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mercy; we praise thee for the goodness of thy provi. dence to us and all men; for creation, preservation, and redemption; for our daily sustenance and comfort, and for thy word and ordinances: but above all, for the gift of thy Son, and for eternal salvation through him. We magnify thy name, for thy late and present sparing mercy towards us thy servants, in particular, and for the mercy and the grace which each of us may now recall in his individual case. Bless the Lord, 0 our souls, and all that is within us, bless his holy name!
Grant us, O Lord, thy special blessing upon our present services. Cause thy word to be received in faith, and thy worship to be conducted with holy affections. And hear our prayers, not for any
worthiness of ours, but only for the sake of Jesus Christ. And to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be everlasting praises. Amen.
1 Here a Discourse selected for the purpose may be read.
We bless thee, O Lord, the living God, who holdest our souls in life, and providest for us that heavenly food by which we are to live for ever.
It has now been delivered and received, but the blessing is in thy bands, O gracious God, to make it prosperous and successful, to the gaining and saving of immortal souls. Be pleased to send it home to the heart. O make thy word mighty through God, to plant
thy grace where it is not; to increase it where it is; and to bring us all into thy likeness. Forgive the sins of our worship, and dismiss us with thy blessing; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
VII. PSALM OR HYMN.
A FORM FOR DIVINE SERVICE ON BOARD OF A VESSEL.
I. INTRODUCTORY PRAYER.
ALMIGHTY GOD, who art the Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and of all that they contain; we thy most unworthy creatures do now approach thy holy service. And seeing that we are utterly unworthy, by reason of sin, and altogether helpless in respect to what is good, we cast ourselves upon thy mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us the pardon of all our iniquities, for the sake of his death and righteousness. And give us preparation of mind and heart by thy Holy Spirit. Call in our thoughts from outward things, and cause us to think, to hear, to pray, and to praise, that our worship may be accepted, and that our souls may be profited. Be
graciously present in our assembly, O Lord, since all we ask is in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
II. THE READING OF THE WORD OF GOD.
1 Here a suitable portion of Scripture may be read.
III. A PSALM OR HYMN.
In the absence of other books, suitable songs of praise may be used
from the selection in this volume.
O Thou, who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them who are afar off upon the sea, grant us grace at this time to draw near to thee with lowliness and faith. Thy righteousness is as the great mountains, and thy judgments are a great deep. We adore thee as the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who art seated on a throne high and lifted up. Thou, even thou, art Lord alone. Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host; the earth, and all things that are therein; the seas, and all that are therein, and thou preservest man and beast. 0 Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches, so is this great and wide sea. We worship thee as infinite, eternal, unchangeable, in thy being and perfections; the almighty, all-seeing, every-where-present Jehovah; the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. And more especially do we praise and bless
thee, as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in him, art at once the just God and the Saviour. Let the words of our mouth, and the meditations of our heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer.
We thank thee, 0 merciful Lord, for thy goodness to us and to mankind; for our creation, preservation, and redemption. We magnify thy name for thy unspeakable gift, Christ Jesus the Lord, and for the way of salvation through him; for thy written and preached word, for ordinances and means of grace, and for the descent of thy Holy Spirit. We give thee thanks for all thine innumerable favours to us and ours, that thou hast brought us safely through the days of childhood and youth; that thou hast spared us unto this day; that thou hast provided for us and helped us; that thou hast protected us in dangers by sea and land; and that thou hast instructed and warned us; and that we are permitted here to worship thee this day. Many, O Lord, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to usward; they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee. If we would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Bless the Lord, 0 our souls, and all that is within us, bless his holy name!
But, О most holy God, we have sinned against all these mercies. Our transgressions have been early, and they have been long-continued. To us belong shame and confusion of face, because we have sinned against thee. We acknowledge that by nature we have a carnal mind, which is enmity against thee; that our souls cleave unto the dust, and that our
minds have been like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. We have offended all our lives, in every hour, by omission and by commission; in thought, in word, and in deed. We have sinned without excuse, and against a law which is holy, and just, and good. We have sinned against light and knowledge, against warnings, against mercies, against our conscience, against our resolutions and vows, and against thy Holy Spirit. We have sinned with repetition, and with delight. Having violated and dishonoured thy law, we acknowledge that we are deserving of its wrath and curse for ever; and if judgment go forth to execution, we perish without remedy. And in this our low estate, we are altogether helpless, and utterly unable to save ourselves. Melt and break our hearts, O Lord, with a sense of our guilt and danger.
But, o thou God of mercy, have mercy upon us sinners! Enable us to repent and believe in Jesus Christ thy Son. For his sake, blot out all our transgressions. We will make mention of his righteousness, even of his only. So set that righteousness to our account, that we may be justified in him. For the sake of his humiliation and obedience to the law; for the sake of his sufferings and death upon the cross, receive us graciously and love us freely. Call us effectually by thy Spirit. Of thine own unbounded love, draw us to Christ by thy Word and Spirit. Enlighten our minds, and move our wills; and make us, who by nature are dead in sin, able and willing freely to answer thy call, and to accept and embrace the grace offered in the gospel. Convince and convert