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HYMN. 8 & 7's. — Improvement of Religious Privilegue.
We are debtors to thy kindness,
God of grace and boundless love ;
Strangers to the light above.
Where the rays of glory glow;
We aspire its bliss to know.
We would iread this earthly vale ;
As every day thy mercy spares
Be thou my Counsellor and Friend.
A Father's Grief over a Rebellious Son. And behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the Lord hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee. And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? , And Cushi answered, The ene. mies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is. And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom! my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom. And the victory that day vas turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his s
eved for his son. And me people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. But the
covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son :
S. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
T. Yet he passed away, and lo! he was not ;
III. PRAYER. God of all motion and thought! Move upon ouz · spirits, that our thoughts may accord with this holy day.
O may we strive to profit by the means of improvement given us in our Sabbath school. May our love for truth and holiness increase. Keep us, O Father, from false ambition — turn away our eyes from beholding vanity, and may we count nothing as gain which requires the sacrifice of virtue. Sanctify to us the prayers we have offered from Sabbath to Sabbath, — the hymns we have sung, and the reading and study of thy Word. Bless all our friends, — aid all Christians in their labors of love, and may every day find us further advanced in the knowledge and love of duty Grant thy spirit to our Sabbath school, and to all schools, and bring us all te Thyself, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
IV. HYMN. C. M.
A calm and heavenly frame,
That leads me to the Lamb!
Whate'er that idol be,
And worship only thee.
1. FOR THE OPENING OF A NEW SCHOOL.
1. The Superintendent addresses the whole. May the God of all grace be with us in our important undertaking to-day. We are here to open a Sabbath school -a school for instruction in the truths and duties of the Christian religion - where we may use the means which have been so signally blessed of God, in many places, for the increase of virtue and happiness. May we enter upon this work as a delight, and find the encouragement which is ensured by a good purpose and an earnest heart. Let us speak to each other in Psalms :
S. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
T. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx or the sapphire.
C. The gold and the crystal cannot equal it; and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
S. Whence then cometh wisdom ?
S. God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
T. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Loril,
C. That is wisdom,
III. HYMN. C. M.
Let all our feet be found;
Who with thy grace abound !
Now planted'in thy fear;
That crowns the Christian year!
And infancy sweet flowers;
IV. PRAYER Promoter of all good purposes ! we. lift to thee, our Father, our earnest supplication, and invoke thy direc tion and blessing. Thou didst make the mind for truth, the heart for grace. We implore that the school now, opened may be owned of thee, as a school of Christ a school where souls shall be taught of thee and of thy love, where duty shall be made plain, where the attractions of the Saviour's life shall be felt, where the heart shall learn of the good that only comes from living to thee. Lord, be with the officers and teachers of this school, and give them prudence and patience, a willingness to learn, that they may teach ; and may they labor to promote order, quietness, and union in this school. Be with all the parents and guardians of these scholars, and give them an interest in the efficiency of the school, that they may be faithful to home preparation. Be, O Father, with each scholar, and may a firm resolution be cherished to be constant and punctual here-- with lessons well studied and learned — with hearts willing to do what is required for the order and success of this school. May each and all labor for one end - to be more children of God and this school be a true vine of the husbandry of Christ; which we pray for in his name. Amen.
V. The Superintendent to the School... Our school is now opened, and let us be careful to prevent as long as possible the introduction of any disturbance, but may we all labor to know and love each other, to be diligent to perform our duties, and to contribute to the happiness and success of the school. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth,
While the evil days coine not,
Nor the years draw nigh,
II. FOR THE RE-OPENING OF A SCHOOL
AFTER A SUSPENSION.
1. The Superintendent addresses the School. “I was glad when they said unto me, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord,'' said the sweet Psalmist, in allusion to the different tribes going to Jerusalem, to unite together in worship and social joy. As they gathered after a separation, so do we assemble now all happy to meet again. all rejoicing that we are permitted to meet as a Sabbath school. May the blessing of Heaven be with us; and as parted streams brought into one flow more swiftly and joyously, so may the union of our influence aid our virtue and happiness, by promoting our progress as Christians. Let us sing the . praise of Him who has kept us when apart, and hath now united us :
II. HYMN. C. M.
Thou Giver of all good;
To tell our gratitude.
Sweet promises of spring;
The go den harvest bring.