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THE LORD'S PRAYER.
UR Father which art in Heaven, --- hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, — thy will be done on earth — as it is done in Heaven. - Give us this day our daily bread. — And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. - And lead us not into temptation, - but deliver us from evil. --- For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, — and the glory forever. Amen.
THE NEW YEAR.
NEWTON. While, with ceaseless course, the sun As the winged arrow flies,
Hasted through the former year, Speedily the mark to find; Many souls their race have run, As the lightning from the skies Never more to meet us here;
Darts and leaves no trace behind ; Fixed in an eternal state,
Swiftly thus our fleeting days They have done with all below; Bear us down life's rapid stream: We a little longer wait,
Upward, Lord, our spirits raise ;
All below is but a dream.
Pardon of our sins renew;
With eternity in view ;
Fill us with a Saviour's love;
May we dwell with thee above,
S. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes, and I shall keep
it unto the end. P. Let Thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even Thy sal
vation, according to Thy word. S. Quicken me after Thy loving-kindness ; so shall I keep the
testimony of Thy mouth. P. Let my cry come near before Thee, O Lord: give me under
standing according to Thy word. S. Lord I cry unto Thee : make haste unto me; give ear unto
my voice, when I cry unto Thee! P. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth ; keep the door of
my lips. S. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked
works with men that work iniquity. P. Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy
spirit is good ; lead me into the land of uprightness. S. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto Thee ; and
my soul which thou hast redeemed. P. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right
spirit within me.
UR Father who art in heaven; - thine is the light of this
New Year, - may it be wholly consecrated to Thee !May it be a year of blessed fruits : in our nobler and truer thoughts, - may it see a bountiful increase. - If we have done good in the last year, — may we do better in this: -- If we have sinned, may we turn away — from all wickedness and wrong, and press boldly to Thy kingdom. — Let not this season of the New Year -- pass by without an upward step ; — without a holy determination to do, and to be, better than ever before.
We remember those who were with us last year, - whom we shall see no more on earth. — They have gone before us to Thee, O God! - Where in Thine own time, we hope to follow them.
May their memory be dear to us ;- and if this year be our last on earth, -grant that it may also be our best. — May we do more for Thee, more for our brothers. And when another year shall come, - may we look back in pleasure on this, – through thy mercy in Jesus Christ. Amen.
HYMNS 3, 126.
Matt. ü. 1-12 and ISAIAH lx. ; Acts x.
before Thee, O Lord ; and shall glorify Thy name.
the Lord : and all the kindreds of the nations shall wor
ship before Thee. S. For the Lord hath looked down from the height of His
sanctuary : from heaven did the Lord behold the earth. P. To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that
are appointed to death ;
to serve the Lord.
of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. P. And the Lord shall be king over all the earth : in that day
shall there be one Lord, and His name one.
every one shall
LMIGHTY God; — we thank Thee for Thy salvation, —
that Thou hast not given it to a few - but to all the nations. — From the East, and from the West, know Thee. - Thou wilt call them all to Thee, – through Thy Son, Jesus Christ. - 0, our Father, hasten the time when at the name of Jesus - every knee shall bow,- and every tongue confess Thee, the Lord of the whole earth! May we come to Thee ourselves, — and do what children can to lead others with us :
- for we know that only as children can any enter Thy kingdom. - Hear our prayer, O Father, - through Jesus our Saviour. Amen.
HYMNS 70, 182, 205, 215. S. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul : the
testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. P. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the
commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. S. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever : the judg
ments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. P. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine
gold : sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. S. Moreover by them is Thy servant warned, and in keeping
of them there is great reward. P. Who can understand his errors ? Cleanse thou me from
secret faults !