagious sickness, wherewith we lately have been fore afflicted, and to restore the voice of joy and health into our dwellings; we offer unto thy Divine Majesty the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; lauding and magnifying thy glorious Name for such thy preservation and providence over us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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