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Judge of all, and the universal Governor, King; thy government is righte
ous; thy providence perfect; and all thy commandments are holy, just, and good : the obedience of all reasonable creatures is due to thee alone, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the blessed and only. Potentate.
People. We bow ourselves before thee, thy willing subječts; thy commandments are true, and righteous altogether.
Minifier. O GOD, thou art our Creator, and come and righteous Governor; we rejoice
in the being we have received from thee; we yield a willing
submission to all the orders of thy government; and we address thee as our Father, who hast made us to bear thine image, and to partake of the blessings of thy family.
People. We are thy children; therefore do we pray unto thee.
Minister We rejoice in thy fatherly care; which thou hast manifested to us; ever since we came into the world.
we ascribe nal, immortal, and invisible, the only wise, living, and true GOD, Praises. we ascribe our chearful and united praises. Amen.
Here the first Leflon is to be read out of the Holy SCRIPtures; after which the Service is to proceed with the following THANKSGIVING, the congrega
tion rising up
General I banks giving :
merciful Father, we render unto thee our sincere thanks for the manifold mercies we are continually receiving from thy hands; and we desire to recollect them with sentiments of religious gra
and with hearty purposes to act agreeably to them.
O GOD, thou art the Giver of all good; thou delightest in the happiness of thy creatures, and art daily imparting the riches of thy bounty. We thank thee, efpecially, for all the instances of thy goodness to ourselves. Thou art the Former of our bodies, and the Father of our spirits. Thou
haft exercised a wise and gracious Preferwa. care over us, ever since we came tion, and
Bleffings into the world: by thee are all of Life: our wants supplied; from thee all our enjoyments proceed; and thou crownest our days with thy goodness. We bless thee, who givest us food convenient for us, and appointest refreshment for our wearied powers. To thy kind and merciful providence we owe the raiment with which we are cloathed; our comfortable habitations; and all the fruits of our industry and labour.
We thank thee for reason and understanding; and for all the treasures of knowledge thou hast er ofte opened to our view; that thou Means of haft formed us for the practice of ment ; virtue, and true religion ; and given us many opportunities for the improvement of our minds, and the attainment of our highest happiness.
We thank thee, that we are for facial placed in a social state; are en
dued with social affections; and enjoy such a variety of pleasures, from the esteem and friendship of our brethren.
To thy goodness we ascribe all & Wirtum; the enjoyments we receive from and protect the practice of virtue, and the just
exercise of our powers; the variety of trials thou hast appointed for the improvement and perfection of our natures here; and the prospect thou givest us of a more perfect and happy state hereafter. « O give thanks unto the LORD, “? for he is good, and his mercies o endure for ever.
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