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Be pleased, O Lord, to remember my friends, all that have prayed for me, and all that have done me good, (here name those whom you would particularly recommend.) Do thou good to them, and return all their kindness double into their own bosom, rewarding them with blessings, sanctifying them with thy grace, and bringing them to glory.

Let all my family and kindred, my neighbours and acquaintance, receive the benefit of my prayers, and the blessings of God, the comforts and supports of thy providence, and the sanctification of thy spirit.

Relieve and comfort all the persecuted and afflicted, speak peace to troubled consciences, strengthen the weak, confirm the strong, instruct the ignorant, deliver the oppressed from him that spoileth him, and relieve the needy that hath no helper; and bring us all, by the waters of comfort, and in the ways of righteousness, to the kingdom of rest and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

To God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; to the eternal Son, that was incarnate and born of a Virgin ; to the Spirit of the Father and the Son, be all honour and glory, worship and and thanksgiving, now and for ever. Amen.


Almighty God, Father of all mercy, and parent of all good, pardon, we most humbly be. seech thee, the wanderings and inconstancies of our nature; forgive us all our unintentional errors, and aid us in struggling against our greater faults ; show us the hideousness of vice, and arm our souls against the agsailings of temptation. Judge us not according to our deserts; for who amongst us can be justified in thy sight? Thou, O God, knowest what is most fitting for our state : thou wilt grant or withhold the object of our petitions, as seemeth to thy godly wisdom most conducive to our good. Teach us to extend to others those blessings which thou hast be. stowed on us; and enable the ministers of thy faith to unite the wandering children of error in the fellowship of thy church, through the influence and mediation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Almighty God, we approach thee in all gratitude and thankfulness for thy manifold mercies;

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we pray thee, in all humility, for a continuance of this thy bountiful and loving kindness, which thou hast vouchsafed to us and to all the creatures of thy hand, from the beginning of the world to the present hour. Instruct us, O Lord, to feel our own unworthiness, in the contemplation of thy omnipotence; to correct our errors, amend our lives; and when a criminal-neglect of thy sacred ordinances deadens their influence on our conduct, chasten us in thy mercy, that we may avoid the heavy judgment of thine anger. Teach us to love one another as Christ loved us : awaken in us a spirit to profit by the precepts of thy holy Gospel : incite us to imitate, as far as our nature will admit, the great, the pure, the exalted example of our blessed Redeemer, in whose impressive form of prayer we offer up our supplications at the throne of grace; saying, Our Father, &c.


O Lord, my maker and protector, who hast graciously sent me into this world to work out my salvation, enable me to drive from me all such unquiet and perplexing thoughts as may mislead or hinder me in the practice of those duties

which thou hast required. When I behold the works of thy hands, and consider the course of thy providence, give me grace always to remember that thy thoughts are not my thoughts, nor thy ways my ways; and while it shall please thee to continue me in this world, where much is to be done, and little to be known, teach me, by thy Holy Spirit, to withdraw my mind from unprofitable and dangerous enquiries, from difficulties vainly curious, and doubts impossible to be solved. Let me rejoice in the light which thou hast imparted, let me serve thee with active zeal and humble confidence, and wait with patient expectation for the time in which the soul which thou receivest shall be satisfied with knowledge. Grant this, O Lord, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.


O holy and most gracious Lord, who by thy precepts and practice cidst command us to be meek and humble; grant me the grace, as thou hast afforded me the example ; command whatsoever thou pleasest, and enable me to do what, soever thou commandest ; correct in me all proud thoughts and vain opinions of myself; let me,

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in acknowledging thy goodness, bring forth the fruits of what thou hast done for me. not boast myself for what I have received ; fur from thy mercy, and not my own deserts, do they proceed. Let no riches make me ever forget myself, no poverty ever make me forget thee. Let nor hope nor fear, nor pleasure nor pain, no accident without, no weakness within, deter me from my duty, or turn me from the ways of thy commandments. Olet thy spirit dwell with me for ever, and make my soul just and charitable, full of honesty, full of religion, resolute and constant in holy purposes, and inflexible to evil. Make me humble and obedient, peaceable and pious : let me never envy any man's good, nor deserve to be despised myself. Teach me to re. gulate my whole conduct by the tenor of thy gospel ; to pay the debt of gratitude which I owe for all thy mercies and lovingkindness, and to dispense, according to my power, a portion of that good which thou hast bestowed upon me to my fellow-creatures; and make the sacrifice of my heart and devotion of my soul to the service of heaven, acceptable to the Almighty Ruler of the universe; through thy mediation, O Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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