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C.M.- Watching for Souls, in the View of the great Account.
Heb. xiii. 17.
And take the alarm they give;
Their solemn charge receive. 2 'Tis not a cause of small import
The pastor's care demands;
And fill'd a Saviour's hands.
Did heavenly bliss forego;
In raptures, or in wo.
The account to render there;
Lord, how should we appear?
Their own Redeemer see;
C.M.-Prayer for Ministers.
From death and sin set free;
His eye intent on thee! 2 With plenteous grace their hearts prepare,
To execute thy will:
And faithfulness and skill.
Their flocks to feed and teach;
The sacred truths they preach.
488. L.M.- The People's Prayer for their Minister. 1 WITH heavenly power, O Lord, defend
Him whom we now to thee commend; His person bless, his soul secure,
And make him to the end endure. 2 Gird him with all-sufficient grace,
Direct his feet in paths of peace;
And help him to obey thy will.
In him thy mighty power exert;
While we entreat thy love;
And our best passions move. 2 May we stand fast in thee,
Though storms and tempests beat;
A calm and safe retreat.
And still thy word obeyed,
A constant homage paid.
And raise their cheerful head,
Confess their toils repaid.
490. C.M.-Christ's Care of Ministers and Churches. Rev. ii. 1. 1 WE bless the eternal Source of light,
Who makes the stars to shine;
Diffuseth rays divine.
Whose golden lamps we are; Fix'd in the temples of his love,
To shine with radiance fair. 3 Still be our purity preserv'd;
Still fed with oil the flame; And in deep characters inscrib'd
Our heavenly master's name. 4 Then, while between our ranks he walks,
And all our state surveys,
The people of his praise.
491. L.M.- Paul's Solicitude to finish his Course with Joy.Acts xx. 24. 1 ASSIST us, Lord, thy name to praise
For this rich gospel of thy grace;
more, Teach them to feel its vital
And keep the crown of life in view;
The labour of ten thousand days.
Unmov'd their terrors we'll survey;
The last of life, or liberty.
Our souls to their supreme delight!
C.M.-Christ's condescending Regard to little Children. Mark x. 14. 1 SEE Israel's gentle Shepherd stands
With all-engaging charms;
And folds them in his arms.
« Nor scorn their humble name;
“ The Lord of angels came.
And yield them up to thee; Joyful, that we ourselves are thine,
Thine let our offspring be.
Ye children seek his face;
The blessings of his grace.
Thy guardian care we trust:
If weeping o'er their dust.
For whom was made whatever is,
These candidates for glorious bliss. 2 Poor worms of earth, for help we cry,
For grace to guide what grace has given; We ask for wisdom from on high
To train our infants up for heaven. 3 Them we may tend, severely kind,
As guardians of their thoughtless youth; And plant thou in their tender mind
The principles of heavenly truth.
L.M.- Prayer for Children. 1 THOU God of love and
hear Our grateful vows, our fervent prayer; And with thy choicest favours bless,
And own as thine our infant race.
Their opening minds with knowledge fill;
Before the Lord we speak;
A vow we dare not break.
Ourselves to Christ we yield; Nor from his cause will we depart,
Or ever quit the field.
But on his grace rely,
Will all our need supply.
And keep us in thy ways; And while we turn our vows to prayers,
Turn thou our prayers to praise.
C.M.-Self-Dedication. Ps. cxvi.
When I for help implor’d;
Therefore I love the Lord.