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2 O may he so sensibly LORD. Jesus Christ, thy body's Head That we, in humility,
Bless us with his grace and favor, and Saviour, On us, thy children, deign to look in May he, in his mercy, grant
May rejoice in him, our Saviour; favor;
All we weep for, all we want. Our grateful hearts with thanks are overflowing, Before thee bowing: 3 May his presence constantly
Yield us joy and consolation, 2 What peace do we derive, what in the certain hope that he consolation,
Will regard our supplication, What strength from thy atoning death Grant our pray’rs, and much more givé and passion!
Than we're worthy to receive. Impress'd with holy rev'rence, we a
4 This be our supreme delight, dore thee, And fall before thee.
To'remain in closest union 3 Thy goodness, as thy pow's, is past
With our Lord, both day and night, expression;
And enjoy his sweet communion; We trust, that thou, whene'er with This our heav'n, while here we stay, supplication
Him to love, serve and obey.
With incense for her pray'r;
Defended from all
noxious air. 5 The many drops of blood which from thee flowed,
2 Lord, give us an attentive ear, The streams of tears, which oft thy Which may thy voice distinctly hear,
An cheeks bedewed,
to view thee still; Are all in our behalf for merey plead - And priestly lips to tell thy praise, ing. And interceding
To traverse, without fearing illo 6 Omay thy church before thee bloom 3 Our hands for blessing hallow'd be, like flowers,
Our bodies temples be to thee, Unto thy praise, thro' thy atonement's
Our souls enjoy thy peace; powers;
A breeze divine our spirits cheer, Yea, glorify thy name in us, dear Sa. Granit us, thy still small voice to hear, viour, Both now and ever!
Unknown, save to thy flock of grace.
590.* T. 83. FLOCK of Christ, in fellowship
O MAY the God of mercies, Offer fervent supplication, Who perfecteth his praises Whether to rejoice, or weep,
Out of the sucklings' mouth, We may now have most occasion; Grant us so blest a feeling When the lips no more can pray,
Of his most gracious dealing, Sighs will find to him their way. That we adore his grace and truth! 2 May he give us his unction, Thy flocks preserve in peace and unity, To tell, with heart's compunction, And walk amongst them with complaThe wonders of his grace;
centy. A constant deep impression
6 From grace to grace still farther lead Of Jesus' wounds and passion,
us on, And simple, childlike cheerfulness. And finish the good work thou hast
[begun, 3 Lord, our High Priest and Saviour ! That we thy saving name may magnify, Pour fire and spirit's fervor
And forthybittertorments yield theejoy. On all thy priestly bands ; When we are interceding,
17 Thy messengers, who storms and waves disdain
[to gain, And for thy people pleading, To teach the nations, and their souls
Give incense, and hold up our hands. Bless thou, and touch their lips with 4 By thine illumination,
hallow'd fire ;
[inspire. Thy church's situation
To witness of thy death, their tongues In the true light we trace; We rise from pray't with blessing,
8 May thy whole flock by thee, their
Shepherd, led, O'ercome what is distressing, Afford theejoy and in thy footsteps tread; Thro’thee, and run with joy our race. Unto eternal life let us, by faith,
Feed on the merits of thy blood and 593. * T. 583 .
death. LORD Jesus, may thy blood-bought 9 May all thy people, far and near, church increase
full From day to day in knowledge and in Supported by thy aid, thy holy will; grace;
To thee all praise, all honor doth pertain, To all her choirs those special bles- Let all who love thy name, reply, Amen! sings grant,
(want. Which they in their degree and measure 594.* T. 583. 2 Thy servants and thy handmaids THOU hast thy church appointed, keep in faith,
(death; Lord, that she [should be; And ground them all on thy atoning O'er all the world unto thy praise Let those, who have the care of souls, Achurch, who in herself is void of good, by thee
[rous be. And yet by thee with grace and pow's Be taught; thus will their labor prosp'. endow'd. 3 May all our pastors who instruct thy 2 Teach us to pray for all the ransom'd sheep,
(withhold, Firm to the word of thy atonement keep; Lord! from thy church no needful gifts Toactas in thy sight, give them grace, As Head and Ruler in thy house remain,
o In word and walk may they show forth And be the Leader of the witness-train. thy praise,
3 Grant that weall may stedfastly adhere 4 For all our meetings, for each con- To those great truths, by thee to us ference
(nance, made clear; We crave the blessings of thy counte- Altho'we have but little strength,maywe Keep in the bond of harmony and love Abiding in thy word, preserved be. All elders, and their strength in weak
4 O letthy congregation feel thy peace, ness prove.
And daily may her joy in thee increases 5 Remain our Lord, our Shepherd, Preserve hergraciously from ev'ry harm, Head and King,
Protect her by thy strong and mighty And each to th’other in subjection bring. arm,
5 Grant her to thee an ever free access,
596.* T. 11. That cheerful to the mark she onward LORD, with ev'ry needful grace
press ; And far and near, supported by thy aid, Bless thy church in ev'ry place; Extend thy knowledge, and thy gospel Fill her with thy love divine, spread.
And each member own as thine. 6 Thou know'st her wants, and comfort 2 Grant us all to feel thy peace, dost impart
Set each troubled heart at ease;
[heart: Unto each needy, poor, and sin-sick Purify us by thy blood, Yea, by thy body and thy precious blood Which hath brought us nigh to God. Thougiv'st to heran ever-strength’ning food,
597. T. 185.. 7 By thee, as Shepherd of the flock, GRACIOUS Saviour, bless thy conwe're led,
gregation, Till we shall join the church now per
Richly all her wants supply; fected:
Be our only joy and consolation,
Live beneath thy sceptre unmolested,
In thy matchless radiance shine, O SON of God, High-Priest & Lamb Filled with thy love divine.
once slain, Behold the purchase of thy bitter pain.
