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member that he is a God who heareth prayer, and knoweth all our thoughts, and all the secrets of our hearts. Let us pray to him humbly, and reverently, and sincerely.
HOLY and blessed Lord, our God; We pray thee to hear us; We pray thee to bless us. Give unto us a pure heart and a right spirit. May we strive to do what is pleasing in thy sight. May we be careful not to offend thee. May we love and obey our parents and guardians; May we speak the truth always; And be just and kind to all persons. As we grow in stature, may we grow in wisdom, and in favor with God and man. When we sin, do thou forgive us. When we wander, do thou restore us. When we are in sorrow, do thou comfort us. While we live, may we love and serve thee. In the hour of death, may we rest upon thee; And after death may we rise to praise thee. Which we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Instructer. Children, the grace of Christ be with you, and the peace of God rest upon you, now and for evermore. Amen.
The following Sentences are to be said alternately by the Instructer and Pupils.
Ins. WHEREWITHAL shall the young cleanse their way?
P. By taking heed thereto, according to God's word.
Ins. Teach them, O Lord, the way of thy statutes;
P. And we will keep it unto the end.
Ins. Give them understanding, and they shall keep thy law.
P. Yea, we shall keep it with our whole heart.
Ins. O turn away their eyes, lest they behold vanity; P. And quicken thou us in thy way.
Ins. The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy;
P. O teach us thy statutes. Ins. Thou art good, and doest good.
P. O teach us thy statutes. Ins. Thy testimonies have we claimed as our heritage for ever; and why?
P. They are the very joy of our hearts.
Ins. Our hands also will we lift up unto thy commandments, which we have loved;
P. And our study shall be in thy statutes. Ins. Let us pray.
Then shall the Instructer say the following Prayer.
O GOD, who art the source of light, and fountain of all wisdom, help thy young servants, we pray thee, in acquiring a right knowledge of thee and of thy holy will and word. Dispose their hearts to the love of truth, and their minds to the attainment of all good learning. Assist them to search the Scriptures, and to find in them eternal life. Lead them to their Saviour, and incline them to reverence, imitate, and obey him. May they learn of him, who was meek and lowly in heart; and so learn of him, that they may finally live and reign with him, in glory and joy everlasting. This we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall he say,
O LORD, thy word endureth for ever in heaven; thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another.
P. Lord, have mercy upon
us, and incline our hearts to keep thy law.
Ins. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting; O grant us understanding, and we shall live.
P. Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all thy laws in our hearts, we beseech thee.
Ins. May the Lord bless us and keep us; may the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us, and give us peace, now, and for evermore, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
CLOSING PRAYER FOR A SUNDAY SCHOOL.
OUR Father who art in heaven, We thank thee for the instruction which we have now received, And we pray that it may do us good. We thank thee for the bles
sings of the Gospel, And we pray that we may value and improve them. We thank thee for all thy good gifts, And we pray thee to make us worthy of them. May we depart from this place with thy blessing; May we go home with thy peace in our hearts. Forgive us our errors and faults. Make us wiser and better every day. May we live on earth as thy dear children; And live for ever with thee in heaven; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Benediction, which may be added to the Closing Prayer.
THE Lord bless us and keep us; the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us; and give us peace, now and evermore. Amen.
END OF SERVICES FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS
3 From east to west the sun surveyed, From north to south, adoring throngs; And still where evening stretched her shade,
The stars came forth to hear their songs. 4 And not a prayer, a tear, or sigh,
Hath failed this day some suit to gain; To those in trouble thou wert nigh; Not one hath sought thy face in vain. 5 Thy poor were bountifully fed; Thy chastened sons have kissed the rod; Thy mourners have been comforted; The pure in heart have seen their God. 6 Yet one prayer more; and be it one In which both heaven and earth accord; Fulfil thy promise to thy son! Let all that breathe call Jesus Lord!
"The Night shineth as the Day." 1 In darkness as in light, Hidden alike from view,
I sleep, I wake within His sight