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rivers of water are turned. O! convert all men to thyself. May Christianity spread its reforming, and benign influence through the earth, and may thy Spirit be poured out in copious effusions upon our whole guilty world.-Eternal thanks we render to the Lamb, who was slain to redeem us to God by his blood. We rejoice, that the Son has vindicated his Father's character, magnified the law and made it honourable, and is now exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. Praised be thy name, that thou didst commiserate the state of fallen man, and didst constitute thy Son, our Mediator and Saviour. We bless thee for the overtures of mercy through him, and beg to have an interest in the proffers of life. We plead thine everlasting love; we plead the sacrifice of Christ; we plead his intercession at the right hand of the Father. O! have mercy on our precious souls. Save us from the power and dominion of sin; save us from the wrath to come.- -Blessed God! we thank thee for the favours of life. Surely goodness and mercy have followed us all our days. We praise thee especially for the mercies of the day and week past. Prepare us for holy time. Preserve us from the dangers of this night, and suffer no plague to come near our dwelling. Let our sleep be sweet and quiet, and in the morning, awake us to renewed life and activity. When we rise from our beds, may our first actions be consecrated to God, and may the sabbath be to us a day of sacred rest and joy, and a prelude to an everlasting sabbath in thy kingdom of glory. Now unto him, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world according to the will of God and our Father; to him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for a day of publick Fasting, in the Spring of the year.

O, thou justly offended Sovereign! we desire to bow before thee, on this day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer, with the deepest self-abasement. May we offer unto thee the sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart, which, O God! thou wilt not despise. O our God! we are ashamed and blush to lift up our faces to thee our God; for our iniquities are increased over our heads, and our trespasses are grown up unto the heavens. We confess, that we are by nature children of wrath even as others, and are under the curse of a broken law. We have wickedly and ungratefully departed from thee, the living God, and practically said, Depart from us, we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. We have hated and despised reproof, and disregarded thy warnings and instructions, abused thy goodness, slighted thy mercies. Thou hast nourished and brought us up as children, but we have rebelled against thee. It is of the Lord's mercies, that we are not consumed, because thy compassions fail not.-Look down, O God! in mercy upon us miserable sinners. Pardon us through the mediation of Christ. Blot out all our transgressions, and be at peace with us. Wash us and we shall be clean; purify us and we shall be whiter than snow. Help us to keep such a fast this day, as thou hast chosen, and to rend our hearts and not our garments, and turn unto the Lord our God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. We acknowledge, O Lord! that iniquity abounds, and the love of many waxes cold. We lament the profanation of thy holy name, and thy holy day; the disregard of thine authority, and the disobedience of thy sacred laws, and that such multitudes cast off fear and restrain prayer before thee. Pour,

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we beseech thee, upon thy people a spirit of repentance and reformation. Let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just. May temperance and sobriety, industry and good habits, universally prevail. Behold thy people prostrate at the throne of grace, and hear their prayers, whether offered in thy sanctuary, in the family, or in the closet, saying, Spare thy people, O Lord! and give not thine heritage to reproach. We deserve all thy rebukes and chastisements. Thou wouldst be just, shouldst thou cast us off forever. Return, O Lord! how long? and let it repent thee concerning us thy servants. O! satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice, and be glad all our days. We thank thee, O Lord! that thou hast carried us through the inclement season of the winter and hast brought us to the return of Spring. Regard us in respect to the succeeding seasons of the year. May there be a favourable seed time, a fruitful season, and a plentiful harvest. Grant us those alternate shinings of the sun, and showers of rain, which are well calculated to bring forward and ripen the fruits of the earth. Give us the rain of our land in his due season, the former rain, and the latter rain, that we may gather in abundance. Let not the heaven, that is over our heads, be brass, and the earth that is under us, be iron, and make not the rain of our land, powder and dust. Save us from destructive frosts, devouring insects, blasts and mildews. Reserve unto us the appointed weeks of harvest, and crown the year with thy goodness. Preserve us from the pestilence, that walketh in darkness, and the destruction, that wasteth at noon day. Save us from the ravages of tempests and earthquakes, fire and water, persecution and the sword. Continue the health and happiness of thy people. Prosper our agriculture, our manufactures, our commerce and our fisheries, and make us rejoice in the midst of plenty. Bless the people of this nation in

all their interests and concerns. Ever may we remember, that righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Propitiously regard the President of the United States, all heads of department, and all in subordinate authority. Give them that wisdom, which is from above, and is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Ever may they desire to promote the glory of God, and the highest interest of this people. Bless the Governour of this State, and the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the government. Smile mercifully upon all the Ministers of religion. May they shun not to declare the whole counsel of God, whether men will hear, or whether they will forbear. Make them burning and shining lights in thy golden candlesticks, and instrumental of great good to Zion. May all our colleges, academies and schools of learning, be nurseries of useful knowledge, and of piety. Bless all the institutions of true religion, humanity, and benevolence. Graciously succeed all efforts to spread a knowledge of the gospel of Christ among the great family of man. Compassionate the circumstances of all men, and fill the earth with thy glory. Now unto him, that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all, that we ask or think, according to the power, that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the Church, by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

A prayer for a day of publick Thanksgiving in Autumn.

O thou great Author of our being, and blessings! help us, on this day of praise, thanksgiving and and prayer, to approach thee with hearts filled with gratitude and joy. We adore thee as God over all

blessed for evermore. O Lord! we praise thee, and magnify thy name with thanksgiving, for thou art good, and dost good continually. Thy goodness is as boundless as the universe, and as endless as eternity. The earth is thine and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Thou causest the sun to shine, and the rain to descend on the just, and on the unjust. Thou waterest the hills from thy chambers; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. Thou causest the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man, that thou mayest bring forth food out of the earth. Thou art the confidence of all the ends of the earth. All eyes wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou givest to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. Thy rich beneficence is every where discovered; in the fruitful valley, the verdant hill, and the limpid stream. O that kings of the earth, and all people, princes, and all judges of the earth; both young men, and maidens, old men, and children, would praise the name of the Lord; for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. We thank thee, O Lord! for all our blessings, temporal and spiritual. The lines are fallen to us in pleasant places; yea, we have a goodly heritage. Thou hast not left thyself without witness, in that thou hast done good, and given us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. We bless thee that we live in a land where Churches are planted, the means of grace abound, and the blessings of religious and civil liberty are enjoyed. We have heard with our ears, O God! our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. How thou didst drive out the Heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out. For they got not the

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