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3 What rich returns of thankfulness
From us might be expected! CHURCH of Christ, thy destination Who, that we 'might show forth thy Is to joy in him by faith;
praise He hath purchas'd thy salvation,
Have been thro' grace elected; He hath ransom'd thee from death. But here we blush for shame,
Unworthy of the name 2 Sin-sick souls, repair for healing
We bear, while of our heav'nly call To his stripes and bleeding wounds; As yet so very short we fall. Then retain a grateful feeling, Of the grace which there abounds. 4 May we show forth continually,
In our whole conversation, 3 In all wants, in all distresses,
What we to others testify Thence deriving sure relief;
Of thee and thy salvation; Looking daily unto Jesus,
May all men in us see, Who to gladness turns your grief; Our words and works agree, 4 Join his church in this confession:
Then shall we of redeeming love “I am sinful, weak and poor,
To others a sweet savor prove. But my Saviour's birth and passion 5 But are there such among us still,
Prove to me the richest store." Whose hearts thy love ne'er warmed, 5“ Nought but Jesus' grace, his Who, tho’their wretched state they feel, merit,
Are not thereby alarmed;
That they may pray and weep,
And filee as sinners to thy wounds,
Where, for the vilest, grace abounds. 6 Jesus' death thy strength abideth,
Church of Philadelphia ;
TO God the great Creator,
The Lord of earth and heav'n,
Eternal praise be giv'n :
That blessed Lamb, which John once 622. T. 164. O THOU, who out of sin's dark night we now revere with awe.
As if it had been slaughter'd,
The Saviour's happy bride,
Arise, show forth his praises Before thee humbly fall,
bled and dy'd; And render for electing grace
Ye, tho' a people poor and mean, To thee, Lord Jesus, thanks and praise, Of God are highly honor'd,
Because the Lamb was slain. 2 The patience, love, unweary'd care,
Abundant grace and blessing, 3 In our degree and measure Thou dost bestow from year to year,
His love we will proclaim; Is truly past expressing ;
In lowliness with pleasure Great mercy thou hast shown
Yield service to his name ; To us; we freely own,
The church with tender care he'll guide, Yet hath thy aim, most faithful Friend, And will in ev'ry trial With us not fully been obtain'd. Our sure Support abide.
Still Who Proc
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625.* *T. 26. O THOU whose goodness words |O LORD, lift up thy countenance can ne'er express!
Upon thy church, and own us thine; Daily lift up thy friendly, loving face
Impart to us thy peace divine, On the congregation, her choirs and And blessings unto all dispense,
classes, Let us perceive in all our streets and 2 'Tis our desire to follow thee, places Thy peace divine.
And from experience to proclaim
Salvation in thy blessed name : 2 In labor, or at rest, O Lord, bedew With thy most precious blood whate'er o bless thy servants' ministry. we do;
[ever, 3 Thy mercy is our only stay, Let thy gracious presence-surround us Direct us by thy holy word, As tho' our longing eyes enjoy'd the Thy Spirit's light to us afford, favor
Thee to behold. Preserve us, lest we go astray. 3 With fervor all thy people's hearts 4 O Well of life, we pant for thee; inspire,
In copious streams thy thirsty flock And to enjoy thy grace be our desire; Desires to drink of thee, the Rock, May thy love, dear Saviour, to love And thirst no more eternally. constrain us,
5 Thy grace thou freely dost bestow, And closely in the bond of peace This is our only plea and claim, maintain us, As one 'for thee!
We blush 'fore thee with conscious 4 Wesurely are a work of thy own hand, shame, Sinners, on whom thou'st deign’d thy Our many faults and wants we know. blood to spend,
6 To thee, O Lord our Righteousness, By the Holy Spirit to thee directed,
Who by thy blood hast wash'd us A cov'nant people, by free grace elect
clean ed To serve thy name.
From ev'ry spot and stain of sin, 5 Grant that we all, both young and We give unfeigned thanks and praise.
old, may prove
Establish'd on thy death, 6 May'st thou with us thy gracious Enjoy thy great salvation, aim obtain ;
And daily live by faith! Grant that thy church may constant Believing in thy blood, vict'ry gain;
[needy That all-aloning flood; May we, truly conscioụs that we are Grant we may cleave forever To look to thee in faith be always To thee our highest Good!
ready, And trust thy pow't. 2 Unfold thy grace's treasure, 7 Might ev'ry one who knows us, And all our hearts prepare, clearly trace
That we may in full measure In all thy people unction, truth and In thy salvation share: grace ;
[gation, O may thy looks of grace That whoe'er approacheth thy congre- Insure our happiness; May feel and own it from a clear per- Uphold us, and forever
suasion, “The Lord is here.” Set us before thy face. (Psalm xli, 12.)
