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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;
And his blood-bought righteousness, o rouse them from death's sleep,
Is the cause why I inherit

That they may pray and weep,
Life and peace and holiness."

And filee as sinners to thy wounds,

Where, for the vilest, grace abounds. 6 Jesus' death thy strength abideth,

Church of Philadelphia ;
He who in ought else confideth
Goes Laodicea's way.

TO God the great Creator,

The Lord of earth and heav'n,
Who rules all things in nature,

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,
Hast us, thy children, called;
And hast thy glorious gospel-liglit 2 Thou ransom'd church of Jesus,
Unto our hearts revealed ;

The Saviour's happy bride,
Abas'd with shame we all

Arise, show forth his praises Before thee humbly fall,

Who for

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.

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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
True witnesses of thy redeeming love;
Showing forth-thy praises, may we
adore thee,

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And humbly' walk in grace and truth LORD, may the congregation,
before,
Till we go hence.

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.)

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3 Let us 'fore thee abased,

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Be daily more and more

THE happy church of Christ.
To taste thy friendship raised ;

Stands to this very day;
Prepare, we thee implore,
Amidst thy chosen race

Those who are chosen daily find

To her an open wäy.
Still many witnesses,
Who can from heart's experience 2 Lord Jesus, when we trace
Proclaim redeeming grace.

Thy gracious call and aim
4 We will of Jesus' passion

With us thy flock, we render praise
And meritorious death

Unto thy holy name.
Ne'er cease to make confession, 3 Thou open'st us a door,
Till we give up our breath,

Our little strength thou know'st,
Till we in heav'nly light

Assist us, Lord, we thee imploré,
Shall see his face most bright,

To call to thee the lost.
And with the saints in glory
In songs of praise unite.

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overthrow

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.

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THOU whose name is :||: inexpressible
Of our lives to thee we make a tender, And whose counsels://:are unsearchable,
Protect and lead us,

Thou, who from. eternity
As our faithful Shepherd daily feed us. Didst the time and place decree,

Where securely :||:thy dear ftock should

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2 Spread thy blessing :||: here and ev'ry HOLD O'er thy church, Lord, thy

where,
protecting hand,

Far surpassing :/ all our thoughts and
And in thy truth O may she ever stand; pray'r,
May thy ransom'd people show forth When we have performed all
thy praises,

To fulfil thy gracious call,
And be devoted to thy name, Lord After 'labor :/ wę sweet rest shall
Until thou com'st.

share.
2 Preserve thy church, Lord Jesus,

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every where,
And grant that she rich fruit for thee THE Spirit of the witnesses.

Rests on the congregation,
Build' her outward structure, fill her Excites her to proclaim free grace

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,

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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
To thee our faithful Saviour,

Of thy favor,
May love among us bear the sway. Than our weak minds can conceive;

Help the feeble-us enable,
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In thy blest path of salvation,

Bold and joyful
LORD, may not one among us be To go thro' each faith's gradation.
Who trifles with his call of

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
prove.

Shine clearly on thy chosen race;
To thee we commend ourselves jointly,

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
Grant me a child-like faith

By name each individual member;
Among thy flock, O God !
Until

my
latest breath,

Thy face upon us shine,
Grant us thy peace divine;

For we are thine!
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LORD, thy body's Saviour,
Shepherd and Preserver,

O THOU, whose mercies far exceed
If times numberless,

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.

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And ever thine remain,
We now ourselves to thee commend, IN Jesus' love and peace,

On earth's extended face,
With thy whole chosen train :
Till thou shalt fully have obtain'd

Dwell our congregations:
With us thy thoughts of peace,

Both here, and o'er the seas,
When we, in joys which never end,

We raise our supplications,
Shall see thee face to face.

Thať the God of

grace All of us may bless, Till the end of days.

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SHELTER our souls most graciously LORD Jesus, by thy death,

Within thy open'd side;
Move them from ev'ry harm away,

Whereon we trust by faith,
And in thy safeguard hide :

Thy wounds, thy pierced side,
O let our names in life's blest rolls Thy agony and sweat,
Inscrib'd be ever found,

Preserve the church, thy bride,
And in life's bundle may our souls

Till thou com'st again,
Be fast and firmly bound!

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XXXII. Of the Servants and Witnesses of the Lord, and

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The love of Christ their hearts.con

strains, HIGH

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,
Mountains and vallies meet his view, Happy if all their pains and cares

And all a barren prospect yield;
Cleard of the thorns by civil care,

Can bring forth fruit to please their

Lord.
A few less dreary wastes are seen,
Yet still they all continue bare,

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.

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