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Neglected opportunities deplored.
Deut. xxix, 4. Ps. cxix, 25. Heb. v, 12.
1 Long have we heard the joyful sound

Of thy salvation, Lord!
Yet still how weak our faith is found !

How slow to learn thy word !

2 Oft we frequent thy holy place,

Yet hear almost in vain;
Such faint impressions of thy grace

Our languid powers retain.

3 How cold and feeble is our love!

How negligent our fear!
How low our hopes of joys above!

How few affections there!

4 Great God! thy sovereign aid impart

To give thy word success;
Write all its precepts on our heart,

And deep its truths impress.

5 Oh! speed our progress in the way

That leads to joys on high;
Where knowledge grows without decay,

And love shall never die!

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8. 7. Prayer for the peace of God.

John xx, 19. 2 Cor. xiii, 14. 1 PEACE be to this congregation;

Peace to every soul therein;
Peace, the earnest of salvation;

Peace, the fruit of pardon'd sin;
Peace, that speaks its heavenly Giver;

Peace, that comes from God alone;
Peace divine, that lasts for ever;

Peace, to worldly minds unknown. 2 Prince of Peace! be present near us;

Fix in all our hearts thy home;
With thy gracious presence cheer us;

Let thy sacred kingdom come;
Raise to heaven our expectation;

Give our raptured souls to prove
Glorious and complete salvation

In the realms of bliss above.
3 May the grace of Christ our Saviour,

And the Father's boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit's favour,

Rest upon us from above:
Thus may we abide in union

With each other and the Lord;
And possess in sweet communion

Joys which earth can ne'er afford,

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Imploring grace to feed on the Word.
Deut. viii, 3. Phil. iv, 7. 1 Pet. ii, 2.

i LORD! help us on thy word to feed;

In peace dismiss us hence;
Be Thou, in every time of need,

Our refuge and defence.

2 Departing hence, we bless thy name;

We bless thy gracious word;
And with our thankful tongues proclaim

The goodness of the Lord.

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A blessing sought on the seed sown.

Isa. Iv, 10, 11.

ON what has now been sown
Thy blessing, Lord ! bestow;
The power is thine alone

To make it spring and grow:
Do Thou the gracious harvest raise,
And Thou alone shalt have the praise.

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8. 7.4.
Worshippers anticipating glory.
Ex.xxxiii, 14. Luke xxiv, 50, 51. Col. I, 3-6.
1 LORD! dismiss us with thy blessing;

Fill our hearts with joy and peace;
Let us each, thy love possessing,
Triumph in redeeming grace:

Oh! refresh us,

Trav'lling through this wilderness.
2 Thanks we give, and adoration,

For thy gospel's joyful sound;
May the fruits of thy salvation
Iu our hearts and lives abound:

May thy presence

With us evermore be found.
3 So whene'er the signal's given

Us from earth to call away,
Borne on angels' wings to heaven,
Glad to leave our cumbrous clay,

May we ready

Rise and reign in endless day. 351

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Christians parting.
Matt. xxvi, 30. “Acts xx, 37, 38.
1 CHRISTIAN brethren! ere we part,

Every voice and every heart
One glad hymn to God should raise,
One high song of grateful praise.

2 Here we all may meet no more:

But there is a happier shore;
There, released from toil and pain,

Brethren! we shall meet again.
3 Now to God, the Three in One,

Be eternal glory done;
Raise, ye saints! the song again,

Gladly join the loud Amen.
The Lord's Supper.
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L. M. The table of the Lord.

Matt. xxvi, 26-30.
1 My God! and is thy table spread?

And doth thy cup with love o'erflow?
Thither be all thy children led,

And let them all thy sweetness know.
2 Hail, sacred feast, which Jesus makes !

Rich banquet of his flesh and blood !
Thrice happy he, who here partakes

That sacred stream, that heavenly food! 3 Lord ! let thy table honour'd be,

And furnish'd well with joyful guests;
And may each soul salvation see,

That here its sacred pledges tastes. 4 Let crowds approach with hearts prepard,

And round thy holy table bend;
Nor, when we leave our Master's board,
The pleasure or the profit end.

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