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2 Thou'rt safe indeed! most faithful
Nor slumbereth nor sleeps.
3 God is thy Keeper, God thy Shade,
4 Thy going out and coming in
688 Let them use the office of a deacon,
being found blameless.-1 Tim. 3,10.
GREAT King of saints! enthroned on
Under Thy care Thy churches live:
2 For pastors may Thy name be blest,
3 While they their works assigned fulfil,
And patience, sympathy, and zeal,
5 And when their service here is done,
689 We trust that He will yet deliver
us.-2 Cor. 1,210.
THOU, before whose gracious throne We bow our suppliant spirits down, Thou know'st the anxious cares we feel, And all our trembling lips would tell.
2 With power benign, Thy servant spare, Nor turn aside Thy people's prayer; Avert Thy swift descending stroke, Nor smite the shepherd of the flock. 3 Restore him sinking to the grave, Stretch out Thine arm, make haste to save;
Back to our hopes and wishes give, And bid our friend and father live 4 Yet, if our supplications fail,
And prayers and tears can nought
Be Thou his strength, be Thou his stay,
690 Lo, I am with you alway.—Matt.
1 Nond all our tears be dry; OW let our mourning hearts revive,
Why should those eyes be drowned in grief,
Which view a Saviour nigh?
2 What though the arm of conquering death
Does God's own house invade?
What though the prophet and the priest
3 Though earthly shepherds dwell in dust,
The aged, and the young,
The watchful eye in darkness closed, And mute the instructive tongue :4 The eternal Shepherd still survives, New comfort to impart;
His eye still guides us, and His voice
5 Lo, I am with you, saith the Lord,
6 Through every scene of life and death, This promise is our trust;
And this shall be our children's song,
691 Wherefore comfort one another.
1 Thess. 4, 18.
1 WHY should our tears in sorrow
When God recals His own; [flow
And bids them leave a world of woe
2 Is not e'en death a gain to those
Gladly to earth their eyes they close,
3 Their toils are past; their work is done; And they are fully blest:
[won, They've fought the fight, the victory And entered into rest.
4 The flock must feel the shepherd's loss, And miss his tender care;
But they who bear with joy the cross,
5 And is not He who called them home,
6 Then let our sorrows cease to flow,
692 They were not suffered to continue
by reason of death.-Heb. 7, 23.
2 Faith, perseverance, zeal,
Language of light and power,
Now, toil and conflict o'er,
Saviour! into Thy hands
And now we wait Thy own commands,
5 Thou art Thy church's Head;
On Thee our hopes depend,
We gather round our Rock;
Send whom Thou wilt, but condescend 'Thyself to feed Thy flock.
693 Well done, good and faithful ser
vant.-Matt. 25, 23.
SERVANT of God, well done!
The voice at midnight came;
A mortal arrow pierced his frame;
2 At midnight came the cry,
He woke, and caught his Captain's eye
Left its encumbering clay:
His tent at sunrise on the ground,
The pains of death are past;
And life's long warfare closed at last,
(See also CHRISTIAN LIFE: COMMENCEMENT.)
694 Baptized in the name of the Lord.
-Acts 10. 48.j
1 HOW great, how solemn, is the work Which we attend to-day!
Now for a holy, solemn frame,
2 Lord, may we feel as once we felt,
3 Let graces then in exercise
And, nurtured by celestial power,
4 Awake, our fear, our love, our hope,
Vain world begone! let things above
5 Whilst Thee, our Saviour, and our God To all around we own;
Drive each rebellious rival lust,
6 Instruct our minds, our wills subdue, To heaven our spirits raise;
That hence our lives, our all, may be
695 Baptized into His death.-Rom.
MIGHTY mystery we set forth,
Lord, give our hearts to know its worth,
2 Death to the world, we thus avow,
The risen Life is our Life now,