2 Cheer thy chosen witnesses, O Jesus,
Who thy dying love proclaim, 2 Thou see'st us here assembled in That with joy they may to distant places thy name,
Bear thy great and glorious name: To feel thy gracious presence is our aim. By thy arm may they be defended 3 Unto each married pair that favor Till their pilgrimage on earth is ended, grant,
And they are with thee at rest : Thee and thy church, O Lord, to re-Lord, we pray, hear our request. present.
T. 22. the single men be fill’d with zeal
LORD Jesus, with thy presence bless, To serveand follow thee and do thy will. By land and sea, thy witnesses ; 5 And grant the single women grace In ev'ry trial
In ev'ry danger them defend, to be
prove True virgin hearts devoted unto thee. 2 O may thy word in Christendom
Be blest, and may thy kingdom come; 6 O may the children true obedience May all thy ministers succeed
In bringing fruit to thee their Head. And in
And thro' thy blessing, still increase 7 Be thou the consolation, help and Thy little flocks, which far and near stay,
(pray. In towns and villages appear. of widowers and widows, Lord, we 4 Thy thoughts of peace o'er us fulfil, 8 Give unto all the needful gifts and Incline' our hearts to do thy will; grace,
[place. Thy gospel make more fully known, Yea, bless each soul thou hast in ev'ry May all the world thy goodness own.
4 O may
12 For all put in authority
We supplicate most fervently; ACCORDING to thy mercy, Lord, The magistrates thou hast ordain'd Frue christian faith to us afford,
Support by thy almighty hand, That we thy kindness, love and grace, In guarding church and state give May taste throughout our future racę.
them success; 2 Hold over us thy gracious hand,
The land in which we live protect and Protect and keep us to the end
bless. From earthly noise and misery, 3 From strife and tumult, God of Retir'd and still to walk with thee. 3 O grant that we may thine remain, Preserve us, bless the land with peace; And deeper ground in thee obtain;
May all men willingly obey Yea, give us to our latest breath
Rulers, ordain'd to bear the sway ; T'enjoy the merits of thy death.
And under their protection, grant that 600. T. 22.
May live in godliness and honesty. ATTEND, O Saviour, to our pray'r! All things by thy appointment are; The world o govern for the best!
T. 1. The Lord of all thou art confest.
O LORD, asham'd and blushing we 2 Thou who on earth the sick didst heal, declare, And to the poor thy love reveal, That we thy poor insolvent debtors O comfort by a look from thee
are, AH who are now in misery.
2 O lift on us thy gracious counten3 Nearer and nearer draw us still; Might all but know thy holy will: In mercy look upon our indigence. Subdue all pride and stubbornness, 3 Grant us each blessing purchas’d by O Lord, by thy prevailing grace.
thy blood, 4 Preserve by thy möst gracious aid
O’erstream our souls with that atoning Those who have thee their Refuge
flood. made; Grant that, in all things free from blame, In meekness they may praise thy name.
603.* . T. 151.
AMEN, this the conclusion 601.*
Of our petitions be : OFT as the church the blessings weighs Lord, by thy blood's effusion, Deriv'd from Jesus' saving grace, Let us belong to thee. And ponders on his faithful care, Thus we await, possessing Which she each day doth richly share, True bliss while we are here, By love constrâin'd, to pray she is inclin'd The time, when joys unceasing For the prosperity of all mankind. We once with thee shall share.
XXXI. Of the Christian Church in general, and the
Brethren’s Congregations in particular.
604. T. 167.
605.* GLORIOUS things of thee are PRAISE God for ever! spoken
Boundless is his favor Zion, city of our God !
To his church and chosen flock, He whose words can ne'er be broken, Founded on Christ the Rock,
Form'd thee for his own abode: His almighty Son; On the Rock of ages founded,
On fair mount Zion, What can shake thy sure repose ?
By his Spirit, grace and word : With salvation's walls surrounded,
Blest city of the Lord ! Thou may'st smile at all thy foes.
Thou in spite of ev'ry pow'rful foe
Shalt unshaken stand, and prosp'ring 2 See! the streams of living waters,
grow, Springing from eternal love,
Midst disgrace-to God's praise, Well supply thy sons and daughters,
Both in love and unity,
To all eternity.
2 It plain appeareth, Grace, which like the Lord, the Giver, As God's word declareth, Never fails from
That the Lord his flock defends, age
age. 3 Round each habitation hov'ring
Thro' mercy which ne'er ends;
As he was of old
Thus his pow'r and faithfulness
We in the church may trace, Thus deriving from their banner
For our God his people still protects Light by night and shade by day,
And 'mongst them his righteous throne Safe they feed upon the manna
Mighty God, Immanuel,
3 God our Salvation 'Tis his love his people raises
With his word and sacrament;
dwell secure ; 5 Saviour, if of Zion's city
Order is herein maintain'd I thro'grace a member am; a
By discipline unstain'd, Let the world deride or pity, And God's servants watch with faithI will glory in thy name :
ful care Fading is the worldling's pleasure, O'er his flock, and offer fervent pray'r.
All his boasted pomp and show; God our Lord will afford Solid joys and lasting treasure, Righteousness, and joy, and peace,
, None but Zion's children know. Until the end of days.