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This thy word and Spirit teach us,
657.* T. 68. As its mark to all around:
CHURCH of Christ, be glad,
Praise thy Lord and Head;
Grounded on thy Saviour's merit,
That thou 'rt filled with his Spirit 4. Grant that with thy chosen Is perceiv’d, and this people,
Proves that thou art his :-
Fixeth his abode
Grace and truth abound
Where the Lord is found.
3. Strength to grow and thrive 656.*
From Christ's death derive, CHURCH of Christ, thy destina- As the cause of man's salvation ;
And proclaim his bitter passion Is to joy in him by faith ; (tion
Showing forth his praise
Balth. v. Promnitz. 2. Sin-sick souls, repair for healing To his stripes and bleeding wounds;
658.* Then retain a grateful feeling BRIDE of the Lamb, thou favor'd Of the grace which there abounds.
congregation, (nant-flock, 3. In all wants, in all distresses,
Thou fruit of Jesus'cross, dear coveThence deriving sure relief;
Securely built on him, the eternal Looking daily unto Jesus,
(vation, Who to gladness turns your grief; Rejoice in him, the God of thy sal4. Join his church in this confession: Reap all the blessings he design'd
for thee, "I am sinful, weak, and poor,
Grow in his grace and knowledge But my Saviour's birth and passion
constantly. Prove to me the richest store:5. “Nought but Jesus' grace, his
2. Thy glory be to all the world displayed,
To all mankind his dying love proAnd his blood-bought righteous- Awake, put on thy strength, JeruIs the cause why I inherit
salem, Life, and peace, and holiness."
And in thy beauteous garments bo 6. Jesus' death thy strength abideth, arrayed ; Church of Philadelphia ;
Break forth, extend thy borders He who in aught else confideth, everywhere,
(may share. Goes Laodicea's way.
That thousands still thy happiness M. Hehl & Z.
659. T. 16. 3. As thy sheep : 11:
May we all thy voice obey, HIGHLY favour'd congregation,
And not listen to a stranger; Lov'd by Jesus and esteem'd,
Keep us, lest we go astray, Ne'er forget thy destination,
Shelter us from every danger: Why from this vain world re- No where else can we secured be, deem'd.
But in thee. :11: 2. Grounded on thy Saviour's merit, 4. Might we all, :ll:
Bless'd in his communion sweet, Young and old, be witnesses Destin'd heaven to inherit,
Of the power of thy salvation, And the church above to meet:
And extol redeeming grace 3. Witness here to all around thee 'Midst a crooked generation; Of thy Saviour's dying love ;
Thus will many souls around us be Testify, He sought and found me,
Gain’d for thee. :||: Else I still should restless rove."
5. We entreat, :||: 4. Evidence by word and action,
Lord, lift up thy countenance That thy faith is not in vain,
On thy ransom'd congregation; That thy highest satisfaction
Grace to every choir dispense: Centres in the Lamb once slain. May we all, each in his station, 5. By love's closest bonds united, Daily in thy great salvation share: As the Lord's own family,
Hear our prayer. :11: Be to serve his name excited, Be to him a fruitful tree.
661. 6. Grant, Lord, to thy congregation, What adorns her in thy sight;
YE, who freely offer praises, Let her walls be call'd Salvation, Glorify your Saviour's name: Be her glory, shield, and light.
Do not his unbounded mercies
Justly your thanksgivings claim ? 660. T. 119. 2. Yes, with grateful hearts' sensa
tion PRAISE the Lord :Il:
We his love and goodness trace, Bounteously he deals with thee,
That on earth a congregation Highly favour'd church of Jesus:
He has form’d to show his praise. Thee he chose thro' mercy free, To show forth his matchless praises, 3. O how kindly has he led us, And rich fruit, meet for the Mas- O'er us watch'd with faithful care, ter's use,
To produce. :11: On the richest pastures fed us, 2. Gracious Lord, :11:
Sav'd from danger, freed from
fear. Blessed is our lot indeed, In thy ransom'd congregation: 4. Yet while we with joy adore Here we on thy merits feed,
him, And the well-springs of salvation, We indeed have cause to mourn, All the needy to revive and cheer, To confess our faults before him,
Stream forth here. :11: And to him as sinners turn.
ö. O forgive each deviation ; Desires to drink of thee, the Rock, Lord, while we for mercy sue,
And thirst no more eternally. Let us joy in thy salvation;
5. Thy grace thou freely dost beAs of old our days renew.
This is our only plea and claim:
We blush 'fore thee with conscious ON thy ransom'd congregation,
(know. Lord, lift up thy countenance; Our many faults and wants we Be our help, joy, and salvation, 6. To thee, O Lord our rigbteousLife and health to us dispense.
(clean 2. In each heart O fix thy dwelling, Who by thy blood hast wash'd us There erect a monument
From every spot and stain of sin, Of thy love, all love excelling, We give upfeigned thanks & praise. There fulfil thy bless'd intent.
