Ο YOU Most High! Yours eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good; You see every secret thing; You search the hearts, and try the reins of the children of men. We come into Your presence with reverence and deep humility, for it becomes us to lay in the dust, and, putting our hands upon our mouths, to cry, unclean, unclean; God be merciful to us sinners.
We acknowledge ourselves to be sinners. Our iniquities are great and numberless; but with a brοken heart and contrite spirit, we pray to be delivered from them, and to be led in the way everlasting. We are ruined by sin; we have no merit in ourselves, and can offer no excuse for our transgressions; but You are rich in mercy. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin. On the morning of this holy Sabbath, of this day consecrated to the solemn duties of religion, we would approach the mercy seat, and beseech You, Ο Lord, that You wilt blot out our iniquities and forgive our sins.
Will You look upon the face of Your anointed, and for Jesus’s sake be merciful to us. Create in us clean hearts, and renew a right spirit ‚within us. Enlighten our minds that we may understand Your word; give us tender and wakeful consciences, that we may feel the force of truth, and warm our hearts by a sense of Your presence.
May we remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy; may we keep it in commemoration of that day in which our Savior arose from the dead, having finished the work of redemption. We pray that our souls may rise this day from drowsiness and sloth to watchfulness and diligence in Your service. Be with us in the public, private, and social duties of this sacred day; may we hear Your word, search the scriptures with our hearts, and call upon Your name, that our souls shall derive an eternal benefit.
You, Lord, know the hearts of each member of this family. Bless us who are parents, and give us wisdom, and faith, and patience, that we may discharge our duty to our children with an eye single to Your glory. We beseech You to have mercy upon the children — may they all be interested in the great salvation; convince them all of sin, and lead them to the Savior, who has said “Suffer the little children to come to me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
We render You thanks, most merciful God, for the favors You have conferred upon us. We thank You for creating and preserving us; for the kind care You have taken of us; You have fed and clothed us; and what is more, You have provided for us the bread of life —that bread which came down out of heaven, of which if a man eat he shall hunger no more. In view of Your great mercy to us, we desire to serve You better. We cannot repay You for the least of Your mercies; but we would show our gratitude by being more obedient, more circumspect, and more devoted to Your service.
We would not confine our requests to ourselves. We would remember the wants of others. Regard these who are sick, and restore them to health, or prepare them to die in peace; have compassion upon the broken hearted and afflicted, whether by the death of friends, by sickness, by loss of property, by trials, or by disappointment;—let their afflictions do them good; my they soon be heard to say, it is good for us that we have been afflicted.
Meet with all those who may assemble this day for Your worship. Let those who preach the gospel have an unction from the Holy One; may Your Spirit accompany the truths to the hearts of all who hear, and may Your children be comforted and quickened, and sinners converted from the error of their ways. May the Gospel soon be published to every creature. Will You hear us for the sake of Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and Spirit be endless praises. AMEN. — Rev. Emerson Davis
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