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acknowledge Thy grace here, and may hope for Thy glory hereafter. Turn the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto Thee, for Thou wilt have mercy upon him; unto our God, for Thou wilt abundantly pardon. Let Thy blessing rest upon all those who by just impediment cannot this day partake Thy sacred feast. May we and all others who this day partake thereof put on the wedding garment, and solemnly rejoice in Him who clothes us with His righteousness. Enable us to consider well that the evening cannot leave us such as this morning received us ; that we must then have used or abused in a further degree the gracious offers of Thy Gospel. Breathe into us a living and effective faith, and teach us to cast our every care upon Thee, with stedfast hope and lowly comfort.
Guide us onward to the prize of our high calling, order our steps by Thy word, and lead us forth into the land of righteousness. In Thee would we live, and move, and have our being, through Jesus Christ. Unto Jehovah, who is our strength, unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, unto Him be glory, in the Church, by Christ Jesus, world without end. Amen.
LORD God Almighty! Creator of heaven and earth, and all that therein is, have mercy upon us for the sake of Jesus Christ, and forgive us all that is past, and make us as little children before Thee, that we may truly repent and be converted, and enter into Thy kingdom. Thou hast sent Thy Son to suffer death for us upon the cross! O give us ears to bear and eyes to see, that in Him we may be turned from darkness to light, from the power of Satan unto Thee, that in Him each of us may receive the forgiveness of our sins, and an inheritance among all them which are sanctified by faith. Make our lives such as may bear witness to our faith, and accord with the outward forms and obligations of our Church. Turn us, and we shall be turned to Thee. Teach us what it is to desire the sanctification of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may lay aside all iniquity, may honestly seek and stedfastly endeavour with all our strength of mind and body to perfect holiness in the fear of Thee. Govern us with continual thankfulness, and comfort us with continual hope. In Thee and towards Thy righteousness establish and direct our every thought, and word, and deed, that for us death may be abolished in Jesus
Christ, and life and immortality brought to light. Let us have died unto sin in Him, that we may be quickened together with Him, and rise with Him unto newness of life, through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead; and let us hope to appear with Him in glory, when we shall have passed through the gate of death and the grave. Here on earth enable us to love Thee, and to know Thee that Thou art the Lord. Every day would we bless Thee, and worship Thy holy name; we would extol Thee for ever, and magnify Thy salvation. We would abundantly utter the memory of Thy mercies, and speak of Thy righteousness. We bless Thee that Thou wert in Christ reconciling us unto Thyself, not imputing unto us our trespasses. We bless Thee, that as we are partakers of flesh and blood, Christ himself likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy Him that had the power of death. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing, world without end. Amen.
LORD God Almighty! who didst send into the world as on this day the Messenger of Thy covenant, Thy wellbeloved and only Son, that through Him the world might be saved, have mercy upon us for His sake, and let Thy Spirit work in us effectually that we neglect not Thy great salvation. Enable us to confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus, and to believe in Him with all our hearts : and strengthen us unto a quiet and confident conviction, that He is able to save to the uttermost every one that shall come through Him unto Thee. Let Him be made unto each of us our wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. Quicken us to such a sense of our utter unworthiness, as may humble us entirely before Thy throne : and when we labour and are heavy laden, turn us, and we shall be turned, unto Him who alone can give us rest. Incline us to learn of Him who was meek and lowly in heart, and to take upon us His easy yoke, that we be not wise in our own conceits, and follow not our own devices and desires, but rather be filled with the knowledge of Thy will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Save us in Thy lovingkindness by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost shed upon us abundantly for the sake of
Jesus Christ our Saviour ; that being justified by His grace, we may be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Teach us to deny ungodliness and worldl lusts, and to live soberly and righteously in this present world, as true believers in Him, who came upon
earth as at this time in the flesh, and gave Himself for us, that He mght redeem us from all iniquity, and purify us unto Himself for a peculiar people, zealous of good works. May we learn the lesson of our peace from Him, who was fashioned as one of us, and lived in this our world, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Henceforward rule us all our lives to take good heed unto Thy word, and let the Day-star arise on our hearts, and the knowledge of the birth of Christ be to us glad tidings of great joy. Make us truly thankful that unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, upon whose shoulder is the government, whose name is called the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Hide Thy face from our sin, and blot out all our iniquity. Vouchsafe unto us the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold us with Thy free Spirit. Open Thou our lips, and our mouths shall shew forth Thy praise. Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, good-will towards men. Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory, Lord God Almighty, through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son. Amen.