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EVENING FAMILY WORSHIP:
THE LORD'S DAY.
Father.-Let us Pray.
Father-Almighty and Everlasting God, grant us grace, we beseech thee, to come into thy presence, and to worship thee at this time, with reverence and with godly fear. Withdraw our minds from every thing but thy worship and service in which we are now immediately engaged. May thy presence, O God, be with us, according to thy promise. Graciously instruct us from thy word; let us sing thy praise with melody in our hearts; and pour out on us a spirit of prayer: and O may we find thy presence sweet, refreshing, and edifying to our souls, whilst we are thus waiting upon thee. Vouchsafe unto us these blessings, O our God, for the sake of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Family. Amen.
Father. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name: Thy Kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth, as it is done 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.
Father. The Portion of Holy Scripture for this evening is, &c. [The Scriptures will then be read.]
Father. Let us sing to the praise and the glory of God:-"This Sacred day &c."
1. This sacred day, great God, we close
And bless thee for the joyful news
2. May we retain the glorious truths
And, with obedient lives, adorn
3. Ere long we hope to meet and join
Father.-Let us Pray.
Father.-O Lord God of grace and of mercy and of peace, we unite together this evening at the close of thy holy day, to give thanks and praise to thy ever blessed name, for all the blessings of thy providence and thy grace which this day thou hast bestowed upon us. O fill our hearts with gratitude, and open our lips in praise, that we may give glory to thy name for thy manifold loving kindnesses and tender mercies thus bestowed upon us poor unworthy and sinful creatures.
Family.-O Lord God of mercy and love, we adore
and magnify thy name for all thy goodness bestowed on us this day in thy providence and grace.
Father. Our Father in heaven, may our souls truly profit by all the spiritual exercises in which we have been engaged on this day of thine. May we thereby be assimilated to thee, and be made partakers of the divine nature.
Family. O Lord, give us thy blessing with all the religious exercises we have this day been engaged in, and may we be made partakers of the divine nature.
Father.-Almighty God, be pleased, we beseech thee, to maintain upon our minds, and upon our hearts, all the instructions, and all the impressions, we have this day received, from thy word, and by thy Spirit. O let us not forget these instructions: O let not these impressions be effaced, nor become weakened; but may the instructions received be fully confirmed in us, and be rooted and grounded; and may the impressions received become stronger and stronger.
Family-O Father, most graciously seal upon us, all the instructions and impressions which we have this day received in waiting upon thee, that through them thy name may be glorified in us.
Father.-O God of our salvation, let the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ rest upon us, through all the means of edification which we have enjoyed throughout this day.
Father. O Most Merciful Father, may the love of God be confirmed unto us, and may we be enlarged therein abundantly, through all the means of edification which we have enjoyed throughout this day. Family.-Amen.
Father.-O God of all grace, may the communion of the Holy Ghost be graciously vouchsafed unto us,
through all the means of edification which we have enjoyed throughout this day. Family.-Amen.
Father.-Most Blessed God, hear, we beseech thee, all the prayers offered up by the flock with which we this day associated. O let these prayers be accepted in thy sight, through the holy incense of the Redeemer's sacrifice, and his all prevailing mediation on our behalf; and may visible answers to these supplications be seen by us in due time, and in thine own way, to the glory of thy most holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Family-O thou hearer of prayer, listen, we beseech thee, to the supplications of the flock with which we this day associated, and give us gracious answers through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Father.-O Lord our God, may every disciple of Jesus Christ with whom we have this day associated in our worship and services, be greatly blessed with true and abundant edification, comfort, and salvation, through the exercises of this day, and may they all grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Family.-O Lord, abundantly bless all thy disciples with whom we worshipped this day.
Father.-Lord God of mercy and compassion, have mercy, we beseech thee, on all present in the congregation where we assembled, who know not the only way of salvation through the Lamb that was slain, or who live in vice and wickedness, or who remain in a state of indifference about the great concern of their souls and of eternity. O Lord, arouse them by the instructions, reproofs, and warnings which have this day sounded in their ears, and may thy Holy Spirit by these means, or by others, speedily bring them from darkness to light, even to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and to a life of holy obedience to their Saviour, that they may obtain everlasting life.
Family.-O God, have mercy on all in our congre gation this day who are strangers to thy grace, and make them now to turn unto thee with all their hearts.
Father-Almighty and most gracious Father, bless abundantly, we beseech thee, with thy grace, thy Servant [Servants] who labours among us, and administers to us the Gospel of thy grace, reconciliation, and peace, through our Lord Jesus Christ. O enlarge his heart, and strengthen him in the Lord, that he may greatly glorify thee in his holy calling and service. O Lord enable us continually to pray for him, and with all earnest desire, and let our prayers and supplications on his behalf be visibly and abundantly answered. O our God, give him thy blessing through the labours and exercises of this day in which he has been engaged.
Family-Blessed God, enrich our Pastor [Pastors] with thy Spirit, and grant him the light of thy countenance at the close of this day.
Father.-Almighty God, may all the flock of which we form a part, duly listen to and obey thy Servant placed over us for our instruction and guidance, and whom thou hast commanded to watch for our souls, and to give a solemn account of them to thee in the final day. O Lord, preserve us from impeding, thwarting, or hindering him in his solemn labours and endeavours to present us all perfect in Christ Jesus at his coming and glory. O let us yield ourselves up to him in the Lord with all humility of mind before thee and before him. May he be faithful to us as a Pastor, and may we be submissive to him, in the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the instructions of thy holy word.
Family-O our God, enable us to yield ourselves up to thy holy authority and commandment in listening and submitting to thy Servant whom thou hast given us to instruct and guide us in thy kingdom.
Father. O Lord our God, may that flock and that