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2 How great their work, how vast their charge!
Do thou their anxious souls enlarge;
We share the blessings they obtain. 3 Clothe, then, with energy divine,
Their words, and let those words be thine:
Suppress their fear, inflame their zeal.
'Teach thein thy chosen flock to feed; Tcach them immortal souls to gain
Souls that will well reward their pain. 3 Let thronging multitudes around
Hear from their lips the joyful sound,
And feel thy new-ereating power.
Distressed souls forget their pains;
3. CONGREGATIONAL.-SEEKING A MINISTER,
L. M. A church seeking Direction from God u the choice of a Pastor. Ezra viji. 21. SHEPHERD of Israel, bend thine ear,
Thy servants' groans indulgent hear; Perplex'd, distress'd, to thee we cry,
And scek the guidance of thine eye. % Thy comprehensive view surveys
Our wandering paths, our trackless ways;
To guide our doubtful footsteps right. 3 With longing eyes, behold, we wait
In suppliant crowds at mercy's gate:
4 O Lord, in ways of peace return,
Nor let thy flock neglected mourn;
Dear to our souls, and dear to thce.
A cheerful tribute to thy praise;
HAVING OBTAINED A MINISTER.
P. M. 571.
At the Coming of a Minister. 1 WELCOME, welcome, blessed servant,
Messenger of Jesus' grace!
Give us hearts to hear thy word
O reveal it, To our poor and helpless souls 3 Give reward of grace and glory
To thy faithful labourer dear, Let the incense of our hearts be Ofer'd up in faith and prayer,
Bless, O bless him, Now, henceforth, for evermore!
L. M. 572.
At the Settlement of a Minister. SHEPHERD of Israel, thou dost keep,
With constant care, thy humble sheep By thee inferior pastors rise 'To feed onr souls, and bless our eyes.
To all thy churches such impart,
The way to Zion's pasture tread!
And scatter'd blessings on thy house;
As sheep without a guide deplore.
And bless the shepherd and the flock;
the decease of another.
Our grateful songs ve raise: Accept, ihou Sun of righteousness,
The tribute of our praise. 8 In widow'd state these walls no more
Their mourning weeds shall wear; Thy messenger shall joy restore,
And ev'ry loss repair. g Thy providence our souls admirc,
With joy its windings trace; And shout, in one united choir,
The triumphs of thy grace.
Here let thy presence dwell;
5 Distressed churches pity, Lord,
Their dismal breaches close, Their sons unite in sweet accord,
And troubled minds compose. 6 In all be purity maintain'd,
Peace like a river flow;
In ev'ry bosom glow. 574.
Him whom we now to thee commend;
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.
O love him, save him to the end:
Without the convoy of thy love.
In him thy mighty pow'r exert;
SICKNESS OF THEIR MINISTER 575.
We bow our suppliant spirits down,
And all our trembling lips would tell. 2 Avert thy swist descending stroke, Nor smite tho shepherd of the flock,
Lest o'er the barren waste we stray,
To prowling wolves an easy prey. s Restore him, sinking to the grave,
Stretch out thine arm, make haste to save,
4 Yet, if our supplications fail,
And prayers and tears can naught prevail, Condemn'd on this dark desert coast
To mourn our much-lov'd leader lost; 5 Be thou his strength, be thou his stay,
Support him through the gloomy way;
And guide him through the dreary shade. r Around him may thy angels wait,
Deck'd with their robes of heavenly state,
THE MINISTER GOING ON A JOURNEY.
S. M. 576.
Minister going a Journey · SINCE we are call") to part
From our beloved friend,
And him to God commend.
His ev'ry step attend;
And bless him to the end.
Stand thou at his right hand; To keep him from the sland rous tongue And persecuting band.