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earth, and gross darkness the peoples but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
And nations shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; For he hath visited and wrought redemption for his people,
And hath raised up a horn of salvation
In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.
Now lettest thou thy servant depart, O Lord, according to thy word, in peace;
Sing unto the Lord a new song, and A light for revelation to the Gentiles, and
his praise from the end of the earth.
the glory of thy people Israel. Now unto the King eternal, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains:
For the Lord hath comforted his peo- AMEN.
And will have compassion upon his afflicted.
For, behold, darkness shall cover the
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples;
[From the Prophecies of Isaiah and the Gospel according to Luke]
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS THE
But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them that are asleep.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:
For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy victory? death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law :
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, I believed, and therefore did I speak; we also believe, and therefore also we speak ;
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also with Jesus, and shall present us with you.
Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:
For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God,
A house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens.
For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven :
If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
For indeed we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened;
Not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life.
Now he that wrought us for this very thing is God,
Who gave unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Being therefore always of good courage, and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; we are of good courage, I say,
And are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?
It is God that justifieth; Who is he that shall condemn ?
It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations for ever and ever.
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father which loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and stablish them in every good work and word.
Worthy is the Lamb that hath been
slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and might, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Unto him that sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb, be the blessing, and the honour, and the glory, and the dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE WORK OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS
O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee,
For thou hast done wonderful things, even counsels of old, in faithfulness and truth.
[From I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Romans, I Peter, How beautiful upon the mountains are Ephesians, II Thessalonians, Revelation]
the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace,
Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is an everlasting rock.
Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou hast also wrought all our works for us.
O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
That bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; That saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! The voice of thy watchman! they lift up the voice, together do they sing;
For they shall see, eye to eye, when the
Break forth into joy, sing together, ye Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm waste places of Jerusalem: of the Lord; For the Lord hath comforted his people,
Awake, as in the days of old, the generations of ancient times.
he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord hath made bare his holy
arm in the eyes of all the nations; And all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Art thou not it which dried up the sea,
Sing, O barren, thou that didst not
For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations;
And great shall be the peace of thy children.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion;
And everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
[From the Prophecies of Isaiah]
THE WORK OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS And it shall come to pass in the latter
days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow unto it. And many peoples shall go and say, Come
ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob;
And he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths:
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge between the nations, and shall reprove many peoples: And they shall beat their swords
into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks:
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war any