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5 Lord, we are few, but thou art near;

Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
And make all hearts, O Lord, thine own."

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Now are we all here present before God.

Acts x. 33.

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1 In thy name, O Lord, assembling,

We, thy people, now draw near;
Teach us to rejoice with trembling,

Speak, and let thy servants hear, Hear with meekness, hear thy word with godly fear. 2 While our days on earth are lengthen’d,

May we give them, Lord, to thee, Cheer'd by hope, and daily strengthen'd,

May we run, nor weary be; Till thy glory without clouds in heaven we see. 3 Then in worship purer, sweeter,

Thee thy people shall adore,
Tasting of enjoyment greater

Far than thought conceived before,
Full enjoyment, full, unmix’d, and evermore.°

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Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house. [6s.

Ps. xxvi. 8.
1 We love the place, O God,

Wherein thine honour dwells;
The joy of thine abode

All earthly joy excels.
2 It is the house of prayer,

Wherein thy servants meet;
And thou, O Lord, art there

Thy chosen flock to greet.
3 We love thy feast, O Lord,

Where thou, the living Bread,
By faithful hearts adored,
Our fainting souls dost feed.

4 We love the word of life,

The word that tells of peace,
Of comfort in the strife,

And joys that never cease.
5 We love to sing below

For mercies freely given ;
But oh! we long to know

The triumph-song of heaven.
6 Lord Jesu, give us grace

On earth to love thee more,
In heaven to see thy face,

And with thy saints adore. Amen. 210 The Lord is in this place.-Gen. xxviii. 16. [Six 88. 1 Lo, God is here : let us adore,

And own how dreadful is this place :
Let all within us feel his power,

And silent bow before his face :
Who know his power, his grace who prove,

Serve him with awe, with reverence love.
2 Lo, God is here : him day and night

The united choirs of angels sing;
To him enthroned above all height,

Heaven's host their noblest praises bring.
Disdain not, Lord, our meaner song,

Who praise thee with a stammering tongue. 3 Gladly the toys of earth we leave,

Wealth, pleasure, fame for thee alone;
To thee our will, soul, flesh we give,

O take, O seal them for thine own;
Thou art the God: thou art the Lord :

Be thou by all thy works adored.
4 Being of beings, may our praise

Thy courts with grateful fragrance fill;
Still may we stand before thy face,

Still hear and do thy sovereign will ;
To thee may all our thoughts arise,
Ceaseless, accepted sacrifice.

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211 Kept by the power of God through faith into [C.M.

salvation.-1 Pet. i. 5.
1 Not unto us, but thee, O Lord,

Be praise and glory given,
For every gracious thought and word,

Which brings us nearer heaven !
2 Thy saints are in thy faithful hand,
Secure beneath thine

eye;
And safe, at last, they all shall stand,

Before thy throne on high.
3 Redeem'd from sin, and saved by grace,

Thy glory they shall see;
And eye to eye, and face to face,

For ever dwell with thee.
4 O hasten, Lord, the glorious day;

Call all thy children home;
Teach us, with humble hope, to say,

Lord Jesu, quickly come.

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212 Lord, teach us to pray.—Luke xi. 1. [C.M. 1 PRAYER is the soul's sincere desire,

Utter'd or unexpress’d;
The motion of a hidden fire,

That trembles in the breast.
2 Prayer is the burden of a sigh,

The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,

When none but God is near.
3 Prayer is the simplest form of speech

That infant lips can try,
Prayer the sublimest strains that reach

The Majesty on high.
4 Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,

The Christian's native air,
His watchword at the gates of death :

He enters heaven with prayer.

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5 Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,

Returning from his ways; ;
While angels in their songs rejoice,

And cry, "Behold, he prays."
6 The saints in prayer appear as one,

In word, and deed, and mind;
While with the Father and the Son

Sweet fellowship they find.
7 Nor prayer is made on earth alone,

The Holy Spirit pleads ;
And Jesus on the eternal throne

For sinners intercedes.
8 O thou by whom we come to God,

The Life, the Truth, the Way,
The path of prayer thyself hast trod :

Lord, teach us how to pray.

213 Continuing instant in prayer. - Rom. xii. 12. [L.M. 1 What various hindrances we meet,

In coming to the mercy-seat !
Yet who that knows the worth of prayer
But wishes to be often there?

2 Prayer makes the darken'd cloud withdraw;

Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw,
Gives exercise to faith and love,

Brings every blessing from above.
3 Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;

Prayer makes the Christian's armour bright;
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint

upon

his knees.
4 Have we no words ? ah! think again :

Words flow apace when we complain,
And fill our fellow-creature's ear
With the sad tale of all our care.

5 Were half the breath thus vainly spent

To heaven in supplication sent,
Our cheerful song would oftener be,
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214 The Lord will bless his people with peace. [10s.

Ps. xxix. 11. 1 SAVIOUR, again to thy dear name we raise

With one accord our parting hymn of praise, We stand to bless thee ere our worship cease,

Then lowly kneeling wait thy word of peace. 2 Grant us thy peace upon our homeward way;

With thee began, with thee shall end the day; Guard thou the lips from sin, the hearts from

shame, That in this house have call’d upon thy name. 3 Grant us thy peace, Lord, through the coming

night, Turn thou for us its darkness into light; From harm and danger keep thy children free,

For dark and light are both alike to thee. 4 Grant us thy peace throughout our earthly

life,
Our balm in sorrow, and our stay in strife;
Then, when thy voice shall bid our conflicts

cease,
Call us, O Lord, to thine eternal peace

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While he blessed them, he was parted from [8s, 78, 4.

them.-Luke xxiv. 51.

1 LORD, dismiss us with thy blessing,

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

O refresh us,
Travelling through this wilderness.

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