Imágenes de página
PDF
ePub

creatures. Mercifully regard the work of thy hands. Let thy name be known, and thy pure worship prevail throughout the world. May all people, nations, and languages acknowledge thee, the true God. May wisdom and goodness, liberty and peace, charity and happiness, every where abound; and thy kingdom of truth and righteousness spread and flourish, until it cover the face of the whole earth. Amen.

FOR RULERS.

O LORD God, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, we humbly beseech thee with thy favor to behold the President of the United States, and all others in authority. May they be the faithful guardians of our public liberties, and the instruments of transmitting them to posterity. May we have reason to rejoice in them as the ministers of thy providence to us for good; and may they finally be found worthy of everlasting life. Amen.

FOR CHRISTIAN MINISTERS.

O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the fountain of light, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift, we humbly beseech thee to send down thy blessing upon christian Ministers of every denomination; may they be so replenished with the truth of thy doctrines, and so exemplary in unaffected piety and goodness of life, that they may become the means of turning many to righteousness, and of promoting the knowledge and practice of the pure and holy gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOR THE AFflicted.

O GOD of mercy, we humbly implore thy favorable regard for all our brethren in affliction; may thy wisdom be their direction, thy power their support, and thy goodness their confidence; and by a patient behavior under their afflictions, and a

thankful acknowledgment of all thy mercies, may they be prepared for unmixed happiness in a future and better world. Amen.

CONCLUDING PRAYER.

O LORD God, our heavenly Father, who hast permitted us with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee, fulfil, we beseech thee, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as thou in thy wisdom knowest to be good for us. We commit ourselves to the care of thy providence; merfully defend us from all the dangers to which we may be exposed; graciously accept these our services, and grant that in all our works begun, continued, and ended, we may glorify thy holy name, and finally obtain ever

lasting life and felicity; which we humbly ask in the name and as the disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord; in whose words we conclude our prayers.

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against

us.

And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

NOW unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.

END OF SECOND SERVICE.

[blocks in formation]

AND I WOULD FRAME A KIND OF FAITHFUL PRAYER
FOR ALL ESTATES WITHIN THE STATE OF GRACE;
THAT CAREFUL LOVE MIGHT NEVER KNOW DESPAIR,
NOR SERVILE FEAR MIGHT FAITHFUL LOVE DEFACE:
AND THIS I WOULD BOTH DAY AND NIGHT DEVISE
TO BE MY HUMBLE SPIRIT'S EXERCISE.

NICHOLAS BRITON. 1614.

[merged small][ocr errors]

FAMILY PRAYERS.

SUNDAY MORNING.

ALMIGHTY and ever blessed God, source of all being, and fountain of all good; we, thy children, come before thee this morning, to express our sense of thy goodness to us, to acknowledge our dependence upon thee, to adore thy greatness, and commend ourselves to thy

care.

Glory be to thy name that thou hast made us capable of holding communion with thee, the Father of our spirits, and of receiving the revelations of thy word and will. Glory be to thy name for the heavenly doctrines, precepts, and promises of the gospel of thy Son. We make it our earnest prayer to thee, that our hearts may be touched by

its holy influences, that our characters may be formed by its spirit, that our lives may be governed by its laws. O guide us, we beseech thee, in the ways of its truth to the everlasting home which it promises to the righteous.

Let our attendance this day on thy public worship, and the services and instructions of thy house, conduce to our spiritual improvement and our eternal good. Let us enter thy gates with thanksgiving, and thy courts with praise, and take with us our best affections and resolutions to the temple of the Lord. Let not our thoughts, which ought to be engaged in the holiest offices, be still returning to the cares, pleasures, and follies of a transitory world; neither let us take

« AnteriorContinuar »