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Then all kneeling down, let the Superintendent say, and the
Children respond, as follows : Leader. Create in us a clean heart, O God. Children. And renew a right spirit within us. Leader. Hide thy face from our sins. Children. And blot out all our iniquities. Leader. Cast us not away from thy presence. Children. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
Then let the following Prayers be said. Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift, we thank thee for this day of rest, and for the opportunity of joining together in glorifying thy holy name; help us to keep it as a Sabbath of spiritual rest, and may our souls enter into that rest which is promised to the weary and heavy laden sinner. Be with and give us the light of thy Holy Spirit, as we listen to the explanation of thy sacred word; and let us not be hearers of thy word only, deceiving ourselves, but doers of it in truth. May the study of it be attended with power; may it convict, convert, and lead us to that godly repentance which needs no repentance, and point us to the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world. May we keep our eyes from wandering, our lips from talking, and our hands from disturbing and distracting all around as. May we yield to no idle and vain conversation, go in the way of no worldly amusement or improper company, but be kept in thy fear all the day. Grant this for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
O thou in whom we live, and move, and have our being; we desire to thank thee for the mercies of another day; we laid ourselves down in peace, and have slept; for thou, O Lord, hast made us to dwell in safety. Enable us, therefore, to devote the lives thus continued, to thy honor and glory, by seeking to do thy will, singing forth thy praises and telling of thy loving kindness, early in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night; having brought us safely to the beginning of this day, defend us in the same, with thy mighty power, and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all we do may be ordered by thee, and be acceptable, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men. Look down, especially in thy mercy, on our relations and friends, and teach them to value thy favor above life itself. Give to these, our kind and self-denying teachers, the richest of thy heavenly gifts, and strengthen them, by thy Spirit, that with renewed affection and diligence they may be the humble instruments, in thy hands, of leading many of us to Jesus Christ our only Saviour. Give them greater supplies of grace to persevere in the good and great work they have undertaken, knowing that in due time they shall reap, if they faint not. Let thy blessing ever be with them, that so thy name may be glorified, thy church enlarged, and true religion and piety established among us, to all generations. Finally, we beseech thee to bless us, even us also, 0, our Father, and help us to improve the time we spend in this school; for that purpose make us obedient to our teachers, and affectionate to our school-fellows. We ask every blessing, for the sake of thy dear Son, who bought us with his precious blood. Amen.
O thou gracious Bishop and Shepherd of Israel, look down, in love and pity, on us thy sinful children; may thy fatherly hand ever be over us; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with us, and lead us in the knowledge and obedience of thy word. Defend us, O Lord, with thy heavenly grace, that we may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in us thy Holy Spirit more and more, until we come to thy everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all, evermore. Amen. - CLOSE OF THE MORNING SCHOOL.
O most holy God, we are now going to worship with thy people; grant that we may draw nigh to thee, and be graciously accepted in thy sight; look not only on us, but on all others who either here or elsewhere, call on thy name; pardon our sins; pity
our weaknesses; enlighten and sanctify us by thy Holy Spirit, and grant us so to serve and worship thee here below, that at last we may be received unto thy presence, to praise and glorify thee for evermore. Amen.
Heavenly Father, bless all that are near and dear to us in this life ; grant them the same blessings we ask for ourselves. Bless our teachers, who have shown so much love and affection for us, bearing with our faults, and pleading for our spiritual good. Bless also thy ministers; especially those who are set over us in thy name; enable them to be plain and faithful in unfolding the truth; go with us to thy house, and let us not rush into thy presence with carelessness and irreverenee, and bless thy Word to us; we ask all in the name and for the sake of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all, evermore. Amen.
ORDER OF SERVICE
FOR THE OPENING OF
AFTERNOON SUNDAY SCHOOL
HEAVENLY Father, grant to us thy heavenly grace; and bless, we beseech thee, the various means which are used to train us up in thy fear and service. May we from the heart believe in thee, the Lord our God, and worship and serve thee our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. Grant us the continual aid of thy grace, that we may renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanities of this wicked world, and all the sinful desires of the flesh, and keep thy holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of our lives; graft in our hearts the love of thy name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and by thy great mercy keep us in the same, that so in the end we may obtain everlasting life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty and everlasting God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee, grant us the aids of thy heavenly grace to quicken our comprehension, and strengthen our memory to re