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abused? We have sinned long and presumptuously; we have sinned against knowledge, and conscience, and convictions; we have sinned against mercies and the gospel of thy Son. Our guilt is greater than we know. Who can understand his errors ? Cleanse thou us from secret faults! If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquity, O Lord, we could not stand, nor answer thee for one of a thousand. Our transgressions increase every day, and are against a law, which is holy and just and good. Thy judgments are just, and we are condemned. God be merciful to us sinners. Break and melt our hearts with godly sorrow, and enable us to repent and forsake them. O wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from
Be thou merciful to our unrighteousness, and our sins and our iniquities do thou remember no more. Enter not into judgment with thy servants, for in thy sight shall no flesh living be justified.
Merciful Lord, we come before thee in the name of Jesus Christ thy Son, making mention of his righteousness, even of his only. Behold, we are vile; but He is righteous. We have broken thy holy law; but He has fulfilled it. We deserve the awful punishment of our iniquities; but thou hast made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us. Graciously accept for us his all-perfect sacrifice and obedience. And enable us, with childlike faith, to believe in him to the salvation of our souls. Impute not iniquity unto us, but grant us acceptance in the Beloved.
O God, be merciful to us, and bless us, and cause the light of thy countenance to shine upon us. We humbly beseech thee, that, being justified by
faith, we may have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Reveal thy love to us, and grant us thy Holy Spirit. Create within us a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within us. So replenish us with thy grace, that, having a new nature, we may walk in newness of life. Enlighten our understanding; direct our will; subdue and regulate our affections. Break the power of corruption within us, and cause us so to walk in the Spirit that we shall no longer fulfil the lusts of the flesh.
O Lord our merciful Father, we pray to be delivered from the weakness and helplessness of nature, and to be led and governed by the motions of thy grace. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Be our guard against the manifold temptations which surround us in our present calling. Prepare us for trials, for dangers, and for the hour of death. Knowing how soon, and how suddenly, we may be called, grant that we may be always prepared for the summons. And vouchsafe to us mercy and grace to help in time of need.
Be pleased, O Lord, to bless us in our absence from our homes and from those whom we love. Watch over us for good, protect and save us. Make us faithful in our calling; patient in suffering; diligent in business, and fervent in spirit. And that we may endure hardness, as good soldiers of Jesus Christ; with good will performing every duty, as unto the Lord, and not unto men.
We commend unto thy fatherly goodness, all whom we hold dear, and especially those from whom we are far removed. We beseech thee to bless thy ser
vant, the President of the United States, and all who are in places of trust and authority. Bless our beloved country, and enrich it with gifts of providence and grace. Bless our army and navy, and all who are set for the defence of our country. Endow every one with those dispositions which their perilous service demands. Preserve them in the hour of danger, and give them prosperity. Deliver them from prevailing sins; and shed abroad thy renewing Spirit where iniquity has abounded.
We earnestly implore thy blessing on all ministers of thy word, all Christian assemblies, and all means of grace. Send thy light and truth abroad among all nations, and give the kingdom to thy Son. Let the day dawn, when all shall know thee, from the least to the greatest, and when wars shall cease unto the ends of the earth. Have compassion on the widow, the fatherless, and all the afflicted. Convert the unconverted, both here and in all the earth. And teach us and all men to love and serve thee. And when we come to die, O grant us an entrance into thy heavenly kingdom, through free and sovereign grace.
Grant us, O Lord, thy presence and blessing, in this act of worship. Cause thy truth to be as good seed in hearts prepared by thy Spirit. Hear our prayers in the prevailing name of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Saviour; and to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be glory for ever. Amen.
VI. PRAYER AFTER SERMON.
Father of lights, and God of all grace and consolation! Bless to us, we humbly beseech thee, thy holy word, and the instructions to which we have now listened. Cause it to be pondered and remembered; and add the influences of thy Holy Spirit; without which all means and instruments are vain. Accept our thanks for these privileges, and graciously forgive our inattention, negligence, impenitence, and unbelief, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
VII. 'A PSALM OR HYMN.
VIII. THE CHRISTIAN DOXOLOGY.
A SHORTER FORM OF DIVINE SERVICE.
TO BE USED AT SEA.
I The company being assembled, as far as the duty of the vessel
may permit, some suitable person will lead them in worship, in the following order.
I. INTRODUCTORY PRAYER. O LORD our God, who art the confidence of the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea, prepare our hearts for thy most worthy praise. We bless and magnify thy name, that thou hast spared
us, and permitted us to assemble for thy worship. Receive us, notwithstanding our numberless sins, through the mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son. Prepare us, in mind and heart, for approaching thy throne of grace, and attending to thy holy word. Calm our passions, and collect our thoughts, and shut out earthly things, that we may wait upon thee without distraction. O thou who keepest us in safety upon the bosom of the waters, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and impress them with thy saving truth. Sprinkle us with atoning blood, and redeem us from our sins. Take away our carelessness and impenitence, and grant us thy presence, from the beginning to the end of our service, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
II. THE READING OF THE WORD OF GOD.
III. A PSALM OR HYMN.
1 In the absence of other books, suitable songs of praise may be used
from the selection in this volume.
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom thou hast made them all: the earth is full of thy goodness: so also is this great and wide sea. Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad: let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. For Thou art the Maker of all things; and for thy pleasure they are, and were created. We adore thee as the First and the Last, the