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INSTITUTIONS OF THE GOSPEL.

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THE MINISTRY. 203

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The ministry instituted.
HE Saviour, when to heaven he rose,

In splendid triumph o'er his foes, Scatter'd his gifts on men below, And still his royal bounties flow. 2 Hence sprang the apostles' honour'd name, Sacred beyond heroic fame: In humbler forms, before our eyes, Pastors and teachers hence arise. 3 From Christ they all their gifts derive, And, fed by Christ, their graces live: While, guarded by his mighty hand, 'Midst all the rage of hell they stand. 4 So shall the bright succession run Through all the courses of the sun; While unborn churches, by their care, Shall rise and flourish large and fair. 5 Jesus, now teach our hearts to know The spring whence all these blessings flow; Pastors and people shout thy praise, Through the long round of endless days. 204

L. M. The commission, 10, preach my Gospel, saith the Lord, — U Bid the whole world my grace receive; TIe shall be saved who trusts my word,

And he condemn'd who won't believe. 2 I'll make your great commission known;

And ye shall prove my gospel true, By all the works that I have done,

By all the wonders ye shall do.

3 Teach all the nations my commands

I'm with you till the worid shail end; All power is trusted in my hands,

I can destroy, and I defend. 205

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The joyful sound.
OW beauteous are their feet

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Who bring salvation on their tongues,

And words of peace rereal! 2 How charming is their voice,

So sweet the tidings are ; Zion, behold thy Saviour King;

He reigns and triumphs here. 3 How happy are our ears,

That hear the joyful sound,
Which kings and prophets waited for,

And sought, but never found. 4 How blessed are our eyes,

That see this heavenly light; Prophets and kings desired it long,

But died without the sight. 5 The watchmen join their voice,

And tuneful notes employ; Jerusalem breaks forth in songs,

And deserts learn the joy. 6 The Lord makes bare his arm

Through all the earth abroad : Let every nation now behold

Their Saviour and their God. 206

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The pastoral office.
ET Zion's watchmen all awake,

And take the' alarm they give;
Now let them from the mouth of God

Their awful charge receive.

2 'Tis not a cause of small import,

The pastor's care demands;
But what might fill an angel's heart,

And fill'd a Saviour's hands. 3 They watch for souls for which the Lord

Did heavenly bliss forego;
For souls, which must forever live

In raptures, or in wo. 4 May they in Jesus, whom they preach,

Their own Redeemer see;
And watch thou daily o'er their souls,

That they may watch for thee. 207

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The labourers are few.
ORD of the harvest, hear

Thy needy servants' cry;
Answer our faith's effectual prayer,

And all our wants supply. 2 On thee we humbly wait,

Our wants are in thy view; The harvest, truly, Lord, is great,

The labourers are few. 3 Convert and send forth more

Into thy Church abroad, And let them speak thy word of power,

As workers with their God. 4 O let them spread thy name,

Their mission fully prove; Thy universal grace proclaim,

Thine all-redeeming love. 208

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Pastors after thine own heart.
ESUS, thy wand'ring sheep behold !

See, Lord, with yearning bowels, see, Poor souls that cannot find the fold,

Till sought and gather'd in by thee.

JESE

2 Lost are they now, and scatter'd wide,

In pain, and weariness, and want: With no kind shepherd near, to guide

The sick, and spiritless, and faint. 3 Thou, only thou, the kind, and good,

And sheep-redeeming, Shepherd art; Collect thy flock, and give them food,

And pastors after thine own heart. 4 Give the pure word of gen'ral grace,

And great shall be the preachers' crowd: Preachers who all the sinful race

Point to the all-atoning blood. 5 Thine only glory let them seek;

O let their hearts with love o'erflow; Let them believe, and therefore speak,

And spread thy mercy's praise below. 209

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Prepare ye the way of the Lord.

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ministers of

grace, Comfort the people of your Lord; O lift ye up the fallen race,

And cheer them by the Gospel word. 2 Go into every nation, go;

Speak to their trembling hearts, and cry, Glad tidings unto all we show :

Jerusalem, thy God is nigh. 3 Hark! in the wilderness a cry,

A voice that loudly calls--Prepare ; Prepare your hearts, for God is nigh,

And waits to make his entrance there. 4 The Lord your God shall quickly come ;

Sinners, repent, the call obey :
Open your hearts to make him room;

Ye desert souls, prepare the way.

COMFORT,

JESUS

5 The Lord shall clear his way through all;

Whate'er obstructs, obstructs in vain ; The vale shall rise, the mountain fall,

Crooked be straight, and rugged plain. 6 The glory of the Lord display'd

Shall all mankind together view;
And what his mouth in truth hath said,

His own almighty hand shall do. 210

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Let thy priests be clothed with salvation.
ESUS, the word of mercy give,

And let it swiftly run;
And let the priests themselves believe,

And put salvation on.
2 Jesus, let all thy servants shine

Illustrious as the sun;
And, bright with borrow'd rays divine,

Their glorious circuit run.
3 Beyond the reach of mortals, spread

Their light where'er they go; And heavenly influences shed

On all the world below, 4 As giants may they run their race,

Exulting in their might; As burning luminaries chase

The gloom of hellish night. 5 As the bright Sun of righteousness,

Their healing wings display ; And let their lustre still increase

Unto the perfect day. 211

L. M. Labourers together with God. NHUS saith the Lord—’tis God commands;

Workers with God, the charge obey; Remove whate'er his work withstands,

Prepare, prepare his people's way.

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