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Almighty, every-where-present and all-seeing; most Holy, most true, most just, most merciful. Enable us now to worship thee, the Lord, in the beauty of holiness; and visit our hearts, with thy fear and love.
We thank thee, O heavenly Father, and Giver of all good, that thou hast preserved us until this hour; s0 commanding the winds and the waves, that our lives have been safe in the midst of danger. While we see the works of the Lord, and thy wonders in the deep, we praise thee who commandest the stormy wind, and oft-times makest the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. In thee is our confidence, and by thee only are we preserved from a watery grave. But these are but a part of thy mercies. To Thee we owe our being, our preservation, and all the blessings of our life. Bless the Lord, 0 our souls, and all that is within us, bless his holy name!
Most gracious and long-suffering God, we thank thee this day for our birth in a Christian land, for the means of grace, and for the promises of the gospel. We bless thy name that thou hast loved the race of man, and given thy Son for its redemption, and that to us is the word of this salvation sent. And we render thee thanks, in particular, for the privilege which we now enjoy, of calling upon thy most holy name.
But, O Lord, we have returned thee evil for good, and have requited thy mercies with rebellion. lament before thee our evil nature. We are children of wrath, and, in ourselves, dead' in trespasses and sins. Day after day we have gone on in our evil ways, and heaped up transgression. We have known our Master's will, and have not done it. We have
waxed worse and worse, and thus proved the inward tendency of our nature to evil. Our sins have been against light, and warnings, and entreaties; against resolutions and vows; against conscience and thy Holy Spirit. And the sentence which dooms us to everlasting punishment is infinitely just. There is no power in us to recover ourselves; and our only hope is in thy boundless mercy through Jesus Christ.
Have mercy upon us, o God, according to thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin. For the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour, who bore our sins in his own body on the tree, forgive our sins. Accept the offering and the satisfaction, and let the perfect righteousness of the great Surety be reckoned unto us.
Give us that faith by which we shall be united to Christ and justified. O reveal thy Son in us, and show him unto us, as the way, the Truth, and the Life. Break the hard, impenitent heart, and convert to thyself such arnong ús as are still in their sins. Grant conviction, and light, and faith, and repentance; and graciously begin a good work in the midst of us from this hour.
Most merciful and holy Lord, we thy weak and unholy creatures implore the aid of thy Spirit! Ofourselves we cannot so much as think a good thought. There is a law in our members warring against the law of our mind, and bringing us into captivity. O for holiness, and the image of Christ! O send down thy Holy Spirit into our hearts, that we may daily die unto sin and live unto thee. Strengthen us, with
strength in our souls, that we may mortify every corrupt inclination and passion; that we may put off every evil habit; that we may hate sin, in deed, in word, and in very thought; that we may escape the contagion of bad example; and that we may fulfil every duty. Be pleased to work in us all the graces of the new nature; enabling us to add to our faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly-kindness, and to brotherly-kindness charity, And strengthen us to bear the trials, to perform the duties, and to resist the temptations of our present calling and circumstances.
We commend to thee, O Lord, our temporal interests, as to a faithful Creator. Watch over us, and
preserve us from the perils of the ocean. Cover our head, in the day of danger, and arm us for every conflict. And in thy good time bring us to our desired haven. Have mercy on our families and friends, and forgive and save our enemies.
Bless thy servant, the President of the United States, and all who are in authority. Bless and save our country. Grant us prosperity, righteousness, and peace. Bless our army and navy, and especially those with whom we are called to serve. Bless, O Lord, the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, in our own beloved land, and in all lands. Send forth thy mighty gospel, that it may teach all nations, and let the day dawn when the knowledge of thy glory shall cover the earth as these waters cover the sea.
Be pleased, O Lord, to hear our prayers, and to do for us exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or
think. Sanctify to us the present service, and make thy word effectual to our instruction, conversion, and edification. Be at peace with us, take away our sins, and accept our worship, only for the sake of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. And to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, one God, be glory for ever. Amen.
1 Here a discourse selected for the purpose may be read.
O LORD, we render thee thanks for the teaching of thy blessed word. Forgive all that has been amiss in our manner of receiving it. Cause thy truth to sink into our hearts, and to bring forth fruit in our lives. Convert the unconverted; strengthen the wavering; confirm the feeble; comfort the afflicted. To this end, grant us the out-pouring of thy Holy Spirit, even upon this company; and reveal thy love to us while we are upon the mighty waters. And now dismiss us with thy fatherly blessing, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
VII. A PSALM OR HYMN.
VIII. THE CHRISTIAN DOXOLOGY.
FUNERAL SERVICE. NO. I.
TO BE USED AT SEA.
The preparation for the funeral having been made, and the ship's
appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, swifter than a post they flee away. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.a
There is but a step between me and death."
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet, his breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow. Another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure. They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them."
All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.
a James iv. 14. Job vii. 6; ix. 25, 26. c Ps. lxxxix. 48. Job xxi. 23, 25, 26. e Job xvii. 14. ,
b 1 Sam. xxvi. 3. d Job xxxiv. 15.