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ON OPENING A PLACE FOR SOCIAL PRAYER.
Jesus! where'er thy people meet,
power To strengthen faith, and sweeten care; To teach our faint desires to rise, And bring all heaven before our eyes. Behold, at thy commanding word We stretch the curtain and the cord ;* Come thou, and fill this wider space, And bless us with a large increase. Lord, we are few, but thou art near; Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear; Oh rend the heavens, come quickly down, And make a thousand hearts thine own.
* Isaiah liv. 2.
WELCOME TO THE TABLE.
This is the feast of heavenly wine,
And God invites to sup; The juices of the living vine
Were press'd to fill the cup. Oh! bless the Saviour, ye that eat,
With royal dainties fed ; Not heaven affords a costlier treat,
For Jesus is the bread. The vile, the lost, he calls to them,
Ye trembling souls, appear ! The righteous in their own esteem
Have no acceptance here. Approach, ye poor, nor dare refuse
The banquet spread for you; Dear Saviour, this is welcome news,
Then I may venture too.
And may obtain a place,
And I shall see his face.
JESUS HASTING TO SUFFER.
The Saviour, what a noble flame
Was kindled in his breast, When hasting to Jerusalem,
He march'd before the rest !
Good will to men, and zeal for God,
His every thought engross ;
He pants to reach the cross !
And woes to us unknown,
'Twas love that urged him on.
Our hearts shall sound abroad,
And to the rising God !
Engage our wondering eyes,
And hasten to the skies.
EXHORTATION TO PRAYER.
What various hindrances we meet
prayer, But wishes to be often there?
Prayer makes the darken’d cloud withdraw,
* Luke xii. 50.
Restraining prayer, we cease to fight ;
THE LIGHT AND GLORY OF THE WORD,
The Spirit breathes upon the Word,
And brings the truth to sight;
A sanctifying light.
Majestic like the sun ;
Exodus xvii, 11.
The hand that gave it still supplies
The gracious light and heat :
They rise, but never set.
For such a bright display,
With beams of heavenly day.
The steps of him I love,
In brighter worlds above.
ON THE DEATH OF A MINISTER.
His master taken from his head,
Elisha saw him
Ah, what must Israel do ?”
The beggar to the throne; Nor knew, that all Elijah's gifts
Will soon be made his own.
Or when Apollos dies,
And have we no supplies?