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58. For the Consecration or Opening of a Church or Chapel.
(L. M.) 1 And wilt Thou, O Eternal God, On earth establish Thine abode ? Then look propitious from Thy throne,
And take this temple for Thine own. 2 These walls we to Thine honour raise Long may they echo to Thy praise ! And Thou, descending, fill the place
With the rich tokens of Thy grace.
With all the graces of His train;
To conquer foes and cheer His friends. 4 And in the last decisive day,
When God the nations shall survey,
59. For the Ember Weeks, or a Visitation. (L. M.)
Successful pleaders may they be. 2 How great their work! how vast their charge!
Do Thou their anxious souls enlarge;
Suppress their fear, inflame their zeal. 3 Teach them to sow the precious seed,
Teach them Thy chosen flock to feed ;
5 Let thronging multitudes around . Hear from their lips the joyful sound; . In humble strains Thy grace implore,.
And feel Thy renovating pow'r !
And sorrowing hearts forget their pains;
60. For the Induction of a Clergyman to a Living, Lecture
ship, or Preachership. (L. M.) “ We exhort you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye have in remembrance into how high a dignity, and to how weighty an office and charge ye are called : That is to say, to be MESSENGERS, WATCHMEN, and STEWARDS of the Lord; to TEACH and to premonish; to FEED and provide for the Lord's Family; to seek for Christ's SHEEP that are dispersed abroad, ..... that they may be saved through Christ for ever." -ORDINATION SERVICE.
1 We bid thee welcome in the name
Of Jesus, our exalted head: -
And we receive thee in His stead.
This fold from error and from sin :
The wounded heal, the lost bring in.
Charg'd His whole counsel to declare;
While we uphold thy hands with pray’r. *
* See Exod. xvii. 11, 12.
5 Come as a MessenGER of peace,
Fill’d with the Spirit, fir'd with love;
And, dying, meet us all above.
XV. FOR FUNERALS.
* 61. The shortness of time, and the frailty of man.
Psal. xxxix. (L. M.)
Teach me the measure of my days;
And spend the remnant to Thy praise.
2 My days are shorter than a span,
A little point my life appears :
How vain are all his hopes and fears!
3 Vain his ambition, noise, and show!
Vain are the cares which rack his mind! He heaps up treasures mix'd with woe,
And dies and leaves them all behind.
4 O be a nobler portion mine!
Saviour ! I bow before Thy throne; Earth's fleeting treasures I resign, . And fix my hope on Thee alone.
. 62. For the Funeral of a young Person.
Isa. xl. 7; 8. (C. M.) i The morning flowers display their sweets,
And gay their varied leaves unfold; ..Unfaded by the noon-day heats,
Nor wither'd by the ev’ning cold.
2 Nipp'd by the wind's unkindly blast,
Or broke by tempests in a day, Their momentary glories waste, . Their short-liv'd beauties fade away. .
3. So blooms the human face divine,
When youth its pride of beauty shows; Fairer than spring the colours shine,
And brighter than the op'ning rose : ; 4 But, worn by slowly-rolling years,
Or broke by sickness in a day,
Its short-liv'd beauties fade away,
5 Yet these, new rising from the tomb,
Through Jesu's grace shall brighter shine ; Revive with ever-during bloom,
Şafe from diseases and decline.
6 Let sickness blast, – let death devour,
Since heav'n shall recompense our pains : Perish the grass ! and fade the flower !
Since firm the word of God remains,
63. The Christian's prospect in life and death.
PSALM xvii. (L. M.)
On Thee our stedfast hopes depend :
But the bright world to which we go
When shall we wake and find Thee there? 3 Our flesh shall slumber in the ground,
T'ill the last trumpet's joyful sound;
And in our Saviour's image rise. 4 O glorious hour! O blest abode !
We shall be near and like our God!
64. Anticipation of Judgment. (L. M.) “ In the hour of death, and in the day of judgment,
Good Lord, deliver us." - LITANY. 1 My God! when nature's frame shall sink
And totter on destruction's brink,
And bear my fainting spirits up. 2 'Twas Thou, that form’d'st me first from clay,
And led'st me through life's devious way; Then take, O God ! my parting breath, Support me in the HOUR OF DEATH.