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People. Thy vihtation preferveth our Spirits; and thou, LORD, makest us to dwell in safety. ii. Minister. '':
O thou moft high GOD, Pof fessor of heaven and earth, the Judge' of all, and the universal King; thy government is righteous; 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 subjects; thy commandments are true, and righteous altogether.
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O GOD, thou art our Creator, and comes 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 haft 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.
People. We put our confidence in thee; whose counsel is our guide; and whose favour is our highest happiness.
Minister: Now unto thee, the king eter- and to him nal, immortal, and invisible, the cur ons only wife, living, and true GOD, Praises. we ascribe our chearful and united praises. Amen.
General Ihanksgiving :
I Here the first Lesson is to be
read out of the Holy ScripTURES; after which the Service is to proceed with the following THANKSGIVING, the congregation rising up
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U 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 gratitude; 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 Preferre. care over us, ever since we came tion, and 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 for Pow: treasures of knowledge thou hast 'em of the opened to our view ; that thou Means of haft formed us for the practice of menti 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 social placed in a social state; are enAffe&tions,
dued with social affections; and
enjoy such a variety of pleasures, I from the esteem and friendship of
riety of trials thou hast appointed
dure for ever. Bor the
Minister. various We blefs thee, thou wife and Dispensa tions of gracious Disposer of all things, dence, for the various dispensations of