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ETERNAL and Almighty God, who hast brought us to the beginning of another year, have mercy upon us, and pardon every transgression it witnesseth against us, for the sake of Jesus Christ; and let Thy Spirit work in us the will, and bestow upon us the power, to obey Thy word during the remainder of our lives. It is Thy pleasure to increase the number of our days : increase our faith also, we beseech Thee, and enable us to bring forth fruits meet for repentance. In every year as it passes away let us be made wiser and better, and more capable of loving Thee; that so we may become Thine in name and in truth, and more fitted to depart as the time of our departure is drawing nearer and nearer. Make us lay seriously to heart all Thy warnings vouchsafed us hitherto. Turn all the visitations of Thy providence upon us to their proper account; and let us feel ourselves in the hands of a most merciful Father, and endeavour through Thy continual help to live under Thine eye with all gladness, as Thy children by adoption in Jesus Christ. May we thankfully improve all our means of grace, and deeply cherish the hope of glory. Make us remember, that every hour of every day is Thy special and immediate gift, and spend it to Thine honour in the work of our salvation. In Thy great mercy pardon us all the years we have consumed in vanity, deliver us from all evil habits, extinguish within us every bad passion, and destroy in us all unholy desires. Enable us to run with diligence the race that may be set before us, and teach us so to number our days, that we may now apply our hearts unto wisdom. It is Thou who hast made heaven, and the heaven of heavens, with all their hosts, the earth, and all things that are therein ; and Thou preservest them all, and the host of heaven worshippeth Thee. Let all the ends of the earth fear Thee, and look unto Jesus, and be saved in Him. The day is Thine, and the night also. Thou hast made summer and winter. Thou hast fashioned of our blood all nations that dwell on the face of the earth. Have compassion on the work of Thy hands. Thy Spirit has made each of us, and Thy breath bas given us life. Impute not unto us our iniquity, redeem us from our sin, and renew us again after Thine image. For the sake of Thy Son, let the Spirit of truth guide us into all truth, and remove from us the weight of our offences. Let us cast them down at the foot of the cross, and put on the righteousness of Christ, that we may be delivered from the bondage of corruption, and may stand fast in the glorious liberty wherewith our Saviour has made free the children of God: and sowing to the Spirit here, of the Spirit reap life everlasting, in Him who died to save sinners. Amen.

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IN the name of Thy well-beloved and only Son, crucified for each of us as on this day, we would draw nigh unto Thee, most holy God, and humbly cry out unto Thee for remission of our sins. Let each of us be saved from wrath, through Him who has been evidently set before us as wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, upon whom was the chastisement of our peace, and with whose stripes we may be healed. Have compassion upon us, Almighty Father ; let Thy Spirit cleanse and comfort our hearts: and to each of us here assembled before Thy throne, and to all in every land that call upon the name of Christ, let the preaching of His cross be the power of God and the wisdom of God. Enlighten us to understand the exceeding sinfulness of sin from the greatness of the sacrifice offered and accepted for our redemption." Thou who didst not spare Thine own Son, but didst deliver Him up for us all, in Thy power and mercy work in us a full belief, that with Him Thou wilt freely give us all things, and vouchsafe unto us peace with Thee through the blood of His cross.

And as Thou wouldest have all men to be saved, enlarge our hearts to feel Thy passing love for us

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when dead in trespasses and sin, and to acknowledge Thy justice and Thy perfect holiness. According to the working where with Thou art able to subdue all things unto Thyself, work in us, and work with us, that we may live in Christ, and be clothed in that righteousness which is of God by faith. Let not the world, the flesh, or the devil beguile us in any measure from our allegiance to Thee, but let our worship be sincere in purpose and undivided in character; may we never be deluded by passion or pride into any compromise with sin, any denial of Thy keen and searching word. Increase our faith, that we may look unto Jesus in singleness of mind and fervent devotion, and may so bear in our memories His anguish of spirit, and cruel death in the body, that we may be crucified unto the world, if by any means we may attain unto such a measure of grace, and may put off the body of the sins of the flesh, and be created anew to good works. Blot out the handwriting of ordinances that is against us and contrary to us, and take it out of the way, nailing it to the cross of Jesus. Through Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His blood, all praise and power be unto Thee, Lord God of heaven and earth, for ever. Amen.


For the sake of Him who was delivered for our offences, and as at this time rose again for our justification, hear our prayers in heaven Thy dwelling-place, O Lord God, and when Thou hereast forgive the sins of Thy servants. Have respect to our supplication, and hearken unto the cry and to the prayer that we pray before Thee this day. We have sinned before Thee, and done evil in Thy sight, and there is no health in us. Have mercy upon us, miserable offenders, and make us truly penitent, and heal us, that we may live the life we are now living in the flesh by the faith of the Son of God. And since He rose again from the grave as on this day, having conquered the power of death, in Him let us now be made new creatures, and be raised up as Thy children by adoption. Set our affections on things above, and so bring us to the throne of Thy mercy, that we may find help in time of need, through the intercession of Him who was touched with the feeling of our infirmities. In His name vouchsafe to each of us repentance and remission of our sins, and a heart to dread Thee, and diligently to live after Thy commandments. Open our understandings to see the earnest of our own

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