S. Lintrup. 3. Take us under thy protection,
Grant us to obey thy voice,
LIFT up thy pierced hands, most 4. Of each weight still more divested, O'er thy church, and pour out all
gracious Saviour, Freed from every earthly view,
that favour, Be our purpose, unmolested
Which in thy loving Our high calling to pursue. And kind heart for us is ever moving. 5. Thus may we, as thine anointed, 2. To thy care ourselves we now Walk 'fore thee in truth and grace;
(der, In the path thou hast appointed,
Of our lives to thee we make a tenTill we reach thy dwelling-place.
Protect and lead us, (uß,
As our faithful Shepherd daily feed 663.*
J. Nitchmann. O LORD, lift up thy countenance Upon thy church, and own us thine; Impart to each thy peace divine,
THE happy church of Christ And blessings unto all dispense. Stands to this very day; 2. 'Tis our desire to follow thee, Those who are chosen daily find And from experience to proclaim To her an open way. Salvation in thy blessed name: 2. Lord Jesus, when we trace O bless thy servants' ministry.
Thy gracious call and aim 3. Thy mercy is our only stay, With us thy flock, we render praise Direct us by thy holy Word, Unto thy holy name. Thy Spirit's light to us afford,
3. Thou open’st us a door, Preserve us, lest we go astray.
Our little strength thou know'st; 4. O well of life, we pant for thee; Assist us, Lord, we thee implore, In copious streams thythirstingflock | To call to thee the lost.
666.* T. 56./4. Now may the very God of peace
Us wholly sanctify, THOU, whose name is :||: inexpres- And grant us such a rich increase sible,
(able, Andwhose counsels: ||: are unsearch- That spirit, soul, and body may,
Of unction from on high, Thou, who from eternity
Preserved free from stain, Didst the time and place decree, Be blameless until thy great day, Where securely : || : thy dear flock
Lord Jesus Christ : Amen. should dwell;
Z. Herberger and others. 2. Spread thy blessing : l1: here and everywhere,
T. 106 or 90. Far surpassing : 11: all our thought | LORD, may not one among us be and prayer:
Who trifles with his call of grace, When we have performed all,
None who believes not heartily And fulfill'd thy gracious call,
In thee, the Lord our righteousness; After labour :||: we sweet rest shall
But grant that, prompted by thy share.
We all to thee may faithful prove. 667.*
T. 590. O THOU, whose mercies far exceed
T. 151. All we can think or say,
O JESUS Christ, most holy,
Head of the church, thy bride, Let for our happiness, O God,
Each day in us more fully On us while here below,
Thy name be magnified:
0 By virtue of thy death and blood,
may in each believer Still thousand blessings flow.
Thy love its power display,
And none among us ever 2. Lord Jesus, let us be thine own, From thee, our Shepherd, stray.
And ever thine remain, (mend We now ourselves to thee comWith thy whole chosen train ;
T. 586. Till thou shalt fully have obtain'd With us thy thoughts of peace,
HIGH-PRIEST of thy church-disWhen we, in joys which never end,
pensation, Shall see thee face to face.
up, we pray, thy pierced hand,
And bless thy ransom'd congrega3. Shelter our souls most graciously tion, Within thy open'd side,
In every place by sea or land; Move them from every harm away, Before thy Father's throne rememAnd in thy safeguard hide:
ber ( let our names in life's blest rolls By name each individual member; Inscrib'd be ever found,
Thy face upon us shine, And in life's bundle may our souls Grant us thy peace divine, Be fast and firmly bound. For we are thine.
673.* IN Jesus' love and peace,
O LORD, let thy countenance On earth's extended face,
friendly and gracious Dwell our congregations; Shine clearly on thy chosen race: Both here, and o'er the seas,
To thee we
commend ourselves We raise our supplications,
jointly, to bless us; That the God of grace
Let every member feel thy peace: All of us may bless
Thy servants protect, 0 most graTill the end of days.
Z. cious Lord,
(Word; And always direct by thy holy 672.* T. 161. Yea, grant them with boldness thy JESUS, hear our supplication,
death to proclaim, (thy name.
And life and remission of sins thro' 'Tis thy pleasure
Oldendorp. Those to bless who to thee cleave; Grant us stronger demonstration
674.* Of thy favour, Than our weak minds can
LORD Jesus, by thy death, ceive;
Whereon we trust by faith, Help the feeble,-us enable, Thy wounds, thy pierced side, In thy bless'd path of salvation,
Thy agonizing pain, Bold and joyful
Preserve the church, thy bride, To go thro' faith's each gradation. Till thou com’st again,
z. ' Prince of life once slain. :/:
XXXIII. FOR FESTAL OCCASIONS.
675.* T. 141. / Yea, what thou directest,
Be our only choice. OWN thy congregation,
O thou slaughter'd Lamb; 3. Church, who art arrayed We are here assembled
In the glorious dress In thy holy name;
Of thy Lord and Saviour's Look upon thy people,
Spotless righteousness, Whom thou by thy blood
Be both now and ever Hast in love redeemed,
By his blood kept clean, And brought nigh to God. And in all thy members
Be his likeness seen. 2. Thou hast kindly led us
For these many years ; Ah, accept our praises
676.* And our grateful tears : Grant us all the favour
LORD, in thy name we meet To obey thy voice;
Before thy mercy-seat;