Imatges de pÓgina
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that dread of death, from which thy blessed Son hath delivered all those who believe in his name. And finally, we beseech Thee, O God merciful and gracious, that when the trying and most solemn hour of our dissolution is at hand, and we shall most need the consolations which are in Christ Jesus-we may know in whom we have believed--that he is able to keep that which we have committed unto him, and to save us for his own name and for his truth's sake, with an everlasing salvation. We beg this, most merciful Father, in perfect dependence upon Him, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen."

No. VII.

On Riches-1784.

O blessed Lord! who in thy wisdom hast been pleased to heap an abundance of the good things of this world upon thine unworthy servant, suffer me not, I pray Thee, to set my heart upon them. Guard me, O Lord, I most earnestly beseech Thee, against the sin of covetousness, which doth too easily beset us. And as Thou hast given me riches, give me understanding to consider them as talents committed to my care, for which I must be accountable; and also grace to make use of them, to the promotion of Thy honour, and the salvation of my own soul. Hear, O blessed Lord!

this the imperfect prayer of thy servant, who, feeling himself humbled under the conscious sense of the corruption of his fallen nature, crieth aloud to Thee for help and deliverance, in the name and through the mediation of the crucified Jesus; to whom with Thee, and the Holy Spirit, be ascribed all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen."

No. VIII.

Evening Prayer for Private Use-1784.

"O Lord God! Thou hast commanded us to pray unto Thee. Grant, that as it is our duty and interest to obey Thee, it may also become our chief delight so to do. Pardon, O Lord, we most earnestly beseech Thee, the offences which we have this day committed, and continue Thy gracious protection to us throughout the night. All that we are or have in this world, we owe to thy bounty. Grant unto us, above all things, the blessing of thankful and obedient hearts. Every hour of our lives brings us nearer to our end.—Grant, O Lord, that in the days of health we may consider this, and remember to provide for the great account which we must one day give. To this end, O Lord, we beseech Thee, suffer us not to put off the hour of repentance, lest death overtake us unawares, and dread and fear overwhelm us.

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"O God, lighten our souls with Thy saving truth, and fill our hearts with cheerfulness, innocence, and gratitude. Grant that we may love Thee above all things; for in Thy love is peace, and in Thy presence is fulness of joy.

"Correct us, O Lord, but not in thine anger, whensoever we go astray; forgive all our failings and infirmities, and for Jesus's sake blot out all our sins. Let Thy Holy Spirit direct, guide, sanctify, and preserve us unto the end. Grant, O Lord, that we may have faith to ask Thy blessings in the true spirit of Christian humility, and grace to receive them in such a manner as may be acceptable in Thy sight. Above all, let us remember, at all times, and upon all occasions, that Thou art a God, "unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid;" that living in a constant sense of Thy presence, we may walk uprightly before Thee all the days of our lives; that so when we come to be laid upon the bed of death, we may be able to resign ourselves into Thy hands, O most merciful Father, in perfect confidence of Thy love, and with the same calmness and composure with which we now commit ourselves to rest-knowing that Thou, Lord, wilt preserve to the uttermost all those who put their sure trust in Thee. Into Thy hands, therefore, we commend ourselves, our families, and all our concerns; for Thou art our God, and we will be Thy

servants alway. Amen, for Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ's sake, Amen."

No. IX.

Easter-Day-1776.

"O blessed Jesus! I have now passed over another Easter-Day, when, by Thy rising from the grave, Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. O grant that I may be found in that blessed number. To this end, O Lord, I beseech Thee to cleanse, purify, and sanctify me by Thy Holy Spirit, that the remainder of my days may be spent to Thy honour and glory. I know, O Lord, full well, that through the infirmity of my nature I cannot long together stand upright, and that through my manifold sins I am sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before me. But, O adorable Saviour, Thou knowest that I love Thee, and that my heart's desire is to serve Thee as Thou oughtest to be served. Cast me not away, then, O blessed Lord, from Thy presence; take not Thy Holy Spirit from me; but by Thy all-sufficient grace, so strengthen, 'stablish, settle me, that all my thoughts, words, and actions may be well pleasing in Thy sight.

"Hear this imperfect prayer of an unworthy minister and humbled sinner, O blessed Lord Jesus, for thy mercy's sake. Amen.”

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No. X.

On sending a small Work to the Press.

"Frail sinner that I am, Thou knowest, O blessed Jesus, that I love Thee. Prosper, I beseech Thee, all my undertakings in Thy service; and grant that this humble one, in which I am now engaged, may in some degree be instrumental in preserving Thy true Church in this country. Grant this, O blessed Lord, for Thy truth's sake. Amen."

On his Annual Distribution-1809.

"My poor's day. Distress increasing among the poor-thank God I gave comfort to many. O Lord, Thon hast given me abundance; grant me therewith a grateful heart and a liberal hand, that of Thine own, I may be always ready to give unto Thee; and that I myself in the end may be accepted of Thee, for Jesus's sake. Amen."

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"Mrs. A. D. left us on her return home, after having spent three weeks with us. In a very handsome manner, she desired to give her mite towards my asylum, putting twenty pounds into my hands. May it be laid up for her in heaven. Amen."

North-Bradley, Sept. 1808.

"Small congregation as usual, at morning service. Alas! alas! how few are in this placeat least, of those who belong to the Church

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