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Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our GOD, praise the LORD.-PSALM CXXXV. 2, 3.

YE that in his courts are found,
List'ning to the joyful sound,
Lost and helpless as ye are,
Sons of sorrow, sin, and care,
Glorify the King of Kings,
Take the peace the gospel brings.

2 Turn to CHRIST your longing eyes;
View his bloody sacrifice;
See, in him, your sins forgiv'n,
Pardon, holiness, and heav'n:
Glorify the King of Kings,
Take the peace the gospel brings,

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I will instruct thee, and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go, &c.-PSALM XXXII. 8.

WE come to seek thy counsel, LORD;
We know not what we ought to do:
O cast a light upon thy word,
And bring its meaning to our view,

2 In all things we desire to be,
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Obedient to our SAVIOUR's voice:
To have no other guide but thee,
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But thee, master of our choice.

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3 [This is a privilege indeed, That thou our gracious LORD wilt grant In ev'ry time of doubt or need, The help that we thy people want.] 4 Though blind to see the perfect way, And slow to choose it when discern'd, Thou wilt not let thy people stray; This from thy precious word we've learn'd.

5 With confidence we seek thy face: Thy gracious promise, LORD, fulfil; And grant us light, and grant us grace, To know and do thy perfect will.

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For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power.-1 THESS. i. 5.

MAY the pow'r that brings salvation,
Still exerted in the word,

By its quick'ning operation
Life impart, and joy afford!
Life to sinners:

Joy to those who know the LORD! 2 Hark the voice of love proclaiming, Mercy through a SAVIOUR's blood! Vain the schemes of human framing: This alone is own'd of GOD. 'Tis the Gospel,

Points to heav'n and shows the road.'

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All things are ready: come unto the marriage.-Matt, xxii. 4.

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COME, ye sinners, come to JESUS,
Think upon your gracious LORD;
He has pity'd your condition,
He has sent his gospel-word.
Mercy calls you,
Mercy flows in JESU's blood.
2 Gracious SAVIOUR! help thy servant
To proclaim thy wond'rous love;
Pour thy grace upon this people,
That thy truth they may approve.
Bless, O bless them,
From thy shining courts above.
3 Now thy word of grace invites them
To partake the gospel-feast,
Let thy Spirit sweetly draw them;
Ev'ry soul be JESU's guest.
O receive us,

Let us find thy promis'd rest.
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Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of Hosts.-ZECH. iv. 6.

COME, thou soul-transforming Spirit,
Bless the sower and the seed:
Let each heart thy grace inherit;
Raise the weak, the hungry feed:
From the gospel
Now supply thy people's need

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2 O may all enjoy the blessing,
Which thy word's design'd to give!
Let us all, thy love possessing,
Joyfully the truth receive:
And for ever

To thy praise and glory live.

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Lond, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. PSALM iv. 6.

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SUN of Righteousness, arise!
Let us feel thy presence near;
Let thy glory meet our eyes,
While we in thy house appear:
Now afford us, LORD, a taste
Of our everlasting feast,

2 May the gospel's joyful sound
Conquer sinners, comfort saints;
Make the fruits of grace abound,
Bring relief for all complaints:
Such may all our sabbaths prove,
Till we join thy church above.

461. Before Sermon. L. M.

Praying

for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.-EPH. vi. 18, 19.

FATHER of Mercies, bow thine ear, Attentive to our earnest prayer!

We plead for those who plead for thee, Successful pleaders may they be!

2 [How great their work! how vast their charge!

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Their best acquirements are our gain,
We share the blessings they obtain.]
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Suppress their fear, inflame their zeal.
4 Teach them to sow the precious seed;
Teach them thy chosen flock to feed;
Teach them immortal souls to gain,
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Hear from their lips the joyful sound;
In humble strains thy grace iniplore,
And feel thy new-creating power.

6 Let sinners break their massy chains, Distressed souls forget their pains; Let light through distant realms be

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And Zion rear her drooping head.

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