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gether with occasional prayers.
Morning and evening prayers,
Prayer for a Publick Fast,
Prayer for a Publick Thanksgiving,
Prayer for a sick person,
Prayer on account of bereavement of a friend or relative,
Prayer for a Monthly Concert,
Prayer before and after meat,
Select Psalms and Hymns, adapted to family devotion.
TABLE OF FIRST LINES.
Almighty Sov'reign of the skies,
Am I a soldier of the cross,
Another six days' work is done,
Awake, my soul! and with the sun,
Blest be the tie that binds,
Come, let our souls adore the Lord,
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
Come, thou condescending Jesus,
Come, Holy Spirit! come,
Dread Sov'reign! let my evening song,
Eternal Source of every joy,
Frequent the day of God returns,
From Greenland's icy mountains,
Father, is not thy promise pledg’d,
Glory to thee, my God! this night,
God of our lives! our morning songs,
TABLE OF TUNES.
Pleyel's Hymn, L. M. or 79. [*]
These are the words of Joshua to the children of Israel. Having assembled them together, and related to them a brief history of the Lord's goodness to their ancestors from the days of Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, he exhorted them to engage, with holy devotedness, in his service. “Now, therefore,” said he, "fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods, which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt, and serve ye the Lord. And, if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods, which your fathers served, that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Whether the Israelites complied with his exhortation or not, whether they served the living and true God, or, false gods; Joshua had determined, most decidedly and deliberately, to serve the Lord of hosts, and to exert all his authority and influence to induce his family to unite with him in this sacred duty. The phrase "serve the Lord” usually signifies, in the Old Testament, worship Him. This, undoubtedly, is the meaning of it, as used by Joshua, for it stands opposed to the worship of false, or, strange gods.
The text, thus introduced, leads to the consideration of Family Religion. We will,
I. Present the arguments in favour of Family Religion;
II. Point out the time for its observance, and the duties included in it;
III. Consider the manner in which it should be observed;
IV. Notice some excuses which are made for the neglect of this duty.
1. Then, we are to present the arguments in favour of Family Religion.
These are derived from the light of nature, and Divine Revelation.
From the character of God, and the relation subsisting between Him and man, we infer the duty of Family Worship. Jehovah is possessed of all possible perfections and excellencies. He is, therefore, worthy of our highest love, praise, and service. His all perfect and adorable nature challenges our unceasing homage. It is this, that makes Him the object of individual worship; and it is this, also, that makes Him the object of family worship. Families owe to God no less homage than individuals.Besides, God has created us with social natures to be improved for religious purposes. Consequently,