3 Let us 'fore thee abased,
629.*. . 582.
THE happy church of Christ.
Stands to this very day;
Those who are chosen daily find
To her an open wäy.
Thy gracious call and aim
With us thy flock, we render praise
Unto thy holy name.
Our little strength thou know'st,
Assist us, Lord, we thee imploré,
To call to thee the lost.
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How bold and vain th' attempt to 627.*
The blessed church of Jesus Christ beLIFT up thy pierc'd hands, most gra low! cious Saviour,
For Salem's bulwarks, holy walls and O'er thy church, and pour out all that tow'rs, favor,
Shall stand in spite of all opposing Which in thy loving
pow'rs. And kind heart for us is ever moving.
631.* 2 To thy care ourselves we now sur
T. 56. render,
THOU whose name is :||: inexpressible
Thou, who from. eternity
Where securely :||:thy dear ftock should
dwell, T. 58.
2 Spread thy blessing :||: here and ev'ry HOLD O'er thy church, Lord, thy
Far surpassing :/ all our thoughts and
To fulfil thy gracious call,
Rests on the congregation,
In Christ's propitiation; And let each member praise thee and And teacheth her when to rejoice, adore thee,
When to lift up her.cheerful voice, And serve thy name. And when to weep in silence,
638.* T. 161. THOU know'st, the congregation
JESUS, hear our supplication, Hath thee for her foundation,
'Tis thy pleasure Whate'er the world may say;
Those to bless; who to thee cleave: Grant us to cleave for ever
Grant us stronger demonstration
Of thy favor,
Help the feeble-us enable,
In thy blest path of salvation,
Bold and joyful
grace, None who believes not heartily
639.* T. 221. In thee, the Lord our Righteousness; O LORD, let thy countenance friendBut grant, that prompted by thy love We all to thee may faithful
ly and gracious
Shine clearly on thy chosen race;
to bless us, O JESUS CHRIST, most holy !
Let ev'ry member feel thy peace: Head of the church, thy bride,
Thy servants protect, O most gracious Each day in us more fully
Lord, Thy name be magnify'd;
And always direct by thy holy word, O may in each believer
Yea, grant them with boldness 'thy Thy love its pow'r display,
death to proclaim, And none among us ever
And life and remission of sins thro' thy From thee, our Shepherd, stray.
640. T. 586. T. 146. LORD, teach me how to prize
HIGH-PRIEST of thy church dispen
sation, My great predestination; And thankful to rejoice
Lift up, we pray, thy pierced hand, With thy dear congregation,
And bless thy ransom'd congregation, Redeemed with thy blood;
In ev'ry place by sea or land;
Before thy Father's throne remember
By name each individual member;
Thy face upon us shine,
For we are thine!
O THOU, whose mercies far exceed
All we can think or say, We, thy congregation,
As in thy people thou indeed Paid our adoration
Dost daily more display: For electing grace,
Let for our happiness, O God, Yet should we-great debtors be: On us, while here below, Take us all as an oblation
By virtue of thy death and blood, For thy bitter passion !
Still thousand blessings flow.
2 Lord Jesus, let us be thine own,
643.* T. 121.
On earth's extended face,
Dwell our congregations:
Both here, and o'er the seas,
We raise our supplications,
Thať the God of
grace All of us may bless, Till the end of days.
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Within thy open'd side;
Whereon we trust by faith,
Thy wounds, thy pierced side,
Preserve the church, thy bride,
Till thou com'st again,
Prince of life once slain ! ::
XXXII. Of the Servants and Witnesses of the Lord, and
the Spreading of his Kingdom upon Earth. 645.*
The love of Christ their hearts.con
on his everlasting throne, And strengthens their unweary'd The Lord of hosts his work surveys,
hands, He marks the souls which are his own, They spend their blood, and sweat, And smiles on his peculiar race;
and pains, He rests well pleas'd their toil to see,
To cultivate Immanuel's lands. Beneath his easy yoke they move, 4 Where'er the faithful lab'rers are, With all their heart and strengthagree The steps of industry we view, In the sweet labor of his love.
They Satan's seed root up with care,
And in its stead the gospel sow ; 2 His eye the world at once looks thro' This seed they water with their tears, A vast uncultivated field,
Then long for the returning word,
And all a barren prospect yield;
Can bring forth fruit to please their
15 Jesus their work delighted sees, And not one spot of earth is green. Hekindly gives the wish'd increase,
Their industry vouchsafes to crown, 3 See, where the servants of their God, And sends the promis'd blessing down; A busy multitude appear,
Then plenteous show'rs of grace bedew For Jesus day and night employ'd, And fructify the parched ground, The ground for him they toil to The plants spring up, they thrive&grow,
The earth looks fruitful all around.